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Aug 01 2023
5 min read

LA Police Gear SlideRail XWL Review: A Surprisingly Solid Weapon Light


Having first-hand experience with the quality of LA Police Gear’s (LAPG) bags and apparel, I wanted to try out one its weapon lights since they are so well priced. I also just so happened to get a new M&P M2.0 in FDE, so it seemed like a perfect time to snag a LAPG SlideRail XWL in FDE to go along with it.

Chances are high that the light at least looks familiar, even if you’ve never heard of it. It looks very much like the popular TLR-1 that lives on many of our pistols.

With the potential to save a decent chunk of change compared to the TLR-1, I selfishly hoped I’d like this light after testing it. The million-dollar question is…did I wind up liking it? Keep on reading to find out!

lapg sliderail xwl weapon light mounted on smith wesson mp9 m2.0
I’ll call this shot “50 Shades of FDE”.

LAPG SlideRail XWL Review



Lumens800 lumens
Beam Distance210 meters
Battery Type3V CR123A Lithium
Battery Life1.5 hours
Length3.5 inches
Diameter1.5 inches
Weight133 grams
MaterialAluminum Alloy

Pros & Cons

  • SlideRail attachment system
  • Affordable price point
  • Fits most TLR-1 holsters
  • Balanced throw and spill
  • Only one brightness level – LAPG does have a different model with strobe
  • No waterproof rating

First Impressions & Hands-on Testing

The finish on the light was flawless out of the box. Clean lines and smooth edges show that the manufacturing process is on point. There were no blemishes, and the FDE finish was even throughout.

Before I could make it to the range, I spent some time playing with the light outdoors and indoors in various light settings.

Even with the sun still slightly up, the 800 lumens held its own outside, showing off the far throw and sizeable spill of the light.

lapg sliderail xwl weapon light test at night
The XWL’s hotspot effortlessly illuminates the tree roughly 60 feet away while its spill covers the surrounding area.

Inside, the light easily illuminated rooms, hallways, and staircases. It wasn’t too bright to where it would disorient you from the reflection off the wall, but if pointed at an intruder, it would definitely disorient them.

There is a small hotspot with a decent amount of concentrated light surrounding it. Just enough to stay on “target” while allowing the rest of the light to spill to your close surroundings.

lapg sliderail xwl weapon light test at night in home
The XWL would make a nice home defense light.

Lastly, I hit the range a couple of times with it mounted to my M&P M2.0. The XWL stayed “on” and tightly secured to the gun through a couple of hundred rounds.  

lapg sliderail xwl weapon light mounted on mp9 m2.0
I wish I could have shot in the dark, but the range at least had dimmable lights in each lane.



My favorite feature, aside from the price, is the patented SlideRail attachment system.

Instead of having a few different rail notch inserts that you can swap out to fit various rails, the SlideRail feature lets you adjust the rail notch position without removing it. This means you get an exact fit on your exact gun to meet your exact preferences.

Its position is adjustable down to the millimeter. You simply have to loosen an Allen screw, slide the notch to the desired position, and tighten the Allen screw. It’s that simple.

lapg sliderail xwl weapon light hands on
LAPG’s SlideRail system looks very similar to the traditional rail notch and clamp system but allows for more customization.

Ambidextrous on/off Switch

While this particular XWL model only has one mode and brightness setting, the constant/momentary one is activated/deactivated easily by an ambidextrous switch. Even you wrong-handers will be covered.

lapg sliderail xwl weapon light hands on size
The ambidextrous switch requires a decent amount of pressure to manipulate, which reduces the chance of accidental illumination.

Rear Loading Batteries

If you need to reload your batteries – scratch that – when you need to reload your batteries, the battery compartment can be found at the rear of the light.

A lever on the underside of the light releases the back plate. It seems very tight and secure, and I don’t see it popping open unintentionally.

lapg sliderail xwl weapon light close up
Two CR123A batteries should keep the XWL running for roughly one and a half hours.

Score Card

Reliability (9/10)  

I’ve only had the light for a couple of weeks, but it’s functioned properly since. I would need more time with it before giving it a 10.

Appearance (8/10)

It looks very similar to the Streamlight TLR-1. I like the clean lines and color, but I’m not a fan of the cuts on the bottom of the light.

Value (9/10)

At the time of writing this article, LAPG had this on sale for $69.99, down from an MSRP of $175. The value is high if you find it at a price close to what I did.


In the short few weeks I’ve had this light, it’s impressed me. However, without any waterproof rating (unless it just isn’t posted) or strobe feature (at least on this particular model), I don’t see it replacing my EDC weapon light or primary home defense light.

That said, I could see this being a great option to mount on your backup home defense gun(s), truck gun, or garage gun. At such a great price, you could outfit several setups without breaking the bank.

Written by Ryan Domke
Ryan Domke photo Ryan Domke is a freelance writer, photographer, and social media consultant with a passion for guns and tactical gear. He works with some of the largest manufacturers in the firearms industry, allowing him the opportunity to continuously learn from and knowledge share with the 2A community. Ryan has contributed his writing expertise to numerous reputable publications, including, Cheaper Than Dirt, Springfield Armory's 'The Armory Life,' Smith & Wesson's 'The S&W Bench', and The Mag Shack. When he’s not spending time with his family, you’ll likely find him at the range or starting a new DIY project.


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