thanks for the suggestions all. i went in and looked at them both and decided that the difference in size between the 2 and 3 battery lights was negligible, much like the difference between an officers/govt 1911. anyways got it home and waited for nightfall. scanned it around my back yard and whoa!
this thing is bright! i could read something off my backfence about 50ft from my back porch.
j/k, I know what you mean. A glock buddy tried to get me to buy a $200 light+mount for my Glock 22. It would be a nice toy, but not for $200. Plus, I only carry my 1911 now. The G22 is on the heavy side. Then you have to buy the special holster... <sigh>