SHOT Show 2023: Surefire XSC Pistol Light for Small Guns By: Steph Martz


Surefire is an obvious choice when it comes to pistol lights however in the world of compact guns, lights have been lacking. At SHOT Show 2023, Surefire gave us their latest pistol light that was designed around the Glock 43X and 48, the Springfield Hellcat, and the Sig P365. The best part of it all though? The Surefire XSC has a rechargeable battery pack that allows you to charge the light without removing it from the weapon.

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surefire xsc small subcompact light
Designed around the Sig 365, Springfield Hellcat, and Glock 43x and 48, finally a pistol light that fits your subcompact guns. Holsters are on the market and ready to be purchased for this light.

Surefire XSC

Main Features

  • The XSC provides ambidextrous control with both momentary and constant on.
  • Provides an output of 400 lumens and 30 minutes constant on run time.Note: The website says 350 lumens however a surefire employee at SHOT stated that they are seeing around 400 lumens from the light.
  • A removable proprietary rechargeable lithium polymer 3.7V battery allows the light battery to be changed without removing the light from the gun. The battery is also toolless to remove.
  • The charging cradle is included in the purchase and has two charging bays for two batteries to be charged at once. Additional charging cradles and batteries can be purchased separately.
  • Holsters are already being made and sold for this light from companies such as Werkz Light-Bearing Holsters.
  • A natural finger-angled switch provides easy on/off of the light.


  • Weight: 1.7 oz (48.2 g)
  • Length: 1.94 inches (4.9 cm)
  • Output Runtime: 30 minutes
  • Peak Beam Intensity: 2,000 Candela
  • Distance: 90 meters
  • Body Construction: Aluminum
  • Finish: Mil-Spec Hard Anodized
  • Bezel Diameter: .78 in (1.9 cm)
surefire xsc on display
The Surefire XSC has ambidextrous controls and the paddles are very ergonomically friendly. They are easy to press and fit the thumb naturally.

The XSC light is available for purchase now and has already been adopted by the United States Marshals, so sub-compact gun users are showing their trust in this light.