The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > The Skunkworks > Gear and Accessories

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old January 23, 2012, 10:13 AM   #1
Te Anau
Senior Member
 
Join Date: June 17, 2004
Location: Somewhere south of the No
Posts: 3,824
I'm sick and tired of lousy flashlights!

Over the last 5 years or so,I have purchased a number of LED flashlights only to have every one of them have some kind of issue.Lousy switches that need to be turned on and off repeatedly until they decide to work and light that flickers with the slightest movement of the flashlight.I'm sick and tired of having to beg and plead with my flashlights in order to get them to perform.Is there a brand out there that can be counted on to work through thick and thin? I like a 1" flashlight,as I have several adapters that they can be clamped into for shotgun use or similar.
__________________
"Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it." --American author Mark Twain (1835-1910)
Te Anau is offline  
Old January 23, 2012, 10:16 AM   #2
riggins_83
Senior Member
 
Join Date: January 19, 2009
Location: Wherever I may roam
Posts: 1,492
Surefire...
__________________
l've heard police work is dangerous. Yes, that's why l carry a big gun. Couldn't it go off accidentally? l used to have that problem. What did you do about it?
l just think about baseball. -Leslie Nielsen
riggins_83 is offline  
Old January 23, 2012, 10:19 AM   #3
Pilot
Senior Member
 
Join Date: December 21, 2000
Posts: 4,153
I have a Surefire, but they "Sure" are expensive. I have just as good flashlights from Four Sevens, and Fenix. Those two brands seem to have good, quality products for the money.
__________________
Pilot
Pilot is offline  
Old January 23, 2012, 10:27 AM   #4
shootniron
Senior Member
 
Join Date: April 16, 2011
Location: Georgia
Posts: 1,502
Fenix...problem solved.
shootniron is offline  
Old January 23, 2012, 10:41 AM   #5
pgdion
Senior Member
 
Join Date: April 22, 2010
Location: MPLS, MN
Posts: 1,186
Maglites have yet to disappoint and I've had good luck with most of Garrity's products myself.

btw - Maglites are still made in USA!
__________________
597 VTR, because there's so many cans and so little time!
pgdion is offline  
Old January 23, 2012, 12:30 PM   #6
wogpotter
Senior Member
 
Join Date: September 27, 2004
Posts: 4,811
Maglite here as well. I've had a "2-cellAA" with an LED conversion (I threw out the butt-cap with it's push button switch though& used the original though) &an original 2AA LED from the factory. Never had a problem with either of them for years & I don't baby them.
__________________
Allan Quatermain: “Automatic rifles. Who in God's name has automatic rifles”?

Elderly Hunter: “That's dashed unsporting. Probably Belgium.”
wogpotter is offline  
Old January 23, 2012, 01:32 PM   #7
armoredman
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 22, 2007
Location: Arizona
Posts: 4,517
Laugh all you want, but this one worked very well at work as a search flashlight, and back up impact weapon if need be. Been using it for 6-8 months with no issues, and the original set of AAA batteries, plus it has a magnetized base that will hold it up on any metal surface, plus built in laser pointer, and four different light modes including white, green, blue and one I haven't QUITE figured out, flashing green. A lot cheaper than a Surefire, but of course, not as bright. Good inexpensive flashlight that works well.

http://shop.cz-usa.com/P-19761/Nebo-...lashlight.aspx
armoredman is offline  
Old January 23, 2012, 01:51 PM   #8
dieselbeef
Senior Member
 
Join Date: November 3, 2011
Location: myakka city fl
Posts: 312
streamlight.......
dieselbeef is offline  
Old January 23, 2012, 02:37 PM   #9
AK103K
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 1, 2001
Posts: 9,594
I used Surefire and Streamlights for years, and got fed up with paying out the butt for them. For the last 5 or 6 years, Ive been using these.....

http://www.shiningbeam.com/servlet/t...CREE-Q5/Detail

For $20, they work great, are as bright or brighter than my old Scorpions, have lasted as long or longer than the high dollar lights, and if they should take a dump, Im only out $20.
__________________
"If the rule you followed brought you to this,
of what use was the rule?"

“The enemy is anybody who's going to get you killed, no matter which side he is on.” - Joseph Heller
AK103K is offline  
Old January 23, 2012, 02:44 PM   #10
Skadoosh
Senior Member
 
Join Date: December 13, 2010
Location: Virginia Beach
Posts: 1,970
Fenix, Surefire, Streamlight have all performed very well for me.
__________________
NRA Life Member
USN Retired
Skadoosh is offline  
Old January 23, 2012, 02:50 PM   #11
Nitesites
Senior Member
 
Join Date: March 28, 2011
Posts: 600
$urefire, Streamlight, Olight, Elzetta...
Nitesites is offline  
Old January 23, 2012, 02:55 PM   #12
dieselbeef
Senior Member
 
Join Date: November 3, 2011
Location: myakka city fl
Posts: 312
that 20 dollar light does not have 185 lumens either,,,my led streamlights are good for an id of a face at 300 ft..the length of my driveway
dieselbeef is offline  
Old January 23, 2012, 03:00 PM   #13
Lee McNelly
Junior member
 
Join Date: June 9, 2011
Posts: 325
lite

no way surefire bulbs alone 70 or more go thru batteries like tp
Lee McNelly is offline  
Old January 23, 2012, 03:03 PM   #14
dieselbeef
Senior Member
 
Join Date: November 3, 2011
Location: myakka city fl
Posts: 312
read it and weep

http://www.streamlight.com/product/product.aspx?pid=123

the non led ones are 1'' and i have them on an ar and shotgun
dieselbeef is offline  
Old January 23, 2012, 03:05 PM   #15
AK103K
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 1, 2001
Posts: 9,594
My Romisens easily shine over 100 yards across my back yard with a tight, white beam. The claim 235 lumens, I cant say for sure that they are, but then again, can we really prove the claims of any of the others, other than by comparison?
__________________
"If the rule you followed brought you to this,
of what use was the rule?"

“The enemy is anybody who's going to get you killed, no matter which side he is on.” - Joseph Heller
AK103K is offline  
Old January 23, 2012, 03:09 PM   #16
Nitesites
Senior Member
 
Join Date: March 28, 2011
Posts: 600
Yes, the cost can seem steep but the quality is inarguable. Stick with LED and rechargeable to offset long-term costs. I would rather have one high quality light than a hundred cheap "maybe" lights.
Nitesites is offline  
Old January 23, 2012, 03:37 PM   #17
scottycoyote
Senior Member
 
Join Date: November 19, 2005
Location: southwestern va
Posts: 768
for a small carry light i like surefire or novatac
__________________
"i got the most powerful gun in the world........an .88 magnum. It shoots thru schools......"
scottycoyote is offline  
Old January 23, 2012, 03:55 PM   #18
redneck
Senior Member
 
Join Date: December 20, 2001
Location: Ohio
Posts: 364
I'm a fan of four sevens. Quality is great and they seem to have the best value in terms of output and features.
Have handled a few by fenix and they are nice lights too, but I prefer the four sevens.
I have several lights made by Inova as well, and I really like them but they haven't been very competitive lately on size and performance that I have seen. The T-series lights were awesome when new, but my four sevens lights are half the size and quite a bit brighter now. I use them a lot more because I can carry them with me all the time.
__________________
Fix it right the first time...
Use Baling Wire !
redneck is offline  
Old January 23, 2012, 10:52 PM   #19
Ryan19D
Junior Member
 
Join Date: January 23, 2012
Location: Long Island, NY
Posts: 5
Surefires, although expensive (and yes you have to use the 3v batteries) are by far the most durable and dependable lights out there. I had one strapped to my M4, a smaller one in my pocket, and then the helmet light on my kevlar.
__________________
Taurus PT111 Pro 9mm Para Arms *custom* P14-45 .45cal Springfield 1942 M1 Garand Remington 700 SPS Tactical .308

If you ain't Cav... You ain't $h/t!
Ryan19D is offline  
Old January 24, 2012, 09:24 AM   #20
pgdion
Senior Member
 
Join Date: April 22, 2010
Location: MPLS, MN
Posts: 1,186
Quote:
Maglite here as well. I've had a "2-cellAA" with an LED conversion
Yea, I just picked up the 2 AA LED light for christmas, the thing is bright! And even with the LED, it's still able to fan out the beam pretty good ... impressive. What I really like (besides the Made in USA) is that it uses AA batteries. So if you run down and are out of spares, replacement batteries are easy to scrounge up or buy anywhere. I always have packs of AA and AAA everywhere since they are used in everything, flashlights, radios, cameras, game machines, ect. btw - I switched to Lithium AA in my flashlights. The Energizer Ultimate last about 2x longer than alkaline do in high power flashlights. Maglite has a lot of new LED offerings, I want to pick up their XL200 next.
__________________
597 VTR, because there's so many cans and so little time!

Last edited by pgdion; January 25, 2012 at 12:04 PM.
pgdion is offline  
Old January 25, 2012, 11:28 AM   #21
Te Anau
Senior Member
 
Join Date: June 17, 2004
Location: Somewhere south of the No
Posts: 3,824
That Nebo CSI Quatro that armoredman recommends does everything!
__________________
"Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it." --American author Mark Twain (1835-1910)
Te Anau is offline  
Old January 25, 2012, 02:23 PM   #22
Syntax360
Senior Member
 
Join Date: April 17, 2006
Location: Grand Prairie, TX
Posts: 694
For my money, Fenix is the best dollar-for-value offering out there. They make excellent stuff at a very fair price.
Syntax360 is offline  
Old January 25, 2012, 02:45 PM   #23
kraigwy
Senior Member
 
Join Date: June 16, 2008
Location: Wyoming
Posts: 10,840
I've always had best luck with those cheap plastic standard flashlights you find in the grocery store check out line.

Often you can find one with batteries that cheaper then the batteries alone.

The best flashlight I have, and has worked the longest is my old Army L Shaped flashlight.
__________________
Kraig Stuart
CPT USAR Ret
USAMU Sniper School Oct '78
Distinguished Rifle Badge 1071
kraigwy is offline  
Old January 25, 2012, 03:06 PM   #24
orangello
Senior Member
 
Join Date: February 25, 2009
Posts: 566
http://www.amazon.com/Nebo-Redline-T.../dp/B004BOAUQU

I have been very happy with this Nebo Redline. It has a focus ring that takes it from spot to flood. It has some sharp edges that would probably be useful in a struggle. The flashing setting might also be useful for distracting someone or making it more difficult for them to see well. I can't comment on battery life, as mine is stored in my car and such.

I have not wanted to mount it on a firearm, but it seems to be in the correct size range for a shotgun.
orangello is offline  
Old January 27, 2012, 08:08 PM   #25
Kreyzhorse
Senior Member
 
Join Date: April 12, 2006
Location: NKY
Posts: 11,947
I love Maglites, but after buying a Surefire I'm sold on them.
__________________
"He who laughs last, laughs dead." Homer Simpson
Kreyzhorse is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:36 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2017 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent: thefiringline.com
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.09522 seconds with 8 queries