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What's your favorite tactical flashlight?

Discussion in 'Gear & Accessories' started by pacificnwrider, Nov 23, 2013.

  1. pacificnwrider

    pacificnwrider Moses Lake, Washington New Member

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    I'm looking to pick up a small flashlight that I can wear on my belt; have seen many online and they seem to have mixed reviews. Does anybody have a stand alone favorite? I'd like to avoid spending more than about $50.
     
  2. stmcelroy

    stmcelroy Madras, OR Well-Known Member

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    Fenix PD20 is a great light for right at $50
     
  3. wichaka

    wichaka Wa State Well-Known Member

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    Surefire G2ZX Combat 320 Lum., or the P2ZX Fury 500 Lum.

    I've got one or the other every time I leave the house.
     
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  4. tmedina

    tmedina Portland New Member

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    Got a couple of questions for you:
    1. Single cell or double?
    2. What kind of batteries do you want? AA? CR123?
    3. What kind of output do you want? 320 lumens? 30 lumens?
    4. What kind of run time?
    5. What kind of modes? Single mode? Multiple modes?
    6. You said "tactical" - so you want a tail activation switch, right?
     
  5. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    nastybynature ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ Active Member

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    Burt Gummer Portland Completely Out of Ammo

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    Nice price! $68 inc shipping, I paid $79.00

    The 15x-T6 lights will be around that price by January, always improving, always getting less expensive.

    For a small tactical light, I still love the Fenix PD32.

    I used to despise rechargeable batteries, but am sold on the 18650s. (1 = same space as 2 CR123s) They hold their charge a long time, are pretty cheap, and then I can save my CR123s for down the road (10 year+ storage life).
     
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  8. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I wouldn't call it small but my favorite tactical flashlight is a 5 cell Mag Lite with a Halogen bulb conversion. Blinding and can beat a water buffalo to death if need be,
     
  9. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    Those halogens are seriously weak compared to even moderately powered LEDs. mine are in a box somewhere as antiques
     
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    gunfreak Boise Well-Known Member

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    $50 Streamlight that bimart carry's 150 lumen led.
     
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    omenwolf Oregon Active Member

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  12. tmedina

    tmedina Portland New Member

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    Meh. Surefire E1L with a diffuser and a flared tailcap. Not tactical, but covers 99% of any lighting function I need and will run for hours on a single CR123 battery.

    You can find them on clearance for $97 or thereabouts since Surefire released the next gen E1L.
     
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    flashpan Beaverton Active Member

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    Look at the Scrirrako by Extreme Beam...$50.00 ... 320 lumens ... many optios availible including interchangeable green LED, pressure switche, etc...1" dia so it easily mounts to scope or pic rail if needed.
     
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    Trailboss Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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  15. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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  16. wichaka

    wichaka Wa State Well-Known Member

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    In the world of dark, there's hardly a situation that you can have too much light.

    200 lumens is the absolute minimum I would recommend to anyone for a combat light...with 300-500 being much better.

    I understand the cost thing...
     
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    tmedina Portland New Member

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    Depends very much on your surroundings. Crank up that 300 - 500 lumen flashlight in a white hallway at night, or in the dark, and tell me how your eyes are feeling.

    It also hammers the user's night vision - even if you're expecting it, it will still take you seconds to adjust to environmental lighting conditions.
     
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    JoeDirt82 NW Oregon Member

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  19. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    I dunno, those 109 lumens lights have blown away everyone I've tried them on, they are blinding
     
  20. wichaka

    wichaka Wa State Well-Known Member

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    Have done it many times, even in a small bathroom. But I wouldn't go any higher than that indoors in a confined area. With a good lumen light, you don't need to worry too much about night vision. Just light up your world!

    But outside, walking the street...I still would not recommend anything less.