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hundreddollarman
11-23-2012, 7:41 PM
I've been keeping an old-school Maglite with my nightstand gun. I'd like a smaller tactical flashlight (not weapon-mounted) to replace it. Thanks in advance for the input.

gumby
11-23-2012, 7:46 PM
Pelican is what our dept. is carrying now, instead of SureFire; much better.

Aspec5vz
11-23-2012, 7:46 PM
Love my Fenix LD20. I also have a Surefire G2 with an LED conversion which is pretty nice.

InGrAM
11-23-2012, 8:01 PM
Anything surefire is great.

Varg Vikernes
11-23-2012, 8:03 PM
TLR-1 is basically what a lot of guys get right?

TheThousands
11-23-2012, 8:04 PM
TLR-1 is basically what a lot of guys get right?

For a weapon mounted light, yes a lot of people use the TLR-1's. OP was asking for a handheld though.

I have a surefire G2 as my handheld light and a TLR-1 mounted to my home defense gun.

tbc
11-23-2012, 8:08 PM
I am soooo happy with the 4Sevens flashlight.


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vinny_land
11-23-2012, 8:15 PM
Pelican is what our dept. is carrying now, instead of SureFire; much better.

What models are being used? Did a quick search and interested in Pelican also because of the easy availability to find batteries.

Bug Splat
11-23-2012, 8:18 PM
Have had a couple high end ($100+) lights on my night stand over the years and even after taking good care of them they somehow got lost. I've given up buying expensive lights. I've been very impressed with the cheap $30 3 pack of Techlite 200 from Costco. This light has a very tough aluminum body and aggressive teeth on the front if you need a use it as a weapon. The Cree led inside is just awesome. It has 4 settings, low, high, strobe, and momentary on (high beam) if you hold the button down, light turns off when you release the button.

For $10 each, you can not find a better deal. One stays on my nightstand and the other 2 are in my cars. I could care less if I lost one or if it were damaged. They are so cheap I even let my kids use them. If they so much as looked at my $150 Surefire I'd smack them but with these lights I can replace them at any time and because they run off AAA batteries and not 123's I can find replacement batteries in every store.

smeg
11-23-2012, 8:23 PM
600 lumens of LED. Streamlight.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007RB82CS/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i01

pyromensch
11-23-2012, 8:32 PM
his is my daily carry

and it is bright, handy, and not expensive. i have owned and used it for a little over a year.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/UltraFire-1300LM-C8-CREE-XM-L-T6-LED-5Modes-Flashlight-Torch-charger-18650-/150951903161?pt=US_Flashlights&hash=item23256f3fb9

gumby
11-23-2012, 8:48 PM
What models are being used? Did a quick search and interested in Pelican also because of the easy availability to find batteries.

7060 and 8060

axhoaxho
11-23-2012, 9:17 PM
I really love my Surefire Kroma (I have the older pre-MilSpec version.)

It is solid and reliable as a Surefire supposed to be. Its dual while light output can have as much as 20 hours run time in Low.

It also has dual-output red and blue lights. Supposedly, the blue light can do something like tracing blood line in dark and the red light can help reading maps in dark... somthing like that. Yet for me, I have great use of its blue light for tracing where my cats peed on the carpet, and its red light to checking on my parakeets at night without waking them up :)

http://lib.opticsplanet.com/surefire-kroma-flashlight-promotion.jpg

monk
11-23-2012, 9:58 PM
I like Coast lights. Liked them a lot when they where being made by LED Lenser but it seems Lenser is using older LED's while Coast has upgraded. Plan on getting a HP17TAC.

IVth Horseman
11-23-2012, 10:54 PM
I have a Surefire 6PX Pro, great flashlight. 1st click will give you 15 lumen (low light) and a quick second click will put out 200 lumens (new models are 320 lumens).

Small and simple to use.

ODub
11-23-2012, 11:20 PM
Fenix TA20, solid flashlight. I own a PD30, PD32, LD20, and 2 TK15's as well. TK15 on the AR, Surefire on the bedside pistol and the TA20 next to it.

bsg
11-23-2012, 11:21 PM
i'm a Surefire fan. i've gotten some very good deals from LA Police Gear on closeout sales of Surefire flashlights.

i also have several older 3D Maglites in my home and in the truck; i've had them since the late 1980s and use them as 'general purpose' flashlights.

castgold
11-23-2012, 11:46 PM
Surefire Fury, 500 lumens on high output. Non-defender model so it doesn't tear up my clothes or furniture.

cebuvfr
11-23-2012, 11:57 PM
Surefire 6p.

chiselchst
11-24-2012, 1:46 PM
...for the money, I really like these. I've purchased more than 36 of them (for guys at work), and not one problem. They are super bright, just slightly less than my Streamlight 88040 ProTac HL rated at 600 lumens. And for $20 each shipped (with 2 rechargable 18650 batteries & a charger), you can have spares. Everytime someone sees them in use, they ask how to get them...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Flashligh-T6-LED-UltraFire-WF-501B-1000lm-CREE-XM-L-5-Mode-2x-18650-Set-/190687960692?pt=US_Flashlights&hash=item2c65e35e74

MXRider
11-24-2012, 1:51 PM
Surefire Fury, awesome light. This is the version I have. Single 500 lumen output with the Z59 clicky tail cap rather than the twist cap.

http://www.bravocompanyusa.com/SureFire-P2X-Fury-Tactical-Single-Output-LED-p/sf-p2x-a-bk-eag-click.htm

VkoOMP8i4n0#!

INFAMOUS762X39
11-24-2012, 1:55 PM
Easy, Streamlight ProTac 2L or HL either one is plentiful for the fort.

nosuchagency
11-24-2012, 2:46 PM
i use a pelican 7060 for nightstand duty (along with my novatac 120p edc for the more mundane tasks); however, if you're considering a dual purpose torch that'll provide the added option to pocket carry, i'd recommend a surefire e1b backup.

bsg
11-24-2012, 3:02 PM
i use a pelican 7060 for nightstand duty (along with my novatac 120p edc for the more mundane tasks); however, if you're considering a dual purpose torch that'll provide the added option to pocket carry, i'd recommend a surefire e1b backup.


my Surefire E1B Backup has been a great little flashlight.

LA Police Gear carries it for $112.00, which is a very good price.


www.lapolicegear.com/ (http://www.lapolicegear.com/)

nfong2684
11-24-2012, 3:30 PM
I just bought the streamlight protac hl. Dual mode 600 lumens on high and 35 lumens on low. It also has three programmable settings for the light acuation and even a strobe setting. To me, it was a clear choice. Lots of features. Huge amount of light. Affordable price ($70 or so from amazon). At 600 lumens at night this thing will blend the hell out of anybody, shoot I practically blinded myself from the reflection of the light off a bar white wall. Hahaha.

wsmc27
11-24-2012, 3:33 PM
SF G2X bedside

Cyc Wid It
11-24-2012, 3:35 PM
http://foursevens.com/

I've got a this one (http://www.foursevens.com/product_info.php?products_id=2942) on my nightstand.

WWDHD?
11-24-2012, 6:08 PM
Lots of great lights out there. I don't know your budget, but for me I use the Polytac HP as my "tactical" light that I keep near my loaded HD pistol. Very bright with lots of throw, or distance to it. Plenty bright enough for inside most houses. Should be able to get one for well under $50 if you shop around. US made and lifetime guarantee.
Personally, I don't like multi-mode lights for the purpose we're talking about here. I want a simple on/off switch that gives me full power NOW without clicking through seven other levels of strobe and brightness. Just my opinion, good luck.

sholling
11-24-2012, 6:29 PM
I like the Fenix LD20 (http://www.amazon.com/Fenix-LD20-180-Lumen-Flashlight/dp/B004CXNY3G) or E25 (http://www.amazon.com/Fenix-Flashlights-E25R4BK-Flashlight-187-Lumens/dp/B0091TRPVI) or TK35 (http://www.amazon.com/Fenix-Version-Performance-Lumen-Flashlight/dp/B0083LGLT2). Fenix makes good lights. The TK35 is an output beast in a small package, the LD20 is very flexible AA powered flashlight, and the E25 is their economy model with fewer settings than the LD20 but just as much output. I carry a PD20 (http://www.amazon.com/Fenix-PD20-Lumens-Waterproof-Flashlight/dp/B004DVGKKG) or PD30 (http://www.amazon.com/Fenix-Flashlights-PD30R5-PD30-Flashlight/dp/B004DQYH3S) as my EDC depending on where I'm going.

Mr310
11-24-2012, 6:30 PM
Sure fire 6PX.

xmikedentx
11-24-2012, 6:48 PM
What the hell good is 600 lumens in your house? Dumb. Click the button and you are blind too. I had a break in in my house, grabbed my Fenix TA21, that I keep on level 7 (160 lumens). It blinded the intruders, and just about blinded me coming out of a dead sleep. It sits on level 6 now :)

I really like the ease of use on the TA21. It goes up to 225 lumens for spotlighting stuff hiking at night, and stand it on its tail cap on level one and light up a room for 4 days.

I didn't want a multi click flashlight for high stress situations, cause pressing the tailcap is hard enough when you are still 90% asleep, cause the adrenaline hasn't hit the brain yet. Just set the level and fall asleep and its ready for you when you need it. Plus I like the rechargable 18650 batteries instead of two 123A's.

I do have a surefire M2 as backup. But the 120 lumen incandescent bulb only gets 20 min runtime. LED is the way to go.

pyromensch
11-24-2012, 7:25 PM
...for the money, I really like these. I've purchased more than 36 of them (for guys at work), and not one problem. They are super bright, just slightly less than my Streamlight 88040 ProTac HL rated at 600 lumens. And for $20 each shipped (with 2 rechargable 18650 batteries & a charger), you can have spares. Everytime someone sees them in use, they ask how to get them...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Flashligh-T6-LED-UltraFire-WF-501B-1000lm-CREE-XM-L-5-Mode-2x-18650-Set-/190687960692?pt=US_Flashlights&hash=item2c65e35e74

haven't tried these, (have tried very many, too many)...might give one a shot

have used, and still use, (not primary), this. very compact, and handy. just the switch has issues after, 7 months of constant use, and the belt clip springs out a bit
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Portable-Zoomable-Focus-300-lumens-CREE-Q5-LED-Flashlight-Torch-With-Clip-New-/230867781257?pt=US_Flashlights&hash=item35c0cac689

What the hell good is 600 lumens in your house? Dumb. Click the button and you are blind too. I had a break in in my house, grabbed my Fenix TA21, that I keep on level 7 (160 lumens). It blinded the intruders, and just about blinded me coming out of a dead sleep. It sits on level 6 now :)

I really like the ease of use on the TA21. It goes up to 225 lumens for spotlighting stuff hiking at night, and stand it on its tail cap on level one and light up a room for 4 days.

I didn't want a multi click flashlight for high stress situations, cause pressing the tailcap is hard enough when you are still 90% asleep, cause the adrenaline hasn't hit the brain yet. Just set the level and fall asleep and its ready for you when you need it. Plus I like the rechargable 18650 batteries instead of two 123A's.

I do have a surefire M2 as backup. But the 120 lumen incandescent bulb only gets 20 min runtime. LED is the way to go.

well, getting blinded, by light coming at you, as apposed, by bouncing off walls, is a little different, especially when you are in control. some of these lights have a flashing mode, which, with the high intensity, can disorient. (ask the wife and kids) :)

L84CABO
11-24-2012, 7:34 PM
Surefire Fury, 500 lumens on high output. Non-defender model so it doesn't tear up my clothes or furniture.

Why in the heck Surefire has the dual output version come on in low mode is beyond me. It should come on in high like the E1B. Coming on in low makes it worthless (my opinion) as a defensive light.

t0kie
11-24-2012, 8:38 PM
I have several Surefires, and I think they are great.

Atekhed
11-25-2012, 1:35 AM
For bedside use and around the house in general I use the Streamlight PolyTac LED's. Decent sized, lightweight and plenty of lumens for indoor or outodoor use.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001S0IN46/ref=noref?ie=UTF8&psc=1&s=hi

castgold
11-25-2012, 1:59 AM
Why in the heck Surefire has the dual output version come on in low mode is beyond me. It should come on in high like the E1B. Coming on in low makes it worthless (my opinion) as a defensive light.

It'd be nicer if you could have a toggle option to select which came on first at least. I like it the way it is for EDC.

jumbopanda
11-25-2012, 4:20 AM
I just got a Streamlight Strion LED as my EDC/general purpose flashlight. 260 lumens and uses a proprietary rechargeable battery with a charger included. Cost a little under $100. For me personally, rechargeable batteries are a must for general purpose flashlights. I'll save the CR123s for my weapon-mounted lights.

FLAWLS1
11-25-2012, 4:51 AM
I just ordered a Fenix TK11 last week.

Professor XD
11-25-2012, 5:14 AM
All I know is black lights are fuggin BLINDING if they make direct contact with the eyes. Probably not good for illumination though...unless you're illuminating body fluids

spageddie
11-25-2012, 6:11 AM
Personally, I keep the Fenix LD20. It's compact enough and good fitting in my hand. Also can double as another striking weapon if needed :)

Great value flashlight for $50, strobe feature is perfect for disorienting intruders.

sirgiles
11-25-2012, 6:44 AM
http://www.led-resource.com/2011/03/pelican-7060-led-flashlight-review/

Zedrek
11-25-2012, 3:08 PM
How about the baseball bat flashlight:
http://gizmodo.com/5960168/baseball-bat-flashlight-just-the-trick-for-beating-back-burglars

Freq18Hz
11-25-2012, 3:45 PM
I have several Surefires, and I think they are great.

^THIS.

Nothing beats a Surefire. You never really realize how great their designs are, until you are in an emergency situation.

There are other nice lights out there, but Surefire is king by a mile. Not cheap though.

-Freq

MXRider
11-25-2012, 3:51 PM
Yeah I have a problem, I'm addicted to Surefire products. lol

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jmf_tracy
11-25-2012, 6:23 PM
KLARUS XT-11
FTW
you can't beat the UI (user interface)
this is my EDC

ZombieZoo
11-25-2012, 6:45 PM
If I was getting smaller light I'd get headstrap light or at least one that clips onto baseball cap brim, or hard hat brim.

Yeah, if I was "getting up in middle of night to investigate" I'd where my hard hat. I have it on good authority that it is MUCH harder to sucker punch a guy if he is wearing a hardhat. Plus you can throw it, use it to parry knife attacks, etc.

However it does take up lot of space. Maybe fit it under the bed.


Ditto with what BugSplat said about expensive lights. And same with cell phones. More you spend the worse your reception will turn out to be and more likely you lose it.

bsg
11-26-2012, 12:03 AM
Yeah I have a problem, I'm addicted to Surefire products. lol

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easy to happen; just sort of sneaks up on you.

slicknickns
11-26-2012, 12:41 AM
Anything made by Fenix