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FLASHLIGHTS FOR PROTECTION

Editor's Note: I am not a marksman, not involved with Martial Arts, not really a fan of pepper spray and its short range of effectiveness. I have been impressed with the reach, span and brightness of the police service flashlights for night use. You cannot see the person behind the light and you certainly don’t want the light in your eyes, as there could be damage. Officers choose their own, but they usually seem to involve a multiple LED lamp. My neighbor, an Police Department Sgt., explained he preferred a rechargeable lithium battery rather than the single use battery, because his rechargeable unit held a constant brightness and with single use batteries, the brightness faded after being strong when first turned on. We now have a flashlight like the one he carries at work and are comfortable with the demonstrated potential for protection.

RANDY TALKS ABOUT FLASHLIGHTS

S
urefire makes great tactical shooting flashlights that are extremely bright. You can get them at Grants for Guns or through mail order. They also make rechargeable flashlights that are a mix of LED and Zenon bulb that will blind anybody. I use mine quite often and can see well for hundreds of yards. My son is a tactical shooting and urban warfare expert with the Army and has used many of the different tac lights available. The Surefire he sent me has been the best flashlight I have ever used, and the batteries last 
2.5 hrs. if you don't leave the light on the whole time the batteries will last quite a while. I have used the same set sparingly for 6 months and the light is still very bright. A basic Surefire tac shooting flashlight (doesn't have to be on a gun) is about $40.00 to $60.00, and a good rechargeable light will cost about $100.00 or more. This is a good defense alternative to guns.

WHEN ASKED, CPL. JOHNSON REPLIED MANY CMPD OFFICERS LIKE SUREFIRE AND STREAMLIGHT.  LAPD OFFICERS CARRY THE PELICAN 7060, WHICH THEY HELPED DESIGN.

There is a lot of information on line. Sporting goods stores may have a selection. Police Academies may have an attached store where citizens can also come in and shop. Look at these brands and others on line and then check local stores to see who carries the brand you want to hold in your hand and examine.

JON SENDS A GOOD EXAMPLE OF WHAT FLASHLIGHT DEALS YOU CAN FIND IF YOU LOOK AROUND.

For example only, at lumensflashlights.com they sell Surefire with no sales tax or shipping charge. They have included as a free addition, a box of batteries.

PATRICK SENDS WORD ABOUT HIS FAVORITE FLASHLIGHT 

I carry several flashlights. The most incredible one is the $25.00 4 ½ inch Nebo 5557 Redline Adjustable Beam 220 Lumen LED Flashlight . You can get them at Grants. They put out 220 Lumens (more than most of the Shurefires). They adjust to two lower output settings, have an SOS and Strobe function. The end-cap is a strong magnet and the lens adjusts from a wide flood to a long distance blue-white beam. Grant’s also sells a really cool tripod holder for them. 

They use 3 AAA batteries, as opposed to the special Shurefire batteries. I have a Duracell charger and am always recharging a stack of AA’s and AAA’s.

Most flashlights are not bright enough to blind someone, but if is over 200 Lumens “out the front” of the light -- it should disorient them.

PATRICK MENTIONS ANOTHER USEFUL AND VERY BRIGHT LIGHT

He likes the Fulcrum Light-It LED Stick-On Lights (30010-301). There are also other battery powered lights that can be held in your hand, set on the table or stuck to a surface. They come with various numbers of LED bulbs. We have noted some with one and some with 5. Some swivel. Some have a full or dimmed light option.

IF YOU DON’T WANT TO USE BATTERIES, THERE ARE FLASHLIGHTS AND LANTERNS THAT CRANK TO GENERATE POWER.