The charging unit or the rechargeable lithium batteries have now failed me twice. I didn't spend $450 on a flashlight only to find that isn't, first and foremost, reliable. For this kind of money, reliability should never come into question. Very disappointed in the product and Surefire CS has been slow in the past but did sent a replacement lithium battery (again, it too has failed).
Reviewed by THanny (Posted on 3/19/15)
I have been a street cop since 1978. I have had so many flashlights that I can't even tell you. I started out with one of the "green weenies" in the USAF, which was horrible. I wound up using my zippo for light more often than the flashlight.
I favor incandescent lights because of the color temperature and the way they illuminate scenes for night time photography, so it really took a lot for me to spend this kind of money on an LED. Prior to buying this light I used a pair of Surefire 9N's. But can no longer get bulbs or batteries for them.
I love this new Lawman light. I use it on Med most of the time, but really appreciate having that 750 lumens when I want it. I hardly ever recharge it. It's like a camel! And before you ask, I work nights and use it every shift.
I never use the strobe function.
I have had trouble finding a black basket weave holster for it. The one I got from Surefire didn't work out. I am currently using the same one I had for the 9N which is a tiny bit too big around, so I wrapped a little tennis racket hand grip tape around the flashlight and it fits fine. Also the tape helps with holding the flashlight under my arm when conducting traffic stops etc.
I haven't had any trouble with the light. I am very surprised to see so many, or any for that matter, negative reviews for a Surefire flashlight. I can't explain it, only tell you how great mine has been.
Still wish I could get all this with the advantages of an incandescent bulb, but I get that just ain't physically possible.
Also the fact that I don't have to worry about the bulb burning out or breaking and the fact that I can, and do, carry 123A's in the spare cartridge means that I don't need to have two flashlights. The pair of 9N's that this light replaces were individually less expensive but were ultimately more expensive as I needed two of them.
I am very satisfied and would buy it again if I had to. I wonder what changes were made from the 750 lumen model to the 1,000 lumen model. Maybe that's got something to do with it. Anyway I have had great use out of mine. Oh, yeah, I have had it for about a year now.
Reviewed by Sgt Larry Fasnacht (Posted on 3/18/15)
I purchased the 1000 lumen R1 back in December, and have been using it for almost a month now. This light was a replacement to my Pelican 7060. I have never liked the idea of a variable output flashlight, but this has changed my mind. I like that the light remembers the light level (high, medium, low) when you turn it off, and resumes to that setting when it is turned on. I mainly use it on medium, which provides more than ample light for checking parking lots, business interiors, and apartment complexes. So far I have used the light for six days on a single charge (about 30-45 min per night), and still have a green light on medium (way more run time than the Pelican). Charging the light in the vehicle is a nice addition, but it is a slow process.
Reviewed by Biohzrd1 (Posted on 1/13/15)
I purchased this light in August of this year. I used it for routine police work. The light is extremely bright but not reliable. The light failed when it mattered most and would not work properly continuing to turn off. If using this light for any police work I would highly recommend purchasing something different. Again Don't purchase this light!
Reviewed by NJ police officer (Posted on 1/12/15)
30 + years federal and local law enforcement- great light only had it a short time- very powerful- more like a patrol light than undercover due to size but does fit in cargo pocket easily- so far very happy with it. 3 different power levels- great -as well as a strobe feature- very well made-
Reviewed by Lukas (Posted on 7/13/14)
My tailcap failed after a couple months. It operates intermittently but never when I need it. I'm a current LEO and I can't afford to risk my gear not working. Not surefire quality IMO.
Reviewed by CB (Posted on 5/28/14)
I purchased this light from LA Police Gear. The tail cap switch failed 4 days after purchase. The retailer immediately authorized a return and exchange. I would exercise caution before purchasing this light. I will amend this review if the replacement light performs better.
Reviewed by Timothy (Posted on 4/16/14)
I have been a patrol officer for 6.5 years and this is the best light that I have carried. The brightness of the max output is fantastic and the distance at which it can illuminate a tree line is unbelievable. The multiple output makes it superb for patrol use. Being able to switch from the max output to scan the interior of a vehicle to the low output to illuminate a ticket book or notepad is one of the best features. The battery life is sufficient to last me a 10 hour shift. As for durability, I carry mine in my back pocket and it has the normal wear and tear you would expect from regular use. I would and have recommended this light and it is by far worth the price.
Reviewed by Chris (Posted on 12/29/13)
The R1 is in a class by itself. I use it on a daily basis and have never been disappointed with its power or ease of use. The rechargeable feature was what drove me to go with this model and I absolutely love not having to go through batteries. The battery indicator light is very useful as is the multiple power levels. I find the flashlight fits well in the hand, is well balanced, and the textured body makes it easy to grip. In a pinch it could definitely come in handy for self-defense purposes. I have no idea where some of these negative reviews are coming from. This is a great flashlight and you will not be disappointed if you get one. Great job Surefire!
Reviewed by arthur (Posted on 11/15/13)
Bright light but have to constantly charge it, even when I'm not using it. If I was a beat cop I could not rely on it.
Reviewed by Tom Anthon (Posted on 10/17/13)
|Output / Runtime -- White Light|
|High||1,000||lumens / 1.75 hours**|
|Med||150||lumens / 5.25 hours*|
|Low||15||lumens / 37 hours*|
|Batteries||1||Li-ion rech. or two 123A|
** Runtime (at highest setting for multiple-output
lights) until output drops below 50 lumens
NOTE: Runtimes shown measured when using li-ion
Designed for law enforcement officers, the rechargeable R1 Lawman™ LED flashlight features a maximum output of 1,000 lumens, and head and tailcap switches that are user programmable. This dual-fuel capable light also has the ability to run on either its included rechargeable lithium-ion (li-ion) battery or two disposable or rechargeable 123A cells. The Lawman’s precision micro-textured reflector produces a smooth, wide beam with extensive reach and generous peripheral illumination, perfect for a broad range of police and security applications including temporarily blinding opponents.
The Lawman’s tactical tailcap switch activates the 1,000-lumen output—press for momentary-on, twist for constant-on. If programmed by the user to do so, pressing the tailcap switch three times rapidly will activate the high-intensity strobe mode. A separate click-type head switch lets you access three light levels: high (1,000 lumens), medium (150 lumens), and low (15 lumens)—or it can be programmed to activate high output only. See programming chart by clicking the small image at left.
Charging of the li-ion rechargeable battery is accomplished via the integral charging port on the side of the Lawman’s body—no need to remove the battery or place the light in a separate charging cradle. Both wall (AC) charger with international adapters and car (DC) charger are included. Constructed from tough aerospace aluminum that is Mil-Spec hard anodized for extreme durability, the Lawman is O-ring and gasket sealed to keep out moisture, dirt, and dust.
NOTE 1: When disposable 123A batteries are used in the R1 Lawman (1) the maximum output is 500 lumens; (2) medium and low output levels remain the same as with li-ion battery use; (3) runtimes at all settings are roughly 75% of li-ion battery runtimes.
NOTE 2: If the R1 Lawman does not meet your exact needs, please see our other duty-carry size rechargeable flashlights designed for police and security use, the UNR Commander, the dual-output P1R Peacekeeper, and the single-output P1R Peacekeeper Tactical.
- Virtually indestructible LED emitter, microprocessor regulated to maximize output and runtime
- User-programmable tailcap and head switches provide three light output levels plus high-intensity tactical strobe
- Dual fuel capable—uses one lithium-ion rechargeable battery (included) or two disposable or rechargeable 123A cells
- Coated, tempered window resists impact and thermal shock, maximizes light transmission
- Precision micro-textured reflector creates smooth, optimized beam
- High-strength aerospace aluminum body, Mil-Spec hard-anodized for extreme durability
- Fuel gauge indicates remaining battery power
- O-ring and gasket sealed to keep out dust and moisture
- Wall (AC) charger with international adapters and car (DC) charger included
Exposure to strobing lights may cause dizziness, disorientation, and nausea. A very small percentage of people suffer from photosensitive epilepsy—approximately .00025% of the population—and may experience seizures or blackouts triggered by strobing lights. Visit www.epilepsyfoundation.org for more information about this rare form of epilepsy. Anyone who has had symptoms linked to this condition should consult a doctor before using this product.