I bought my E1L Outdoorsman several years ago as a Boy Scout, and it served me faithfully on many long camping trips and other shenanigans my friends and I would pull. One night, back in college, my coveted light went missing. We searched for it for hours the next day, but to no avail. It had bugged me for the last two and a half years that my light went missing, but I was somehow able to move on. Well, a while back, one of my friends who owns the house where I lost the flashlight said he figured out what had been clogging his hot tub, and he pulled out my light! It had been submerged in his hot tub and withstood the freezing temperatures and hot water of that tub for over two years. Yet, when I hit the tailcap, it still worked! This sort of reliability has only cemented my confidence and loyalty to the SureFire brand. Thanks for making such a great product!
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It was November 21, 2009. We were all sitting down to our family dinner, me, my wife, and my three daughters. It wasn't but 10 minutes from when the kitchen door had closed and the food was on the table when we all noticed smoke coming through the cracks around the door. My wife opened the door, and all we saw was a wall of orange fire and black smoke coming out. The fire licked its way out along the ceiling and literally chased all of us out of the house. My Randall knife was by the door, so I grabbed it. We had three Chihuahuas in a side room of the house with a separate entrance. For whatever reason I could not get my key to work on the door, so I used the knife to break out a window. More smoke and flames billowed out, and I backed off. Not once did I ever hear my dogs cry or bark. It was as if they lied down quietly so as to not distract us so we could all get out of harm's way. I still well up to this day just thinking about that.
The fire department didn't let us in until the next day. Everything was pretty much gone; the house was a total loss. I noticed on the now-collapsed dinner table my SureFire M6® Guardian®, [now superseded by the M6LT Guardian--Ed.] standing upright. It had been in the living room, and I guess one of the firefighters must have placed it there. I pressed the switch and it lit right up. The lanyard was burned off, part of the rubber switch was melted, and the lens glass was smoky, but the light still worked. Where everything else was destroyed in the living room, only the SureFire M6 survived. A true testimony to the quality of the product.The only two items I have from before the fire are my Randall knife and SureFire M6, two things needed for emergencies. The M6 is now in my glove compartment, where it has come to good use numerous times since. I am an ordinary guy; I don't work tactical in any way. I just believe that the few items a man has should be the best quality he can afford. You have a customer for life, SureFire.
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I was bicycling in Anchorage, Alaska, when I noticed a reflection in the road up ahead. It was so bright that I had to stop to see what was making such a bright reflection. To my surprise, it was a SureFire E1L Outdoorsman that had been dropped and was still on. Judging from the scuffed-up exterior and the broken pocket clip, the flashlight had clearly been run over a number of times, yet it was still working perfectly. I've had this light for two years now, and I tell everyone the story of how I came to acquire such a nice flashlight.
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I am a Master at Arms (Military Police) in the Navy Reserve, and I have been activated and currently deployed in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. One of the benefits of being stationed in the Caribbean is great SCUBA diving.
On one particular dive, our group was diving on a wreck, in 48 feet of water, when one of the ladies in the group found a Surefire WeaponLight on the ocean floor. It had apparently been down there for some time, based on all the build-up on it. When we resurfaced and got back on the boat, she took the light apart and wiped it down thoroughly to clean off the crud and dry it. When she put it back together and hit the on switch, it still worked!
Any product that's built with such quality and durability to withstand time on the bottom of the ocean is an outstanding product, in my book. When I return to the States next month, I will be saving up the money to buy a SureFire light for my civilian job. I most definitely will be carrying it with me all the time, especially on my next deployment.
Gary B., Petty Officer 2nd Class
High Point, NC
I had just received my SureFire E2DL and wanted to test its brightness, so I decided to go out to the mining tower on the edge of town. I spoke with some of the guys who were working, and they told me I could go down into the mine and test it in complete darkness. I rode down on the elevator, and when I reached the bottom and turned it on, it lit up the whole mining shaft!
After looking around for a few hours, I headed back up. On the way up, I realized my light had fallen out of my pocket. After searching the elevator and bottom of the shaft for hours, I finally gave up and headed home. The next day, someone was knocking on my door. It was the manager of the mines, holding my E2DL. He told me that they'd found the light under the elevator, jamming the gears. He was amazed that it hadn't been crushed under the pressure, and so was I. Thanks, SureFire, for making such elite products that I now know will survive just about anything.
West Frankfort, IL
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While in the "Sand Pit," en route to our RV, unbeknownst to me I lost my SureFire E1B Backup® out the window of our Humvee. The second and third Humvee both ran it over, and the driver of the last truck saw it get run over and actually turn on, bouncing and spinning on the road surface until it came to rest on the shoulder. He could see a beam of light shining, so he stopped to pick it up. When we arrived at the RV, the driver told his story to us, and I immediately checked my vest pocket to find that my Backup was gone. The driver handed me the light it was dented and the window was broken, BUT IT STILL WORKED! Thanks for making such a great product. I still use it to this day, and I'm saving up for a new Defender®.
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I'm contracted at a local nightclub as an I.T. Manager/Surveillance Director, and my best investment has been the E1B®. I am constantly asked by security guards, bartenders, and police officers that I come in contact with, after they see my little light, what type of flashlight I use. I've dropped it from various heights (accidentally) about thirty times. This light should have been called "The Survivor." It has been submerged in the pool, accidentally run over by my 3,500-pound sedan, even found tumbling in the washer with the pants. Without fail, every time I use it, IT WORKS. I am a very happy customer with the Backup from SureFire.
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I was dispatched to a 459 audible (residential burglary alarm). I got out of my unit and ran across a busy neighborhood street to assist my partner. When I reached down to pull out my SureFire Z2 LED, [superseded by the Z2X LED--Ed.] I realized it was gone it had fallen out of my duty holster as I ran across the roadway. Unfortunately, because of the danger, I couldn't go back to look for it, so I continued inside the house and performed a building search with my weapon-mounted SureFire X300® WeaponLight. We finished our check of the residence (the alarm was unfounded), and as we started walking back across the roadway, my partner saw Z2 LED lying in the number-two traffic lane. Just as he noticed it, a huge SUV drove right over it. I was crushed because I thought my Z2 was crushed and I'd just bought it a month ago. When I walked over to inspect it, I was amazed to see that it was perfectly fine and still worked like new. I'm so glad I spent the extra bucks to buy a SureFire flashlight, because they're tough as nails and able to withstand even the most severe punishment.
Officer Mike S.
Aliso Viejo, CA
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Last January, my E1L Outdoorsman was lost in a near white-out snowstorm. A week later, I was using a tempered steel shovel to remove an eight-inch-thick ice dam from a gutter by my sidewalk. I found what I first thought was a garden-hose connector looming in the ice. I drove the point of the shovel into the end to pry it loose. When it came out, much to my surprise, it turned out to be the flashlight I'd given up on ever seeing again. I was even more surprised that worked perfectly. I think this SureFire is the toughest light I've ever owned.
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A couple of years back, when the SureFire L4 LumaMax® first came out, I got one of the first ones produced. I carried it every day for probably a year, and it endured countless drops onto concrete, dunks in water, and overall general rough treatment. Eventually, I gave the light to a friend of mine, as he didn't have a good flashlight of his own.
Well, one beautiful fall day, my friend and I were out on a hike in a wildlife preserve near where I live. We both really enjoyed the hike; however, upon our return to our vehicles, my friend noticed that the L4 I'd given him was missing. He was pretty distraught, but there wasn't much we could do it was getting dark, and we'd walked over five miles of trails, way too much to search after dark so he resigned himself to the loss. A few months later, my dad and I decided to go on the same hike at the same wildlife preserve. We jokingly told my friend that we'd keep an eye out for his L4, knowing there was virtually no chance we'd find it. Well, about an hour into the hike my dad said, "Look," and there, stuck in the mud, was my friends L4. I picked it up out of the mud and clicked it on, and it worked! That light had survived over a foot of snow, repeated freezing and thawing, and over two months in the elements, with no adverse effects.
I ended up trading my buddy another light for this L4, and I still carry it every day on my duty belt. Thanks for making such reliable products.
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I just wanted to write and say how incredibly impressed I am with your products the E2D LED Defender®, to be specific. We have been having some pretty crazy weather up here in Washington State, and after a big snowstorm, my beloved E2DL fell out of my pocket while I was in a parking lot, without my knowledge. The snow was about a foot deep at that point and only got heavier as the days passed. I didn't notice it was gone until later that evening, and given the size of the parking lot, I thought I'd never find it. If it isn't testament enough that I returned to the parking lot almost every day, to search and kick up snow, finally, after two weeks, I finally found it. The light was frozen in a small block of ice and had clearly been run over by a car, as it was beat up pretty bad. I broke up the ice, picked it up, and turned it on. It powered up like it was brand new! The structure and function of this light were clearly designed to be bulletproof. I wouldn't give up on this light, and it clearly wouldn't give up on me. Thanks for an awesome light.
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I returned home from a trail ride to find that my home was burning. Three fire departments did what they could, but the cause was lost. I lost almost everything I owned. A couple weeks later I went into my burned home. I went into the room where the fire had started and used a shovel to dig through the rubble where I knew my duty gear would be. Approximately six feet from where the fire had started I found my SureFire 6P® Original and turned it on. It worked just fine and is still on my duty belt and on patrol with me every day. Thanks for making an excellent product.
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I'm in an Army EOD unit in West Virginia, and while setting up for the last shot of the day, the darkness began to creep in. I finished priming my shots and headed up-range to grab my trusty SureFire 6P Original with a high-output P61 bulb. I chose this light because when the fog sets in here it's about as thick as peanut butter. So I grabbed my 6P, fired it up, and headed back downrange to see where my initiators were. I got to the range to find my 2 initiators yelling, "FIRE IN THE HOLE!" I hear pop pop and see smoke, so I drop my 6P and beat feet back up-range to the demo bunker. While I'm in the bunker waiting for a blast, I realized that I don't have my 6P on me, but it's way too late to go back downrange. Suddenly, a thunderous blast hit, and I saw a flicker of light about 400 meters from where the blast went off. When it was all clear, I walked towards where I saw the flicker and found my 6P lying on the ground. It looked like it was hit by rocks and frag, but when I picked it up and turned it on it fired right up and worked just fine. SureFire flashlights are truly the finest that money can buy.
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My wife was insisting that our garbage disposal wasn't working properly, complaining that it was not adequately chopping up the lemon pieces she'd put in it. "Perhaps the blades are no longer sharp enough," she said. To investigate the matter, she grabbed my E1L Outdoorsman out of the kitchen drawer and promptly proceeded to accidentally drop it into the running disposal. Well, the blades were plenty sharp and did a number on my little flashlight. It may not look that pretty any longer, but, to my astonishment, it still works just fine. Thank you, SureFire, for making an outstanding flashlight.
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I have a Harley Davidson 1200 custom Sportster, and one night I was out for a ride when my headlight went out. Luckily I had my Surefire E2L Outdoorsman with me. I was using it to light my way down the highway when, suddenly, I dropped it at 65 mph. I pulled over and found it, and it was still on. I couldn't believe it got dropped onto hard pavement at that speed and it was still on. The impact barely scratched the body of the light, but it broke the metal clip. So I called SureFire the next day, and they sent me a replacement clip for free. SureFire makes the strongest, most powerful flashlight I've ever seen.
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