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I am an active-duty Navy chief and an avid outdoor enthusiast. On my off time, I enjoy riding my mountain bike through Southern California's beautiful natural parks. Most rides are around 50 miles or so, and I usually ride with a friend, but this time I decided to ride by myself through Joshua Tree National Park one July day. Big mistake.

I planned a 57-mile loop around the park that would showcase most of the popular tourist attractions. I checked in at the ranger’s desk to verify current parks conditions and was told that there was a small chance of thunder-storms throughout the day but no other alerts in place, so I set out on my ride. Later in the afternoon, I noticed that the sky was getting darker and the wind was kicking up, so I decided to head back. But I was still over 30 miles away, so I decided to take a shortcut to make up some time. Big mistake number two.

According to my GPS, my shortcut would take me through 13 miles of very rugged terrain, but I really wanted to get back quick. About five miles into the ride, the rain started and I got caught in a downpour. I crested the summit of a hill, and as I made my decent down the back side of the hill, I got caught in a mudslide, which pushed me off of the trail and crashed me down the hill about 10 meters. I had cuts, scrapes, and a sprained ankle, and my wheel rims were both bent, with several broken spokes. On top of that, my cell phone and GPS both now had water damage. It was now after 5 p.m., and I had at least two more hours to go.

After walking for 2 hours, I was no closer to the visitor’s station and it was now completely dark. So I reached into my pack, grabbed my SureFire UNR Commander®, and kept pushing on. The UNR’s 800 lumens were so bright that I could see everything. This was vital to keeping me sane and put my mind at ease about the possibility of an animal attack. After 3 more hours of walking, my Commander was still going strong. About 11 p.m., I finally made it to a service road, where I was picked up by a park ranger. Man, was I happy to see him! He told me that he’d seen my light from over four miles away and was on his way over to see what it was.

Thanks for putting out such a great product! It could’ve been a much longer night without my UNR.

Richard C.
Oceanside, CA

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Locksmithing has been in my family since 1948. I have been driving a service vehicle since I was 15, and I’ve seen my fair share of craziness. One night, my trainee and I were responding to a break-in call from a realtor at a vacant house that wasn’t in a good area. I placed my pistol in my waistband as we approached the house, and, sure enough, the backdoor had been kicked in and was open. I shined my SureFire Defender® flashlight at the damaged door and started my training “speech” for my trainee, but his eyes were locked on something inside. I glanced up to see what he was looking at only to see a guy inside, holding a pistol—the guy who’d kicked in the door and broken in! Without hesitation, I high-beamed the intruder in the face and pushed my trainee out the door, and we both bolted for the truck to call the police. We got away without incident, but, unfortunately, it was the last day for my trainee. It all happened so fast that I know if I’d reached for my weapon, one or both of us would’ve been shot.

I’ve come to rely on my SureFire products not only for me but also for my loved ones. I may not always have a firearm on me, but I’ll never be without my SureFire. Thanks for saving my hide.

Jacques D.
Crowley, LA

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I would like to say thank you for providing such a great product. I work for a local municipality and received an emergency call late one night from our local dispatch about a downed overhead high-voltage line across a street that our local police officer was having a hard time locating. Upon arrival to the scene, I noticed the police officer on scene (a good friend of mine) wandering around, shining at the roadway with what looked like just one step up from a candle. Thankfully I had my trusty SureFire 6P® with me, because as soon as I lit it up, I noticed that the officer was within a couple of feet of the downed line. He hadn’t noticed the line because the dimness of his flashlight was forcing him to walk close to the beam—one more step and he could have been toast! We barricaded the street until the power company arrived, and he thanked me for probably saving his life. I told him that I couldn’t have done it without my little buddy from SureFire. Thanks from a true believer.

Joel Z.
Ithaca, MI

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I left Denver, en route to Williston, ND, with a tractor trailer full of a HAZMAT load from a chemical blending and distribution center. The trip is about a 1400-mile turnaround, and I am very familiar with the route and have completed several successful trips in the past without incident. However, on this particular trip, at around 11:30 pm on Wyoming Hwy 59, about 17 miles south of the Montana state line, my headlights quit working on a very narrow and steep two-lane road in a location most would describe as “the middle of nowhere.” Luckily, the P2X Fury that my brother gave me for Christmas was by my side and more than capable of lighting my way by holding the light out of my window so there was no reflection off the inside of the windshield. After about four miles of nerve-wracking driving, I found a safe place to pull over and wait until morning to further investigate the issue, which turned out to be a bad fuse.

I credit your outstanding product to keeping me and everyone else travelling around me that night safe, and I thank you for making such great and reliable products!

Aleks S.
Denver, CO

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I live in Georgia, in Eurasia, and back in 2008 some friends and I were near the border of Azerbaijan, doing some fishing. We inadvertently crossed the border into Azerbaijan, where the fishing was hot, and, not realizing we weren’t in Georgia, spent the night. At dawn, before sunrise, several Azerbaijani border guards awoke us and told us to follow them back to their division. They were clearly drunk and were all sporting AK-47s.

We tried to talk our way out of the situation, but nothing helped—until we proposed to make a trade for our freedom. We offered them money, but they would not take it. We offered our fishing equipment, but again they refused. Finally, remembering my SureFire 9P® Original (now discontinued) was in my pack, I dug it out and showed it to them. I turned it on and lit up the darkness, impressing the guards with its output. We had a deal: my favorite flashlight for our freedom. It was scary night, but thanks to SureFire quality, there was a happy ending—for both parties.

George J.
Tbilisi, Georgia


We were on a summer boating trip and, one extremely dark night tied up to a dock at a marine park attached to a large campground on Keats Island, we started hearing a child screaming. He sounded like he was in a lot of pain. Everyone who was awake scrambled from their boats to see what the problem was. It was hard to pinpoint where the screaming was coming from, so I pulled out my SureFire Fury and, on its high setting, started scanning the docks and the beach. It was a couple hundred yards to the beach, but I was able to locate the child who was hurt—he’d fallen in some logs that were high up on the beach. I kept my light focused onto the child while I made my way up the docks and onto the bridge attached to the Island. The whole time I was able to illuminate the fallen child so other people could get to him and help him.

Turned out the boy had fallen on some slippery logs, twisted his knee, and was stuck and terrified. The parents and several others were able to extract him successfully. They thanked me for locating the boy and lighting up the area so they could get to him. Many of them had flashlights, but none of them were much use beyond 20 feet or so. One man was completely shocked to see that I wasn't holding a giant spotlight and couldn't believe so much light could come from such a small flashlight. Numerous people left the beach, stating they had to get themselves a SureFire. I couldn't agree more. It's my faithful companion everywhere I go.

Tim D.
West Vancouver, British Columbia

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We were trekking the Amazon rainforest when, after nine days, we got lost. Supplies quickly dwindled, and we were soon down to the last of our food and clean water. All but one of the team’s flashlights had depleted its batteries: my dual-output SureFire P2X Fury. I’d limited myself to using its perfectly adequate 15-lumen low setting, providing us with 46 hours of runtime—enough to guide our team back to the safety of base camp. If you need a quality flashlight in the Great Outdoors, make sure it's a SureFire.

Daniel W.
Eastleigh, England

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I live in Dominican Republic, and, due to social problems, we tend to have lots of struggles and street fighting against the government. One day I was at a friend’s house when, suddenly, we heard gunfire. We looked out the window to see the police firing against a big riot crowd on the streets. In that moment, I took cover and covered my ears, but after a couple of minutes the riot got closer and my ears started to hurt. I remembered that I had my EP4 Sonic Defenders earplugs from a concert the day before (I work as a sound assistant and need hearing protection), so I reached into my pockets, pulled out my EP4s, and put them in.

A couple of minutes later, the riot came into the house. We tried to get out, but the police were shooting, so we just took cover. The police then proceeded to throw a flash-bang grenade through the window and—BOOM! Luckily, I had my EP4s in my ears and, as the police came in, asking questions to all the other now-deaf people, I was able to hear and explain what had happened and to assist them in identifying the riot members. If I hadn't had my EP4s in, I probably would’ve wound up in jail, or even much worse.

Jean R.
Santiago, Chile

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This summer I organized a caving trip with my friends and brother. I made sure to pack my best gear: my new camping stove, water filter, and most important of all, my new Minimus Vision headlamp. As we traversed the cave, the warm light from my Vision lit our path. Vision’s incandescent-like beam was able to cut through the mist, which often turns into a gray wall when illuminated with the cold-white light from a regular LED. In addition, Vision allowed us to render earthy colors effectively, making the trip a lot safer, as we were able to safely traverse the large boulders and pitfalls that were present in the cave.

Woo B.
Oakridge, TN

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My SureFire HL1-A Helmet Light saved my life in 2011. I went to climb Mt. Everest, and I was told to bring two headlamps (made by some other manufacturer) and two flashlights made by the other guys as well. I knew better and brought my two small but bright handheld flashlights, and I purchased two SureFire HL1-A Helmet Lights so I could be innovative and bring my ops core helmet with my Helmet Lights attached to its rails.

Upon arriving at base camp, everyone had to show their equipment to the guides. The guides did not like my idea of my Helmet Lights and did not want to hear about how they are bright and the best helmet-mounted lights money can buy. I was given another brand of headlamp but told that I could still use my helmet.

Fast forwarding to summit day, we were hit by a heavy storm and close to -50° F degree weather. Our headlamps we were given all failed in the extreme cold. It was 4:45 a.m., and we were nowhere near the summit when we were forced to turn around, but it was pitch black out. I had stashed my two Helmet Lights in my pack and was able to locate them and attach them both to the rails on my helmet. I was able to guide six people to safety with those two HL1-As.

Now anything from SureFire is not only allowed by those guides, it’s probably mandatory. Thanks, SureFire.

Sean D.
Antelope, CA

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My son and I were driving through Badger Pass, on our way home in a severe blizzard with white-out conditions. On the way down the pass, I could not stop in time for a curve, due to ice on the road, and skidded into the embankment, out of sight from the road. Calling for help on my cell phone, I was told that all search efforts would not take place until the storm subsided enough for there to be enough visibility to find me; I was told to stay put.

Forty-eight hours later, I heard a snowmobile search party nearby, but with the doors frozen shut and a couple of hundred pounds of snow on the car, I could not get out of the car. My son reminded me that I had my SureFire Pen in the glove compartment, so I used its glass-breaker tailcap to break the tempered glass window of the door. It shattered with very little effort—thank goodness, because I was very weak and scared. We were able to dig our way out, and we both survived the near-death experience. Now I always carry my SureFire pen with me.

Thank you, SurFire. Never stop making and improving your outstanding tactical equipment.

Chris S.
Selma, CA

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I worked for an American corporation here in Kuala Lumpur, and I work the night shift. One night, after midnight, I was driving back from “lunch” and got stopped by a police roadblock. An officer checked my driver’s license and informed me that my license had expired two months earlier. I apologized and explained that I sincerely had forgotten about the expiration date, but he instructed me to park and get out of the car.

I parked by the roadside, and the officer began taking down my information. He used a small, police-issued LED light made by another manufacturer to write up the ticket, but the light was dim and he was having difficulty reading the small print on my license. So I fished the SureFire E2D LED Defender® that I always carry out of my pocket and clicked it on. The first click activated its 200 lumens and lit up the night like daylight, so I clicked to the secondary 5-lumen beam, which was still brighter than the officer’s flashlight. The officer was so impressed with my light that he asked if he could “test out” my SureFire. I handed my light to him, and he liked it so much that he asked me where he could get one, maybe even two, of his own. We chatted for a bit, and then, to my pleasant surprise, he smiled and said he’d let me off with a warning.

Thanks, SureFire, for making one hell of a great product. Great enough to get me out of a ticket by impressing a Malaysian police officer.

Azaly R.
Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

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My newlywed wife and I were canoeing at my parents’ home, in Jamaica, Virginia, in late August. It was dusk when we set out, and a brisk wind picked up after we launched. I always pack my E1B Backup wherever I go, be it day or night. My wife was wearing my grandmother’s engagement ring, which had been passed down to her not three months prior. It was a bit big on her, and I recommended that she leave it home, but she didn’t listen to my advice.

Well, in the middle of grabbing the gunwales to brace herself, over goes the ring into the drink. Rather than dive overboard and disturb the descent of the ring, I immediately throw out the anchor while my wife stared at me in horror, utterly speechless and almost in tears. I took a big breath, grabbed my Backup, and over I went into the river, which was about nine feet deep where we were. The little torch cut right through the murky water.

I searched for about 15 minutes, but to no avail. I made one last effort and was rewarded with a jolt when I saw a sparkling glint on the river bottom and bubbles started to burst out of my mouth from laughing so hard. I surfaced with the ring in hand and a big smile on my face, which immediately grew one on my wife’s face as well. I've never been so relieved.

Any other light would have been extinguished for that amount of time underwater, but not my SureFire. My wife and I both thank you, SureFire.

Andrew L.
Quinton, VA


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While I was in a pharmacy in Haiti, I suddenly felt the ground shaking beneath me. I rushed toward the exit, thinking to myself, "Earthquake, earthquake!" It was the 7.3 magnitude earthquake that hit Haiti on January 12th, 2010. I could see plumes of dust from crashing homes floating up in the sky as the earth shook. The following days would be in total blackout, without any electricity. That's where my E1L Outdoorsman came in handy. It was bright enough to pierce through the dark and dusty air of the pitch-black streets of Port-au-Prince. As it's not safe to sleep inside concrete houses, I used the Z61 switch I have on my E1L flashlight as a stand so it lit up my entire tent. I get a proud feeling whenever I hear someone say, "such a bright light for such a small flashlight." Thanks for making this strong and durable product. It's just what I needed in the aftermath of an earthquake.

Osner F.
Port-au-Prince, Haiti

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Every time I walk out the door, I carry a few essential items, one of them being my SureFire 6P® LED [superseded by the6PX Tactical--Ed.]. On the way to the movies, my buddy and I almost hit a deer lying in the middle of the road. It had evidently been hit by a car and couldn't get up. We pulled over and investigated. The deer was still alive, but if another driver wasn't wary, there could easily be an accident. I pulled out my SureFire and put on a reflective vest that I had in the car. I turned on my light, and its beam cut through the night like a knife through butter. While my friend stood by the deer and tried to get it moving, I flagged down passing motorists with my SureFire and warned them of the danger ahead. One motorist even commented that my flashlight looked like a light saber. After about five minutes, the deer found enough strength to get up and run into the woods. My friend and I left, happy for the deer, for the fact we'd helped prevent an accident, and especially happy with the way my SureFire 6P performed. I'll never buy another brand of flashlight.

Jeffrey P.
Fredericksburg, VA

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I was recently at a gun show, with one of my buddies, and we were on the lookout for SureFire flashlights there. As I was leaving, I came across a booth selling knock-off SureFire, and I started to check them out, when my buddy said, "Don't waste your money on that - it's a piece of junk. A SureFire is a much better light and well worth the extra money." I took his advice and waited and bought a 6P® LED [superseded by the 6PX Tactical--Ed.] the next day at a tactical shop. When I got my new flashlight home I started shining it around my house, checking out how bright it was. I've owned my house for 10 years, and I thought I'd seen every square inch of it. But with my SureFire I found an unknown cubby hole behind my attic stairs, and about four feet into the hole I saw a stack of seven $20 bills, covered in dust, that I assume the previous owner had stashed away. I immediately call my buddy and told him he was right - the SureFire was well worth it!

Michael A.
Hapeville, GA

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Two weeks ago, I was out for a night ride on some local mountain bike trails with a buddy. The trails were in great shape, and we were climbing a big hill about halfway through our ride when my cycling headlamp's rechargeable battery failed. We were about five miles from the car, and the only way out was by single track far too narrow for a vehicle. Lucky for me, I had my SureFire E1B Backup® in my pack. I strapped it to my helmet and had more than enough light to finish the ride in style as ”something an average flashlight wouldn't have been able to muster. My E1B is always close at hand when I venture into the woods, and that night it lived up to its name.Thanks, SureFire.

Carl H.
Knoxville, TN

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I'm a volunteer for my local ambulance service, and one dark night we got called to a job where someone had fallen. It turns out our patient had fallen down a four-meter vertical bank off a deserted gravel road, and there was no lighting available. My partner used his service-issue torch to have a look down at the patient, but it didn't really light much up. Then I pulled out my SureFireL4 LumaMax®, and it was like I turned on the sun. We could see down the bank and clearly see our patient. I used my light to hunt for a clear path down, which I found, and quickly learned that our patient had a fractured and dislocated ankle. With the darkness and limited space restraints, we had to call in a rescue squad to scoop the patient out with a stokes basket. When they arrived, I used my L4 to light up the scene. Every time I shined my torch in a different direction, it was like the sun turned off. Everyone was impressed with my L4's performance, as their torches looked like matches compared to mine! We got the patient out of there and to the hospital, but, if it hadn't been for my SureFire, the job would have been 10 times more difficult!

Nick B.
Wellington, NZ

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I'm an inspector and compliance consultant in the housing industry, so I'm often called upon to accompany government subcontract inspectors when they inspect my clients' properties. I can't tell you how many times one of these guys has squinted into the darkness with his crummy flashlight in hand and said he was going to cite my client for a violation he "thinks" he sees. That's when one of my SureFires helps me earn my pay. I always keep an E1L Outdoorsman on a lanyard around my neck and a U2 Ultra in my hip pocket. I remove my E1L from its lanyard, hand it to the guy, and tell him he'd better show me a clear violation before he writes one up. It often turns out that, when the inspector sees things in "a better light," he discovers he is wrong. That's because my I've already inspected the area before him, using my SureFires, and already made any repairs that were needed.

Michael G.
Monkton, MD

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I'm a transportation inspector for the New Mexico Department of Public Safety, and our duty is to ensure safe and legal operation of commercial motor vehicles not only for the driver's safety, but also for the travelers around them. I was performing a routine inspection on a semi truck, and as I walked around the truck I could smell diesel. I had my partner get under the truck to see if he could locate the smell, but with his ordinary flashlight he could see nothing unusual. So I whipped out my brand new SureFire U2 Ultra and had a look. With my U2's bright beam, I quickly discovered that a fuel line was leaking and dripping onto a VERY hot exhaust line. My partner and I immediately closed off a section of the parking lot to prevent anything bad from happening €”all thanks to my new purchase. After that incident, the rest of the inspectors went out and purchased new SureFires.

Porfirio M.
Raton, NM

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I'd recently purchased a SureFire U2 Ultra and had it in my coat pocket, when I took my car to a local mechanic for some routine maintenance. Fifteen minutes into my visit, the service writer pulled me aside and told me that my car's brakes were "unsafe" and badly in need of new front brake pads, unaware that I'd recently had my brake pads replaced elsewhere. The service writer took me out to the mechanic working on my car to show me the condition of my brake pads. In the relatively dark garage, he shined an extremely dim penlight into the tiny gap between the brake pad and front rotor and said, "See? There's nothing there." Then he told me he'd gladly perform a brake service for the mere price of $390. I smiled at him and said, "You mean to tell me that you diagnosed my car with THAT little flashlight? Charging $390 for a brake job, you should be able to afford one of these." I whipped out my U2, set it to max output, pressed the switch, and filled his dark garage with brilliant light. When I shined it on the brake pad, it was clear as day that the brake pad had plenty of life left. Also clear as day were the glum looks on the mechanic and service writer's face. The look on their faces was well worth the price of my U2. And it's priceless knowing that this shop will think twice about bilking people out of their cash for unneeded repairs. After all, they'll never know when another customer might whip out his SureFire to shed more light on the situation.

Isaiah B. Highland Park, NJ

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I run five miles a few times a week, and I push my daughter in a running stroller. I generally try to get back home before dusk, but on this particular night, I took an unfamiliar route. With about a mile left to run, it was already dark, and there was no sidewalk for the last mile of this excursion, so I had to share the edge of the road with oncoming traffic. Good thing I had my6P® LED [superseded by the 6PX Tactical--Ed.] in the side pocket of the stroller. I whipped it out and used its tactical tailcap to create a strobe effect as cars came into view. Every single vehicle that passed slowed down and moved over to share the road. I won't be going on any more runs after dark with my daughter, but good thing I had my SureFire that night. Thanks for making dependable tools for everyday situations.

Josh S. Charlotte, NC

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My little SureFire E1L Outdoorsman survived a grueling wheat harvest season. It traveled from Electra, Texas, to Shelby, Montana, and never once failed. And now it will make the journey all over. One night I was called off from driving the truck just so the boss could use my flashlight when we had a midnight breakdown of one of the combines. When I arrived, he had a huge four-D-cell light with a faded yellow beam; I think a lighter would have given off more light. I pulled my E1L out of my pocket, and it lit up the engine compartment bright as day. With all of the rain Texas had in 2007, downtime was not an option. We replaced the part and the combine was up and running by morning. It's nice to know that my SureFire helped fix breakdowns but never had one.

Ryan R.
Sandston, VA

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I'm a walnut farmer in Northern California, and I have a small flock of Barbados sheep for "organic" weed control on my farm. The sheep and I are frequently in some fairly rugged terrain, and I make sure to check their condition and portable electric fencing every day around nightfall. I always have my SureFire in hand to see skunks and other critters and to scare off the occasional stray dog or coyote that may be seeking out a lamb dinner. One evening I noticed that the main matriarch sheep in the group was having a problem with her vision. I recognized the tail end of a wild oat seed that had become stuck under her eyelid, and I noticed that she and the rest of the flock were acting wild and upset because of her disorientation. They ran around frantically, while I tried in vain to catch the hurt one, but they wouldn't let me anywhere near her in their frightened state. This went on until dusk turned to night. So I pulled my trusty 6P® LED [superseded by the 6PX Tactical--Ed.] from my pocket and used it to temporarily blind and stun the sheep in a harmless way. I was then able to approach the hurt one and I remove the seed from her eye. I know that I saved lots of money on what would have been a hefty veterinary bill had the seed stayed in and caused any damage to her eye. Thanks for producing the best flashlights in the world. I will always have my SureFire light with me wherever my sheep or I go.

Christopher C.
Colusa, CA

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One cold, stormy night in March, I received a phone called from one of my friends. He told me he couldn't get his boat to start and he was 15 miles downriver from where he put in. He and another one of my friends had been catfishing that night, when they were caught by a storm, and now their boat wouldn't start. Before we hung up, they told me both of their cell phones were dying, so I wouldn't be able to call them again. I called another friend to go with me, and we put in our boat at the same landing. He brought two rechargeable spotlights, and I brought a corded spotlight and my SureFire E2L Outdoorsman. The river was low when we started down the river to find them. Both of us had been on this river but never that far down, so we were going slow, due to the weather and all the exposed debris caused by the low water level. We started out using my spotlight, which ran off of the boat battery, but it had a short in it, so it quit working about two miles down the river. My friend started using his rechargeable spotlights, and we made it about 15 miles in the rain, finding my stranded friend, but by then they were drained.

We got my friend's boat cranked, but we were out of lights to navigate back upriver—until I remembered that my E2L was in my pocket. I gave it to my friend, and he laid on the bow and used it to navigate the 15 miles back upriver. It provided more than enough light for us to see where we were going and dodge all the debris in the river from the storm. Thanks to my E2L, we all made it home safely that cold, stormy night.

Patrick R.
Willard, NC

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After reading a bunch of articles on the SureFire LEDs, and having excellent experience with my incandescent SureFire 6P®, I bought SureFire E2L Outdoorsman in December 2007. One July evening my wife got a call from my brother-in-law's wife saying that his car broke down on I-85. I grabbed my L1 and my E2L, just in case I needed them both. Well, I got there, and sure enough the water pump shaft was moving freely in the engine. We drove to the nearest auto-parts store, bought a new water pump, and came back to the car to start working on it. Good thing I had the E2L with me €”it provided us with light for seven hours straight. My brother-in-law even said, "Your flashlight sure paid off tonight." It sure did. Thank you, SureFire, for making an excellent product with such great runtime and reliability.

Chris C.
Suwanee, GA

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It was the evening of our town's summer festival, and it was still an hour or so before the fireworks were scheduled to start. Hundreds of kids had bought toy light-sabers from a festival vendor and were playing with them in the soccer field. It looked like a tryout for a little league Star Wars competition. My five-year-old managed to break his toy light-saber, and the vendor was completely sold out, so we couldn't replace it. It broke my heart to see my little one crying, so I went to my car, grabbed my E2L Outdoorsman and some duct tape, cut the colored plastic "beam" from its cheap, broken light source, and taped it to my E2L. Bingo my kid had the meanest, brightest light-saber that ever was.

Edward R.
Medfield, MA

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It was a dark, moonless winter evening in Yosemite Valley as my wife, daughter, and I finished our meal at the Yosemite Lodge Cafeteria. Suddenly, we were plunged into pitch-black darkness. No power, no emergency lights, no generators. No problem. I just reached for the SureFire E1B Backup® that's always tucked into my pocket and shined it off the ceiling €”plenty of light for dining to continue. While other lesser lights flickered on here and there, it was the little E1B that really lit up the room. When we finally had to leave, I found myself peppered with questions about my "lantern" and met with stunned looks when the questioners realized that the "spotlight" was hidden in my palm. The next day we learned that the outage was caused by a ringtail cat that explored the wrong part of a substation, knocking out power throughout the valley until the wee hours of the morning. Good thing I had my SureFire so the only effect of the overnight outage was a little added adventure.

Steve C.
El Cerrito, CA

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During a solo canoe expedition on the Mississippi River, I had a choice to make: dig in and weather the four days of coming thunderstorms or paddle the one-hundred-mile leg of the journey to Memphis, TN. The only problem was, about fifty miles of the paddle would be at night. Lucky for me, I made the wise decision to purchase a 6P® LED [superseded by the 6PX Tacitcal--Ed.] for the journey. As the sun fell and I slipped into the darkness, I could only guess what I was in for. Canoeing down the flooded river was challenging enough during the day, and surely the night would add more variables to the equation. I held tightly to my GPS, VHF radio, and 6P—all tools I trusted to see me through. The FM35 red filter was incredibly useful for reading the navigational charts, and with the easy flip of a switch, the powerful LED light pierced the humid darkness and illuminated channel markers. The intensity of the 6P LED may have confused towboat pilots into thinking I was a larger vessel, but it served to let them know I was coming through. The journey was a success. Thanks for showing me the way.

Kristian G.
Libertyville, IL

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I have an E2D LED Defender®, and I bring it with me practically everywhere I go, in this particular case, on one of my early evening runs in the city. I usually keep the E2DL in my hand when I run, since I don't like things bouncing around in my pocket. Plus, it gives me some level of security against stray dogs that may decide to tag along. On this run, I was in the middle of crossing the street when a cab raced towards me, not heeding the pedestrian lane. I quickly brought my SureFire into action, blasting the cab driver with all of the E2DL's 120 lumens. The driver slammed on the brakes and came to a screeching halt only a few feet from where I stood. It's great to know my E2DL has power to stop reckless drivers right in their tracks.

Christian P.
Makati City, Philippines


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Last Friday night, my fiance and I were walking our dogs in Ventura, CA, on Main Street. It was about 9 p.m., and the area is loaded with bars and people drinking, especially on weekend nights. We were crossing Main Street, at a stop light, with a green light when a drunk driver was making a left turn toward us. When I noticed he wasn't slowing down, I pulled out my SureFire E1B and first shined it on the ground. When that didn't work, I shined it directly in his eyes, at which point he slammed on his brakes, skidding to within a few feet from us. Thank God I had my E1B on me.

Kent A.
Camarillo, CA

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While on a family vacation in Branson, Missouri, we visited Marvel Cave at Silver Dollar City. Before the tour started I noticed the guide was carrying a two-cell Maglite on his side. I told my wife that I was amazed he didn't have a better light. When we got down deep into the cave, he started showing us different things in the dark caverns. About half way through the tour, he tried pointing the beam from his light at something to show us, but it was too far away for his weak light to reach. He told the group that the cave was so big lights couldn't reach some places. I immediately pulled out my brand-new SureFire LX2 and proved him wrong. Everyone on the tour was amazed at how bright my light was. One guy even asked if I could shine my light down a huge hole so he could take a photo. The rest of the tour the guide used my LX2 to show people the hidden features of the cave. When the guide returned the light to me at the end of the tour, he told me he was going to replace his Maglite with a SureFire.

Jeff T.
Louisburg, KS

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A few months ago, I was in Kenya, with a medical team, working out of many of the slums outside of Nairobi. Since so many areas are without power, it is pitch black most nights. While in an area called Rongai, we had many people with infections and wounds that needed to be cleaned and treated, but without power it was almost impossible. Good thing I had my SureFire Outdoorsman. The flashlight lasted all day, providing enough light to help over 370 people who desperately needed medical attention. I ended up giving up my light to a local doctor who runs into the same issues we dealt with, on a daily basis. It's nice to know my light is still doing some good over there.

John V. Orange, CA

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Last night, my SureFire flashlight paid for itself. I'm a student at Guilford College, in Greensboro, North Carolina, and when I first purchased my E2D LED Defender®, a lot of people joked that I'd been ripped off. Even after I demonstrated its power, they remained skeptical. Well, last night my friend and I went for a walk, so I brought my flashlight with me (college campuses can be dangerous at night). On the way back to our dorm, a car skidded around a corner and headed straight for us at 50 miles per hour. It all happened so quickly that I didn't have time to move out of the way. As if moving on autopilot, I aimed my SureFire at the driver's side window, blasting the driver with the full 120 lumens. The driver swerved off the road to miss us (missing us by about eight feet) and crashed through some bushes before continuing down the road. As they passed us, I noticed that two teenagers in the car were smiling and laughing—totally oblivious to what was going on. I'm thankful that I had my SureFire flashlight with me. It undoubtedly saved my life as well as my friend's life. Thanks for making such a reliable product. I'm now a loyal customer for life.

Ben C.
Timonium, MD

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I am a middle school science teacher in Alabama, and one day, last spring, it was a rainy, nasty day, and we were under tornado watches until late afternoon. The tornado watch quickly turned into a tornado warning, and we were instructed to take our classes to a downstairs room for safety. All the teachers at my school are issued a classroom light (I will refrain from mentioning the brand of the light we're issued, so as not to embarrass them), but since the quality is not to my liking, I always put my SureFire E2D LED Defender® in my desk once I get to work. So, when we were instructed to go downstairs and the power happened to go out, the few teachers who actually had their issued flashlights turned them on. Needless to say, we were still in the dark until my Defender provided a nice, bright light that amazed the kids and my coworkers. Not only did it allow us to see and keep track of all the students, it allowed the kids to forget about the bad weather so we were all able to relax until we were given the green light to return to our classrooms. Thanks, SureFire, for the great products you make.

Nic G.
Cullman, AL

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I work for an aero-medical service in New England and never leave for a mission without my SureFire E2D LED Defender®. One night, it may have just saved a man's life. We'd landed on an interstate after a severe car accident around 3:00 a.m. The state police secured the landing zone from traffic, but a bystander walked through the woods from his home to view the scene. As I exited the aircraft while it was running, the man ran toward the helicopter in close proximity to the low-spinning rotor blades. My E2D made the perfect strobe, flashing from five to 120 lumens to summon the police to intercept the bystander before he became another patient. After we debriefed the incident, other flight medics went out and bought SureFire flashlights. Now they won't leave the ground without theirs, either.

Mike H.
Boston, MA

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As a photojournalist, I've learned over the years to pack quickly and lightly. Something I always travel with is my SureFire Saint Minimus®headlamp. Recently, I was sent to Haiti to cover the aftermath of the earthquake. A few times, I was stuck walking in areas where the power was out. No street lights, nothing, just complete darkness, with a lot of debris on the ground. Rocks, cables, glass, metal, just about every kind of material that could injure you, so you have to be careful, especially in the dark. My headlamp proved to be an invaluable tool. The house I was staying at was partially running its electricity from a generator. There were two nights when the power at the house went out and we were stuck in the dark all night. It was awesome, walking around with my Minimus on. I was able to power down its output for things like eating or organizing my things. And when I went outside, I could increase its brightness. I was also constantly sweating profusely, and the headband responded well to all the sweat; it stayed dry and didn't get gross or disgusting. I even used it in the rain and was so happy to have it. The SureFire Minimus is a safety net; it really is. I wouldn't travel without it.

Lily E.
Plantation, FL

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I produce and shoot outdoor television shows for a living. A few months back, I was filming a fishing show in the Florida Everglades. Because of the terrain and remote location, we headed out on airboats. At the end of the day, we began to head back in when my airboat started to have engine problems and we got separated from the other boat. There was no cell phone service and no radio contact with the other boat. As night began to fall, my boat driver realized that his spotlight was not charged and we had no light on the boat. I never leave home without my trusty backpack and, of course, my SureFire 6P® LED [superseded by the 6PX Tactical--Ed.]. My SureFire lit up the Everglades and illuminated the way for us to idle the airboat 20 miles back to the launch site.

Ray C.
Orlando, FL

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My best friend and I had been planning a mountain-climbing trip for months, and we decided to traverse across a section of the Shenandoah Mountains in Virginia. We planned for the trip to take a few days, so laden with all our gear, he and I set out in mid-December. After one day, we set up camp at the summit of one mountain, around 3800 feet of elevation. Between the snow, sleet, and brutal wind, my partner was slipping into hypothermia. Being too far away for rescue, and having no cell service to call for help, we packed up that night and climbed down the rocky, treacherous terrain in the dark except for the light from the end of my SureFire L4 LumaMax®. I dropped the light countless times, climbing over the boulders, and watched it fall against rocks, into shin-deep snow, and submersed under creek water. Never once did my L4 waiver in its ability to illuminate the path to safety. Without that light, my friend in all likelihood wouldn't be here today. I am forever grateful for my L4, that little piece of life-saving equipment.

Taylor B.
Alexandria, VA

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I recently traveled to Cape York, on a week long fishing trip with my two brothers and few friends. Big tidal movement can leave you stranded in these remote parts of Australia, with even bigger crocodiles, a situation we found ourselves in after fishing all day in Dinner Creek. Anchored at the mouth of the creek, we awaited the rise of the tide. As night fell, the wind picked up and things weren't looking so good. The hours went by, and the tide was finally high enough at around 9.30 pm to head back to camp. So we set out into the open ocean, conditions worsening. I was wearing my SureFire Minimus® headlamp and my U2 Ultra clenched in one fist. The ocean was rough, with waves crashing over the top of our very small, open aluminum boat. The Saint was just that, guiding us though the white water. And the U2 carved a path through the blackness of the maze of mangrove-flanked tributaries. I can honestly say that, in all my 39 years, I have never been so terrified. Thanks to the brilliance of SureFire, we made it home safely. Thank you to all of the staff at SureFire for your dedication in producing such faultless products. The dark can be a very lonely place.

Marc M.
Cairns, Australia

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I work at a small magazine in New York City and, while our offices are new, our building is old and prone to maintenance problems. Our magazine's beloved founder died two years ago, and we keep a unique collection of his writings and personal effects in our storage room. For the posterity of our small operation and our devoted readers, some of these pieces of history are quite literally priceless and are memories of the man whose pastoral writings have endeared him to our many readers for decades.

A few weeks ago, we narrowly avoided a catastrophic loss of all of them. Just before the close of the business day, a water heater ruptured in the ceiling directly above our storage room, and we had mere seconds to save our founder's papers and effects. With water streaming from the storeroom ceiling at an alarming rate, most of our overhead lights went out, and attempting to turn them on again was an electrocution hazard. With no windows in the room, we would have been reduced to pitch-darkness had I not had my ultra-bright (and fortunately waterproof) G2X Pro flashlight, which provided more than ample illumination for the entire room. With only seconds before the water would ruin the stacked cardboard boxes and their contents, the light from my G2X allowed us to identify the most important items just before the water got to them. At one point during the rush, someone pulled out a smart phone with a gimmicky "flashlight" screen feature, and I couldn't help but laugh, seeing how SureFire easily redefined the term "flashlight" in every meaningful way. We wouldn't have been able to save irreplaceable pieces of our magazine's history if it weren't for your trusty light. Thanks, SureFire.

Kevin J.
New York, NY

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My fiance and I were staying in a hotel one night, and we were packing up our stuff for an early check-out the next morning. She knelt down to grab her purse, which was under the desk. When she rose up, she hit her head hard on the corner of the desk. The noise was incredibly loud and she immediately grabbed her head and started crying. I grabbed my Surefire E1E to check for blood, but I didn't see anything. Then I remembered that my Kroma MilSpec flashlight was in my backpack, so I grabbed it and fired up its blue LEDs. Instantly I saw a small pool of blood that was oozing from her head, so I got some ice and made her an icepack. I knew that blue light was supposed to help identify blood, but I'd never seen it in action until now. Even though my fiance has black hair, it was so easy to see the blood under the blue light. Thanks, SureFire.

Nicholas C.
Nyack, NY

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The operating rooms at the rural hospital where I work were recently remodeled. Late one night, I was doing an appendectomy on a young patient when we suffered a power interruption, and there was a delay in the emergency backup power, which interrupted our lighting. My circulating nurse, who does search-and-rescue work in his free time, took out his astonishingly small but bright SureFire E1B Backup® and provided light for me to operate by until power was eventually restored. His E1B was significantly brighter than the wall-mounted emergency light in the OR. I was duly impressed and will be putting more than one of these lights in my home and vehicles. Nice product.

Dr. David M.
Hood River, OR


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The day after going out and purchasing my new 6P® LED flashlight [superseded by the 6PX Tactical--Ed.], I went on an extremely tough off-road trail with an off-roading club. Damage to the Jeeps we were using was highly probable on this particular trail due to the large boulders peppering it. It took us all day to complete the trail, and we arrived back on pavement after dark. We were talking about how great it was that we got through the trail without any problems when suddenly the Jeep began to violently shake back and forth and up and down. We pulled over to have a look. The more experienced wheelers were looking under the jeep, with their Mini Mags, which quickly went dead. That's when I pulled out my 6P LED and it lit the underside of the jeep so completely that it was almost too bright to look at. The trail guide was able to make a temporary fix to the axel and tie rod, and were able to get back to town where we could make a more permanent fix. Thanks, SureFire.

Anthony C.
Vista, CA

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Last summer my wife gave birth to our first child. My son was born via natural birth, and my wife required stitches. As the doctor began the procedure in the delivery room, he made a complaint about the poor lighting in the room. The nurse offered to go get another portable lamp to help cast more light on the procedure. I always have my SureFire E2D LED Defender® in my pocket, so I offered to assist. One of the nurses laughed about my offer, made a joke, and said, "Sure, we can try that." I held my Defender with one hand, and my wife's hand with the other. The doctor finished up the procedure with no problems. Afterwards, he asked the nurses on staff at the hospital why they couldn't provide light that good. Thanks, SureFire.

Joshua C.
West Grove, CA


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Being a maintenance technician on F/A-18 Jet Fighter Aircraft, in the Navy, your flashlight can make the difference between life and death for my crew. Anything small, like a cotter key or fastener, can be left behind and sucked into an intake of an aircraft, causing an engine to explode and quickly turn into a bomb. Late one night, working round the clock on an 18-hour shift, in the cold Nevada desert during a routine detachment preparing our pilots to bomb Afghanistan, we were changing a tire on a jet. The Navy issues Maglites, which are bulky and normally drain the batteries very quickly. We use our flashlights for a good six hours straight while performing maintenance at night, so you can imagine how dull the flashlights become as the night goes on. Well, being an aircraft duty inspector, I never leave my rack without my SureFire 6P® LED [superseded by the 6PX Tactical--Ed.] even though you're technically not allowed to have anything in your pockets while working on the flight line or flight deck.

As usual, my Maglite died quickly, and we were left in the dark, cleaning up our tools and trying to make sure we had everything. We only had about five minutes before the pilot would be starting up the aircraft to execute his next mission. As we left the aircraft to go tell the pilots their aircraft was ready, I conducted a quick search with my 6P and was shocked at what I found. We had dropped a small bold and a used cotter key on the ground—right in front of one the intake of one of the jet engines. If it wasn't for my 6P lighting up the scene, we could've destroyed a 56-million dollar aircraft or, worse yet, killed someone. After that night, I told all of my sailors they needed to get themselves SureFires; that I didn't care about the standard-issue lights we were supposed to use. In my line of work, darkness can be a killer, and we can't afford to miss anything.

Jess T.
Virginia Beach, VA

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