I work in the Bay Area in California for one of the major bridges. As toll collectors, my co-workers and I deal with a lot of disgruntled drivers who are upset with toll fares. Well, shortly after one of the other toll collectors was verbally threatened in their booth, I decided I needed a little extra “insurance,” so I purchased a SureFire 6PX Defender® on the recommendation of a fellow employee. I absolutely loved this flashlight and left it in my booth for quick access.
One night, while on the graveyard shift, a large pickup truck was coming through and, as standard operating procedure, I put my hand out to collect the fare. Suddenly, the driver grabbed my hand and tried to pull me over to grab the money I had in my other hand for making change. I’m a female, and this man was incredibly strong. I immediately dropped the change and grabbed my 6PX, flashing it directly into his eyes. He let go to shield his vision, but not before I drove the flashlight’s Strike Bezel® into his hand. He sped off but was apprehended shortly thereafter by police. He was identified by the images from our security cameras…and by the nice circular wound on his hand from my flashlight.
Thanks, SureFire. After that incident, a few more people from work decided to take the safer route and work with a SureFire flashlight close by.
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This is a classic story of an attempted carjacking. Two bad guys bumped my pickup, so I pulled over. They pulled in front of me, trying to block me in. As the passenger got out, with a tire iron in his hand, I lit his face up with my SureFire, overwhelming his night vision. They decided real quick that I might not be easy prey and jumped back in their car and sped away. Without my SureFire, the outcome could have been very bad for me. Thank you for making such a great product!
I work in a Level III state prison in South Carolina. My wife had bought me a SureFire E2DL Defender® for an early Christmas present, and approximately three weeks after receiving it, I had an incident happen on duty where it saved my life. I was assaulted by an inmate using a padlock on a string as a weapon. I was hit multiple times and had exhausted all of my OC chemical munitions, but to no avail. I was able to take the inmate to the ground to gain control, but while on the ground, he got the padlock back into his hand and proceeded to hit me in the back of the head with it. It was a matter of life of death, and I was determined to get home that night, but had it not been for my Defender flashlight, I might not have. With blood running down my face, I pulled out my Defender and put its Strike Bezel® to work. Three strikes to his face were enough to stop him in his tracks until other officers were able to assist me. My hat’s off to those who created the awesome Strike Bezel! That incident sold me on SureFire flashlights for life!
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It was 3:30 in the morning when I had a particularly scary encounter. I was delivering newspapers, and I always carry my SureFire G2® Nitrolon® flashlight with me, usually to spot house numbers, but also as a deterrent to would-be attackers. On this particular morning, I wasn’t anticipating any trouble, but as I dropped off a paper at a porch, I heard screams and a door slam at the house next door. It didn't take long for me to realize that a woman was being beaten.
I immediately called the police as I ran over to the house. I remember seeing the young lady try to run out of the house but getting pulled back inside by a male who was obviously larger and stronger than she was. The screen door was open, and it was obvious the young lady was taking quite a beating. The man raised his bottle, possibly to hit her, and I instinctively yelled out and hit him with my flashlight beam, momentarily blinding and disorienting him. He backed off, and the woman was taken to the hospital when the cops and an ambulance arrived.
I am very thankful to have had my flashlight with me that night; otherwise I don't know how I would have gotten that physical abuser’s attention and hindered him from further abusing the young lady. She was hurt bad, and it is very possible that, in his drunken state, he could have killed her. Many thanks to SureFire for making such a great product that is both reliable and resilient under the gun.
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Several months back, I bought a SureFire P2X Fury™ for personal use, on the recommendation from a friend. One night after that, I awoke in my bed to the sound of shattering glass. I told my wife to dial 911 while I grabbed my Fury and moved into the hallway. When I arrived in the living room, I saw that a man had broken out our dining-room window and was climbing through it. He looked up at me but did not stop trying to get in. Terrified, I hit the Fury’s switch and sent 500 blinding lumens directly into his eyes, yelling, "Get out of my house!” He quickly yanked himself back out the window and took off running.
I sincerely believe that intruder intended to harm me, and I hate to think what the outcome might’ve been if I hadn’t had my SureFire. Your brand has proven itself to me, and I have since recommended it to my friends. Thanks, SureFire!
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One night, about 3:00 a.m., I was walking home from a party on a dimly lit street. I saw five people, who appeared to be under the influence of something, across the street, so I quickened my pace. As I passed them, one of them held out his middle finger and shouted the F-word at me. I didn’t want to fight, so I ignored them and kept on walking. But they got mad that I ignored them and ran across the street to confront me, making threats against me as they did.
Instinctively, I reached for my SureFire E2DL Defender® that’s always on my belt. I gave each of them a flash to the face with its blinding beam. One guy then deployed a folder, so I blinded him with a second flash of light and struck him in the arm with the flashlight’s Strike Bezel®, causing him to drop the knife. Before the situation could escalate even more, I ran away—none of them were able to follow me because they were all temporarily blinded.
Thanks to my E2DL, I was able to escape a deadly situation without getting hurt or having to seriously hurt anyone. Now I always carry at least two SureFires on me, one as a backup, wherever I go. Thanks, SureFire!
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One evening, I was walking up the street and heard a woman scream. Across the street, 50-60 yards away, I observed a young man trying to climb in through the first-floor window of a row home. I lit him up with my E2D LED Defender® and shouted, "Is everything okay?!" The bright light flooded the entire front of the house, and he was surprised at being interrupted. He replied that everything was fine and I should mind my own business, but the woman standing in the window with a baseball bat in hand was enough to understand that everything was not, in fact, okay. The young man took off running, and the woman called the police.
My E2DL allowed me to be helpful and assertive at a safe distance to interrupt and de-escalate a dangerous situation—without having to get physical or put myself directly in harm’s way. When my friends ask me for a recommendation on an everyday-carry or weapon-mounted light, I always tell them that other brands are for when you just WANT a light, but SureFires are for when you NEED a light.
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I'm a bouncer at an Irish pub, and as such, it’s not uncommon for me to be involved in eight to nine fights a week. I have a SureFire P2X Fury that I carried in Iraq, so I started bringing it with me to work. Everyone at work liked the dual illumination and compact size, but what really sold them on its necessity was a fight with a drunken linebacker one night.
When asked to leave, the linebacker charged me, leaving me only a moment to think. There was only one other bouncer on duty with me, and neither of us were a match for the raw strength of this man. I instinctively reached for my SureFire Fury and shined the 500-lumen beam into his face. The light was so focused that it didn't bounce of the walls and blind us, but it stopped him dead in his tracks. I had no trouble convincing him to leave after that.
The experience left in indelible impression on my coworkers. Now that we all carry SureFires as part of our uniforms, we've had to use far less force on the job.
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I work the midnight shift as a security officer in a very large neighborhood. This neighborhood is laden with people who don’t like the presence of security, or police, for that matter. It was about 2:00 a.m. one morning when I approached a group of about 12 people, all of them seemingly agitated. Being the only security guard working, I decided to bring my M3LT CombatLight® with me that night, just in case. As soon as I identified myself, all 12 of the group locked onto me and began to posture as though they were going to jump me. I quickly unleashed all 800 lumens of my M3LT’s max output and directed it into all of their faces. They quickly shielded their eyes from the overpowering light, dispersed, and ran off into the night. If my SureFire hadn’t backed me up that night, who knows what might’ve happened to me.
West Palm Beach, FL
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As a corrections officer for my state’s DOC, it is my job to ensure the inmates do not escape. One night, while on the yard patrol, I spotted some movement out of the corner of my eye, near one of the housing units. I pulled my SureFire 6PX™ Pro from my duty belt and pressed the tailcap to unleash its 200 lumens of maximum output. As I investigated the scene, I discovered two inmates 100 yards away trying to jump the dividing fence between the unit and inner perimeter area. I dispatched first response. Within seconds, the cavalry came running, and I kept my 6PX’s beam on the inmates so as not to lose them. My lieutenant and I pulled the two would-be escapees off the fence, and they were cuffed and placed in lockdown.
As to how they got out of the unit in the first place, it was a very cold night, and judging from their temperature and the bluish color of their skin, it appears they slipped around the corner at first shift chow movement. But all that really matters is that they did not get out—and they two of them got a longer stay with us than they originally bargained for. It’s a good thing I had my SureFire, because without it I wouldn't have been able to spot them from so far away.
Chris S. Lodge, SC
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After work one night, a few co-workers and I went to a nearby neighborhood bar for a drink. Another patron at that bar, who had obviously been there a while, got cut off by the bartender. Needless to say, the cut-off guy was not happy about it.
The female bartender asked the disgruntled drunk to leave, but he was having none of it. It was a small bar, and she was the only one working that night, so a buddy and I lent a hand and escorted the belligerent drunk out the door. The bartender thanked us, and everybody went about their business; my friends and I took our drinks to the patio area outside.
For some reason I’m still not sure of, I thought to turn around at just the right moment, because if I hadn’t I would have taken a mailbox to the face from the angry drunk. In an instant, I whipped out my SureFire E2DL Defender® and had its 200-lumen beam in his eyes. An instant later and the bartender was spraying a can of pepper spray into his face. The drunk took another wild swing, so I left an impression on him—specifically his forehead, with the Strike Bezel® of my Defender, which was enough to get him to vacate the premises.
The police arrived a few minutes later, and I used my Defender once again to illuminate and identify the drunk, who was in an adjacent parking lot, hopefully contemplating his poor life choices. We left the cops to do their job and we went back to enjoying our drinks. A short while later, one of the officers came into the bar and asked "Who's got the SureFire?" I told him that I did and showed him my light, asking him how he knew I had a SureFire. He pulled an identical light off his duty belt and said, "I recognized the impression in his forehead."
Thanks, SureFire. You've got a customer for life!
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I am a corrections officer and was working the graveyard shift. While at work, the power went out and something was wrong with the backup generator, so the emergency lights did not come on. While on the block, I went to move out of the block when I was shoved from behind into the wall. I spun around and was hit in the face by an inmate. I reached for my SureFire flashlight and blinded him with its powerful beam before wrestling him to the ground and detaining him. Without my SureFire, I’m not sure how that night might have gone.
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I clean the common areas of residential apartment buildings. One day I found some crackers in a Tupperware container next to an exit. I figured one of the tenants probably fed the birds with it, but tenants aren’t allowed to have any personal items in the common areas, so I threw away the crackers. Well, the tenant who owned the crackers approached me about it a few days later, and, after some heated words by him, he got so angry that he pulled a .38 revolver from his pants and put the gun to my head. I tried to reason with him, but he said “screw you,” and lowered the gun to my stomach and pulled the trigger.
My adrenaline pumping, I wasn’t sure if I was hit or not, but I reacted by tackling him to the ground. While we both struggled on the ground, I grabbed my E2D and struck him in the head. I knew instantly he was stunned, which bought me the time I needed to get away and call 911. Miraculously, the gun had misfired, so I wasn’t shot. He, however, was arrested, charged, convicted, and subsequently sent to prison.
Thanks, SureFire, for buying me the time I needed to get away from that lunatic.
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About 2 am on a Saturday morning, I woke up to find two men in the process of burglarizing my neighbor’s car. I immediately called the police to inform them of the situation. Then I grabbed my SureFire and Glock as a precaution. The street has poor lighting and many mature trees, so it is not difficult to hide in the shadows. While waiting on the police to arrive I hid under the cover of darkness and watched the thieves rummage through my neighbor’s car.
The burglar was using a flashlight in the car, but there was not enough light to get an accurate description. After a couple of minutes, the men completed their crime and began to leave. At this point, I knew they were about to get away, and I could not yet identify them properly. I was able to flash one of the men in the face with the powerful beam of my G2X™ Pro from an approximate distance of 20 feet and got an excellent look at him. The man fled on foot, but was picked up by police a couple of hours later.
Thanks to my G2X giving me a good look, and me giving the police a good description, he was arrested—not just a good thing for my next-door neighbor but for several others on the block who’d had their cars broken into that night as well. Some of the property was recovered and returned to the rightful owners due to this man’s arrest.
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My flashlight was broken, and a friend of mine lent me his SureFire E1B Backup® for my girlfriend and I to go out to the local brewery to celebrate our anniversary. When we emerged from the pub, I realized that two drunk guys had followed me. In the dimly lit street where I’d parked, I stopped and I asked them what they wanted. I was insulted by one of them, and then the other tried to punch me. I drew my E1B, fired it into the man’s eyes, blinded and disoriented him with its blinding light, and then punched him in the face. He fell to the ground in pain and then ran off with his friend.
Thank you, SureFire. If it hadn’t been for your E1B, I probably would’ve been on the losing end of that encounter, and my girl may’ve been molested.
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I’m of English/Iranian background and one night I was walking to the local train station from my grandmother’s house, in Hounslow, after visiting her. She had previously given me £300 for a birthday present, which I’d used to purchase the SureFire V2 Vampire® in my pocket. As I passed an old, grungy pub with a lot of drunks stumbling around it, one of them thought it was funny to squirt the closest bottle of ketchup at the so-called “Paki’s” jacket.
I approached the man, with courtesy, knowing he was drunk, and told him that was foolish of him to do such a thing, and I asked for an apology. He and his friends took offense, and the bubbly drunks suddenly turned into an angry foursome. The great ketchup warrior tried to give me a right hook to the jaw, but missed, and I ran for it, all four of them in tow after me. After 200 meters or so, two of them ran out of stamina and balance, leaving me with only two on my tail. I ran into a crowd of people, in the entrance of the train station, waiting for taxis or to be picked up. Being drunk and confused, my two pursuers lingered around the crowd instead of coming after me. As they lingered, I turned my V2 Vampire on and, wow, what a bright light! I shined it into their eyes and shouted, “Police, stay right there, you two!” The sheer blinding intensity of the V2 Vampire’s light was enough to spook them off; they ran off with their tails between their legs, until my sober eyes couldn't see them anymore.
I’m positive that if I hadn’t made that invaluable purchase from SureFire, I would probably be missing a row of teeth now. Buy the V2 Vampire, if you can. It’ll be the purchase of your lifetime. Thanks, SureFire, and keep lighting up the dark.
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I have had the E1B for about a week now, and let me tell you, it couldn’t have come any sooner. My girlfriend and I went downtown for some night life, and when walking back late at night, its five-lumen lower output served us well. But where my Backup really came in handy was when we got back to the car. To our surprise, someone was trying to break into my car. I tried scaring him off by calling the police, but he didn’t seem to care. When he approached me and got too close for comfort, I used the Backup’s 110 lumens of max output to flash him right in his eyes. He went to his knees, and we ran to the car, started her up, and drove away.
If it wasn’t for my Backup, I don't know what might’ve happened. It may’ve saved our lives that night. Thanks, SureFire. I couldn’t have done it without you.
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Against good public opinion, and probably better judgment, I walk or bike everywhere in Memphis I need to go, day or night, rain or shine. In the past seven years, I have never had a serious problem or encountered a serious threat. But, at the urging of my brother (a firefighter), and to calm the worries of my family, I finally succumbed and purchased a "self-defense" flashlight: a SureFire E2D LED Defender®. I figured I would never have to use it in the tactical manner in which it was designed, but at the very least, I was getting a nice flashlight that would give my family some peace of mind.
Two weeks ago, on my walk into work, I witnessed an armed robbery in progress. The crook sprinted out of the store straight at me. I didn't know what to do, and I didn't know what he was going to do. So without even thinking, I grabbed the closest thing I had, the flashlight, attached to my shoulder straps, and clicked it on. Two hundred lumens of light straight into the eyes on a dark night stop a man quick. Very quick. So quick, in fact, that we just stood there for what felt like an eternity. I didn't know what else to do, so I jabbed him in the face as hard as I could with the crenellated bezel and sprinted to the hospital, where I work, to call the police.
When the police arrived, the man was already gone. I answered their questions and filled out a report of what happened. I then changed my clothes and began my shift in the ER. Well, guess who my first patient was? A 28-year-old male involved in an "altercation" that resulted in a skull fracture and several small lacerations in the form of a perfect circle. That night worked out perfectly: he got a free ride in a police car, and I got a neat story to tell.
Thanks, SureFire, for making an awesome product.
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I was with my best friend of 31 years, at a restaurant, enjoying a post-softball-game dinner and beer at about 10 p.m. He received a disturbing text message from a neighbor that two suspicious-looking men were at the front door of his house. His family was away, and the house was empty, so he jumped into his truck and took off. I hopped into my vehicle to follow him, but I missed a lengthy traffic light at the only major intersection between the restaurant and his house. I was concerned for his safety, and the only self-defense hardware I had on me was my trusty Surefire E1B Backup®, which I carry with me everywhere.
I reached his house and noticed his panicked body language as I pulled into the side yard. He was on his cell phone with 911 dispatch, and he yelled at me that there were perpetrators in his house. I ran around to the front of the house, noticed the front door ajar, and continued on to the side yard. I heard the screen door slam and hit the area with my E1B's beam. The two guys were shocked, probably thinking I was an officer with such a bright light. They dumped all of the stuff they'd stolen and took off around the back. I reversed my route back around the front and accosted the two, both of whom hesitated momentarily because my vehicle was blocking their escape route. Once again, I hit them with the beam.
One of them jumped under my truck, and the other made a break for it in the other direction. With nothing but my Backup and my voice, the guy under the truck crawled out and surrendered. The police arrived moments later and arrested the thief. The other perpetrator was apprehended later that night. The story made the local news. They didn't give credit to my SureFire, but they should've.
Boca Raton, FL
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I recently graduated from high school and decided to go to college in New York City. Being an 18-year-old female, my parents were real reluctant and anxious about me going there. The day I left, after packing all the things in my car, my dad handed me his E2D LED Defender®. I was really surprised; he always had it with him, and it was practically the son he never had. I thanked him and tossed it into my bag before heading off to New York. It was several weeks into my new life in New York, and I'd just gotten out of class and was walking back to my dorm. It was getting dark, and I just wanted to get back as fast as I could. As I walked across the park that led to my dorm, I noticed a group of three guys sitting on the benches. One of them yelled a crude remark, and I quickened my pace. Then I heard them get up. They sounded drunk, and they were yelling vulgar things at me as they pursued me. I was so scared.
I reached in my purse for the SureFire my father had given me. I didn't know what to do, so I just tightened my grip around it and walked faster. Then, out of nowhere, I felt one of them grab my arm. I turned around, and without even thinking, I switched on the light and pointed it right at them. They all ducked and covered their eyes from the blast of light, and that was all I needed to start running and make my way back safely to my dorm, where I immediately called the police. A few days later, I heard they found the guys and they were expelled. I was so relieved. My dad has always been there to protect me, but since he can't now since I'm so far away, he's doing it through the SureFire Defender he gave me.
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A couple of weeks ago, I was walking home solo late at night. There were lots of hyped-up drunks exiting the bars, so I chose my route home carefully. I didn't think about all the house parties going on, however. A few blocks from my house, I noticed two intoxicated males leave a shabby apartment building and turn up the street toward me. I had that old gut instinct feeling, so I put both straps of my backpack on, cinched it up tight, and put my hands in my pockets, my left gripping my SureFire E2D LED Defender®, my right gripping my pocket knife. I gave a wide berth to the two drunks, but as I did, the hairs on the back of my neck rose. Within seconds of passing them, one of them smashed a bottle and rushed me, saying he was going to "f--k me up." I spun on my heels, pulled my SureFire and blinded him with the high beam. At the same time, I pulled out my knife and it clacked open and the blade locked in place loudly. The buddy kind of stood there, swaying and blinking, holding the broken bottle in his hand, while his friend rushed him, shoved him to the ground, and yelled that everything was okay and his friend was just drunk, meant no harm, and wasn't a threat. He was right; his buddy was no longer a threat, thanks to my bright flashlight saving the day yet again.
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My family owns a coffee estate up in the mountains of El Salvador, Central America. The situation of the country is not so good, so we need to protect ourselves in some way. I am a flashlight addict and recently bought a G2ZX CombatLight® from SureFire, along with an FM34 diffuser. We were driving up to the plantation after dark, around 6:00 p.m., in March. It was the rainy season, which means we get fog almost every day. As we went off-road, the fog started to close in. Suddenly, my father slammed on the brakes and we squealed to a stop, only inches from a big cedar trunk blocking the roadway. The rain hadn't been hard enough to start producing landslides yet such a trunk in the middle of the road made us suspicious.
I wrapped my G2ZX around my hand and un-holstered my .40 caliber S&W, just in case. As we backed up, two shadows appeared on the right side of the car. I directed my G2ZX in their direction, and the 200-lumen beam managed to punch through the thick fog and light up the face of an individual whose intentions did not appear to be friendly. The guy took off running, and so did his partner, fleeing into thick mountain shrubs. Thanks to the G2ZX's piercing beam, the situation didn't escalate and it wasn't necessary to resort to lethal force. Thank you for a great product, SureFire.
San Salvador, El Salvador
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I'm currently working in China as an English teacher, and I live in an area that borders run-down, dimly lit slums that are endemic of many Chinese cities. In these areas, foreigners are a strange and unique sight and often attract attention, usually harmless but occasionally of a more malicious nature. In addition, it is a commonly held belief that all foreigners are extremely wealthy. Walking home one night, I noticed three young Chinese men emerge from a dark recess and step out in front of me. One of them, seemingly encouraged by the presence his friends, came straight at me, trying to grab my bag. I instinctively took a step back, pulled out my >6P® LED [superseded by the 6PX Tactical --Ed.] that was riding in my jacket pocket, and gave him a point-blank, momentary burst of 120 lumens. The young man, no doubt stunned by the light, actually fell over backwards. At this point, his two friends, now confronted by the same beam and a screaming foreigner, scurried away, with their downed-and-disoriented friend scrambling to keep up. Although I don't think my life was at risk, I nearly lost my laptop, phone, and wallet. I must admit that I was a little shocked at how effective a deterrent my 6PL proved to be, but a deterrent it was. Ever since that night I give the darkest parts of my walk home a once-over with the light, and I haven't had any problems.
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It was around 2:00 a.m., on a Saturday night, when I was awakened by loud bangs in the front of my property. I got up and had a look through the window and saw two thugs kicking at my fence. I got dressed and very cautiously I went out front with my E2DL Defender® in hand. Both of the men had already moved on and were about 30 meters down the road. I inspected the fence with the 5-lumen low beam, checking for any damage. At that stage, the two men turned and saw me. With fists clenched, they starting walking toward me with haste. When they were approximately 20 meters away, I pointed the E2DL Defender straight at them and clicked on the 200-lumen high beam, lighting them both up. They stopped in their tracks and shielded their eyes. I did not say a word and didn't take the beam off of them as they stood there looking rather confused for about 10 seconds, wondering whether they should continue or scram. Finally, one of them said to the other, "It's like looking at the sun," and the other one muttered something back. Then they both turned and walked off in the opposite direction. When you cannot identify someone or see what weapons they may or may not have, it leaves some serious doubt in the mind of a would-be assailant. I would say that's what happened in this case.
Invercargill, New Zealand
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A friend and I were driving along route 1A one night when, suddenly, a large SUV pulled up behind us, only five feet from my rear bumper. With his high-beams on and horn blaring, he attempted to run us off the road. This continued for the next couple of miles before he pulled alongside of us and tried to push us into the breakdown lane. I rolled down my window and, with the full 110 lumens of my SureFire E1B Backup®, shined the light directly into his eyes. He immediately covered his eyes and sped off. With the long-range beam from its TIR lens, I was able to illuminate the car's license plate and report him to the police. That E1B probably saved our lives that night. I'm so glad I decided to pick up this awesome little light a few days before that night.
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As a college student majoring in criminal justice, I became a loyal customer of SureFire several years ago and continue to purchase products as I progress closer to becoming a police officer. I recently moved into a new apartment complex, and my unit faces an alley on the first floor. I knew this could pose a security threat, so I sleep with my E1B Backup® next to my bed. About a month after moving in, I woke up one night to sounds coming from my living room. I quickly realized it was someone trying to break through my sliding glass door facing the alley. I grabbed my light and ran into the living room, threw the blinds open, and blasted the would-be intruder with my light. The look on the guy's face was priceless as he tripped backwards he gave a pathetic yelp. This incident moved me to purchase the E2D LED Defender®, which has now replaced my Backup as my primary light. Thank you, SureFire, for providing truly great products that will continue to serve me in my sworn career.
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I'm a property manager in a low-income part of town. My wife gave me grief when I purchased my SureFire E1B Backup®because she thinks flashlights should only cost five dollars. I mainly wanted the light, which has a high and low setting, to use the low setting to see my receipt book, because tenants have a bad habit of leaving their porch lights off when I come to collect the rent. But I quickly realized that the Backup's two settings allowed me to not only see my receipts, but also in the bushes and all around the house. I was out collecting rent, when a man approached me and said that I owed him money for work he'd done for me, but I'd never even met him before. I took my Backup and shined it in the opposite direction, where I discovered his friend sneaking up on me from the other side of the house. I then turned and shined the light directly in the first guy's eyes. He actually let out a yelp, declaring that he'd been blinded. This bought me a few precious seconds to get back in my truck and the hell out of there. Thanks, SureFire.
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It had only been three days since I got my new SureFire E1B Backup. I was sitting down to watch the evening news when my wife called down from upstairs, saying there were people in our backyard. By itself, this would have been mildly alarming, but the fact that, a few minutes earlier, I heard our backyard neighbor's burglar alarm go off escalated the situation.I grabbed my E1B and shined it out the back window. Eighty lumens lit up the entire backyard and, with it, three guys. They froze for a moment, then all bolted in different directions. Still not sure of the severity of the situation, I armed myself and went outside to sweep the property. The intruders were nowhere to be seen, but I noticed two sneakers in my driveway. One of the guys had taken off in such a hurry that he ran right out of his shoes. Fifteen minutes later, I noticed patrol cars in my neighbor's driveway. I walked out to speak with the officers and noticed one of them was escorting a teenager. My light lit him up, head to socks. He was not wearing shoes. I told the officer that I had a pair of sneakers in my driveway. She asked him if they were his, to which he replied, "Uh, no." Right, pal. Turns out it was just a high school party a few houses down, and a few drunken punks decided to run through backyards for a bit of light vandalism. I don't think they'll be running through mine again anytime soon. Thanks for a great piece of gear that performs flawlessly.
Glen Rock, NJ
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I work as a bouncer in a club. One night, two groups were fighting in the parking lot in front of the club. When the other bouncers and I arrived on the scene, we told the brawlers to stop and leave, but they started to verbally threaten us. A fight then broke out between them and us. The guy in front of me was about to hit me when I flashed the 80-lumen beam of my G2Z LED CombatLight® directly into his eyes, stunning him. I was then able to step back and give him a powerful front kick to his chest. He didn't ask for any more and quickly surrendered. Thanks, SureFire.
St. Lambert, QC
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I'm a property manager in a low-income part of town. My wife gave me grief when I purchased my SureFireSureFire E1B Backup® because she thinks flashlights should only cost five dollars. I mainly wanted the light, which has a high and low setting, to use the low setting to see my receipt book, because tenants have a bad habit of leaving their porch lights off when I come to collect the rent. But I quickly realized that the Backup's two settings allowed me to not only see my receipts, but also in the bushes and all around the house. I was out collecting rent, when a man approached me and said that I owed him money for work he'd done for me, but I'd never even met him before. I took my Backup and shined it in the opposite direction, where I discovered his friend sneaking up on me from the other side of the house. I then turned and shined the light directly in the first guy's eyes. He actually let out a yelp, declaring that he'd been blinded. This bought me a few precious seconds to get back in my truck and get the hell out of there. Thanks, SureFire.
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While on a trip, I purchased a SureFire 6P® LED Defender® [superseded by the 6PX Defender®. While I was driving home, I remember thinking to myself how much grief my wife gave me after purchasing my SureFire E2L Outdoorsman a few years back, and how I could probably expect the same with this purchase. I was returning home from that trip, and it was late when I pulled into a rest stop. As I parked my truck, I noticed that the only vehicle was a small truck parked about 75 yards away. As I exited my truck, I dropped my Glock into my coat pocket and I carried my 6PD in my hand and headed for the restroom. While returning to my vehicle I saw a man peering into my truck window and pulling on the locked door handle. Just then, another man stepped out of the shadows about eight feet away, walked right into my space, and asked me for gas money loud enough for his partner to hear. I pushed him out of my space while raising my 6PD above my shoulder, but he came right back at me, grabbing me by the coat. I activated the light in his eyes, but that did not stop him until I struck him in the forehead with a short sharp strike of the crenellated bezel. When I brought the 6PD back into position, I could see the strike bezel's pattern on his forehead; then blood starting to roll down his face, and the fight was over for him.
He released me and ran off in the direction he came from. As I brought my attention back to his partner, who was now about 20 feet away and moving towards me fast, I instantly grabbed the 6PD with my left hand and pulled my Glock out of my pocket, holding it at my side in his sight. He turned and ran off in the same direction as his partner. They both jumped into their small truck and, after a minute or two of trying to start the engine, they took off in a hurry down the Interstate. After collecting myself, I called the police with my cell phone to report the incident. When the officer asked me to describe them, I gave him the usual description. When they asked about distinguishing marks, I couldn't keep from laughing. Thanks, SureFire.
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One night, as I was taking a hike in the woods, I noticed a large group of teenagers who started walking right behind me. They seemed very suspicious, like they were up to no good. At the time, I was lighting my way with my E2D LED Defender®, set on the low 5-lumen mode. Suddenly, one of the teens ran in front of me and demanded that I give him my money or he would punch me. At that point, I turned off my E2DL and then quickly turned it back on, locking it into its 120-lumen "high" mode, and pointed it right in his eyes. He closed his eyes, and then, with an overhand motion, I punched him in the shoulder with the light's Strike Bezel®. As he fell to the ground, screaming in pain, I lighted up his group of friends. They all said that they were extremely sorry and not to hurt them.
I continued my walk down the trail, calling the police. Then I watched the cops escort the teenagers out of the woods and into the parking lot. The teen I hit with the bezel required medical attention for a fractured shoulder blade. Several of the teens were found to have switch blades on them, and I was congratulated by the cops for my brave act and refusing to fall victim to those punks. Thanks, SureFire, for helping me to bring down a bad guy.
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While in Iraq and Afghanistan, I learned to trust my M951XM07 WeaponLight on my M4 for a multitude of tasks from spotting wild dogs at 300 yards to searching vehicles to simply lighting the way to my post at night. It was such a great light that I missed it once back home, so I got one, with the P61 ultra high-output lamp, for my home-defense AR15.
I live in a pretty rough area, and there have been multiple robberies, burglaries, assaults, and even murders nearby. Over the past three years, there have been four such attempts on my home, once by two armed men. On each occasion, I was able to pull out my AR15 and dazzle the intruders with the attached M951 WeaponLight, stopping the intruders dead in their tracks each time. It never ceases to amaze me how an intense light will stun people and render them completely helpless. Thanks to my SureFire M951, I've never had to fire my weapon, leaving the dirty work to the police. The quality of SureFire is unsurpassed, and that statement is not limited to flashlight manufacturers. I have gone on to purchase many more SureFire lights, and I will undoubtedly give my business to SureFire in the future.
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While walking my dog at midnight, a car drove by me after skidding around a corner, blowing off the stop sign. A few minutes later, it did the same thing, but this time came out of a street ahead of me, turning towards me, about 75 yards away. I flashed my U2 Ultra a couple of times on the ground in front of me, as they were on the wrong side of the street coming straight toward me. The car slowed as it drove past me, and then I heard it make a U-turn and saw the headlights sweep past me. A door opened as the car slowed down. Behind me, I heard footsteps running at me. It was nearly black out, with no streetlights. I carry a legally concealed handgun, so I drew it and paired it with my U2, prepared for the worst. As I drew a bead and yelled "Stop," using the U2's full setting to light up the scene, I saw a kid in a knit cap bearing down on me. Yep, a kid maybe 18. The light from the U2 was bright enough for me to see him and stunned him, making him stumble and change direction back toward the car. He jumped in and they sped away. Turns out that was graduation night, and these kids were just out having some fun, feeling a bit full of themselves. A weaker light wouldn't have let me properly assess the potential threat. My SureFire U2 saved that kid's life.
Los Alamos, NM
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I work as a bouncer, bodyguard, and security guard and have been an avid user of SureFire products since I started out, and just this week I got an E1B Backup for backup at work. Well, on its second night on the job, my E1B Backup lived up to its name. I was called to a local bar, where an alcohol-affected male who had jumped up on a table in a confined corner had gone from dancing humorously and generally being a laughable character to throwing glasses at staff and patrons.
I verbally challenged the belligerent male as I approached. Said male, seeing my baton on my belt, jumped off the table and pulled me into the confined corner, grappling with me over the table he had been standing on and pulling me onto the floor. At the same time, the offender grabbed the baton on my belt and attempted to draw it, screaming in no uncertain terms his intent to seriously injure me. With my strong hand tied up attempting to keep the baton in its holster, I could neither draw my baton or my 6PL, so I unclipped my Backup from my pocket with my weak hand and gave the offender a flash of 80 lumens square between the eyes, momentarily stunning him and causing him to release the baton, giving me time to break away from the entanglement. As I got up, I let him have another blast with the Backup while I drew my baton, telling him in no uncertain terms to comply with my instructions or else. End result: the male ''saw the light,'' so to speak, and left the bar in cuffs. What could have been a brawl ending with me being seriously assaulted with my own equipment ended well with a little bit of ''backup'' from SureFire.
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I work security for an apartment complex that consists mostly of several blocks of dimly lit, mostly abandoned tenement housing. The area is widely known for its poverty and high crime rate, and a common problem we are having is with thieves who break into the abandoned apartments to steal the copper piping out of the walls to recycle for cash at the local salvage yards. One night I saw a couple of guys in one of the abandoned sections of the property. I approached them as quietly as I could and then pulled out my E2D LED Defender® and shined 120 lumens worth of scrutiny onto the situation. The two men were quickly blinded and startled. I don't know what they were there for, but they didn't hang around to clarify their presence they both jumped into a nearby pick-up truck and sped away.
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