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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