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.
See the E2DL flashlight: