As a rookie police officer, I had to spend a lot of money to buy the gear I needed to work the streets, but I didn’t have a whole lot of money to spend. So I made a list of items I needed and then placed them in the order I thought was most important to least important. Well, I have to admit that a flashlight was not near the top of my list. In fact, I started my career with a 3-D-cell Maglite.
After a few months on the street, I started to realize just how heavy my flashlight was to carry around. I also noticed how every time I did a building search or a traffic stop how much duller it was compared to many of the other more senior officers’ lights. I finally broke down and asked a senior officer what flashlight he carried. He said proudly that it was a SureFire. I asked him if they were any good, and you would have thought I just cursed out his mother. “Any good?” he said incredulously. “If you don’t have one for patrol, you’re an idiot.”
Well, for the next month or so I packed my lunch and saved up enough money to buy two SureFire lights. Why two? Because we have a saying on the force: One is none, and two is one. (Murphy's Law). After seven years of service I now carry two SureFire 6P® flashlights and an M3 (since replaced with M3LT) when I’m on patrol. I also have an X300® handgun light and M951 carbine WeaponLight. I can’t tell you how many times my SureFire lights have helped me successfully complete my job duties. Whether it’s searching a vehicle for drugs, a building search, or an area search, I don’t do anything without my SureFire lights.
Thank you, SureFire, for making a quality product that I use to keep me safe when times seem dark.