I’ve been a law enforcement officer since 1995 and, on the advice of my FTO, I bought a SureFire 6P® Original. Since that time I have never been without a SureFire light. I was a federal agent, assigned to a DEA task force, and we had conducted a controlled delivery of cocaine to a residence in suburban Pittsburgh and then executed a search warrant. I made entry and moved down a dark hallway with other team members, announcing our presence and clearing rooms as we went. At the end of the hallway there was a closed door. My partner and I set up on the door and prepared to make entry. Both of us carried Z2 Combatlights (since replaced by Z2X CombatLight® models). As we entered the dark room, we lit it up and saw a suspect lying on a futon, with a handgun pointed directly at us. I fired three times, striking the suspect in the pelvis and thigh and causing him to drop the gun. We took him into custody, performed first aid, and he was transported to the hospital. The handgun was recovered and had a round in the chamber, was cocked, and the safety was off. The suspect survived his wounds and was charged with assault on a federal officer. All other occupants were charged with drug violations.
There is no doubt in my mind that my SureFire light enabled me to illuminate the room, identity, and neutralize the threat that this suspect posed. Furthermore, I believe the reason the suspect was unable to fire was because of the blinding effect of the light in his eyes, which stunned him and allowed me to overcome his advantage of already having his gun aimed and ready to fire. It is a well-known adage in law enforcement that action beats reaction; however, in this case, tactical use of a flashlight turned the odds in my favor. I am a firearms and officer survival instructor, and one of the lessons I drill into my trainees is the importance of having a good, reliable, and bright flashlight on them at all times.
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As a medic in Iraq, it was my job to go out and check for casualties. One night, during a particularly intense firefight, I was checking on a particular casualty, who I heard moaning in the distance. We were still under attack, and I couldn’t leave him lying there because he was vulnerable to flying shrapnel. I ran over to him and dragged him to the nearest bunker so I could examine him with some type of safety. He was a bit incoherent but complaining of pain in his right leg. I examined him and found that he had ripped clothing from a piece of shrapnel that was sticking out of his pants right where the hip pocket was. To my astonishment, upon further examination the large piece of shrapnel was embedded in his SureFire 6P® flashlight. If that flashlight had not stopped this piece of shrapnel, he would have lost his leg or, even worse, shredded his artery and he would have bled to death.
I cannot say thank you enough, SureFire, for building a product that not only never quits but is built tough enough to literally save lives! I will never forget my time in Iraq with my brothers and sisters and how much we depended on your flashlights and WeaponLights nightly. Thank you again for your fine products!
Sgt. Stephen F.
Colorado Springs, CO
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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.
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I’m a police officer and originally purchased a SureFire 6P® Original back in 1994. Yes, it is still my duty light today in 2012. It has seen many configurations, such as an upgrade to a rechargeable battery and a high-output lamp, but it is currently running on 123 lithium batteries and sporting an LED. Not much exciting to say, as it has fortunately never had to be used to take down a suspect. But it has been used many, many times to light up dark areas during searches. Whenever asked, I tell other officers how long I’ve had it and how reliable and durable it is. Thanks for your very high-quality products. Keep them coming.
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I was, and still am, a contractor for the DOD and the Department of State. I was deployed to Iraq in 2007 and met a young woman who loaned me her SureFire one evening in the bunker. We spent many long nights in bunkers or going for walks or what have you using her SureFire 6P® to light our way. Tumultuous times as they are, she ended up going home earlier than planned, and when she left she asked if I wanted her SureFire. I humbly accepted, and with a tearful kiss goodbye she was on her way back to the U.S. Well, here it is, five years later, and I still rock her 6P in the field in Iraq in support of the Department of State—and we are contemplating getting married and starting a family of our own. We can only hope that our relationship lasts as long as your bad-ass products!
Lake Havasu, AZ
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I've had my SureFire U2 Ultra for about five years now, and it has come in handy thousands of times. It’s even saved my life. My buddy and I were hunting up in the woods in northern Maine in late November. We were out pretty late on an unsuccessful day of deer hunting when we decided to call it a day. We decided to take a short cut through the woods, so I lent my buddy my 6P and I used my U2. We were only about a tenth of a mile into the woods when I heard a huge roar and something come crashing through the trees, heading right in my direction. My buddy and I both turned our lights in the direction of the noise to reveal a big black bear charging us.
With only a few seconds to react, my buddy kept his light locked on the bear while I brought up my 30-06, clicked the safety off, and put the cross hairs on him and fired. That bear tumbled down the rest of the hill and landed just three yards from my feet. I’m not sure what made that bear so angry, but I sure as hell know I'm glad I always keep my SureFire close and ready. Had we not had those bright lights, I don’t think I would’ve made the shot that saved our lives.
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This is the story of my faithful companion. In 1998, I was issued a SureFire 6P® Original when I was assigned as an agent to a tactical narcotics team, in Miami, Florida. Since then, my trusty 6P has made dozens of search-warrant tactical entries, hundreds of arrests, boarded ships, and been in the jungles of South America and the deserts of Mexico. It has even racked up three deployments to Iraq, when I was mobilized with my reserve unit. It is beat up, scratched, wrapped with a little “hundred miles per hour tape,” and looks like hell, but it works like the day I first took it out of the box.
My trusty 6P is not only my faithful companion but a souvenir of 13 years of a lot of fun and excitement. Thanks, SureFire, for making a great product that I can trust my life to.
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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.
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While serving as chief of police, in Ft. Yukon, Alaska, I was dispatched to a domestic violence call at 3:30 am—and -36° F. A man had beaten his wife and left their residence, and when he returned, his wife had locked the door and the man began banging on the side of the house with a gun, stating he was going to kill her.
When I arrived, the man was concealed in a shed, in the yard. If it wasn’t for my SureFire 6P, I wouldn’t have been able to see him—and that he was armed with a 7mm magnum rifle. My SureFire was so bright that the man kept repeating for me to get that bright ‘GD’ light out of his eyes. It gave me the only tactical advantage I had, since I was standing in the open front yard, covered in snow, under a street light. Unfortunately, things escalated, and I had to shoot the individual when he pointed the rifle at me, but if it hadn’t been for my SureFire, things could’ve turned out much worse for me.
You guys make amazing products that make a world of difference. I have SureFire lights on my AR15, shotgun, and duty belt. And that 6P I used was given to me by my sister the day I graduated the academy—16 years ago.
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I returned home from a trail ride to find that my home was burning. Three fire departments did what they could, but the cause was lost. I lost almost everything I owned. A couple weeks later I went into my burned home. I went into the room where the fire had started and used a shovel to dig through the rubble where I knew my duty gear would be. Approximately six feet from where the fire had started I found my SureFire 6P® Original and turned it on. It worked just fine and is still on my duty belt and on patrol with me every day. Thanks for making an excellent product.
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I'm in an Army EOD unit in West Virginia, and while setting up for the last shot of the day, the darkness began to creep in. I finished priming my shots and headed up-range to grab my trusty SureFire 6P Original with a high-output P61 bulb. I chose this light because when the fog sets in here it's about as thick as peanut butter. So I grabbed my 6P, fired it up, and headed back downrange to see where my initiators were. I got to the range to find my 2 initiators yelling, "FIRE IN THE HOLE!" I hear pop pop and see smoke, so I drop my 6P and beat feet back up-range to the demo bunker. While I'm in the bunker waiting for a blast, I realized that I don't have my 6P on me, but it's way too late to go back downrange. Suddenly, a thunderous blast hit, and I saw a flicker of light about 400 meters from where the blast went off. When it was all clear, I walked towards where I saw the flicker and found my 6P lying on the ground. It looked like it was hit by rocks and frag, but when I picked it up and turned it on it fired right up and worked just fine. SureFire flashlights are truly the finest that money can buy.
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I have been into flashlights for as long as I can remember. I've owned more than I can count, from disposable squeeze lights, in the early years, to many name-brand, bulky aluminum ones; spotlights too. I have been on a two-decade search for the "best" flashlight I can carry, since I have plenty at home and in my car. I eventually made my list of qualifications of my dream everyday-carry flashlight:
1. Small enough to carry
2. Not too expensive
3. A super-bright LED
5. Won't accidentally turn on in my pocket
6. Affordable batteries
Unfortunately, no flashlights I checked out met all of these qualifications. I'd heard of SureFire, mainly from family friends, but I always thought they were hundreds of dollars, even for the cheapest models. I also thought their lamps burned out in a matter of hours and that the 123A lithium batteries that powered them were expensive.
Well, one lucky break at the car-rental place where I work changed my mind. When we find things in cars that aren't garbage, we put them in lost-and-found and, if they aren't claimed after a couple of months, we can keep them. I found a SureFire 6P® in a car, which never got claimed, so, after a couple of months, it became mine. I bought some new batteries for it, and it worked fantastic. After that, I started visiting the SureFire website frequently, even making it a "favorite" on my phone. I read a lot about your flashlights, and what really impressed me were the "True Stories." Recently, I bought a 6PX Pro and a quick-release holster at a local store that carries SureFire, and I now know that, at 30 years old, my search for the "best" flashlight is finally over. It meets all of my qualifications. All other flashlights (except my found 6P) are nothing but cheap toys now. My 6P is next to my bed, at home, and I carry my 6PX everywhere I go, always on my belt, ready for use. I am a SureFire fan for life.
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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.
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I was assigned to the graveyard shift, and happened to be a solo officer, when I was dispatched to a railroad yard regarding a suspicious individual. Upon arriving, I found the suspect, who ignored my verbal commands. I cautiously approached the suspect and grabbed his hand in an attempt to control him when, suddenly, the suspect spun on me and I began to receive hay-makers to the head. I soon found myself on my back, with a crazed individual on top of me, continuing to strike me in the face. As I attempted to block the blows, I heard the gut-dropping sound of "snap" my retention strap on my duty gun coming undone. I reached down with my right hand to my duty gun and found the suspect's hand trying to take my firearm. Now it was a matter of life or death. With my right hand pinning the suspect's hand on my duty gun, in an attempt to prevent him from taking my firearm, I was frantically looking for anything to use as a weapon with my left hand.
I found my trusted SureFire 6P® flashlight and used it to repel the blows to my face. When enough distance was created, I illuminated the suspect with my 6P, which caused him to instantly take his hand off my gun and shield his face from the intense light. I finally had the upper hand and was able to take him into custody. In the distance I could hear the sirens of my fellow officers responding, but I could not radio my position, as my radio was damaged in the fight. Gripping my 6P, which had just endured a hellish battle, I fired it up to signal the sea of blue looking for me. I was contacted weeks later by my patrol sergeant, who told me he received a complaint from jail. He told me that an individual was claiming I used "excessive light" and caused him to be temporarily disoriented. After a few chuckles and a hard lesson learned, I vowed to never hit the streets again without one of your products. Thank you for providing equipment that brought me home safely to my family.