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Locksmithing has been in my family since 1948. I have been driving a service vehicle since I was 15, and I’ve seen my fair share of craziness. One night, my trainee and I were responding to a break-in call from a realtor at a vacant house that wasn’t in a good area. I placed my pistol in my waistband as we approached the house, and, sure enough, the backdoor had been kicked in and was open. I shined my SureFire Defender® flashlight at the damaged door and started my training “speech” for my trainee, but his eyes were locked on something inside. I glanced up to see what he was looking at only to see a guy inside, holding a pistol—the guy who’d kicked in the door and broken in! Without hesitation, I high-beamed the intruder in the face and pushed my trainee out the door, and we both bolted for the truck to call the police. We got away without incident, but, unfortunately, it was the last day for my trainee. It all happened so fast that I know if I’d reached for my weapon, one or both of us would’ve been shot.

I’ve come to rely on my SureFire products not only for me but also for my loved ones. I may not always have a firearm on me, but I’ll never be without my SureFire. Thanks for saving my hide.

Jacques D.
Crowley, LA

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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!

Thomas C.
Columbia, SC

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Flying a small Cessna 150 through southern Utah is much like getting all cozy in a little Radio Flyer with wings; there isn't much room to stretch your legs, and there certainly isn't an in-flight beverage service. On this trip, I was out and about for a little bit of joyriding and sightseeing. What I didn't expect was to race a thunderstorm back home. I knew the forecast had called for some unpleasant weather later in the evening, but I didn't expect a lightning show with me up at 10,000 feet. Needless to say, I cut things short and made a bee-line back home. I could see the storm was outpacing me, as most things do in a small Cessna, and it was all I could do to keep from having the turbulence throw me around like an old rag doll. That's when things got exciting!

The electrical system decided to choose that moment to go on the fritz. The cockpit and instrument lights are on a single fuse, and this fuse decided to give in then and there. Changing a fuse during normal conditions isn't too much of a challenge, but when you're racing a thunderstorm home, it isn't what you want to find yourself doing. I always carry my Surefire E2D LED Defender® with me when flying, as this light is perfect for doing pre-flight checks. I knew exactly where it was, and I went straight for it. The low-output setting was everything I needed and not a lumen too much. Without that light, I wouldn't have been able to keep track of my instruments, and with too much light, I would have blinded myself in the small cockpit.

Needless to say, I made a makeshift fixture for it between my teeth and used it to get home safely. Prior to that moment, my E2D LED Defender was always just an accessory; after my storm-fleeing flight, it became a necessity and a safety net.

Jay W.
Edmunds, WA

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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!

Yunseok C.
Ridgewood, NJ

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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.

John H.
Philadelphia, PA

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A few years ago, I relocated to a small Caribbean island as a medical volunteer. One night, during a torrential downpour, a soldier from the national army came banging on my tent. He was fully armed and sporting a Vietnam-era M16 and surplus fatigues. His squad vehicle had hit a mudflow a few kilometers away, and there were some injuries. I quickly grabbed my emergency go-bag and SureFire E2L LED Defender® to follow him down the dirt road.

No more than a few meters out of the village, he turned off the road and into the jungle. He was using some cheap, no-good flashlight that was barely powerful enough to light up a bathroom medicine cabinet. I pulled out my Defender and it lit up the jungle like it was the Fourth of July. He looked at my light like he was in shock—as though he’d never seen anything so bright. We heard screaming in the distance. He had been leading me in the wrong direction with his weak flashlight, but his comrades saw the 200-lumen beam from my Defender and found us, taking us to the accident scene.

At the scene, it looked as though the vehicle had been picked up and slammed against a tree. Seven soldiers were riding in compact pickup truck that could only seat three inside. One man was barely clinging on to life: he’d been carrying his bayonet, without a scabbard, tucked into his belt and during the crash cut the femoral artery on the inside of his thigh. The artery had only been nicked, but he was losing blood rapidly, and the only hospital on the island was over 50 km away. I had to suture it immediately, so, in the pitch-black darkness of a tropical rainforest, without even the light of the moon, I handed my Defender to a corporal to hold overhead and went to work closing that artery and stopping the bleeding.

The 200 lumens of my SureFire E2DL saved that man’s life that night, both by getting me to the scene in time and by providing enough light to do what was needed to stop the bleeding.

Christopher P.
South Gate, CA

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It has been three days since Hurricane Sandy, dubbed the "Frankenstorm,” rampaged through the Mid-Atlantic. For three days my family of four has had no power and no running water. With only five gallons of drinking water available, we had to gather rain water from the gutters to shower and to clean our dirty dishes. We have been eating what little canned foods that remain in our pantry for dinner. The cold, empty darkness can easily bring a sense of hopelessness and depression to even the mightiest of men. It is only by the bright beams of our SureFires that we've found our comfort, warmth, and sanity.

Currently, we have been using two Surefire Minimus headlamps and our trusted E2DL to navigate around the house. Although the sight of an 84-year-old grandma waddling around with a Surefire Minimus on her head may be hilarious, knowing that our grandma won't trip in the darkness and injure herself has brought the family great relief. Our E2DL has, thus far, served us the most by providing a bright 200-lumen beam in the middle of our living room. By standing the flashlight upright on its scalloped tailcap, the E2DL has been our beacon of hope and security. Our family has been gathering around the beam of light every night to share stories of our fondest memories. Although we are still freezing, SureFire has brought our hearts great warmth and confidence.

Thank you, SureFire!

Alex C.
Woodbine, Maryland

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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!

Matt K.
Kirkland, WA

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I’m an over-the-road truck driver, and I was rolling westbound across Kansas, on I-70, just past Salina, when I saw a blink of a red light down in a ravine, about 300 feet down. I pulled over and grabbed my big 3,000,000-candela flashlight and headed down the ravine, where I discovered a wreck. Just as I reached the bottom of the ravine, my big light died on me. Luckily, I had my SureFire E2D LED Defender® in my pocket.

I found a driver pinned in a jeep; he had clearly rolled it a few times. I helped him get out of the jeep and pulled him to a safe place before climbing back up the ravine to my truck to get a blanket. I had already called for help, so I took the blanket back down and covered up the driver and stayed with him until help came. Then I climbed back up, using my Defender to light the way, to help the police and EMTs.

A state trooper thanked me and told me it was a good thing I found him, because as badly cut up as he was and as cold as it was, he would’ve surely died by morning. I owe my safety and that driver’s life to my Defender, and I never leave home without it.

Roger L.
Chubbuck, ID

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In July of 2010, I was in Marjah, Afghanistan, providing Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) support to 2nd Battalion 6th Marines. I had just received my new surefire E2D LED Defender® flashlight and Saint headlamp. I was answering a lot of questions from my fellow Marines and naysayers about my new lights, namely, “Are they worth the price?”

We were informed that there had been a series of explosions on a main supply route. We arrived, and with the help of my SureFires, I was able to light up the night, locating all the evidence needed to rebuild the initial device and locate a 60-pound IED buried in a dark spot in the road. There is no doubt that my SureFire combo helped save time, money, and perhaps even the lives of my fellow Marines. Thanks.

S Sgt. Pedro H.
Oceanside, CA

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I worked for an American corporation here in Kuala Lumpur, and I work the night shift. One night, after midnight, I was driving back from “lunch” and got stopped by a police roadblock. An officer checked my driver’s license and informed me that my license had expired two months earlier. I apologized and explained that I sincerely had forgotten about the expiration date, but he instructed me to park and get out of the car.

I parked by the roadside, and the officer began taking down my information. He used a small, police-issued LED light made by another manufacturer to write up the ticket, but the light was dim and he was having difficulty reading the small print on my license. So I fished the SureFire E2D LED Defender® that I always carry out of my pocket and clicked it on. The first click activated its 200 lumens and lit up the night like daylight, so I clicked to the secondary 5-lumen beam, which was still brighter than the officer’s flashlight. The officer was so impressed with my light that he asked if he could “test out” my SureFire. I handed my light to him, and he liked it so much that he asked me where he could get one, maybe even two, of his own. We chatted for a bit, and then, to my pleasant surprise, he smiled and said he’d let me off with a warning.

Thanks, SureFire, for making one hell of a great product. Great enough to get me out of a ticket by impressing a Malaysian police officer.

Azaly R.
Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

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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.

Joe P.
Pawtucket, RI

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Working nights as a Paramedic in a fast paced environment, you’ve really got to be ready for anything. One day, “anything” happened to be a large male that overdosed on prescription Valium and was well on his way to respiratory arrest. To make matters worse, the power was out in his home, and not one firefighter or police officer on scene had a decent flashlight. We were quickly running out of time before our patient would be in a full respiratory arrest and we would have an even bigger problem on our hands.

Luckily, a coworker had introduced me to SureFire flashlights after seeing me carry around the infamous and bulky light I’d been issued that was rarely reliable and never bright enough. I reached back past the pager on my belt, deployed my SureFire E2D LED Defender®, and lit the entire room up by shinning it straight up at the white ceiling. With our new, reliable light source, we were able to intubate our patient and start an I.V. to administer the necessary drugs to save the man’s life. We quickly loaded him onto the stretcher and moved him out of the house while ventilating with one hand and using the SureFire to guide our way out. We eventually made it to the hospital with no further incident, and our patient made a full recovery.

Thanks, SureFire, for saving the day.

Matt L.
Flowood, MS

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I had just received my SureFire E2DL and wanted to test its brightness, so I decided to go out to the mining tower on the edge of town. I spoke with some of the guys who were working, and they told me I could go down into the mine and test it in complete darkness. I rode down on the elevator, and when I reached the bottom and turned it on, it lit up the whole mining shaft!

After looking around for a few hours, I headed back up. On the way up, I realized my light had fallen out of my pocket. After searching the elevator and bottom of the shaft for hours, I finally gave up and headed home. The next day, someone was knocking on my door. It was the manager of the mines, holding my E2DL. He told me that they'd found the light under the elevator, jamming the gears. He was amazed that it hadn't been crushed under the pressure, and so was I. Thanks, SureFire, for making such elite products that I now know will survive just about anything.

Zachary R.
West Frankfort, IL


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I just wanted to write and say how incredibly impressed I am with your products the E2D LED Defender®, to be specific. We have been having some pretty crazy weather up here in Washington State, and after a big snowstorm, my beloved E2DL fell out of my pocket while I was in a parking lot, without my knowledge. The snow was about a foot deep at that point and only got heavier as the days passed. I didn't notice it was gone until later that evening, and given the size of the parking lot, I thought I'd never find it. If it isn't testament enough that I returned to the parking lot almost every day, to search and kick up snow, finally, after two weeks, I finally found it. The light was frozen in a small block of ice and had clearly been run over by a car, as it was beat up pretty bad. I broke up the ice, picked it up, and turned it on. It powered up like it was brand new! The structure and function of this light were clearly designed to be bulletproof. I wouldn't give up on this light, and it clearly wouldn't give up on me. Thanks for an awesome light.

AJ T.
Seattle, WA


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The city braced itself as a category-four hurricane headed in our direction. We made preparations and stayed in our home while the storm raged just outside. Three hours into the storm we heard cries for help, so we opened our door to try to help. It was pitch black and only the occasional lightning bolt illuminated the sky, showing us large debris flying around and downed power lines. It was too dangerous to go outside in the dark, so my father handed me the SureFire E1B Backup® and took out his E2D Defender® for himself. We headed outside, despite the efforts of my wife to keep us inside. Our lights cut through the darkness and showed us the true nature of the storm. We made our way to the neighbor's home, where a little girl had been cut severely by glass from a broken window. Thanks to our SureFire illumination tools, we were able to tend to the child and save her life.Thank you, SureFire, for making such rugged flashlights.

Kevin S.
Houston, TX


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I'm a bouncer at a bar, and I find myself using my E2D LED Defender® flashlight all the time. One night I was checking IDs, when a customer came inside and said there was a fight out in the parking lot. I ran outside to find one customer pummeling another. I separated them, grabbed the guy being pummeled, and started escorting him to the bar. Just as I got to the door, the guy I left behind yells, "Hey, I'm not playing!" followed by the all-too-familiar sound of a pump shotgun being cocked. I grabbed my Defender and shined it directly into his eyes from about 25 feet. He immediately took one hand off his gun to shield his eyes, allowing me and the other guy to rush into the bar and call the police. I'm pretty sure the moment that blinding beam bought me, saved my life. Thanks, SureFire.

Dustin B.
Kalispell, MT


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After graduating college in May of 2010, a good friend and mentor thought he and I should plan an afternoon hike, where he could show me the ins and outs of orienteering. This was something I had no experience in, so I liked the idea. We ended up going in mid-August to a very large national park a couple of hours from where we live, and we chose a large section of the park that had no marked trails. We started our hike at noon, and in a few hours we realized we'd bitten off more than we could chew. The terrain in this part of the park is quite rough, and it was nearly 100° F outside. It was probably a combination of my inexperience, my friend being out of practice, and plain old Murphy's Law, but this 24-year-old recent college graduate and a 63-year-old man with a bad ankle ended up lost in the middle of a very large national park with a five-mile-long ridgeline of 100-foot cliff blocking the direction we needed to go. To top that off, a thunderstorm, the likes of which I've never experienced firsthand, just happened to roll up on us.

By the time we realized we were spending the night in the woods, we were drenched to the bone as well as the gear we had. Then night fell. Out of all the gear I'd wished I'd taken, I couldn't have been happier that I had my E2D LED Defender®. Its blinding light lit the way to the safest campsite we could find, helped us get a fire lit, and even aided in dispatching a curious varmint that came sniffing at my head while I tried to sleep on the wet ground. It never left my hand until the sun came up the next day. I am 100% convinced that we might not have made it out of those woods safely had I not had my SureFire with me. Thanks for a die-hard reliable product I KNOW I can count on.

Adam L.
Madison, AL


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I am a truck driver, and I was the first responder to an accident that happened in Kansas on Interstate 70. About 4:00 a.m. I saw a faint red light down the ravine about 200 ft., so I pulled over to inspect. Using my "three-million-candlepower" flashlight in the truck, I saw that it was a jeep in the ravine, so I called 911, and after I talked to them I went down the ravine to determine if there were any casualties. When I got to the bottom of the ravine my big flashlight died, and I had to use my E2D LED Defender®, which I always carry in my pocket for emergencies. I used this flashlight to check on the lone injured driver and then to get back to the top of the ravine to bring him some blankets because it was freezing out. I got back to the ravine using the Defender to light my path, and I waited for the emergency crew to arrive. I also used it to signal the rescuers to the accident location when they arrived. Without my Defender, I could have failed to save that driver's life.

Roger L.
Chubbuck, ID


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I often go walking late at night; I enjoy the cool, calm air and the peace and quiet. One night, I was out for a stroll, my SureFire E2D LED Defender® and my laser pointer in my pocket, when I came upon a group of four males, all 18-20 years old, harassing and annoying a young lady. I shouted at them and told them to leave the woman alone. Two of them stopped the woman from leaving, and the other two approached me. As the two males approached me, it was clear they were looking for confrontation. So I immediately drew my E2D LED with my right hand, held it like a pistol, and blasted out its max output. This really made them stop in their tracks. Then I pulled out my laser pointer and pointed that at them. The two males were dazzled, shocked, and had to sit down to absorb what had just happened. I then approached the two males who were continuing to harass and annoy the young women. I was concerned this was a potential rape in the making. After seeing what had happened to their chums, they said, "We're not looking for any trouble," and became very passive. I said, "That's funny, because before I pulled out my torch and laser pointer, you were itching for a fight, and were hassling this lady."

The males ran off, and I helped the lady back to her house. She said to me, "That was incredible, like something out of a movie." I replied, "These things don't always have such a good ending. I will be reporting this to the police; they just walked right under a CCTV camera at the library." Before waving goodbye, the lady asked what make of torch I had. I said, "SureFire." She didn't even mention the laser pointer.

Peter G.
Longniddry, UK


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I recently took a trip to Vietnam. After leaving Ho Chi Minh City on a motor scooter and travelling 200 km north, I arrived at Cat Tien National Park. At dusk, the guides begin prepping several spotlights hooked up to extra-large batteries. We loaded up the ragged Toyota and headed out into the park. A few kilometers down the trail, I remembered I had my SureFire E2D LED Defender® in my pocket. I had been carrying it more for personal protection in Ho Chi Minh City than for light, but I decided I would flash it where the guides were not shining their lights. My little torch was brighter than their eight-inch-diameter spotlights wired to 12-volt truck batteries, which baffled the park guides. Five guides were excitedly yelling with amazement in Vietnamese, which made for a hysterical scene. I'd become so accustomed to my Defender that I actually forgot how powerful it actually is.

James E.
Rock Hill, SC

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I decided to test the ability of a SureFire light to stop a trained attack dog. We set up an experienced decoy in a dark warehouse and sent the dog on a bite command. At the last minute, the decoy switched on the light and kept it in the eyes of the dog. It stopped the dog in its tracks. The dog tried to get around the light, but the decoy was able to keep the beam centered in the dog's eyes, stopping these efforts. We did this with multiple breeds and used both the E2D LED Defender and the 6P Defender [superseded by the 6PX Defender--Ed.] lights with equal success. I always thought a SureFire would stop an untrained dog, but never a fully trained protection dog. I was wrong.

Joe B.
Temecula, CA


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I've carried an E2D LED Defender® with me for about a year now, and before that I used to carry a regular E2D Defender, which my girlfriend has since confiscated for her own use. On a recent camping trip, I was returning to my cabin one night when I heard a terrible animal scream coming from the tree line. It sounded like a cat fighting for its life.

I pulled out my trusty E2DL and lit up the area where the sound was coming from. The powerful beam lit up two coyotes that had just emerged from the tree line, and they froze in place, startled by the light. A third coyote popped out of the nearby grass, and then all three took off for the safety of the woods. I tried looking for the cat but couldn't find it anywhere. I hoped it managed to get away, but from the sounds it made I didn't think it had much of a chance.

The next afternoon I ran into the campground groundskeeper and told her about the noises I'd heard. She got a startled look on her face and exclaimed how she had just returned from the vet with her cat because his leg was torn up and he needed stitches. She gave me a big hug and thanked me for scaring away the coyotes and saving her cat's life. I showed her my light, and she couldn't believe the little E2DL was powerful enough to light up the woods from so far away and scare off the coyote pack. This event has reassured my faith in my SureFire. I won't go anywhere without my Defender.

Jacob F.
Denver, NC


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This winter, my girlfriend and I decided to take a walk on the trails behind our house to see if we could see the northern lights. It was negative seven degrees (F). While on our walk, we heard a big rustle in the brush next to the trail. I immediately pulled out my E2D LED Defender® and lit up the area from where the noise was coming. Out walked a big bull moose that just froze in its tracks. I began to look for some kind of cover, but all that was around us was brush that the bull could easily run through. I turned the light on to its 200-lumen maximum output, hoping it would scare off the moose. It did. The moose shook its head a little and trotted off back through the brush. We decided that was enough excitement for one night and went back home for some hot chocolate—the best hot chocolate I've ever tasted! Thanks, SureFire. Your light saved us from a potential world of hurt. It's most definitely a necessity for any true Alaskan.

Nicholas S.
Anchorage, AK


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One night, our neighbor's dog dug his way under the fence and into our yard. Seeing this, I grabbed my Surefire E2D LED and went around the side gate to take him back to the neighbor's house. Unfortunately, his collar slipped, and, as he playfully bounded away from me and across the yard, I noticed a car careening around the corner, going maybe 30 mph. I called to the dog, but that accomplished nothing. The dog is a dark color and, in the shadows, is practically impossible to see. To make matters worse, a car parked on the side of the street shielded him from the driver's view. It was clear that neither would see each other in time, and the only thing I could do was light up the dog with 120 lumens of light from my SureFire. As soon as I turned the light on, the driver saw what was happening and swerved to avoid the dog. I definitely wouldn't have gotten that reaction with a MagLite. Thanks to my SureFire, the little kid next door still has her mutt, and I saved myself from having to scrape him off the pavement.

Thomas D.
San Antonio, TX


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I took my sea kayak and my SureFire E2D LED Defender out on the Florida Gulf late one night. The moon barely lit the way, but it provided just enough light to notice movement about fifteen feet from my small kayak. I immediately took out my E2DL and blasted the 120 lumens towards movement, but I saw nothing. The same thing happened two more times, but I still couldn't see what was causing the water to stir. The splashing grew more intense and closer to the side of my kayak, so I submerged the E2DL in the salt water, clicked the tailcap, and saw the silhouette of a big crocodile. As soon as the blinding light lit up a 20-foot radius around the kayak, the croc quickly turned and swam away. Thanks to the power of the E2DL's blast, I thankfully didn't have to use its strike bezel that night.

Josh S.
Charlotte, NC


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I carry an E2D LED in my hunting backpack. I use the lower five-lumen setting for practically all hunting situations. This setting is perfect for entering/exiting the field and in the deer blind. Well, one late afternoon, as I was hunting in my blind, I saw a wild hog eating at my feeder. I got a good shot on the hog. Or so I thought. As the sun set, I exited my blind with my E2DL on its five-lumen setting to inspect the fallen hog. To my surprise the hog sprung to its feet and came at me full steam. It knocked me over, backpack, rifle and all. As it charged again, I was able to click on the light to the blinding 200-lumen setting. My flashlight disoriented the charging boar, which was enough to stop the boar dead in his tracks. I was able to squeeze off a couple shots and finish him off. Fortunately for me, my SureFire was able to save me from a potentially hazardous situation. Unfortunately for the hog, the blazing 200 lumens were too much for him to handle. Thanks, SureFire.

Guillermo R.
North Richland Hills, TX


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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.

Tyler K.
Memphis, TN


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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.

Holly W.
Hellertown, PA


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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.

Arlo B.
Vancouver, Canada


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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.

Roy R.
Invercargill, New Zealand


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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.

Pawel S.
Garfield, NJ


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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.

Nicholas G.
Wichita, KS


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I have an E2D LED Defender®, and I bring it with me practically everywhere I go, in this particular case, on one of my early evening runs in the city. I usually keep the E2DL in my hand when I run, since I don't like things bouncing around in my pocket. Plus, it gives me some level of security against stray dogs that may decide to tag along. On this run, I was in the middle of crossing the street when a cab raced towards me, not heeding the pedestrian lane. I quickly brought my SureFire into action, blasting the cab driver with all of the E2DL's 120 lumens. The driver slammed on the brakes and came to a screeching halt only a few feet from where I stood. It's great to know my E2DL has power to stop reckless drivers right in their tracks.

Christian P.
Makati City, Philippines


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Last night, my SureFire flashlight paid for itself. I'm a student at Guilford College, in Greensboro, North Carolina, and when I first purchased my E2D LED Defender®, a lot of people joked that I'd been ripped off. Even after I demonstrated its power, they remained skeptical. Well, last night my friend and I went for a walk, so I brought my flashlight with me (college campuses can be dangerous at night). On the way back to our dorm, a car skidded around a corner and headed straight for us at 50 miles per hour. It all happened so quickly that I didn't have time to move out of the way. As if moving on autopilot, I aimed my SureFire at the driver's side window, blasting the driver with the full 120 lumens. The driver swerved off the road to miss us (missing us by about eight feet) and crashed through some bushes before continuing down the road. As they passed us, I noticed that two teenagers in the car were smiling and laughing—totally oblivious to what was going on. I'm thankful that I had my SureFire flashlight with me. It undoubtedly saved my life as well as my friend's life. Thanks for making such a reliable product. I'm now a loyal customer for life.

Ben C.
Timonium, MD

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I am a middle school science teacher in Alabama, and one day, last spring, it was a rainy, nasty day, and we were under tornado watches until late afternoon. The tornado watch quickly turned into a tornado warning, and we were instructed to take our classes to a downstairs room for safety. All the teachers at my school are issued a classroom light (I will refrain from mentioning the brand of the light we're issued, so as not to embarrass them), but since the quality is not to my liking, I always put my SureFire E2D LED Defender® in my desk once I get to work. So, when we were instructed to go downstairs and the power happened to go out, the few teachers who actually had their issued flashlights turned them on. Needless to say, we were still in the dark until my Defender provided a nice, bright light that amazed the kids and my coworkers. Not only did it allow us to see and keep track of all the students, it allowed the kids to forget about the bad weather so we were all able to relax until we were given the green light to return to our classrooms. Thanks, SureFire, for the great products you make.

Nic G.
Cullman, AL

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I work for an aero-medical service in New England and never leave for a mission without my SureFire E2D LED Defender®. One night, it may have just saved a man's life. We'd landed on an interstate after a severe car accident around 3:00 a.m. The state police secured the landing zone from traffic, but a bystander walked through the woods from his home to view the scene. As I exited the aircraft while it was running, the man ran toward the helicopter in close proximity to the low-spinning rotor blades. My E2D made the perfect strobe, flashing from five to 120 lumens to summon the police to intercept the bystander before he became another patient. After we debriefed the incident, other flight medics went out and bought SureFire flashlights. Now they won't leave the ground without theirs, either.

Mike H.
Boston, MA

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Last summer my wife gave birth to our first child. My son was born via natural birth, and my wife required stitches. As the doctor began the procedure in the delivery room, he made a complaint about the poor lighting in the room. The nurse offered to go get another portable lamp to help cast more light on the procedure. I always have my SureFire E2D LED Defender® in my pocket, so I offered to assist. One of the nurses laughed about my offer, made a joke, and said, "Sure, we can try that." I held my Defender with one hand, and my wife's hand with the other. The doctor finished up the procedure with no problems. Afterwards, he asked the nurses on staff at the hospital why they couldn't provide light that good. Thanks, SureFire.

Joshua C.
West Grove, CA


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The E2D Defender® is by far the best SureFire flashlight I've ever owned. It has been on my person every since the day I purchased it, and even when I sleep it is on my nightstand. Naturally, when the E2DL came out I had to get my hands on one. The 120 lumens its LED produces on high is great for doing all sorts of activities where more light is required. And the five lumens of output it generates on low is great for reading maps and general use around the home.

I like to jog at night, and I've always carried my E2D with me when I jog, but now I carry my E2DL. While jogging one night, I was attacked by a homeless person who seemed like he was on some sort of narcotic. He grabbed on to my reflective arm band as I ran past him and held on tightly. With my other hand, I reached into my shorts' pocket and pulled out my E2DL. I hit his hand with the E2DL's crenellated Strike Bezel®, and he released my arm band. Then I quickly shined the light in his eyes, disorienting him, and when he raised his hands to cover his eyes, I hit him in his forehead with the bezel, knocking him to the ground. A Good Samaritan spotted me in distress and helped me hold down the suspect until the police arrived. When the police arrived, they were curious about the odd shape on the suspect's forehead. I showed them the E2DL, and they instantly knew it was a SureFire they even asked me when the LED model of the E2D came out. Thank you, SureFire, for making quality products that I can depend on when my life is on the line.

Eric M.
Bronx, NY


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