I am a Chinese cop and K-9 handler and also a loyal user of SureFire products. Because of the needs of my job, I always carry one or two flashlights, and they must be SureFires! While I own several models, my favorite is the E2DL Defender® Ultra.
In February of this year, I was ordered to arrest a murderer. He had killed one person with a self-made musket and fled into the mountains. That night, I took my K-9 and two other officers and we hid in a deserted house and waited for the murder suspect to return. When he arrived, I released the dog to bite him and shined my Defender flashlight at him with its strong 500-lumen beam. I rushed him, but he turned and shot me to the ground. The other officers immediately took cover and began shooting at him, but they missed. My dog saw me fall and ran to me, and when my fellow officers came to help me, the murderer fled. I told them to go after the suspect and leave me to fend for myself, and they did.
I felt severe abdominal pain and was thirsty, so I climbed up to a hidden room, but I dropped my E2DL and it fell outside. So I ordered my dog to fetch my flashlight, which he did, and I used its low setting to illuminate the wound—the bullet had penetrated my body armor and was lodged in my abdomen. I used the E2DL for illuminating ht first-aid kit to find some gauze, then to find my radio and call backup to come and support me. When help arrived, I used the high-output, 500-lumen beam to show them where I was, and they soon found me, administered first aid, and got me to a hospital in time to survive.
Thank you, SureFire!
Heng Yang, Hu Nan Province, China
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It was about 2:00 a.m. when our lab mama, Piper, seemed done with whelping her seven beautiful new pups—five males and two females. I palpated her tummy and felt one more pup left and told my wife to keep an eye on her while I went to get batteries for my camera. But, as soon as I left, Piper jumped up and went to the door. My wife let her out to go do her business…without escorting her. Big mistake.
When I returned to find our girl just coming back into the house, I palpated her again and realized she'd dropped the last pup outside somewhere. It was windy and cold, and I had very little time to find our missing pup, so I grabbed my trusty SureFire Defender® and ran out to the side yard. It was dark, and the abundance of tall shrubs and plants made for a search-and-rescue nightmare situation. I'd brought Piper with me, hoping she would take me to the pup, but she was freaked out and wanted only to attend to the other pups inside, so I was on my own…and more than a little panicky.
The Defender cut through the gloom, and I caught a flash of eyes through the fence—it was a coyote staring at me and no doubt looking for the same pup I was! I bee-lined straight to where the coyote was, thinking his nose knew better than I did where this pup was. The bright light revealed what looked to be a drop of blood and, Bingo, tucked away under a huge clump of daylilies was my missing pup. He was alive but fading fast. I got him inside stat, and we warmed him with a heated blanket. Then his mama took over, and he was nursing within a few minutes. Phew!
We kept that last little male, the runt of the litter, and Puck is sitting at my feet as I write this testimonial to the best flashlights on the planet. Oh, and he ended up being the biggest and smartest of the whole litter after his very dramatic start in life. Thanks, SureFire.
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While attending college last year, I was forced to take night classes, leaving me to walk home every night through a few blocks of “questionable” neighborhoods in the dark. The campus being a “gun-free zone,” I couldn't carry my handgun equipped with a SureFire X300® Ultra, so I did some research and opted for a new SureFire E2D LED Ultra Defender® because of the aggressive Strike Bezel® it offers for self defense.
One night, while walking back from class to my apartment, I passed a gas station and noticed that two male subjects had begun to follow me. They followed me for two blocks until they were only a few steps behind me. I moved to the edge of the sidewalk to allow them to pass, but when I did, the leader of the two turned to me, drew a knife, and said, “Give me your phone and wallet.” I made like I was reaching for my wallet but instead grabbed my E2DLU and blasted them both in the eyes with 500 lumens of pure white awesomeness. The leader clearly stunned by the light, I proceeded to smash him across the bridge of his nose with the Strike Bezel before following up by hitting his stunned partner in the jaw with the same crenellated bezel. I took off running down the block, and after sprinting about three blocks, I glanced back and confirmed that the would-be robbers were not following me.
I owe my phone and wallet and possibly even my life to my SureFire flashlight. I never leave home without it, and always advise friends and family to do the same. Thank you, SureFire!
Virginia Beach, VA
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After a short vehicle pursuit, we pursued four offenders into a house, and while we quickly secured the first three, the fourth seemed to have eluded us. Two of my team searched the rear yard with their standard-issue flashlights and cleared the yard. I was convinced he had not left the property, so I searched the backyard with my E2D LED Defender® Ultra.
The backyard was the usual overgrown jungle, with thick bushes around the fence line. As I searched the bushes with my flashlight's 500 lumens piercing even the thickest foliage, I was able pick out his legs among the shadows, where he had worked himself between the fence and the thick bushes. We were able to disarm him of his knife and arrest him, a fugitive we had been after for two weeks. We were also able to recover valuable stolen property that he'd concealed with him.
Without my Defender, he would have sat out our search, not been arrested that night, and continued his meth-fueled crime spree, creating more and more victims in the process. Thanks, SureFire.
Anglesea, Victoria, Austrailia
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My SureFire Defender® helped save a man at the sawmill I work at. A 37-year-old man got caught in a machine and got his hand and part of his arm rolled up in a sawdust tail drum. The foremen had cheap, weak flashlights—the kind powered by two D-cell batteries—which three of them were using to illuminate the scene while another foreman tried to cut the trapped man free by cutting the belt. I grabbed my SureFire Defender from my pocket and clicked it on to instantly reveal that the foreman was not just cutting the belt but also the trapped man’s wrist. After seeing this by the light of my Defender, they were able to cut him out safely just as the ambulance arrived.
Three weeks later, the then-trapped gentleman returned to the mill to say hello and heard about what had almost happened to him. He came up and personally thanked me and asked me where I got the flashlight that helped free him. I gave him my Defender, the one that saved his wrist and kept him from potentially bleeding out, and he gave me a big hug. The one funny thing about this whole incident is that, earlier that fateful night, several of my coworkers made comments about how my Defender wasn't worth the money and such a small flashlight couldn’t be that powerful. Well, within a month, almost every last one of those guys had some model of SureFire flashlight in his pocket.
Thank you, SureFire.
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