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I was a designated marksman in 1st Battalion, 6th Marines, B Company. In 2010, my company was inserted by helicopter into Marjah, Afghanistan. The SureFire HL1-D-TN mounted on my helmet saved me from the first time my boots hit the ground, getting off the bird. There was no moon for ambient light, and if you've ever worn a night-vision PVS-14, you know how hard it is to see. The infrared illumination from my SureFire Helmet Light allowed me to get set up and in position for the long firefight that started when the sun rose. It also allowed my platoon to know exactly where I was, thanks to its infrared IFF flashing beacon. I'm sad to say that, on the second day of the firefight, I was shot in my helmet by a sniper and my Helmet Light was lost. But my family was quick to send a replacement, which made subsequent patrols so much easier. Thanks, SureFire.

Andrew K
Casper, WY

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I am a US Army soldier mechanic. I was in Kandahar, Afghanistan, and was getting ready to go on a convoy when my battle buddy handed me a SureFire Helmet Light. I was able to quickly attach it to my helmet with the easy-to-mount base, and that light was a godsend while on that convoy. It seemed like I grew an extra arm overnight. I had a vehicle break down while we were traveling through some rough terrain. I had to fix some air lines to get the vehicle operational again, and the Helmet Light gave me the needed access to both of my hands. As a mechanic, a good light is a must—especially if it’s hands free.

After that mission, I ordered two lights for each of my soldiers, plus the attachments that hook it to our body armor. It’s such a small item, but it gives us that much more confidence and ability to keep our trucks on the road in Afghanistan. My SureFire is the benchmark for any flashlight that comes in front of me, and they usually just don’t compare. Thank you, SureFire.

Timothy E.
Albany, OR

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My SureFire HL1-A Helmet Light saved my life in 2011. I went to climb Mt. Everest, and I was told to bring two headlamps (made by some other manufacturer) and two flashlights made by the other guys as well. I knew better and brought my two small but bright handheld flashlights, and I purchased two SureFire HL1-A Helmet Lights so I could be innovative and bring my ops core helmet with my Helmet Lights attached to its rails.

Upon arriving at base camp, everyone had to show their equipment to the guides. The guides did not like my idea of my Helmet Lights and did not want to hear about how they are bright and the best helmet-mounted lights money can buy. I was given another brand of headlamp but told that I could still use my helmet.

Fast forwarding to summit day, we were hit by a heavy storm and close to -50° F degree weather. Our headlamps we were given all failed in the extreme cold. It was 4:45 a.m., and we were nowhere near the summit when we were forced to turn around, but it was pitch black out. I had stashed my two Helmet Lights in my pack and was able to locate them and attach them both to the rails on my helmet. I was able to guide six people to safety with those two HL1-As.

Now anything from SureFire is not only allowed by those guides, it’s probably mandatory. Thanks, SureFire.

Sean D.
Antelope, CA

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The Surefire Helmet Light with built-in IFF (Identify Friend or Foe) transponder was a piece of equipment my team and my command fought to get for months. Finally, I made a few deals and scored us a couple of Helmet Lights for Downed Aircraft Recovery missions.

During the months in Kandahar, our team responded to multiple sites, all in the middle of the night. One night, our team was inserted under fire. The helicopter and team were taking fire; one round hit the tool box they had and bounced off a team member’s helmet. As they took up firing positions, they had the IFFs on their Helmet Lights on. Overwatch provided a Reaper drone that picked up the IFF signals and clearly identified the bad guys from the good guys.

I have no doubt, SureFire, that you provided the necessary tools that saved the lives of my men, preventing friendly fire and getting them home safely. From a grateful and proud team, thank you for having our backs.

Joseph K.
Fort Campbell, KY

PS: I got the go-ahead to order more Helmet Lights. Thanks, Big Army. Also, thanks for the easy-to-find NSNs.

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In 2010, I was critically wounded in Kandahar, Afghanistan, by an IED and small-arms ambush while on foot patrol. I had life-threatening wounds and was permanently blinded in my left eye. I returned fire, but every weapon attachment was busted. We had five additional wounded and two KIA (killed in action).

After medevac and return to The States, my equipment was returned to me. Every weapon attachment was busted; however, my SureFire WeaponLight and LED Helmet Light still functioned. They were cracked and peppered from shrapnel, but they still shined on, bright as ever. These lights took serious abuse but still came out on top.

I still use them when any critical situation arises. Through hell or high-water, these products work.

Wade C. - OEF 10 US Army, 82nd Airborne
Red Lodge, MT

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An A+ to the Warranty/Repairs Department at SureFire. I purchased a G2® LED and a Helmet Light, both of which were beaten to near death by me. SureFire was very helpful in sending me replacement parts and even replaced my Helmet Light for no charge. Thanks, SureFire. You now have a customer for life.

Rod H.
Anchorage, AK

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At 17:00 hrs in late September, the Lincoln volunteer ambulance was paged to rescue a hunter who'd fallen and fractured his leg. He was five miles from the trailhead in the Scapegoat Wilderness. Most of the route he'd traveled was off the forest service trail and followed a creek up the Continental Divide over steep terrain. We were able to locate him about 19:00 hrs (after the sun set). We had a couple of flashlights, but, unfortunately, the six extra batteries I always carry were tucked safely in my vest back down the mountain on the passenger seat of the ambulance. We managed to get the hunter off the mountain by 23:30, but as we started hiking back, our flashlights died. Luckily, I had my SureFire Helmet_Light with me, so I mounted it to the Tango Down mount on my cap, and was able to lead us safely back to the trail head, where our ambulance awaited us.

Robert F.
Lincoln, MT

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Prior to deploying to the Afghan Pakistani border, we were each issued a SureFire Helmet_Light. During one of our patrols in a remote village near the border, my platoon stopped to talk to some elders about the security in their village. I was pulling security at the 12 o'clock position, and, after a few moments, many of the villagers started coming out to talk to us. Before long there were about 50 people around us, talking to my platoon leader. Suddenly, an insurgent in the crowd came up behind me and swung a sickle at my neck. The force of the impact knocked me to the ground. For a second I didn't realize what had happened, but I felt a throbbing pain in my neck. The insurgent immediately dropped his sickle and disappeared into the crowd. It took about two seconds before the entire crowd dispersed in all directions.

After the medic bandaged my neck, I realized my SureFire Helmet Light had been cut in half. The force of the blow had been enough to slice through its tough polymer body. If I hadn't been wearing that light, I'm confident things would've been a lot worse for me. That little Helmet Light saved my life then and there, and continues to protect my colleagues while they're out conducting nighttime missions. Thank you, SureFire, for making such an outstanding product.

Matthew M.
FOB Connolly, Afghanistan

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