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!
See the E2DL flashlight and Minimus headlamp:E2DL HS2-A-BK
My first encounter with SureFire flashlights occurred back in 2004, in Afghanistan. We arrived in country and part of our rapid fielding issue was our weapon-mounted SureFire lights. I cannot tell you how many times I used mine, from clearing caves to finding the latrines, I literally lived with it every day, and my life depended on it.
When I returned home I purchased multiple SureFires and stashed them everywhere. During the flooding of the Mississippi in 2008, I again relied on my SureFire flashlights. I was working with a volunteer firefighter, plugging holes in a levee while using SCUBA gear. The water was so dirty I could barely see, so I rigged two SureFire G2s in Ziplock bags to my face mask and continued to place sandbags underwater.
I’ve since returned to the military and use a variety of SureFire flashlights still. Just today I was wearing my Minimus™ headlamp as I was out into Hurricane Sandy. A SureFire is always with me, in my truck, on my adventure bike, in my backpack, stashed at home, and mounted to my weapons. I cannot envision a piece of equipment that I’ve ever owned that has had a more profound impact on my life.
See the G2 Nitrolon flashlight and Minimus headlamp:G2 HS2-A-BK
As a photojournalist, I've learned over the years to pack quickly and lightly. Something I always travel with is my SureFire Saint Minimus®headlamp. Recently, I was sent to Haiti to cover the aftermath of the earthquake. A few times, I was stuck walking in areas where the power was out. No street lights, nothing, just complete darkness, with a lot of debris on the ground. Rocks, cables, glass, metal, just about every kind of material that could injure you, so you have to be careful, especially in the dark. My headlamp proved to be an invaluable tool. The house I was staying at was partially running its electricity from a generator. There were two nights when the power at the house went out and we were stuck in the dark all night. It was awesome, walking around with my Minimus on. I was able to power down its output for things like eating or organizing my things. And when I went outside, I could increase its brightness. I was also constantly sweating profusely, and the headband responded well to all the sweat; it stayed dry and didn't get gross or disgusting. I even used it in the rain and was so happy to have it. The SureFire Minimus is a safety net; it really is. I wouldn't travel without it.
See the Minimus HS2-A-BK headlampHS2-A-BK
I recently traveled to Cape York, on a week long fishing trip with my two brothers and few friends. Big tidal movement can leave you stranded in these remote parts of Australia, with even bigger crocodiles, a situation we found ourselves in after fishing all day in Dinner Creek. Anchored at the mouth of the creek, we awaited the rise of the tide. As night fell, the wind picked up and things weren't looking so good. The hours went by, and the tide was finally high enough at around 9.30 pm to head back to camp. So we set out into the open ocean, conditions worsening. I was wearing my SureFire Minimus® headlamp and my U2 Ultra clenched in one fist. The ocean was rough, with waves crashing over the top of our very small, open aluminum boat. The Saint was just that, guiding us though the white water. And the U2 carved a path through the blackness of the maze of mangrove-flanked tributaries. I can honestly say that, in all my 39 years, I have never been so terrified. Thanks to the brilliance of SureFire, we made it home safely. Thank you to all of the staff at SureFire for your dedication in producing such faultless products. The dark can be a very lonely place.