While serving in the army, I was stationed in Baghdad, back in 2008. I was a .50 cal gunner in my platoon. Equipped on my .50 cal was a SureFire HellFighter® light. The sheer brightness of this light prevented several vehicle accidents while driving blacked out. With the infrared filter, I was able to light the battlefield with illumination for my platoon, while dismounted. During combat, this light made it possible to successfully engage without fear of what else might be on the battlefield. After we hit an IED with one of trucks and the truck was destroyed, the HellFighter was in bad shape but still worked. Ever since then, all I buy is SureFire.
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I have one of your Scout Light® WeaponLights, and I also used a HellFighter® on my .50 caliber machine gun in Iraq. With the Scout Light, I used it to clear rooms and to find things in the dark. I still use one on my AR-15 at home to keep unwanted trespassers at bay. I loved my HellFighter in Iraq. Our motto was "put daylight on them without them knowing it." And we did just that, because we rarely took the infrared filter off.
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My company purchased 16 HellFighter WeaponLights to use while we are deployed to Iraq. They have been working great and serve as a great escalation-of-force tool, among other things, allowing us to get our point across without firing any rounds. As you probably know, this country is riddled with IED's (improvised explosive devices), which occasionally strike US HMMWVS. Well, last week one of our vehicles sustained a catastrophic hit that obliterated the truck. Of the many pieces we found, one was the upper receiver assembly of the M2 .50 cal machine gun about 150 meters from the explosion site that had been ripped from the rest of the weapon in the explosion. To our surprise, the HellFighter light was still attached! When we got back to our forward observation battalion, we got a power cable from another HellFighter to see if the blown-up one still worked. To our amazement it lit right up.
CPT Michael T
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