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A couple of years back, when the SureFire L4 LumaMax® first came out, I got one of the first ones produced. I carried it every day for probably a year, and it endured countless drops onto concrete, dunks in water, and overall general rough treatment. Eventually, I gave the light to a friend of mine, as he didn't have a good flashlight of his own.

Well, one beautiful fall day, my friend and I were out on a hike in a wildlife preserve near where I live. We both really enjoyed the hike; however, upon our return to our vehicles, my friend noticed that the L4 I'd given him was missing. He was pretty distraught, but there wasn't much we could do it was getting dark, and we'd walked over five miles of trails, way too much to search after dark so he resigned himself to the loss. A few months later, my dad and I decided to go on the same hike at the same wildlife preserve. We jokingly told my friend that we'd keep an eye out for his L4, knowing there was virtually no chance we'd find it. Well, about an hour into the hike my dad said, "Look," and there, stuck in the mud, was my friends L4. I picked it up out of the mud and clicked it on, and it worked! That light had survived over a foot of snow, repeated freezing and thawing, and over two months in the elements, with no adverse effects.

I ended up trading my buddy another light for this L4, and I still carry it every day on my duty belt. Thanks for making such reliable products.

Micah L.
Homer, NE

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I have a few SureFires, but the one I keep coming back to is the SureFire L4, which has a great, wide-angle beam and it comes in a slim, small package that makes it easy to carry virtually anywhere. My friend once fired up my L4 and was absolutely amazed at how bright it was. Well, my friend recently went to a Southeast Asian country where there isn't much in the way of streetlights and there are a lot of power outages, so I gave him an L4 as a present, along with six sets of SureFire lithium batteries. He said it was really useful, and the light had such a great runtime that he ended up only using one set of batteries the whole two-week trip. Way to go, SureFire. I know he'll use that light for a lifetime, and I feel great knowing that he now has one of the best illumination tools available. Keep up the good work.

Maurice C.
Alameda, CA

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Less than a week after receiving an L4 LumaMax® and a Kroma® in the mail, they both proved invaluable in assisting an injured motorist in the dead of night. I was driving on a major highway, coming home late one night, when a car in front of me lost control, rolled multiple times, and collided head-on with a disabled flatbed on the side of the road. I pulled over immediately. When I ran to the scene of the crash, others were trying desperately to peer into the upturned car, looking for survivors, but without any light they could not see anything. My L4 changed that immediately. With its wide, bright beam, I was able to quickly locate a passenger in the back seat and see he was still conscious, albeit with a badly broken leg. He told us there were two more people in the front of the car, and I was able to locate both of them with the L4.

With horror, I realized they were hopelessly pinned inside the car, and neither was breathing or had a pulse. With gasoline and oil spilling from the car's mangled engine, we decided to extricate the lone survivor before the situation worsened. Holding back the passenger's wrecked door, I held my L4 on the scene as others pulled him from the smoking wreckage. In the meantime I'd given my Kroma, set with its red surrounding LEDs and its main beam on, to another good Samaritan to wave off traffic coming around the bend. When firefighters arrived on the scene, a number were without lights, so I lent them my flashlights. Thanks for designing flashlights that perform so well even under such terrible circumstances. Every motorist should have at least one SureFire in his or her glove box at all times.

Evan C.
McLean, VA

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I am a paramedic who splits his time between two jobs. The first is performing critical care inter-facility transports for a large urban health system, and the second is as a 911 paramedic in the suburbs of Philadelphia. Some time ago I purchased your L4 Digital LumaMax®. I have to admit, the light seemed to carry a hefty price tag relative to other tactical illuminators on the market; however, the cheaper models were just not holding up, and I rely on my flashlight in some pretty unusual circumstances. But after the events of this evening, I would gladly pay twice the asking price for this light.

On the way back from a call, my partner and I were flagged down by several people who reported that a local man was trapped under some wreckage in a salvage yard. Apparently he'd been searching through a pile of scrap metal when the pile gave way. He fell from the heap and became pinned down, face down, under a car chassis, a steel I-beam, a boiler casing, and various other metal objects. It was a major rescue operation to free the man, who easily had a ton of wreckage on top of him. The rescue involved a heavy rescue company, a specialized structure collapse unit, and many additional engines and ladders.The firefighters were using a brand of flashlight geared toward the emergency response community, but these lights were like dim candles. So, out popped my L4. It was the smallest light on scene, but also the brightest, so the vast portion of the rescue operation was performed while illuminated by my flashlight. Numerous police officers and firefighters commented of the brightness of the light during the rescue. In fact, the only brighter lights on the scene was the one connected directly to a portable generator and the 5,000,000 candlepower search light on the helicopter above us--but neither of these units were available until near the end of the operation. My L4 remained at near full intensity for the entire 90 minute operation without any noticeable reduction in output. Keep up the good work, SureFire. I can't see myself ever buying another brand of flashlight again.

Eric R.
Pennsylvania

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I was disappointed when I lost my SureFire L4 LumaMax while I was moving some items into an outside storage area in early winter, and I gave up hope of ever seeing it again...until today. When I returned to the storage area this spring, there was my L4, frozen in the ice. The flashlight had survived being frozen under snow and ice in -50º C weather in the Canadian arctic, and it worked perfectly when I chiseled it out. When I looked inside of it, it was dry, and the batteries were in great shape. I am now wearing it on my belt again.

Troy H.
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
Canada

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My December 29, 2005 trip to Phnom Penh, Cambodia for my wedding was phenomenal. The marriage was performed outside on a beautiful, moonless night. Unfortunately, after the wedding, one of our wedding guests had an accident when their motorbike plunged into a canal nearby. Two people were injured, but to add insult to injury, one of the victims also lost her bracelet. One of the passengers asked me if he could use my SureFire L4 Lumamax to search for the lost bracelet. He was amazed by the brightness of the L4. He said that, as soon as he turned on the flashlight, the powerful L4 reflected off the bracelet, making it look like it was floating on the water. Now I have more love for my L4, and I'€™m looking forward to investing in an M6 Guardian [superseded by the M6LT--Ed.]. (Hopefully without ending up in the divorce court.)

Anthony P.
Saint Paul, MN

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I'm a volunteer for my local ambulance service, and one dark night we got called to a job where someone had fallen. It turns out our patient had fallen down a four-meter vertical bank off a deserted gravel road, and there was no lighting available. My partner used his service-issue torch to have a look down at the patient, but it didn't really light much up. Then I pulled out my SureFireL4 LumaMax®, and it was like I turned on the sun. We could see down the bank and clearly see our patient. I used my light to hunt for a clear path down, which I found, and quickly learned that our patient had a fractured and dislocated ankle. With the darkness and limited space restraints, we had to call in a rescue squad to scoop the patient out with a stokes basket. When they arrived, I used my L4 to light up the scene. Every time I shined my torch in a different direction, it was like the sun turned off. Everyone was impressed with my L4's performance, as their torches looked like matches compared to mine! We got the patient out of there and to the hospital, but, if it hadn't been for my SureFire, the job would have been 10 times more difficult!

Nick B.
Wellington, NZ

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While deployed in Panjiway Province, Afghanistan, we often did missions at night. Several months into our mission, our searchlight was destroyed. A replacement light was unavailable. Now, driving through towns like Khandahar at night without a light is insane. Luckily, I had my Surefire L4 LumaMax, which we taped to the side of our .50 caliber machine gun mount. We finished the rest of our deployment using that Surefire L4 as a search light. Not only did it work, no one really noticed a difference. A lot of guys on our team refused to believe we used that little light every night--until they saw it light up for themselves. Through Taliban attacks, heavy rain and sandstorms, even rammings from other vehicles, our little L4 kept on working long after our heavy-duty searchlight broke.

Christopher W.
Aiea, HI

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My best friend and I had been planning a mountain-climbing trip for months, and we decided to traverse across a section of the Shenandoah Mountains in Virginia. We planned for the trip to take a few days, so laden with all our gear, he and I set out in mid-December. After one day, we set up camp at the summit of one mountain, around 3800 feet of elevation. Between the snow, sleet, and brutal wind, my partner was slipping into hypothermia. Being too far away for rescue, and having no cell service to call for help, we packed up that night and climbed down the rocky, treacherous terrain in the dark except for the light from the end of my SureFire L4 LumaMax®. I dropped the light countless times, climbing over the boulders, and watched it fall against rocks, into shin-deep snow, and submersed under creek water. Never once did my L4 waiver in its ability to illuminate the path to safety. Without that light, my friend in all likelihood wouldn't be here today. I am forever grateful for my L4, that little piece of life-saving equipment.

Taylor B.
Alexandria, VA

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It was a pitch-black, quiet night, and I was under the cover of a burned-out house. I saw what appeared to be an iPod and assumed it had been dropped by one of my fellow soldiers. Well, it wasn't an iPod; it was an IED (improvised explosive device). I remember a bright, white light flashing, and waking up several hours later with a wall on top of me. I was 99% covered and stuck, except for my free right arm. I could not see and could barely breathe, but I could hear what I thought were drones passing by overhead and other units passing by. But I couldn't make a sound. Then I remembered that my SureFire L4 was on my belt.

After 10 minutes of painful wiggling, I was able to reach my L4 with my right hand. My head was split wide open, my nose was nearly completely off my face, so I couldn't get enough air, and I was quickly passing out, but I was able to click my L4 on and off several times before losing consciousness. It was enough to get me noticed by the drone passing over me. Roughly 20 minutes later, I was rescued and extricated from under a ton of debris. Now, 197 stitches later, I'm back home recuperating and rehabilitating. The hundred-plus dollars I spent on my L4 was worth every penny. This is a life-saving tool. My only regret is that, after I passed out, I dropped my L4 and lost it forever. But I'm already saving up for a new one and hope to rejoin my unit in a few weeks. God bless America, God bless The Corps, and God bless SureFire!

Gunny David M.
Piscataway, NJ

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