As a rookie police officer, I had to spend a lot of money to buy the gear I needed to work the streets, but I didn’t have a whole lot of money to spend. So I made a list of items I needed and then placed them in the order I thought was most important to least important. Well, I have to admit that a flashlight was not near the top of my list. In fact, I started my career with a 3-D-cell Maglite.
After a few months on the street, I started to realize just how heavy my flashlight was to carry around. I also noticed how every time I did a building search or a traffic stop how much duller it was compared to many of the other more senior officers’ lights. I finally broke down and asked a senior officer what flashlight he carried. He said proudly that it was a SureFire. I asked him if they were any good, and you would have thought I just cursed out his mother. “Any good?” he said incredulously. “If you don’t have one for patrol, you’re an idiot.”
Well, for the next month or so I packed my lunch and saved up enough money to buy two SureFire lights. Why two? Because we have a saying on the force: One is none, and two is one. (Murphy's Law). After seven years of service I now carry two SureFire 6P® flashlights and an M3 (since replaced with M3LT) when I’m on patrol. I also have an X300® handgun light and M951 carbine WeaponLight. I can’t tell you how many times my SureFire lights have helped me successfully complete my job duties. Whether it’s searching a vehicle for drugs, a building search, or an area search, I don’t do anything without my SureFire lights.
Thank you, SureFire, for making a quality product that I use to keep me safe when times seem dark.
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While in Iraq and Afghanistan, I learned to trust my M951XM07 WeaponLight on my M4 for a multitude of tasks from spotting wild dogs at 300 yards to searching vehicles to simply lighting the way to my post at night. It was such a great light that I missed it once back home, so I got one, with the P61 ultra high-output lamp, for my home-defense AR15.
I live in a pretty rough area, and there have been multiple robberies, burglaries, assaults, and even murders nearby. Over the past three years, there have been four such attempts on my home, once by two armed men. On each occasion, I was able to pull out my AR15 and dazzle the intruders with the attached M951 WeaponLight, stopping the intruders dead in their tracks each time. It never ceases to amaze me how an intense light will stun people and render them completely helpless. Thanks to my SureFire M951, I've never had to fire my weapon, leaving the dirty work to the police. The quality of SureFire is unsurpassed, and that statement is not limited to flashlight manufacturers. I have gone on to purchase many more SureFire lights, and I will undoubtedly give my business to SureFire in the future.
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Back in '09, during a deployment in Afghanistan, my squad and I got tasked with a route-clearance mission. We were to be in the middle of the "V," basically serving as the spearhead of the operation. On my M4 I had a SureFire M951XM07 WeaponLight with a pressure pad switch running down onto a vertical foregrip. After about an hour of patrolling, we were engaged by the enemy and two Marines were wounded. Once contact died down, we entered a small town and began clearing buildings, just as the sun was setting and it was getting dark. My team and I were tasked to clear a building right next to a building that had already been cleared. I took point and entered first, where I was immediately met by a Taliban fighter who was just as surprised to see me as I was to see him. Even with all the training I'd received in the Marine Corp, nothing could have prepared me to finally see the enemy this close. I panicked and tensed up, which actually saved my life, because my rifle was pointed directly at the fighter and when I tensed up I inadvertently squeezed my M951's pressure-pad switch and the light activated, blinding the Taliban fighter and giving me enough time to calm down and fire. Three shots were fired in the next two seconds one from his rifle; two from mine. He shot first, but my two shots were on target and quickly ended the engagement.
After it was over, I turned around to find a bullet hole in the wall behind me just three inches from where my head was. Because of the blinding beam from my SureFire WeaponLight, he missed his shot and I was able to walk away unharmed. Thank you for making an amazing, lifesaving product. Because of the dedication you put into your lights, I'm still here today to tell you my story.
North Las Vegas, NV
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While stationed in Iraq with the 3rd 116th Infantry as a convoy commander, we were leaving Taji at night, en route to pick up additional vehicles in Baghdad, when the alternator burned out in my armored security vehicle. During the quick stop in Baghdad en route back to Al Taqaddum, the mechanic told me I had a good chance of making it back to Al Taqaddum as long as the batteries maintained their charge. Well, with 150 miles left to travel, the vehicle lights went black, as did the radio communications, and my driver nearly hit a highway divider. So I used the SureFire M951XM07 WeaponLight mounted on my weapon to illuminate the road all the way back to Al Taqaddum. An hour and three quarters later we made it back and my M951 still had enough power to illuminate the path back to our cans. That's one tough light.
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