Around 0100 hours, I rode with my partner to the scene where a burglary had been committed. We arrived at the scene, and the suspect had already fled on foot and was heading down another street. As a deputy arrived on scene to back us up, dispatch advised us that another homeowner had located the suspect. We got back in our patrol car and sped to the street that he was on.
I dismounted from the patrol car and bolted down the alley where the homeowner had last seen the suspect. My other-brand flashlight was already dying on me. I heard the suspect jump into a pile of leaves. I drew my handgun with my Surefire X300® Ultra, which lit up the alley with 500 lumens of pure awesomeness, and I gave the suspect orders to comply. The suspect immediately rolled out of the leaves and onto his belly. After my partner arrived to cover me, I placed the suspect under arrest. The first words out of his mouth were, "All I could see was light... I knew I couldn't escape." The victim told me that she could sleep peacefully, knowing that the perpetrator had been captured.
I truly believe your lights are a force multiplier, and I will continue to be a repeat SureFire customer. SureFire products have served me faithfully through two tours in Iraq, and they continue to serve me as a public servant. Thank you, SureFire!
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I am a police officer with a medium-sized agency in Southern California. In December of last year, my wife gave me a SureFire X300® Ultra to replace the X200 I’d been using for almost seven years on my issued Glock 17. I was already familiar with the improved quality of the X300—I had seen it many times in the field in a variety of incidents (searches, hot-stops, etc.)—but I’d stuck with my X200 because it just would not die. When it started to act up last year, I contacted SureFire, sent it in for repairs, and they sent it back to me good as new. Well, my X200 is now mounted on my SIRT training pistol that I use for dry-fire practice, and it works as good as it did the day I got it. It's a little scratched up, but that just gives it character and shows how well-built these little lights are and how much punishment they can take.
Despite seeing several in action, I was unprepared for the truly superb quality and luminosity of the X300 Ultra. This light is built to the same high quality standards as all of the Surefire products I have ever owned and/or worked with during my law enforcement career. The intensity of the light that this WeaponLight produces is second to none when it comes to pistol-mounted lights. It turns night into day in my little piece of the world. Well, in January, I had the opportunity to put my new X300 Ultra to the test.
My partner and I contacted a subject sleeping in a car that did not belong to him, in the parking lot of a local apartment complex. The car’s position forced my partner and me to contact the subject on the driver’s side, as the front and passenger side of the car were too close to a retaining wall for either of us to set up anywhere else. As my partner rapped on the closed driver’s window to wake up the suspect, I illuminated the rear seat and floorboard area with my X300U. The suspect awoke immediately and thrust his right arm between the front seats, towards the passenger-side floorboard. I pointed my light (and weapon muzzle) at the suspect’s right arm and hand and immediately ordered the suspect to place both hands on the steering wheel. The suspect complied, and we were able to remove him from the car without further incident. The suspect turned out to be a parolee with a history of violence, and during the search of the car, I found a semi-automatic pistol tucked under the front passenger seat, right where the suspect had been reaching.
Without the light provided by my X300 Ultra, I might’ve missed the suspect’s lunge for that pistol inside the dark car, and he could’ve fired at my partner or me. I am convinced that, without the high-intensity light provided by the X300 Ultra, this incident could have had a very different—and potentially tragic—outcome.
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During a road trip for business one night, I felt the car wobbling a bit and thought maybe I had a loss of air pressure in the tires or, worse yet, a bent rim. I pulled over to the shoulder, grabbed my SureFire 6P®, and stepped out to take a look, my sidearm with a SureFire X300® Ultra holstered and on me. As I was checking on the tires, a car pulled over behind me on the interstate. Thinking it was a concerned passerby stopping to help, I stood up to greet them. Three men got out of the vehicle, and I said hello, but as they approached me, they did not reply and they split up, walking toward me from three different directions. Their car’s headlights were bright, but, fortunately, so was my flashlight. I asked them to identify themselves, but they didn't answer, so I pointed my 6P into the front man’s face and drove him back. As he stumbled back, I was aware of the other two coming at me and I transitioned to my sidearm, yelling at them to get back while using my X300 Ultra to keep them disoriented. They all scrambled back to their car as I kept the X300’s light shining in their faces.
The encounter certainly had my adrenaline going, but the 6P gave me enough time to transition to my sidearm with an even more powerful light. In all, I counted myself lucky that I didn't have to use my sidearm—and that the light proved powerful enough to obscure the would-be assailants’ vision and convince them to move on. Most of the general public would never believe that a flashlight can be so convincing in a situation like that, but I learned of the value of a good tactical light back in Iraq. Now, just like my wallet, keys, and pocket knife, I always carry my 6P. I will be a customer for life and want to thank the people at SureFire who make quality products that saves lives.
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Early in the morning on July 30, 2011, my partner and I responded to a gang fight and apprehended a couple of suspects after a foot pursuit. After escorting them to our cruiser, we were walking across the street when I turned to see a car coming straight at us, the driver asleep at the wheel. I grabbed my partner and began dragging him with me while sprinting for the sidewalk. Another officer yelled, "Watch out!" just as I was struck in my right side (my gun side) by the car, travelling around 50 miles per. My partner was struck by our own cruiser, which was T-boned by the motorist and spun 180 degrees, hitting him like a baseball bat. Three of the four of us on scene were transported for injuries, and my partner and I sustained severe injuries.
I was able to make a full recovery after six months, but I had to learn to walk, run, jump, and stand again. Prior to returning to duty, I inspected all my duty gear, starting with my weapon and holster. It looked like a very big dog used both as a chew toy. The weapon was scratched up, and my SureFire X300® [since replaced by the X300® Ultra] was intact, just missing three screws that had been knocked completely out by the car’s impact. I then inspected my Z2 [since replaced by the Z2X CombatLight® flashlight], which had a cracked lens but was otherwise still working.
I am very impressed and satisfied with SureFire. There is not another product I would use on duty. Thanks, SureFire. You guys continue to make the best! To be used by the best—both here at home and overseas!