I'm not a LEO, and I didn't even stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night, but I do have the cheapest SureFire light, around $35. In terms of light production, it just blows away 2AA or 2D cell MagLites. Wouldn't be much good as a baton, but you could maybe temporarily blind somebody with it- it's that bright. The lithium batteries have a very long shelf life, but they're expensive (around $2 each) and don't last long in actual use, I think they claim 1 hour. James Fawcett
Try Pacific Tactical and search for Wolf Eyes 9 volt. 200 Lumens. 44.95. A lot more lumens per dollar compared to the major brands and I'm convinced that it's all about lumens. I am absolutely thrilled with mine. Haven't picked up a MagLite since I got the Wolf Eyes.
Surefire all the way. They have great lamps for well under $100, and their C3 Centurion is monumentally brighter than even a FOUR cell Maglight, and one fifth the size. Do NOT get a huge Mag light to use as a baton, it will get you hammered in civil court!
Take training to use it as a night vision and defensive device. 80% of confrontations take place in diminished or no light conditions. A C3 light will totally blind an attacker in reduced light conditions allowing you to retreat or to "shoot and scoot", depending on the situation.
The C3 Centurion is a good light. And if you take this 129.00 light and add the 27.00 high output lamp, you will get the 200 lumen performance and for only 3.47 times the price of the Wolf Eyes with the same performance. You did mention a budget didn't you?
I am a City Administrator, so I have been involved in purchasing Fire and Police equipment for many years. I have also served as a firefighter in the past, and I have a Streamlight flashlight that I bought back in the late 1980s. It is a four cell and has been used hard, but still works great. It is machined aluminum, and anodized black. You could use it as a baton and I don't think it would phase it. I highly recommend them. I placed their website link above.
I carried Streamlites from the time I started in 1983 until I retired last year. They are sturdy, bulbs last and don't break from the least little impact and the batteries last good. If I was to buy one now, I would buy a Streamlite Stinger XT rechargable. You won't be sorry. A good light may save your life one day.
Sam, I carry a Surefire Z2 with a P61 lens on my duty belt along with a Streamlight TLR1 for my Sig 229. I also have the usual 4 cells that I don't use much anymore. If you really want to know all the scoop on flashlights, I suggest you email [email protected] and have Calvin Hall email you his toll-free #. This fellow knows his stuff. Has very good prices, and he is also a very pleasent person. You will enjoy talking to Calvin. #56-30
Surefire now makes a 105 lumen G3 with a polymer body for about $60 bucks. That should satisfy anyone's budget. If your life might depend on your equipment, Surefire is hard to beat. Accessories are plentiful, and the lights are VERY TOUGH.
The Wolf light for $38 compares to the Surefire G2 Nitrolon, except the Surefire is much brighter, and about 15% cheaper. ??????? Budget?
I have five Surefire lamps. When I train with folks in the know, the Surefire lamp is the standard. When it comes to commanding the night, the 105 lumen G3 Nitrolon which retails for a mere $60 will do the trick. For an extra $20 or so, you can convert it to 200 lumens! A 200 lumen burst in darkness gives you that violet ball in your eyes and you are totally blind for a moment. Don't cheap out on vital tools if you are buying duty equipment. It is like taking a Maverick Shotgun to the Grand.
Streamlight is starting to be seen on the street, but they are having durability and reliability issues. Their strobe lamp is a good idea, but they are failure prone. When they work, they are SCARY. Even seasoned pros are disoriented enough to be taken in the dark with this tool.
Diminshed Light Shooting Techniques are badly overlooked by folks carrying firearms for duty and personal protection.
I will def. look into the Wolf Eyes. I should explain that I'm a student officer on a college campus, and therefore obviously don't carry a firearm...however, I find myself in the same situations as the tazer-armed officers.
Seeing as a blinding light could be my best/only weapon, 200 lumens sounds about right. I'd like something I COULD use as a baton if my life depended on it, but not a bulky 3-cell maglite that I have to walk around with for 7-14 hours at a time.
I'd like something I can take with me if I choose to persue law enforcement as a career (currently a triple major...none of which is Criminal Justice). Also, I noticed there are rechargable flashlights. Are they worth the premium?