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How You Can 'Light the Night'

Monday, 16 June 2003 12:00 AM

Every day, thousands upon thousands of law enforcement and security officers start their evening and midnight shifts all over the United States.

Since many law enforcement and security officers spend a great deal of their patrol time in low-light or no-light conditions, they must carry the proper flashlight to help do their intrinsically dangerous jobs.

With modern flashlight technology and affordable pricing, there is absolutely no reason why the average person should not possess a “police quality” flashlight.

When I started in law enforcement in the 1980s, I purchased for about $100 a foot-long aluminum rechargeable flashlight for use on patrol. Because of its large size and heavy weight, I carried it only on night calls. I still can remember that big light hitting against my leg during foot pursuits.

The flashlight users of the year 2003 have it much, much better. They can spend less than $100 and still purchase a state-of-the-art flashlight that will last them, with proper care, for 10 years or more – plus many flashlights will be only about 8 inches or less in size.

Here are a few of the best – and, yes, pun intended – brightest flashlights on today’s market:

The flashlight I have carried myself for the last few years has been the Stinger. For me, the Stinger combines the best of all worlds, for one of the finest overall security and law enforcement flashlights. The Stinger is made of aircraft aluminum and it produces about 15,000 candlepower. It is just under 7 ½ inches long and weighs only 10 ounces. The Stinger has about one hour of burn time after a recharge. Because of the popularity of the Stinger, Streamlight has come up with different variations of the basic model, including a tactical version with a tail cap switch.

The MagCharger is the quintessential security and police flashlight. Although early versions of the MagCharger have been around since the 1980s, it still remains one of the best-selling law enforcement flashlights in the world – and for good reason! The MagCharger features a powerful 30,000 candlepower with an adjustable spot-to-flood beam. It is made of machine-tooled aircraft aluminum and has a heat- and shatter-resistant lens.

One of the most popular new flashlight brands for both security and police pros is SureFire. SureFire makes many models for a multitude of uses, and one of its best-selling models is the 6P Original. The 6P uses lithium batteries and a xenon bulb to produce a powerful white beam of light of 65 lumens. Not only is the SureFire 6P known for its bright light, it also is famous for its super-small size. The 6P is just 5.1 inches long and only 5.2 ounces.

Today’s flashlight user, unlike his or her predecessors of only a decade or so ago, has the good fortune to have many fine choices in high-quality “police proven” flashlights available at reasonable prices.

The bottom line is simply this: A proper and reliable flashlight is one of the most valuable tools for everyday safety and security. With the appropriate flashlight, the millions of folks who need a reliable and quality flashlight can now really “light the night.”

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Copyright 2003 by Bruce Mandelblit

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Bruce is a nationally known security journalist, as well as a recently retired, highly decorated reserve Law Enforcement Officer.

Bruce writes Staying Safe, a nationally syndicated weekly column covering the topics of security, safety and crime prevention.

Bruce was commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel – the state's highest honor – by Gov. Paul E. Patton for his public service.

This column is provided for general information purposes only. Please check with your local law enforcement agency and legal professional for information specific to you and your jurisdiction.

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