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flashlight help please

Discussion in 'Cop Talk' started by gumdokid, Sep 15, 2012.

  1. gumdokid

    gumdokid the karate kid

    Dec 14, 2006
    i am a new reserve officer.

    i am looking for a good duty flash light bright led, and has good distance. i carry a maglight now i want something smaller but long enough i can still do the flashlight over the arm hold with a gun.

    thnks in advace
  2. Knute

    Knute "Nothin"

    Aug 28, 2004
    Northern Colorado
    I really lilke my Streamlight Stinger LED. It is long enough to tuck under your arm but short enough to stow on your belt full time without being too bulky. It's also rechargeable (not sure if this is an issue or not). Otherwise, I really like the Streamlight PolyTac. It is small, uses their C4 LED bulb and cheap.

    Plus their warranty is great if anything ever goes down.

  3. I have a department issued 5.11 Light For Life. Only had it a few months, but so far it seems like a decent light. The quick recharge ability is nice. It's a good general purpose light.

    I keep a Surefire G2X on my belt that is brighter and has a farther throw than the 5.11. It gets used mostly of a day or for tactical purposes.

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  4. 11A


    Nov 28, 2011
    I have a TRL-1 on my gun, so I don't have to worry about holding a flashlight when doing a search. I also carry a Surefire 6PX Defender on my belt. But, I don't have enough room on my belt for a taser and my baton, so I carry my rechargeable maglight for duel purpose applications.
  5. gumdokid

    gumdokid the karate kid

    Dec 14, 2006
    per deprtment rules we r not allowed to use weapon mounted lights
  6. Kadetklapp

    Kadetklapp Methberry PD

    Jan 2, 2007
    Might I make a suggestion? Nothing beats a c cell maglite. If you must have a compact light, streamlight stinger either in Led or with the terrelux mod.

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    Someone else mentioned this light on this forum recently. I don't own one, but it's looking pretty good. Appears to have similar dimensions to a C cell Maglite. Not that there's anything wrong with a C cell Maglite. I keep one in a desk drawer at work for that occasional knucklehead that needs some Special High Intensity Training. Haven't had to use that option yet.
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2012
  8. CJStudent

    CJStudent Fenced In

    Nov 3, 2005
  9. TBO

    TBO Why so serious? CLM

    Klarus XT11
  10. old_pigpen

    old_pigpen Huh? What?

    Nov 4, 2007
    In a house
    I carried a Streamlight Stinger when I was a reserve. I upgraded using the Terralux LED last year. After all the years i've had it, its still my go to light.

    I'm planning on rejoining the SO's reserve unit very soon. I just bought a Streamlight Ultrastinger with both DC and AC chargers for $35. I've always wanted one, and the sheriff won't let us carry batons but will let us carry flashlights :whistling:
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2012
  11. collim1

    collim1 Shower Time!

    Mar 14, 2005
    For reserve duty a few times a month (probably less) the Maglite should be fine. I still carry mine at night on traffic stops and have a Stinger on my belt as backup.
  12. RF7126


    Sep 19, 2003
    Western Florida
    This. I use the LED Stinger as well and am thrilled with it. I tried a few cheaper lights in an attempt to save money but they kept breaking and weren't really what I wanted anyway. Just get a good one from the beginning, you'll be thankful later.
  13. lawman800

    lawman800 Juris Glocktor

    Pelican 7060 or the new 8060 are both great LED lights and have lifetime warranties.

    Oh, Danners FTW.
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2012
  14. rockapede


    Sep 3, 2009
    'Twas me. BC40 is kicking butt for well over a year now, still melts eyeballs like new. Just got into a scrape with it tonight, in fact. Still fine. I've convinced 4 guys at work to buy them without even saying anything (they just see it in action). Couple people on this board have bought them as well. It's as close to perfect as a duty light as I've found. If it could dock to charge, it would BE perfect.
  15. SCSU74

    SCSU74 St. Cloud Proud

    Jul 24, 2010
    The Northwoods
    depends what size you are looking for. for a larger light the streamlight stinger is a great light. I like a smaller size so i carry a streamlight strion on my belt. Both are rechargeable and both have end cap activation. Can't find a better set of duty lights as far as i'm concerned.


  16. bmoore


    Jan 15, 2006
    Under a regime.
    +1. I used a regular Stinger for years as a Fireman/medic. I recently switched to smaller surefire's and Streamlight polytac's due to their compact size. I miss being able to tuck it under my arm while writing down info. Stingers are a great all around light, especially now that they offer the LED option.
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2012
  17. bought an OLight M20S on sale for $50 a while back, rechargeable batteries and charger will set you back another $20/$25, but then you've got a four hour battery life on high setting (320lumens) and this light has decent throw. medium setting will get you through a whole shift (which i hope you don't need to have a light on for your whole shift). this light is pretty compact.

    Comes with holster already for your belt.

    Check battery junction, all-battery, lighthound to see if it's on sale.
  18. collim1

    collim1 Shower Time!

    Mar 14, 2005
    For a killer light on a budget Maglite has really stepped it up with the XL200. Its comparable in size to most 1" bezel Surefire lights and runs on 3AAA batteries that are alot cheaper than CR123's.

    About a $40 light, and its a maglite so it will last forever.
  19. ray9898


    May 29, 2001
    I just ordered a Fenix TK21 and so far it is hands down the best belt light I have ever owned.

    468 lumens on high all the way down to 5 lumens on low from a light that uses 2 CR123's or one rechargeable 18650. Long run times, nearly 2 hours on high and 220 hours on low. It had everything I wanted, separate button for brightness selection, momentary-on tail switch and waterproof. It is simply amazing.

    The anti-roll ring is also removeable so it will fit in a standard belt loop holster.

    Last edited: Sep 16, 2012
  20. bikerdog


    Feb 11, 2009
    Great choice.

    I carry two fenix lights while on duty and I think they make some of the best lights for the money right now.

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