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Security checkpoint friendly civilian flashlight

Discussion in 'Cop Talk' started by donquixote1955, Nov 22, 2011.

  1. donquixote1955

    donquixote1955

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    A month ago I had occassion to go through two checkpoints, one at a district justice office, the other a county courthouse, both in PA. Both times I had to leave my Surefire 6P in the lockbox along with guns because the Surefire is made of metal. I'm looking for a decent plastic or polymer flashlight, was considering the new Streamlight polytac in yellow because it looks less threatening but it's over 5" long and I'm getting frustrated with cops telling me a small metal flashlight could be used as a weapon. I'm not trying to be contentious, just trying to not get caught in the dark when the lights go out and the emergency lights don't work.
     
  2. Suredire G2 is a great, small light with a plastic body.
     

  3. DaBigBR

    DaBigBR No Infidels!

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    The Polytac LED is a great little light. I have several of them.

    If size is more of an issue, look at the streamlight PT1L or maybe even the Stylus Pro or Microstream. All three are metal, but all of them are much smaller.
     
  4. Cochese

    Cochese Most mackinest CLM

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  5. Eveready has a plastic "Hard Case" flashlight that's works rather well, is plastic and doesn't look like you can bash someone in the forehead with it.

    I keep one in my CLS bag.
     
  6. nitesite10mm

    nitesite10mm Dog Lover

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    Do you want it to throw a bright beam 150' for an hour or give you a low-lumen glow for several hours? Or switch between both? Which is most important?
     
  7. BailRecoveryAgent

    BailRecoveryAgent Rude Member

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    I have the Polytac, not the yellow version, and they've never made me leave it in the lockbox with my gun or take it back out to the car in several courthouse visits I've made. I'm sure different courthouse/secure facilities will have different opinions on that though.
     
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  8. I would say the G2 nitrolon but that is still a sizeable light. How about the Poly Strion? Or maybe some cheap Ray-O-Vac if you really just need a light and nothing else.
     
  9. blueiron

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    Twenty five years of visiting courts and the lights have never gone out or experienced a power failure, but okay...my appearances were always during regular daylight business hours.

    You attend courts at night?
     
  10. I understand the paranoia. Power can go out for any number of reasons and the modern courthouses here are like mazes with all the different floors and rooms.

    The one time I didn't carry a flashlight on me was the one night that I was at dinner with the family and the restaurant experienced a power failure so imagine a few hundred people in the dark. Yeah, that was fun.
     
  11. nitesite10mm

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  13. RWBlue

    RWBlue Mr. CISSP, CISA CLM

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    If you are just looking for enough light to leave, I find the flashlight app on my cell phone is enough.

    The Surefire G2 has a polymer body and more light.

    I don't think any security people would have issue with a single AA LED light. Like the C3-907 from gregmcgeeengineering.com. Yes it is mettle, but ....
     
  14. pipedreams

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    They have good deals if you don't mind waiting for order to ship from Hong Kong. They offer free air shipping but it still may take a month to get to you.

    "Our office hour is between 9am to 6pm HKT/GMT+8 (lunch break between 11:45AM and 1:15PM), Monday through Saturday except public and statutory holidays."

    "DX Local Time (HKT/GMT+8):"
     
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  15. Cochese

    Cochese Most mackinest CLM

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    It takes just over two weeks for DX shipments to arrive in Colorado.

    I just got an email from them stating they are opening operations in the US as well.
     
  16. pipedreams

    pipedreams Member

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    That's good to know. I placed a order with them 23 days ago and still waiting.
     
  17. Cochese

    Cochese Most mackinest CLM

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  18. pipedreams

    pipedreams Member

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    Today my order arrived. Ordered five little (Romisen MXDL RC-G2 Cree Flashlight Black) one AA cell lights for gifts and they are quite nice for pocket/purse carry.
     
  19. g29andy

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    local courthouse here doesn't allow cell phones (except for the lawyers and LEO)