Surefire or Streamlight flashlight for somebody on budget?

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  1. lespaulplayer

    lespaulplayer New Member

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    I'd like to carry a flashlight and looked into Surefire flashlights. I saw a Surefire 6P for 60 bucks but I just can't go into the 100+ dollar flashlights because of my unemployment. I then saw some flashlights put out by Streamlight that didn't look too expensive. Anybody have an opinion? Here are links to some ones I was looking at. Thanks everybody.

    http://www.amazon.com/Streamlight-88850 ... 061&sr=8-6

    http://www.amazon.com/Streamlight-88031 ... 61&sr=8-13

    http://www.amazon.com/SureFire-Nitrolon ... 061&sr=8-5

    http://www.amazon.com/Surefire-LED-Sing ... 061&sr=8-2

    I then saw something by Fenix that got good reviews:

    http://www.amazon.com/Fenix-Level-Perfo ... 79&sr=8-30
     
  2. politenessman

    politenessman Active Member

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    I have both the Nitrolon G2 and the 6P defender. Both are great flashlights, and although the Nitrolon has a polymer body rather than alloy, it feels sturdy. I've dropped mine a bunch of times, and it just soldiers on. They are both nice and bright, and have done everything I have needed them to do.

    I've not tried the others listed, but based on the two I have, I would expect them to perform nicely.
     

  3. dam294

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  4. lespaulplayer

    lespaulplayer New Member

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    Damn294, would something like that be able to blind an attacker?
     
  5. tmoore912

    tmoore912 Just a Man

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    With 104 Lumens max power, that is plenty to blind an attacker. One of the things you want with a EDC light is a push end tail cap (which this one seems to have) so you can get it on in a hurry, or momentarily turn it on. You don't want to have to twist it on in an emergency. JMO.
     
  6. dcannon1

    dcannon1 New Member

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    All of the above. 104 lumens would def blind someone in a low light environment, but they would probably still be able to see if there was some ambient light. If you get something at 200+ that's going to hurt someone's eyes even in daylight. One plus of the Maglite though is that it does have a strobe mode. Not usually seen on lower end lights.

    That Maglite looks like a great deal for the battery life, brightness, weight and 3 different modes. I'll probably pick one up myself.
     
  7. RepeatDefender

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    Right now, if I was going to buy one light, I'd get the new Surefire G2X. 200 lumens for 2hrs runtime. $55 or so.
    It's a nitrolon polymer body/head. But for quality, amount of lumens, ease of use, etc. it just sounds like a great deal.
     
  8. SongDogSniper

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    I carry the Streamlight Scorpion as a backup to my Streamlight Strion. The Scorpion ran me under $40 shipped, 120 lumens, good rugged little light that is the same size as my Streamlight. That's important to me because it needs to fit into my duty belt flashlight holster.
     
  9. TimBob

    TimBob Old, Slow, Boring Dude

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    Try Sam's Club. Seriously. I bought several from Sam's and gave them as Christmas gifts!

    The are a little larger than most tactical lights, but very sturdy... 200 lumens, plus strobe. Before Christmas they were selling them two to a package!

    The brand is Serengeti... or Rocky.

    I keep one in my car and one by the bed.

    Edit: Price? around $30-35 for two lights!
     
  10. DocMindbender

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    Just to throw another name out there -- I got a Solarforce from this site: http://www.solarforce-usa.com/ and it has been great so far! Much less expensive and works perfectly. I got the L2m version. It's tiny, but comes with an extender so you can use a couple different battery types. It also has five settings -- bright, medium, low, strobe, and SOS. The guy who runs that site was very helpful, too.
     
  11. BourneEBR

    BourneEBR New Member

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    I would look into 4sevens, its what I carry. They are based here in Georgia, and go to Goinggear in Smyrna, and you can try them all out.
     
  12. Cagleicious

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    I use one of these as well, SUPER happy with it and are very well priced for what you get IMO..

    This is the model I have and clip it in my back pocket everyday http://www.4sevens.com/product_info.php?cPath=297_306&products_id=2502
     
  13. BourneEBR

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    NICE, I carry a Quark MiNi AA2...just wish it has a push button tail cap
     
  14. lespaulplayer

    lespaulplayer New Member

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    I ended up ordering the Streamlight 88031. It's the second link I posted with 180 lumens. I had read that the AA battery version wasn't as bright so I went with the CR123.
     
  15. dam294

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    I think it is a great deal. I have a Surefire 6PL and a Fenix LD10. They are both great lights and the Fenix is even rated at a higher lumens (132) than the XL50, but the throw on the XL50 is amazing.

    Another great thing about the Maglite is that it is made in the USA. :righton:
     
  16. martin_j001

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    Another +1 for 4Sevens. Definitely worth a look. For the money, you get a good bit more than what you get with Surefire. :righton: