Five days a week, 50 weeks a year, for six solid years. That’s how long it took me to break my SureFire flashlight. You have your “every day carry” flashlight, I have my work flashlight. I’m an inspector for a large insurance company. I make my living going into places and inspecting things. Dark places. Many of them in basements and crawl spaces, construction sites, and industrial locations. Some are really not what you would call “hospitable” places.
When I started this job, and coincidentally got married at the same time, my brother sent me a SureFire E2L Outdoorsman (this link is to the new, dual output version) flashlight as a wedding gift. He said I’d probably need it. He was right. It’s been my constant companion on the job since the day I started.
I’ve changed company cars 3 times, computers twice, and ran through more pens than I can possibly count, but I’m still carrying the same flashlight. I’ve dropped it so often that the strike bezel had extra crenelations. I’ve stepped on it and kicked it across the floor. And when I go into prisons and they take away my pepper spray and pocket knife, I still get to carry my flashlight. Until one day two weeks ago when I finally did something to it that it couldn’t take.
So what did SureFire say when I told them my $130+ (at that time!) flashlight had finally broken? They said “send it back.” Today, magically in my mail, here it is.
The tailcap and bezel are new. The light is new. The batteries are new. In fact, the only thing not new on this flashlight is the metal body and the clip. They included a free sticker too.
My next firearm related purchase will be a weapon light for my AR. I’m thinking that I should check out what SureFire has. I’ll bet that it will be tough enough to deal with my Shleprock attitude towards equipment. I was also considering getting an E1L flashlight for my wife to tuck in her purse. It’s nice to have a portable searchlight handy. And if you need something to signal passing satellites, my father has one of these monstrosities. I want one!
Thanks, SureFire. And thanks, Brian. It’s been a great wedding present.
FTC Disclaimer: I didn’t tell SureFire I was a blogger when I sent in my flashlight for warranty repair. They didn’t charge me for repairs because that’s their standard policy.