What is the Best SureFire Flashlight for $75 and under

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  1. DustyVermonter

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    Which SureFire flashlight is the best choice for tactical and every day use for $75 and under.

    I saw quite a few that were between $40 and $75, probably 4 or 5 different ones and I'm not really sure what makes one better than the other, so if anybody has any knowledge on the SureFire line of flashlights please chime in.


    I don't want to be ignorant in assuming that the $75 one is the best quality just because its more expensive than the $40 one, but that is usually the way it goes.

    One thing is for sure, I am not really looking to spend any more than $75 for a light, but I do want the best one in that range.

    Thanks for your help
     
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    BTW, it will most definitely be kept with my bedside gun
     
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    check over at candle power forums for all the latest info. I have a few surefires but they're not the only game in town anymore. I have a Fenix TK11 which is around $75 and excellent but the flashlight I like the most is my 750 lumen Jetbeam MX1. Not sure what it is going for these days but it used to be over $100. It is a little big for a pistol but can be used with a rifle.


    http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/showthread.php?t=230019&page=1
     
  4. rosewood151

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    Any of the plastic bodied models are good. Also look at Streamlight.
    I have both metal and plastic, Surefire and Streamlight. I carry a Streamlight polytac most of the time. I keep two surefires in my nightstand. My duty light for work is a Streamlight strion
     
  5. JohnBT

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    I started with a G2 years ago. Then I bought another one to keep in the car for hunting and emergencies. A couple of years ago I ordered a G2 LED and an LED replacement head for the first G2 (for the heck of it.) I think I like the LEDs a little better because of the color of the light and the even spread of light. I'm not sure I like 'em $30 worth of better, but it's a close call. :)

    I think the G2 is a good all-around size and the prices aren't too bad. I just checked the SF site, the G2 is $39 and the G2 LED is $69.
     
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    I have a handful of Surefires along with some other brands. It's difficult to find one light that is going to meet your needs for every day use and be your night stand light. For every day I like something pocket able with multiple light levels. For the night stand I like something with a wide bright beam. Most of the multi level lights come on low first so they don't work for me for the night stand.

    If you can only get one for now I would look at the G2X Tactical. I haven't handled one of these yet but they sound nice for the $55 price on the SF website.

    Then save for somthing like a Fenix PD10 to carry in your pocket.
     
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    I have the KX4-BKHA from surefire, I picked it up for $60 in Afghanistan, so Im sure you can find it cheaper in the states.

    Ridiculously lightweight, somewhere around 180 lumens on fresh batteries which last for at least 12 hours, and it's durable. I've dropped it from the top of a C-130 onto hard pavement at least 5 times and it hasnt skipped a beat.

    only gripes is that it could have a tighter throw of its beam, and it needs a recessed tailcap button so i can use it like a candle. but other than that, it's amazing.
     
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    I just ordered the Surefire G2 LED from cabelas as it was the only one under $75 that got 5 stars, plus I just recently read an article in G&A or Shooting Times that it was a favorite among F.B.I. and other various special op units. So I guess if its good enough for them its good enough for me.

    I can pretty much gaurantee that I will have quite the array of tactical lights within the next year or so as I usually end up going a little bit crazy once something sparks my interest, I was just looking for something simple and affordable to get the job done for the time being.

    Thank you for your insight, be well. Dusty
     
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    BTW, others had said that the SureFire G2 LED ran for $69.99 off their website, but I just picked it up for $39.99 on cabelas. Sounds like a pretty good deal to me
     
  10. Chrontius

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    The new G2L is a good light. They're light, durable, and the new LED head is both bright and efficient. ... But for $40, did it come with an LED head, or a little LED lamp module?

    The former is better, the latter is more versatile. I'd recommend picking up something used from Candlepower Forum's marketplace, since Surefires basically don't... wear out.

    The best light for your needs is probably the AZ2, with a low-power flood beam if you push a little on the button, and a high-power spot beam if you mash it. The user interface is stupid-simple enough that adrenaline will be no object, and it offers a good combination of low-beam runtime and high-beam brightness.

    For the record, at the moment I am carrying a G2Z with a P91 lamp and two lithium-manganese-spinel rechargeables in a Wilson Combat holster; it puts out about 380 lumens for only a few minutes. Until very recently, it was the brightest light in its size category, but whenever you deal with lithium-ion rechargeables you run the risks of a battery fire or explosion.

    If you want a good second light, consider a Malkoff MD-2 with the two-level switch. It will be two to three times brighter than your Surefire, run about as long, and offer a low mode if you loosen the bezel a little. They also play nice with rechargeable lithium-ion batteries as well as CR123 disposables... when you're comfortable with that, remember not to skimp on charger and cells, as good quality both will give you a much longer service life while all but eliminating the potential risks.

    AW's red label batteries sacrifice some capacity for inherent safety, and their black label batteries have computerized protection circuits to keep you from abusing them until they pop.

    Good hunting, and enjoy your new hobby. :D
     
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    G2X is the only Surefire that isnt way overpriced.
     
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    The 6PX Pro and the G2X Pro have the dual-output and lockout tail cap, which is very important for a daily carry light, if you choose to use it that way.
     
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