I’ve posted before about flashlights. An important part of firearms training for both the police and the civilian.
This is about my evolution (and technology’s) with flashlights.
When I got my first security guard job (graveyard shift, at a steel mill, unarmed) I knew enough to get a flashlight. That chromed cheap metal knurled job from the hardware store wasn’t going to cut it, anymore. So I went to John’s Uniforms.
And Johnny sold me the state-of-the-art police equipment flashlight for the time. A Kel-lite. It was black aircraft-grade aluminum, took 3 D-cells and had a high-impact bulb! I was jazzed! Especially, with the ring on my Sam Browne belt, I could carry it like an ersatz baton!
But jobs came and went, and I evolved into private investigation and process service. And the Kel-lite stayed home a lot. And the D-batteries leaked.
Eventually, I went full circle, and returned to the security guard biz. By then, the Kel-lite was ‘no good’ (batteries having leaked, and all), so I threw it out. And went back to Johnny for another one. And bought a Mag-lite. Kel-lite having gone by the wayside.
More sleek, but still a great ersatz baton. Essentially the same thing in a slicker package.
And time marched on. And as the gun culture evolved from revolver to semiautomatic, flashlights got fancier, too. Mace projectors inside, inert rechargeable batteries, wall plug-in chargers. And then bulb and battery technology evolved.
‘Suddenly’, a kubaton-sized flashlight could project the same lumens as a D-cell Mag, with less bulk and weight! I couldn’t afford the $70-80-90 dollar mini-flashlights. Had to wait to find the rubberized bargain basement version at the gun shows. The Streamlight Scorpion. My Scorpion has served me well!
As they say on TV, “But Wait, There’s More!” Gearhog pointed me to yet another technological improvement. A mini-flashlight with bright, dim, and strobe functions, all from a push of the rear button!
And scalloped front end like an impact weapon!
A list $50.00 mini-flashlight for $25.00! And it takes ONE AA OR ONE CR123 Lithium battery!
And, after I found out spare parts and repair were available for Kel-lites (! – in 1986) I was sad. But collectors will sell you one of theirs (100 year old technology) for $100!
The times, they are a changin’!
(attn FTC – I purchased all of these, no gifts! Now go away!)