The Surefire G2 could well be the economic way to go when looking for a tactical flashlight.
A brief scratch around on the internet for battery powered torches will certainly bring up the well known name Surefire flashlights. A more focussed bit of research for tactical gear flashlights, will reveal an amazing selection of torches and some very pricey offerings for the latest in LED technology.
The trouble with the latest and greatest LED flashlight is that it can be, quite often, priced way above what ordinary family folks can budget for.
However as we said earlier in this article, the Surefire G2 might meet our tactical gear needs and still be nice and affordable. Let’s look at the Surefire G2 in detail.
Surefire G2 in Detail
This is not an LED light, so let’s be clear about that right off. It comes standard with a 65 lumen incandescent light bulb. The downside of the incandescent type of light bulb is that it eats the batteries, and Surefire reckon that this torch will run for an hour on one set of batteries. If you are camping with the youngsters for the weekend, they will certainly need a kit bag full of batteries to keep them going. You can purchase a brighter lamp of some 120 lumens, but the downside is an even shorter battery life.
This torch has a nice feel and is quite lightweight too, and this is due to the fact that it is made of a plastic material which Surefire describe as Nitrolon. The lightweight aspect means that you can carry it around in a pocket much easier than the aluminium alternatives.
It is weather proof with an O ring seal. The Surefire G2 has a tail cap switch. There is a high quality reflector design built in, and this is what delivers that highly focussed bright white beam, said to reach out to beyond the hundred meter mark.
This torch would work quite well with the brighter 120 lumen lamp as a tactical defense weapon for shining into the eyes of a potential attacker in the dark. That might just give you enough time to break away or deliver some other defense action.
You might want to consider some of the pros and cons of the Surefire G2 before you make a final decision on which flashlight will best meet your needs.
Its tough Plastic material is quite light weight and makes for easy carrying in a pocket or hand bag.
The moulded finish has ribs around the head which help prevent it from rolling off a smooth table.
It is a nice compact size that fits neatly into the palm of the hand.
The 120 lumen lamp gives off a very bright white beam which will temporarily blind anyone looking into it at close quarters.
This is not an LED flashlight and so is not that battery friendly.
Some folks have had a problem with the light switching on when the torch was carried in a bag with the resultant flat batteries, so carry plenty spares.
Also the front cover is made of plastic and some thought that it should maybe come with a pouch or something to protect it from scratches in the kitbag.