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  • Blackhawk Industries flashlight?

    Does anyone have one of the new Blackhawk Industries flashlights. I read the description of it and it sounds neat but it also sounds like it is a little complex for regular carry. I have been a big fan of the company since my Navy days having met the owners down in VA and such and have the utmost respect for their gear but this thing seems like it almost does too much to be usable. Comments, I have never so much as seen one outside of a picture on their web site so my complaints with it might be totally invalidated by what current owners might have to say.
    "Respect for religion must be reestablished. Public debt should be reduced. The arrogance of public officials must be curtailed. Assistance to foreign lands must be stopped or we shall bankrupt ourselves. The people should be forced to work and not depend on government for subsistence." - Cicero, 60 B.C.

    For California police academy notes go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CABasicPolice/

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    My only complaint about this light is the price tag($200ish). Other than that it's an awesome piece of equipment. Anyone who has ever used a Surefire(or any other similar light for that matter) to disorient a combative suspect at night will looove the strobe setting. It is so bright that even if a perp closes his eyes it will still be effective . It also has a setting in which you can dim the light to your preffered intensity. To switch between settings is pretty easy. Just rotate the rear cap. Also waterproof. It may be a bit more than what you need, but hey! better to have it and not need it...
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    • #3
      OK, now we are getting down to what I'm talking about. The strobe setting. It sounds pretty awsome, but do you leave it on the strobe setting all the time. I mean, when ya need it, ya need it NOW and pressing a button in those moments is a bit difficult. Break down the operation for me and how you change between the different settings.
      "Respect for religion must be reestablished. Public debt should be reduced. The arrogance of public officials must be curtailed. Assistance to foreign lands must be stopped or we shall bankrupt ourselves. The people should be forced to work and not depend on government for subsistence." - Cicero, 60 B.C.

      For California police academy notes go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CABasicPolice/

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      • #4
        For everyday work I leave it in normal operation mode. But I'm a member of a part time tactical team which is part of a federal fugitive task force and for dynamic entries I use the strobe.Click here http://www.blackhawkvideo.com/night-ops.html# and then go to the "Gladius in action" tab so you can get an example video of how the strobe works. For any questions you might have you can also check here:
        http://www.night-ops.com/faq.htm
        Changing settings is pretty easy but it does need a little practice. You can even do it with one hand. Just twist the rear cap until you "click" it to your desired setting. It has 5, off, constant on, push-button, strobe and programmable(dimming). I hope my little explanation helped you. If you have any more questions don't hesitate to ask.
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        • #5
          I'll have to check that out. How about as a emergency CQB weapon. I know the new sure fires have the CQB bezel on them. How do you feel this flashlight would fair in a fight. I imagine it is tough as a SEAL just because of who designed it but I gotta ask.
          "Respect for religion must be reestablished. Public debt should be reduced. The arrogance of public officials must be curtailed. Assistance to foreign lands must be stopped or we shall bankrupt ourselves. The people should be forced to work and not depend on government for subsistence." - Cicero, 60 B.C.

          For California police academy notes go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CABasicPolice/

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          • #6
            That's actually a good question and had a discussion with my team leader about this the other day. Ok, this is one area in which I prefer the Surefire. Don't get me wrong, the Gladius will withstand the shock with no problems, but the bezel is flat and almost flush with the lens while the surefire is more recessed and (dare I say) sharp. I'm pretty sure that a strike with the Surefire would hurt more and even more with the cqb bezel.
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            • #7
              10 to 1 if enough officers ask them to make this change, especially if they are former SEALs then Blackhawk will change that. How about sending them something on official letterhead. I would hope I would never have to do such a manuever with a $200 light but better to be prepared.
              "Respect for religion must be reestablished. Public debt should be reduced. The arrogance of public officials must be curtailed. Assistance to foreign lands must be stopped or we shall bankrupt ourselves. The people should be forced to work and not depend on government for subsistence." - Cicero, 60 B.C.

              For California police academy notes go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CABasicPolice/

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              • #8
                There will be some upgrades in the near future and hopefully this will be one of them.
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                • #9
                  Awsome, thanks. I will wait for the upgrades. This is one of the few compainies that I really love. They put their gear through the ringer by letting active duty SEALs test it out and break it. I put a lot of stock into that. I actually have a bag I bought back in the early 90's from them. You just can't break the bag. I swear, I could tow a truck with it
                  "Respect for religion must be reestablished. Public debt should be reduced. The arrogance of public officials must be curtailed. Assistance to foreign lands must be stopped or we shall bankrupt ourselves. The people should be forced to work and not depend on government for subsistence." - Cicero, 60 B.C.

                  For California police academy notes go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CABasicPolice/

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