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Old February 9th, 2012, 05:25 PM
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Save the dog - Flash light recommendation needed

Recommendations pls.
I need a large hand held super bright flashlight. Halogen, LED, lumens etc. have me confused. I am looking to cover up to 100m with a fast "on time". I do not need one that takes 5 or 10 seconds to get to temperature and work. I need it to kick on and let me scan the back yard to find the dog, scan for coyotes and scare'um away. (no guns allowed so... sticks and stones and a bright light.

Almost lost the dog to a coyote last night (again).
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Old February 9th, 2012, 05:32 PM
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I have a quite a few flashlights from surefire, to maglight, to stinger, to northern light.

For home use this should do the trick. I have one and I am happy with it.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Streamlight-...item53eb05c747
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Old February 9th, 2012, 05:48 PM
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I like this LED light. It has a couple of different modes. The bright setting casts a super bright beam. It is a very small unit for the amount of light coming out of it.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B001DR...dir_mdp_mobile
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Old February 9th, 2012, 05:50 PM
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I have the same coyote issue. House backs up to golf course so have to scan quite a bit of territory like you. I'd recommend Surefire 6PX Pro. 200 lumens will cover 100m well. However, I have the P2X Fury on order. For a few more dollars, 500 lumens. HTH. Mark
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Old February 9th, 2012, 05:51 PM
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I like Surefire a lot.
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Old February 9th, 2012, 06:02 PM
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I use

http://lighthound.com

pick the one with the highest lumen count.

I personally avoid CR123A battery powered flashlights. My dream LED light cannon would use Dewalt 18Vs, but they don't make one like that yet.
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Old February 9th, 2012, 07:19 PM
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Surefires rock. Super tough, and great beam.
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Old February 9th, 2012, 09:32 PM
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Coast here in Portland makes stellar LED lights. I got this one recently and I think I have permanently damaged my retina http://www.coastportland.com/hp17-led-flashlight.htm
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Old February 9th, 2012, 10:30 PM
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100 meters really isn't a big deal. I've gone through a number of handheld spotlights over the years, mostly 12V in a pick up truck but they make some rechargables too these days. I don't like them much because they get heavy over time. Q-beam has treated me well over the years. At 100 meters any of them will seem like daylight. As far as smaller "flashlights" I really like the one Walmart sells in an orange color with the black and decker logo or in green with a remington logo. Damn things don't even have a bulb, don't know how they work but they run forever on 4 C cells...and who doesn't keep a gob of C cells around the house? Har,Har! Anyhow, I must have a couple dozen of those flashlights. Buy 'em out every time I see 'em at Walmart. Got a few Surefires, Streamsides, etc. on weapons but why drop hundreds of dollars on a flashlight that isn't going on a weapon? If no firearms are allowed, try a crossbow. Damn I love shooting Coyotes. Happy whiskey night, y'all.
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Old February 10th, 2012, 12:07 AM
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If cost is no object, get the Surefire E2DL. It's awesome, 200 lumens at the high setting. I also keep a Surefire 6PX pro in the garage (also dual setting). I recently dropped it 2 stories onto a concrete driveway and it barely put a dent on it. But the E2DL will scare off any coyotes, neighbors, UFOs, and possibly could affect the gravitational pull of the moon. It's that bright.

If you're looking for an every-day-carry to slip in your pocket then get a Fenix - I carry their single-AAA version and am constantly amazed at how long it lasts on one battery. I also have their AA battery version.

I will warn you that none of these are cheap, but when you get sick of crappy flashlights that break and throw a weak beam you'll be happy to have a Surefire and/or a Fenix.

------ Follow up post added February 10th, 2012 12:11 AM ------

Why no guns allowed? Because its CA? Or your proximity to the neighbors? If I am correct, you can have a 22 rifle there in CA with no issue. If that's the case, here's what you need:

Ruger 10/22
http://www.ruger.com/products/1022Ta...eets/1230.html

If actual firearms are the obstacle, then here is what you need...it's an air powered 22 that is unbelievably badass and can be used without consequence:

Benjamin Marauder Air Powered 22
http://www.amazon.com/Benjamin-Marau...8656033&sr=8-1
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Old February 10th, 2012, 02:17 AM
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Surefires are great but very expensive....

Fenix tk 35, TK41, TK45

http://www.fenixlight.com/viewnproduct.asp?id=89
All aa battery powered...they work best with rechargables.

800+ lumens....

About the same size as a 2 D cell maglight. Why anyone would buy a maglight d cell is beyond me.
Here's a video of the two being compared....the video tk40 is the older version like mine @ 600 plus lumens.




You can see it will light up a football field.


Ive used my tk40 almost every night in the vineyard, for over a year....no problems.

Best part they fit my quick fist clamps perfectly in my 110.

Amazon has them cheap.

Good luck.


Just double checked your post.....we have jackals here and they hate the strobe feature at 600 lumens.....again I have the older, lower power version.
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Old February 10th, 2012, 03:34 AM
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Consider getting a starting pistol or hanging and using blanks. Got coyotes here. Love to hear their early am howling. Throw up some floodlights around the house as well.
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Old February 10th, 2012, 07:48 AM
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You dont need a flashlight. You need a bigger dog.

Or more of them


One of these guys would turn that coyote into cat food:
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Hardwire a PIAA 8002 HID to your back deck and use it as a search light.
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Old February 10th, 2012, 08:03 AM
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[QUOTE=bossman429;328672]You dont need a flashlight. You need a bigger dog.

From high dollar to crap, I would just like to find one that comes on every time, without banging it or shaking it.
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Old February 10th, 2012, 10:22 AM
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Mag-lite also makes a nice 4-aaa led light that is nice and inexpensive.

I think I have the 150.

http://www.maglite.com/Maglite_XL200_LED.asp

In regards to why someone would buy the 4-D mag light? I can't beat down someone with my surefire...but my 4D sure makes a good billyclub.
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I like Surefire a lot.
x whatever the count is!
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Mag-lite also makes a nice 4-aaa led light that is nice and inexpensive.

I think I have the 150.

http://www.maglite.com/Maglite_XL200_LED.asp

In regards to why someone would buy the 4-D mag light? I can't beat down someone with my surefire...but my 4D sure makes a good billyclub.
Yup!

Maglite for me.
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To all thanks for the input. I've got so many crappy cheap flashlights, I want a few good ones and with so many options, I'm going to try a Coast, Surefire & the Walmart orange one.
To answer a few of the other questions:

- damn $100 to $300+ for a flashlight but I have a gift card on Amazon so...
- there I was thinking 100 meters was a lot. oops
- shooting in CA. City & county regs dictate no firearms/airgun discharges

AND THANK YOU TO THESE FORUMS. THE HELP AND EXPERIENCE OF DEFENDER OWNERS IS YET AGAIN PROVEN TO BE UNPARALLELED
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