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Listening to GunTalk Radio just made me look like a genius
My big old brain | WTC

Posted on 10/01/2012 7:00:17 PM PDT by West Texas Chuck

A few times I have heard Tom going on about carrying a flashlight. Hell, some things are just overkill, right?

I got married last Saturday, rained all day but that’s a different story. That night my bride and I stayed in an upscale hotel in Richardson, TX. Got there and checked in, drank some bubbly and ate some chocolate strawberries and decided to stroll down to the lower level and sit in the hot tub.

We jump in the elevator and ride it down, get out and prepare to relax in the 102 degree water … and all the lights go out. Except the emergency battery operated ones, that is. Well butter my butt and call me a biscuit, I had my “tactical flashlight” with me, the one I bought at the insistence of The Great Enabler. Fired that puppy up and walked a few flights of stairs back up to our room, by the illuminations from my tac light. Maybe we should have jumped in that hot tub, nobody would have been around for some time, but I came out of that smelling like a rose and looking like an awesome Husband because I was prepared.


TOPICS: Humor; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: guntalk; tacticalflashlight
I’ll never forget. She asked me why I was carrying that flashlight and I said “hey, the power might go out.” Well har-dee-har, what a blinking genius I am ;)
1 posted on 10/01/2012 7:00:24 PM PDT by West Texas Chuck
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To: West Texas Chuck

... and then you replied with “But you, dear, are still the light of my life.”


2 posted on 10/01/2012 7:12:40 PM PDT by Two Kids' Dad (((( ))))
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To: Two Kids' Dad

Dang, that’s good (taking notes).


3 posted on 10/01/2012 7:14:28 PM PDT by West Texas Chuck (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. That should be a convenience store, not a Government Agency.)
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To: West Texas Chuck

LED flashlights are very small and bright these days. Gun Talk Radio is great as well. Their podcasts, 3 hours a week on Sundays and old shows can be listened to on the web. Guntalk Radio is the search word.


4 posted on 10/01/2012 7:15:38 PM PDT by MtnClimber (I did not vote for Zero. Someone else did that.)
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To: West Texas Chuck

I carry an LOD-CE single AAA light, on my key chain.

The newer version is the LOD1 XP-G (R4).

I has 5 brightness, and battery life settings, 26 lumens (3hours, 8 minutes), 3 lumens (27 hours), and 72 lumens (1hour 28 minutes, flashing, and SOS.

The light is regulated to give the same brightness during the life of the battery.

http://www.fenixlight.com/viewproduct.asp?id=113


5 posted on 10/01/2012 7:16:17 PM PDT by ansel12
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To: West Texas Chuck

i’m a prepper, he’s a prepper, she’s a prepper, we’re a prepper, wouldn’t you like to be a prepper, too?


6 posted on 10/01/2012 7:17:45 PM PDT by AZLiberty (No tag today.)
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To: West Texas Chuck

You have to tell us which light you carry.


7 posted on 10/01/2012 7:25:43 PM PDT by ansel12
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To: ansel12

Well I’m humbled.

It is not a high-end beast, got if off Amazon for like $40.

Uhhhh, Streamlight ProTac2L. Nuttin’ fancy.

Did the job though. I got lucky l8r.


8 posted on 10/01/2012 7:28:49 PM PDT by West Texas Chuck (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. That should be a convenience store, not a Government Agency.)
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To: West Texas Chuck

That is an impressive light and some of the guys will prefer it, for one thing, 180 lumens on bright is very cool.

I prefer the key chain light and regular batteries instead of the more expensive type batteries, the one in post 5 is great for that.

“”The combination of small size and C4® LED output results in one of the brightest tactical personal carry lights for its size
Pro-Tac 2L
High, low and strobe modes
C4 LED illumination output and run times:
HIGH - 180 lumens/2.5 Hours
LOW - 10 lumens/50 Hours
STROBE - 6 Hours
Includes 2 CR123A lithium batteries
Solid State power regulation provides maximum light output throughout battery life
Rubber push button tail cap switch
IPX7 rated design; waterproof to 1 meter for 30 minutes
Impact-resistant tempered glass lens
Unbreakable pocket clip
Anti-roll head
Includes nylon holster””


9 posted on 10/01/2012 7:38:56 PM PDT by ansel12
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To: ansel12

That’s pretty much why I chose that one. It is not keychain tiny, but small enough to carry in a pocket. Working the tailcap on/off switch took me a while to master, but I figure this beast has already paid for itself.

Plus you could put somebody’s eye out with it, I guess, in a pinch. Easier to carry than a MiniMag, one-hand operation, bright enough to hurt your eyes, and it’s Streamlight. What’s not to like?


10 posted on 10/01/2012 7:43:54 PM PDT by West Texas Chuck (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. That should be a convenience store, not a Government Agency.)
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To: West Texas Chuck

“Having light, we pass it on to others, leaving ourselves in the dark.”

Revised motto of Wittenberg University


11 posted on 10/01/2012 7:46:36 PM PDT by GRRRRR (He'll NEVER be my President, FUBO! Treason is the Reason! Impeach the Kenyan)
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To: West Texas Chuck

Some here can’t imagine what a light such as that is like.

They don’t know that “regulated” means it doesn’t dim as the battery is drained, it stays the same throughout the life of the battery.

They also don’t know that your light burns at 10 lumens which is close to mom’s old 2 D-cell flashlight in brightness, and that it does it for 50 hours! Not bad for being stuck on an elevator, or in a 10 day blackout.

Not everyone here has ever seen a flashlight that burns at 180 lumens, yet yours has the option to do that, and it does it for 2.5 hours. That means you are carrying a serious searchlight and/or a 10 day lantern/regular flashlight on your belt.

I love EDC, and being prepared.


12 posted on 10/01/2012 7:55:54 PM PDT by ansel12
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To: ansel12

I hear ya. At first I thought the $2 LED flashlight I got from Harbor Freight was enough, but I really like the Streamlight for the subtle stuff.

Hey, I own 8 bicycles, I am a gear freak and I believe in the right tool for the job. I have no remorse for this purchase, like I said it has already made me a stud in the eyes of She Who Must Be Obeyed, and that is worth a mountain of things I shoulda woulda coulda done ;)


13 posted on 10/01/2012 7:59:48 PM PDT by West Texas Chuck (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. That should be a convenience store, not a Government Agency.)
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To: West Texas Chuck

I tell people that they can buy all the cheap LED lights they want for extras and lenders, but sometimes you NEED a light, and you want a light with many capabilities, and dependabilty built into it and that is why everyone needs a couple of true, high quality, (expensive) name brand lights, like Fenix (my favorite), Streamlight, and Surefire, and so on.

Maglite’s day is already old and gone, they finally adopted LEDs, but only in basic ways, they are an adequate light for housewives to buy, but not gadget, hi-tech guys, and the no name lights are not what you want to depend on when it is your ONLY light.


14 posted on 10/01/2012 8:13:13 PM PDT by ansel12
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To: West Texas Chuck
A small keychain LED light makes a nifty bore inspection light too. ☺
15 posted on 10/01/2012 8:14:06 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

You just keep your LED away from my bore, son ;)


16 posted on 10/01/2012 8:15:53 PM PDT by West Texas Chuck (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. That should be a convenience store, not a Government Agency.)
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To: West Texas Chuck

No problem. LOL
I just find it handy when looking at used guns.


17 posted on 10/01/2012 8:18:26 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: West Texas Chuck

Congrats!


18 posted on 10/01/2012 8:35:32 PM PDT by libertarian27 (Check my profile page for the FReeper Online Cookbook 2011)
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To: West Texas Chuck

I have the same light based on an article posted here on FR following the Colorado theater badness. It is amazing. LEDs have completely changed the flashlight world.


19 posted on 10/01/2012 8:36:51 PM PDT by Rio (Tempis Fugit.)
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To: West Texas Chuck

The LED flashlights have really come a long way in the last few years. You can get a small pocket size flashlight now, that puts out 120 lumens, only uses one AA battery and costs around $50.

http://www.fenixtactical.com/fenix-ld12.html


20 posted on 10/01/2012 8:50:35 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: smokingfrog

That is a great light, it is a fine upgrade to replace my old (circa 2000) CMG Infinity, single AA, that wasn’t regulated but that would burn for 41 hours, it had one brightness level and that was about 5 lumen. It was a heck of light for it’s day, and is still great for camping and black outs.

Yours not only puts out 120 lumens, but when set on 3 lumens, it will burn for 97 hours straight on a single AA.


21 posted on 10/01/2012 10:01:49 PM PDT by ansel12
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To: West Texas Chuck

Well you are indeed one bright fellah and maybe that’s what sparked her interest in you....


22 posted on 10/01/2012 10:58:34 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: smokingfrog; West Texas Chuck

I have the Fenix TK35 and Boom! talk about light!

Excellent light for only $100 bucks.

Thing is for only $10 bucks and slightly less output you can buy these:

Buy a couple of these. I have dropped them and used them pretty hard. They work great. No instructions in the box, not as bright my Fenix lights but, those cost over $100 bucks.

These little suckers put out slight less light for 1/10 of the cost:

This is the model “502”. There is a model 501 but I don’t remember which one I bought.
http://www.amazon.com/UltraFire-WF-502B-Cree-LED-Flashlight/dp/B004L072RE/ref=pd_rhf_ee_s_cp_31

On the headlamps I can’t recall which model I bought. They are in my hiking and bug out bags. I recently had a shoulder operation and don’t feel like lifting them to find the lights.

They are odd, in that the light thrown is square as opposed to round but, hey, for the price I’ll deal with it.

I think I have three of the ones just below but, I’ve posted others. They all have advantages and drawbacks so look at the feedback portion under the product before you decide.

There is a guy who tells you the difference between the 501 and the 502. If you find his feedback go with his suggestion. He was right.

http://www.amazon.com/Ultra-Bright-CREE-Head-Lamp-Lumen/dp/B004UBDFFM/ref=pd_rhf_ee_s_cp_37

I also have 30 or so batteries for the handhelds. Trust me, they are way hey, hey, hey, cheaper than the 123 types. Those cost almost $8 bucks each and they aren’t rechargeable.

So get extra batteries and chargers. They are super cheap and I have been using them for about 6 months on my nightly 3-5 mile walks.
http://www.amazon.com/Trustfire-5-modes-3800lm-Flashlight-Electric/dp/B006QQUJ1M/ref=pd_rhf_ee_p_t_2

http://www.amazon.com/Cree-300lm-LED-Zoomable-Headlamp/dp/B006BM65BE/ref=pd_rhf_ee_s_cp_25

http://www.amazon.com/NowAdvisor%C2%AE-Flashlight-Integrated-1X18650-inculded/dp/B007UVMUC8/ref=pd_rhf_ee_s_cp_46

http://www.amazon.com/CREE-LED-Flashlight-Charger-switch/dp/B0060304GQ/ref=pd_rhf_ee_s_cp_21

http://www.amazon.com/600lumen-Camping-Headlamp-without-battery/dp/B007KZ81S6/ref=pd_rhf_ee_s_cp_29

Almost forgot. This might be out a little out of your budget but give it serious consideration. Especially if you live in a area where power is prone to going out like in a hurricane zone or tornado alley.

You should have a solar backup for recharging if you have a regional SHTF.

When I lived in Tulsa, Oklahoma every year I would lose power due to severe rain, flooding, hail and snow. Same thing when I lived on Delaware.

I have the Goal Zero, two of them so they charge in series and faster.

Here is the company website but you can buy em cheaper on Amazon and sometimes they are cheaper at the local REI

http://www.goalzero.com/

This is the one I have:
http://www.goalzero.com/shop/p/79/Guide-10-Plus-Adventure-Kit/6:1/

I am going to purchase more of their products. Love em.


23 posted on 10/01/2012 11:02:08 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Nailbiter

bfl


24 posted on 10/01/2012 11:08:02 PM PDT by Nailbiter
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To: West Texas Chuck

Carry one of those also.

When you need light, it’s got plenty.

I’m waiting for the technology to improve to get a 500 lumen light down to about the 2L’s size. At 500 lumens, you have a serious deterrent weapon if you light that up in someone’s face.


25 posted on 10/02/2012 3:15:43 AM PDT by NVDave
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To: West Texas Chuck

I hope you did on your wedding night! Unlike me but that’s another story.


26 posted on 10/02/2012 3:39:14 AM PDT by bjorn14 (Woe to those who call good evil and evil good. Isaiah 5:20)
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To: West Texas Chuck
I bought one too after listening to a prepper. But the last time I thought *I* was a genius, I realized that the episode of Jeopardy I was watching I had seen before.
27 posted on 10/02/2012 3:44:06 AM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
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To: West Texas Chuck

How about a serious flashlight? A 860 lumin Phenix, can be found for about $100. This one will light my front yard like a stadium.

http://www.fenixgear.com/fenix-tk/fenix-tk41-u2.html


28 posted on 12/08/2012 5:37:51 PM PST by rightly_dividing (Left behind; 4 Americans in Libya)
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