In the upcoming November 2014 issue of GUNS & WEAPONS FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT, author Richard Johnson rounds up the best flashlights meant for LE patrol duties.
Johnson writes, “Rushing down the dark hallway of a mobile home during a drug raid is not the time to discover your flashlight is in the car, but that is exactly what happened to me. I had been on the job less than two years when I somehow wound up point in an ad hoc raid of a known drug house. In the excitement of the moment, I left my D-cell light on the front seat of my cruiser. At that moment, I swore to myself that I would always have a flashlight on my belt no matter what the circumstances were.
“Law enforcement officers today have a wide selection of incredibly powerful lights. The flashlights today are much more advanced than those of just two decades ago. LEDs have almost completely replaced incandescent bulbs, and give current tactical lights unprecedented light output, durability and efficiency. Modern lights simply burn brighter, run longer and are more rugged than they have ever been.
“Because of these advances, small flashlights can be constantly carried on the officer’s duty belt. While larger lights still have advantages, smaller duty lights ensure an officer will always have a powerful illumination tool at hand. The following lights are a few of the great options available today.
“The Night-Ops Legacy L-6V is a powerful handheld flashlight from BlackHawk. The light is the latest in the Night-Ops series, and it’s the brightest tactical light the company offers. BlackHawk uses a tail-cap switch on this flashlight. This switch allows for both momentary and constant-on activations. A second control, a rotating selector switch, allows the officer to set the flashlight to a particular output mode and know exactly what will come on when he or she reaches for it under stress.”