company_name = SureFire LLC
Limited Liability Company
foundation = 1969https://www.surefire.com/surefire/press_center/pdf/Fact-Sheet.pdf SureFire fact sheet]
founder = Dr. John Mathews
location_city = Fountain Valley,
location_country = flagicon|USA
flashlights, weapon-mounted lights, edged weapons, laser sights, sound suppressorsand Picatinny Rail
homepage = [http://www.surefire.com surefire.com]
SureFire is a
Southern Californiabased company that produces precision tactical flashlights commonly used in the law enforcement and militaryfields. SureFire flashlights are also popular in the civilian market for personal, occupational, and self-defense purposes. The lights are often seen in TV shows and movies, such as the television show .
SureFire produces flashlights of widely varying sizes and power outputs. These range from the tiny Titan to the hand-held M6 Guardian. Surefire also produces military weapon lights such as the Hellfire weapon-mounted searchlight for the M2HB machine gun or Mk 44 Minigun. One of SureFire's most popular products is the [http://www.surefire.com/maxexp/main/co_disp/displ/prrfnbr/889/sesent/00 6P Original] . It is roughly the length of an AA
MagliteMini-Mag, but produces roughly twice the output of a typical three D-cell incandescent flashlight. The Z2 tactical light, which has similar performance, is standard issue to the FBI and the United States Marshals Service.
SureFire models range from single-cell
xenonlights to a large 20-cell HID model (also available with a rechargeable solution). Models employing an incandescent bulb offer the option of a brighter bulb (albeit at the cost of reduced battery life).
They also produce a line of LED flashlights which include features such as electronically-controlled power regulation (allowing them to run in both 6 Volt and 9 Volt bodies and with less battery power than necessary to light an incandescent bulb) and multiple levels of brightness. The company has moved from the
LumiledsLuxeon LEDs to the more efficient Cree XR-E LEDs in some of the 2007 models. SureFire LED flashlights often have improved run time versus their incandescent lights of similar output
Most of their flashlights are powered by
lithiumCR123A batteries that allow for compact size and low weight while offering high power output. SureFire offers their own brand of CR123As at a price significantly lower than that found in retail discount stores. Without this channel for discounted batteries, some prospective buyers might hesitate to buy Surefire's battery-powered flashlights. Some of the flashlights are available with rechargeable battery packs.
SureFire flashlights are primarily made of
aluminum, usually mil-spectype II or III hard anodized finish in various colors. Some less expensive models are made from Nitrolon, a proprietary impact-resistant, non-conductive, glass-reinforced plastic.
SureFire flashlights are waterproof and have various accessories, including red (night), blue (blood trail) and infrared (night vision compatible) filters, beam diffusers, beam covers,
lanyards, pouches/holsters and spare battery/bulb carriers.
In addition to flashlights, the company produces dedicated weapon-lights employing either a shock-protected
tungstenfilament bulb assembly or LEDs to address recoilissues. The weapon-lights are available for shotguns ( Remington 870, Benelli M1 Super 90, Mossberg 500/590 in full-size and 14" barrel versions), Heckler & Koch MP5and MP-5K submachine guns, carbines / assault rifles ( AR-15/M16, M4, Ruger AC-556, AK-47/ AK-74/ AKM, and Steyr AUG), and handguns (with integral Picatinny rails; for those pistols not having an integral rail, SureFire produces a series of rail mounts designed by famed gunsmith Timothy F. Lafrance).
SureFire also produces sound
suppressors for 5.56 mm, 6.8 mm and 7.62 mm firearms, tactical communication earpieces, visible and infrared laser modules, and what it calls "Combat/Utility" knives. These knives combine the features of a multi-toolwith the blade of a combat knife.
SureFire began as a laser weapon-sight company, Laser Products, Inc. Presently based out of Fountain Valley, California, SureFire remains an innovator in the flashlight industry and continues to be the biggest supplier of flashlights to the U.S. Armed Forces. The flashlights seen mounted on the fore ends of M4 carbines and M16 rifles carried by U.S. troops in
Afghanistanand Iraq are almost all SureFire products. SureFire products are also extensively used by federal, state and local law-enforcement agencies. Most SWATteam employing shotguns and the popular Heckler & Koch MP5 submachine gun use SureFire lights, and the company continues to make a variety of dedicated tactical lights built into replacement forearms available for various popular riot shotguns, rifles, and machine guns. SureFire products are also employed by the United Kingdom Special Forces.
The SureFire began to receive heightened media attention in connection with
Wikipediaco-founder Jimmy Wales, who uses a SureFire M6 Guardian. The "New York Times" reported on October 13, 2006 that Wales "keeps his M6 on his bedside table not as a weapon but in case he, you know, needs a flashlight." Wales was quoted as saying that "It's really, really, really, really bright... Anyone who tries to one-up me with their fancy car or whatever, I've got 'em. I say, 'Well, I have a brighter flashlight.'" [Colman, David, [http://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/13/fashion/13poss.html?_r=1&oref=slogin Industrial Art Illuminates Life,] "New York Times", October 13, 2006] In a later article profiling Wales, the "Times" listed the M6 as Wales's "prized possession," quoting him as saying:
Index of flashlights
* [http://www.surefire.com www.surefire.com - SureFire]
* [http://www.mindyourfingers.co.uk/Torch_Power_Lumen_Weight.html SureFire lumens/gram] — 'SureFire/Maglite comparison chart showing lumen output per gram'
* [http://productwizard.com/whybuyasurefireflashlight.html Why buy a Surefire flashlight article]
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