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    Yes I picked up the 50th anniversary and maglite racing with car from same seller ďJohnĒ nice guy. Is the car with the number 15 the later version with less detail, itís a great maglite you have I havenít seen one of them.

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    Cool, I figured. You beat me to those 50th Anniversary lights! Great to see they went to another collector! Some lights I see sell that I really wanted and I ever know where they end up. I exchanged some messages with him and he is very knowledgeable. Those were done hard anodized and had die cut decals. They were switched to polished aluminum and screen printing later on for the Select Series lights.

    Yes, the #15 is the later version.

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    Nice thanks for the information. This is itís little brother.[IMG][/IMG]

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    Very nice! I recently picked up a 1990 2C U.S. Air Force light. It looks to be closely related to willrx's Marines light. The prior owner told me they were purchased by Edwards Air Force base in Southern California for use among airmen on the base. The laser etched custom lights started around 1990 or so and it seems like the earliest went to customers close to Maglite's headquarters. The prior owner couldn't say too much about his experience but I know Edwards has been the site of many experimental air craft and several space shuttle landings so I can only imagine this light must have some great stories. He used it for 10 years while on base and took it with him when he retired in the early 2000s.




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    Nice, I am sure if that Maglite could talk it would have some great tales.

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    I had a microstream talk to me once...

    It said "zzztt, zzzzt zzzzzt", which translated to English meant "hey stupid, stop getting drool in the tailcap while I'm on during teeth hold". May that one RIP as the drool apparently fried something inside.

    An incan mini mag once said "zztt, zzzzzt" which translated to "hey stupid, please don't drop me in 39į water while I'm on".... changed bulb and it still works today.
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    Old 5D vari-beam paten pending, not sure of the exact year. It is in fairly good condition, came with original reflector and lens no battery corrosion, original switch still works fine. I have put in an aluminium op reflector, glass lens, tads bi-pin bulb holder, 20w bulb and 8 nimh 1/2 D cells. Struggling to charge cells though I have a titanium innovations charger which they donít fit properly. I think I need to condition the cells in a better charger. I wanted to keep this flashlight incandescent to keep its original feel plus I like the warm light you just donít get with led.

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    The Tads thing is a great option. Kinda pricey going in, but cost savings occurs each time a bulb swap takes place.

    Nice light. 20watt bulb?
    Goodness gracious!!!
    John 3:16

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crumbly View Post
    Old 5D vari-beam paten pending, not sure of the exact year. It is in fairly good condition, came with original reflector and lens no battery corrosion, original switch still works fine. I have put in an aluminium op reflector, glass lens, tads bi-pin bulb holder, 20w bulb and 8 nimh 1/2 D cells. Struggling to charge cells though I have a titanium innovations charger which they donít fit properly. I think I need to condition the cells in a better charger. I wanted to keep this flashlight incandescent to keep its original feel plus I like the warm light you just donít get with led.
    Very nice!! Looks like you have a nice collection you've been hiding. :-)

    That light is a 1980 because starting in 1979 and up until early 1981 the Maglite Patent was still pending. All lights from this time were misspelled "Paten" except the first 800 or so because of a die error. Vari-Beams weren't produced in 1979 so they have to be 1980 if stamped "Paten Pending". The 5Ds, 4Ds, and C cells didn't sell well so they were discontinued in 1981 after only 2 years and are the rarest ones today. C cells are especially rare. The 2 and 3Ds continued to be produced until either 1984 or 1985 when Maglite changed the style a little. They were never big sellers and you sure do have a nice one!!

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    I got one in today for restoration I thought I'd share because it's a pretty rare light but also in very rough shape. It's a gold D cell and gold full size lights are very rare. I don't believe Maglite has a standard finish code for the full size lights in gold they just seem to produce special runs of them form time to time. This one is a 2D, 4,200,000 serial which makes it one of the first Panther lights, the newer style that Maglite changed over to in 1992. It also has the TM next to the Panther on the bezel which tells you it's from 1992 to 1996 when the Trademark was approved. For reference a brand new 2D is around a 30,000,000 serial so there have been a lot of these little 2Ds sold. The owner told me that it was one of the fist Panther 2Ds produced and used in special marketing to advertise to the new lights. It was obviously very well used afterwards and long forgotten with the batteries still inside.

    I've gotten pretty good at removing old batteries so I'm going to restore this light and put her all back together again because even though it isn't a high dollar light it is a nice piece of Mag history. I think once I get the heavy black grease off and the corrosion all cleaned up it will be half way decent looking and definitely functional. I have 3 other full size gold anodized Mags but all are the non-letter serial, pre 1992 variety. Up until this one was sent to me I didn't know Mag did a Gold in the newer style lights. Stay tuned.... :-)




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    That gold looks great, shame it was so neglected, looks like you have a bit of work to do on that one. Looks like even the switch is partially melted.

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    Crumbly, that is a sweet Vari, and Liftd, you definitely have your work cut out for you on that one! Looking forward to seeing it after it's done.

    JT

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    Quote Originally Posted by merrimac View Post










    I had no idea there was a 4xAA Minimag.

    certainly a unique device.
    ****** Malkoff Devices ****** ďLearn to light a candle in the darkest moments of someoneís life. Be the light that helps others see; it is what gives life its deepest significance.Ē ― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

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    I had no idea there was a 4xAA Minimag.

    certainly a unique device.
    Looks like you've come over to the other side, incans! We'll make a believer out of you yet.

    I've researched that 4 AA out a bunch and in talking to some original Mag employees and other collectors the most common thread I find is that it was either an unreleased prototype or a one-off custom. I've never heard of them being available for retail sale anywhere. That light has the first generation bezel used only for 1984 so it was likely a prototype.

    That's one light that makes a Maglite collection!! I have a Mag prototype too but nothing that cool!

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    I wonder if perhaps Brinkmann made it, and op (or someone else) placed a minimag head on it and tailcap.

    There once was a Brinkmann made minimag clone that head and tail could swap.
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    Most of the Brinkmann's I've seen allowed the head to be swapped with a Maglite but not the tail cap. Although, it is very possible they changed the tail cap threads later in production to try to avoid the impending Maglite lawsuit. A 4 AA light is such an odd size I'd imagine it to be a prototype of some sort.

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    Agreed that 4aa is pretty novel.


    A Brinkman and minimag swap'd
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    The gap in between the grip knurling almost looks like they joined two 2 cell tubes together somehow to make it a 4 cell. I wonder what bulb it used?

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    Not sure why I had a reply on this.
    Last edited by Nitroz; 06-07-2018 at 07:35 AM. Reason: Accidental reply

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nitroz View Post
    Not sure why I had a reply on this.
    No problem admitting you were oggling some Maglites!

    Quick update on a light I recently found and one I've been working on. I am a big fan of the 1st Gen, 1984, Stamped Bezel Mini Mags. I don't think these have a big following but they are super tough to find and I love collecting them. I think I am finally nearing a complete collection after years of collecting. I recently picked up a 1st Gen Silver which I've never seen before. For 1984 only the bezels on these Mini Mags were stamped (rolled) instead of laser etched. Other than that the differences are extremely minor though. What's really cool about this one is it is brand new in box! The box in the 1985-1991 style so they must have had some of theses stamped bezel lights left over and packaged them in the new packaging. The insert is correct so I'm pretty sure it's all original.







    I'm now only missing a Zimmerman Bronze and an AA Vari-Beam. I have a lead on an AA Vari-Beam and I'm keeping my fingers crossed. I still don't have a lead on a Zimmerman Bronze though. The Zimmerman Bronze is a bronze finish done as a special order for a Zimmerman, an Austrian retailer, in 1984 only so they are super rare. Here's most of the rest of my early Mini Mag collection. All are stamped bezels.



    Also, I'm mostly complete restoring my Gold 1992 2D. It's come a long way. I got both batteries out and all of the grease and grime off. I just have to tinker with the switch a little and clean up the threads yet. Here's some before and after pics. Reminds me of C3PO from a New Hope.





    Thanks guys!!!

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    Pretty cool... as usual.

    More epic epic-ness.

    Somebody should tell Tony about your collection. He would probably be honored to see it.
    John 3:16

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    Quote Originally Posted by bykfixer View Post
    Pretty cool... as usual.

    More epic epic-ness.

    Somebody should tell Tony about your collection. He would probably be honored to see it.
    Thanks, lol, I've been at it for a while. Fun fun collecting. Have ya picked up anything new lately? I don't know how ya stay away from the temptation.

    I don't if he'd be honored or if he'd sue me.

    I've been lucky enough to talk to a few folks from the early days of Mag but not Tony. I've always wanted to and I wrote him a letter a while back. I did not receive a response but I wasn't surprised. He's near 90 now and from what I hear is that he's pretty well checked out of the day to day business. I think that Mag will ultimately be bought by a large conglomerate after Tony's gone and like most other brands the history will likely be lost aside from a few small footnotes here and there. Mag hasn't been a small, family company for quite some time.

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    I don't know anything about maglites or collecting them.
    I saw some that looked old on a website called KSL; just go to classifieds and type in flashlights.
    They were asking $3 each.
    Pictured below.

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    Tony sue somebody Lift'd? Say it aint so. lol.

    I've kinda been going back to the future with an occasional purchase here n there. A few 70's/80's type of double a dime store numbers with 2016+ LED's in them by Rayovac, Eveready and such. And a few LED Solitaires while my local box stores still have them.

    $3 ea is pretty good quinlag, even if only for parts.
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    Lol, I've only had my blog up for a year and I kicked around not putting it up at all. I'm surprised I haven't seen a cease and desist letter yet. I try not to post anything that might be a trade secret but it seems like everything winds up being a trade secret to Mag somehow. I figure most of the tech is now so old it shouldn't really be a loss to anyone to have it posted. We'll see...

    Nice! No new Surefires? I've been working on a G2. I had one in the early 2000s for about a week before I lost it so the nostalgia factor is high. I'm sure you're the same though, can't buy just one. Got to be a NIB, a yellow, an OD and a black, lol.

    Those Mags sure are nice especially for $3 a piece. If it weren't for the shipping cost I'd snatch them up all day long. They aren't especially rare. You can tell they're 1990+ by the shortened grips. They don't appear to be a unique finish so they're worth about $15 to $18 each assuming they work.

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    Great work on the gold 2D, LiftdT4R I didnít think it would clean up so nice.

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    Thanks!! I finally had a chance to put the switch all back together tonight and she lit up really nice! I know it's still a rough light but the gold lights are so rare I'm just happy to have it at all. The light functions flawlessly so I'm just going to say: "function over form", lol.



    And I think this 2D feels right at home with the rest of my gold lights. The other 2D is a 1984, the 2C and 3D are 1988 models and the mini Mag is from 1986-1991.




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    WOW!

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    Nice batch of gold Mags, Liftd. That 2D cleaned up pretty nicely.

    Guit

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guitar Guy View Post
    Nice batch of gold Mags, Liftd. That 2D cleaned up pretty nicely.

    Guit
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