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    Post Show your Rare/Unusual SureFires - Part 2

    Extra-valued 6P, like when serial codes on bank notes gone wrong, they attract collectors

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    Post Show your Rare/Unusual SureFires - Part 2

    [Continuation from Part 1]

    I've been wondering how many strange and unusual Surefires are out there floating around that need to be brought to the light...

    If you have any Surefires that have Laser Etching/Engravings or Lack there of, or Strange Colors, Darpa models, PROTOTYPES, Old and forgotten models, Flaws that slipped through Quality Control, or any SF light that you think should be posted that meets a like description. That includes Porcupines, Low serial numbers(even though they don't go in any particular order) and Anything Else UNUSUAL

    Please post em.....

    I have collected a few interesting SF items. I buy and sell parts all the time and occasionally I end up with some cool things. I still need a Black head/Tailcap for my Black L1 body, and some DARPA Heads would fit nicely on those bodies as well....

    Heres my list.

    1. NASA SPACE CREW Tailcap
    2. DELTA FORCE ONE Tailcap
    3. 9P-PH Sure-Fire LASER PRODUCTS DEUTSCHLAND Tailcap
    4. 6Z Tailcap with other 3P laser markings
    5. Sure-Fire 3P-PH LASER PRODUCTS DEUTSCHLAND
    6. Black L1 Body
    7. E-Series Head with SF LOGO Engraved
    8. KL4 with Nice tool-drag mark
    9. 6P Bezel HA III United States Marine Corps LOGO
    10. 6P beze BLK "Safari Club International"
    11. NA HAIII 6P Complete Light-First Gen-*MINT*
    12. NRA Saten Grey 6P-tailcap
    13. Scoutlight Body with No engraving
    14. 3 X DARPA Bodies
    15. MH60 Millenium Series Weaponlight Bodies with "CIA-DEA Serial #"
    16. Unengraved/Laser Etched 6P/9P/E1e/L2/A2 Bodies
    17. "Skinny" LU10 Adaptor
    18. Surefire "PORSCHE" Flashlight

    Pics coming soon....








    Yes, thats is a 6P with SN# 000006








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    Default Re: Post Your RARE/UNUSUAL SUREFIRES:

    In case anyone wondered where these have landed.........
    I also figured Tempest's C2 was getting lonely and might like a little company.








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    WOW!


    Awsome display and beutiful C2 and E2E.
    I absolutely love them.


    Congratulations.
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    Quote Originally Posted by willrx View Post
    In case anyone wondered where these have landed.........
    I also figured Tempest's C2 was getting lonely and might like a little company.


    That's very impressive - having both!

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    Thanks guys, really appreciate your support.
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    Default Re: Post Your RARE/UNUSUAL SUREFIRES:

    Those really are two beautifully matching lights - and that is a really strikingly vivid flame orange. The other items in your display case look quite enticing too!
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    Well, thank you Sir.
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    Default Re: Post Your RARE/UNUSUAL SUREFIRES:

    damn. Kudos to you and your orange lights.
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    Default Re: Post Your RARE/UNUSUAL SUREFIRES:

    Part 1 got to >800 posts without us noticing!

    This is Part 2, kicked off with willrx's magnificent orange duo moved across into this new thread.
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    Default Re: Show your Rare/Unusual SureFires - Part 2

    Orange C2 and E2E=
    Its better to have it and not need it, then to need it and not have it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DM51 View Post
    Part 1 got to >800 posts without us noticing!
    LOL.

    None of the Moderators or Admins noticed the 800 pound gorilla in the room... even when he held up a Surefire Beast.

    Those orange Surefires are pure win!
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    Reading the entirety of the first thread, I'm a little confused regarding my retro E1.
    Quote Originally Posted by Size15's View Post
    The clip's lanyard attachment point was added shortly after the E-Series was introduced so if your one doesn't have it, it is an early example...

    So no lanyard attachment point = early example, but a S/N of A04849, which doesn't seem early to me? (I do know that the pictured tailcap is the somewhat later LO twistie, I have the original non-LO tailcap as well)
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    Default Re: Post Your RARE/UNUSUAL SUREFIRES:

    Quote Originally Posted by Kestrel View Post
    Reading the entirety of the first thread, I'm a little confused regarding my retro E1.

    So no lanyard attachment point = early example, but a S/N of A04849, which doesn't seem early to me? (I do know that the pictured tailcap is the somewhat later LO twistie, I have the original tailcap as well)
    I don't have data on when the change was made however;
    1) Serial numbers are not a reliable means of determining fine-detail in terms of production date or production sequence.
    2) I consider a sub-5000 serial number to be a pretty early example, certainly within the context of the clip change.
    3) I have pre-production samples of SureFires with serial numbers both in the high-hundreds, and in the low thousands that I was sent for field-testing months before the products were released.

    Serial numbers can only reliably differentiate one from the next. They are a very poor indication of date of birth (manufacture/assembly/shipping etc)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Size15's View Post
    Serial numbers can only reliably differentiate one from the next. They are a very poor indication of date of birth (manufacture/assembly/shipping etc)
    Reading CPF, I have gotten that impression in only a general sense. Thanks for the info, I appreciate it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Size15's View Post
    3) I have pre-production samples of SureFires with serial numbers both in the high-hundreds, and in the low thousands that I was sent for field-testing months before the products were released.

    Serial numbers can only reliably differentiate one from the next. They are a very poor indication of date of birth (manufacture/assembly/shipping etc)

    You've mentioned this before but I frequently forget this fact and try to logically line things up at times based on the SN. It's very interesting to me that SF would produce pre-production samples with serial numbers in the low thousands but I suppose they have their reasons.




    Kestrel, I really like your early e-series with numbered head and cross-hairs. I too would agree that it's a very early light even though it's a nearly 5K serial. I remember buying that exact same model on my lunch hour back when it was first introduced. I see yours has the distinction of being Milky-fied.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patriot View Post
    You've mentioned this before but I frequently forget this fact and try to logically line things up at times based on the SN. It's very interesting to me that SF would produce pre-production samples with serial numbers in the low thousands but I suppose they have their reasons.
    Its something I've wondered about. For example: Does this mean there are xxxx other samples out there in the hands for various field-testing groups?
    In fact its more likely that production is sufficiently down the production path that batches certain components such as bodies and bezel housings have already been manufactured even though other components and electronics etc are still being finalised.
    Also, if one was to run a batch of a few hundred or whatever bodies or bezels through the laser etching process starting with A00001 and working up, and placing the etched components in trays and stacking the trays - those with higher numbers will be on the top of the stack of trays and so grabbed first by the proto-type team for use in samples etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patriot View Post
    Kestrel, I really like your early e-series with numbered head and cross-hairs. I too would agree that it's a very early light even though it's a nearly 5K serial. I remember buying that exact same model on my lunch hour back when it was first introduced. I see yours has the distinction of being Milky-fied.
    Yes, the emitter isn't exactly stock.

    The newer tailcap has the McE2s for a ~10 lumen low level, which is also nice. I am proud of this light, but I didn't know that it was such an early example (I didn't know about the lanyard attachment point aspect) before getting the head permanently modded.

    I guess the thing is, though, that it would be just sitting around unused if kept in its original form, this way it's an EDC that's getting daily use. Unlike a lot of other SF's I'm seeing in this thread.
    (That's just to make me feel better after seeing that gorgeous pair of matching orange SF's)

    Edit: I see that there is a comparable vintage E1 (no lanyard attachment point) in the Marketplace, but the S/N is A23557. Crazy.
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    Default Re: Show your Rare/Unusual SureFires - Part 2

    I found those pictures over the internet, at an asian forums. None of them are mine. Seems that there are some serious Surefire collectors over there. Take a look at the rare red 3P, and what about the ultra rare blue 3P ; There are some PK's signed L6 Porcupines.








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    Default Re: Show your Rare/Unusual SureFires - Part 2

    I have one of those red 3P's, but I really wish I had a green and blue one too...
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    Quote Originally Posted by schiesz View Post
    I have one of those red 3P's, but I really wish I had a green and blue one too...
    Wish I had a 3P at all...
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    I've got a few. They aren't easy to come by, but I really do like them.
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    Last edited by willrx; 06-01-2009 at 09:07 PM.
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    Last edited by DM51; 06-15-2009 at 03:14 AM. Reason: Stack photos vertically
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    Quote Originally Posted by willrx View Post

    I heard about those. Heard they were given out to those who attended. And at no charge. Always wondered how many of the attendees used theirs' after the symposium was over. I'm guessing most of the folks who attended worked for various State and Federal agencies.

    That is one nice score!
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    Im not sure if its rare or unusual, but its not on the Surefire website...
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    Default Re: Show your Rare/Unusual SureFires - Part 2

    Quote Originally Posted by rockz4532 View Post
    Im not sure if its rare or unusual, but its not on the Surefire website...
    Not rare, but still a good light.

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    Default Re: Show your Rare/Unusual SureFires - Part 2

    Yeah, you can get the real-tree camo G2 models from Cabela's or Bass Pro. Sometimes at a discount.
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    Default Re: Show your Rare/Unusual SureFires - Part 2

    This one is interesting in that there is clearly an E2e packed in an E2d box.




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    Quote Originally Posted by willrx View Post

    Nice find!
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