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    I like it!

    Great dual purpose flashlight.

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    Inch-for-inch this has more whack that anything else in my collection. It's really not very large but it's very heavily built. I also noticed that, due to how it's constructed, if you had a couple of these lights you could do some pretty silly things--like have a 14AA light with a reflector on both ends.












    And another random photo--flashlight technology's come a long way in the last 40 years.
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    Awesome! thanks for sharing!! :

    Gone indeed are the dark ages of flashlights

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    I have a Kel-Lite 2C just like the one in your picture. Not my oldest light, but I used it camping, walking, working on the car, etc. It still has the original bulb. I removed the batteries long before they could leak. Nice dim light with an easy-to-use switch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HotWire View Post
    I have a Kel-Lite 2C just like the one in your picture.
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    Nice dim light with an easy-to-use switch.
    Might need some deoxIT on the lights contact points and/or a krypton bulb
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    I know this is a bit of an old thread, but wanted to thank you for sharing all the excellent pictures and knowledge. I love these combination baton/torches.

    Ron

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    Thanks. This thread'll be active as long as I'm collecting. And probably afterwards, since I imagine whoever buys them will have some new insight.

    Just remembered I have an old book about using these lights for defense and combat. Gonna have to dig that out and post some pics.
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    Got a pic of the whole collection today. First time I'd done this since the couch pics 6+ years ago.

    Extra large detailed photo: http://i442.photobucket.com/albums/q...llectionlg.jpg

    Last edited by ABTOMAT; 08-08-2012 at 11:35 AM.
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    Thanks for takng the time to photograph and share your collection. Great thread. I particularly like the Mag Instruments Vari-Beam. The '80s Mag-Lite. Being a girl, I like the splash of subtle colour.
    That group shot rocks BTW!

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    Haha. Thanks, and I never thought about it that way. I should have asked my last girlfriend which were her favorites.

    Welcome to CPF, by the way.
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    BTTT. This is one of my favorite threads. Didn't notice you did some updates. Love that old cop gear!
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    Pulled out my old Streamlight 3C light from when I did security in the latter 80's. My first one, in ~1985 is a 3C B-Lite with a worn out switch but could not find it for the time being. The (krypton?) bulb still works in the Streamlight. Curious that there are no brand markings, just a serial number. Astonishing to compare with today's torches.

    What should I do with it? The protected switch B-Lite holds more sentimental value to me. Could I get a TerraLux LED for the Streamlight? Which one? Any advice would be much appreciated. They were both used extensively and served admirably.

    CORRECTION: Was reading another thread. Found brand marking on tail cap. Norristown, PA and I think Barstow, CA. Can't tell for sure because of 'honor scars' on tail cap. Serial number: 0030268
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    Wow, been a while. I have some interesting paperwork I really should get photos of for this thread. Also might have another B-Lite coming soon. I keep telling myself I'll sell off the entire collection and then I never get around to it...

    Kitrobaskin, any PR-style LED dropin would work with the Streamlight. LED mods that require replacing parts of the light itself wouldn't work too well without customizing it.
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    I'm still watching this! Yes post more pictures

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    I'm alive! It's funny, I just remembered today that I created this thread because my then-new and now-ex girlfriend was coming over for the first time. I took all the flashlights off the shelf to dust them and realized I'd be too lazy to take pictures of them again. Haven't seen the girl in three years but I still have the flashlights.

    Anyway, back to business. Standard 2D B-Lite, new to me recently:


    Here's a fairly rare Kel-Lite. A later C-cell light with an enclosed metal switch and a medium head. Seldom seen--not sure if it came along very late or they just weren't popular:


    Now a coupe cool books. First is "Defensive Tactics with Flashlights." It goes into great detail on both choosing a flashlight (to a CPF level of OCD) and how to fight with one. Surefire didn't come up with the idea of jamming flashlights into peoples' faces. It seems to have been sponsored by Mag-Lite just as the Magcharger was being introduced but it covers all the contemporary police light brands and their history:





    And a similar but much smaller book by Don Keller himself. "Kel-Lite Manual of Defensive Tactics:"




    That's all for now.
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    Amazing thread that i've seen

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    Cool photos. When was that defensive tactics manual published?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ABTOMAT View Post
    Got a pic of the whole collection today. First time I'd done this since the couch pics 6+ years ago.

    Extra large detailed photo: http://i442.photobucket.com/albums/q...llectionlg.jpg


    Nice VariBeams too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by magellan View Post
    Cool photos. When was that defensive tactics manual published?
    1982
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    Thanks!
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    Awesome!!! wow what a great collection

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    Great perspective and amazing collection. Thanks for sharing

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    I enjoyed seeing the old defensive tactics books as well as the lights.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ABTOMAT View Post
    Moving on...

    Mag Magcharger. This is probably the best flashlight Mag ever made, and it's still my favorite police rechargeable. Came out around 1982 to do battle with Streamlight's SL-20. It's a beautifully engineered light, and incredibly durable:


    Now a few of the new lights.

    Bianchi Super B-Lite 2D. This was Bianchi's final flashlight design, from right before they left the market around 1984. Shows some Streamlight influence, but a little more compact:


    Super B-Lite 4D. Funny story: A surplus company was selling these things at discounted prices a few years ago. I mentioned to a fellow collector I was planning on buying one, then mysteriously the next day their entire inventory had been bought by someone with his initials.


    Spec-Lite 6D. The Super B-Lite designs from when Bianchi bailed out were bought by an outfitting company and produced as Spec-Lites in the 1980s:


    Grendel Grendelite A-2 8AA. This is the weirdest and one of the rarest flashlights I have. Grendel was an '80s firearms company known for high-tech but poorly designed and built handguns. What you have here is a high-tech but poorly designed and built flashlight. It takes eight AA batteries, and has two brightness settings via a resistor:


    One of the switch end:
    ABTOMAT,


    Those Grendelite a2, do you you kow if they were also made in a olive color and plastic case. I lost my old one and it looked exactly like these. Same belt clip, 8 AA, switch looks identical, only one ouput. The lens and bezel looks the same. Twist off lens and insert batteries. Body was ribbed or fluted.

    I had carried mine with a maglite krypton bulb, was very bright for the time.

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    You can upgrade MagCharger with a Malkoff drop in. Just mentioning, as I have 2 of them, and like them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dcriver View Post
    ABTOMAT,


    Those Grendelite a2, do you you kow if they were also made in a olive color and plastic case. I lost my old one and it looked exactly like these. Same belt clip, 8 AA, switch looks identical, only one ouput. The lens and bezel looks the same. Twist off lens and insert batteries. Body was ribbed or fluted.

    I had carried mine with a maglite krypton bulb, was very bright for the time.
    I don't know much about them. They were available in more than one style, since I've seen photos of one that had a yellow (possibly plastic) body.
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    Just went thru this thread again. Very interesting lights and history.
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    I finally pulled out my only two police lights:
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    A B-Lite with the old slide switch and nylon holster and a Super B-Lite with the red rubber boot and original box.
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    Latest addition to the collection. It's not a police light and not exactly a Kel-Lite, but it's interesting. At some point in the late 90s or early 00s, Don Keller arranged for GT Price to be bought out and renamed Kel-Lite. This didn't last long and they soon became Nordic Light and then went out of business as far as I know. This light is one of GT Price's AA pilot's lights, but from the Kel-Lite rebranding period. It's the size of a Mini Maglite, with a pushbutton switch and a red filter that pulls over the bulb.





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    Nice!
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