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    Default I spent $30,000 in my first 6 Months

    My wife was looking at what I spent on stuff last year. I was quite surprised when she told me $30,000 on lights? I put this list together from what I can remember of my first six months,



    Titanium,



    SPY 007 #221

    SPY 007 #228

    SPY 007 #344

    SPY 007 #518

    McGizmo McLux III T

    McGizmo McLux III T

    McGizmo McLux III T

    McGizmo XR-27 C

    McGizmo XR-27 C

    McGizmo S-27 PD

    McGizmo S-27 PD (917ma Drive)

    McGizmo PD-S

    McGizmo PD-S Miser

    McGizmo Sundrop XR-U

    McGizmo BB Haiku

    McGizmo Mule High CRI

    McGizmo Lunasol 27

    McGizmo Lunasol 27

    McGizmo Lunasol 27

    McGizmo Lunasol 20

    McGizmo Lunasol 20

    McGizmo Lunasol 20

    McGizmo Lunasol 20

    McGizmo Lunasol 20

    McGizmo BB Lunasol 20

    McGizmo Makai 6V 2x123

    McGizmo UV Mule 6V 2x123

    McGizmo Ti C Pak x2

    PhotonFanatic Double Grooved DLC Ti

    Lumencraft Gatlight V3 #101

    KuKu Gavina CR123

    KuKu EX10

    47s Titanium Turbo 123

    Quark Mini 123 TI #694

    Fenix PD10 TI #278

    JETBeam TCR2

    JETBeam TCR2

    JETBeam TCR2

    Olight M20 Titanium Warrior #2



    Steel/Damascus/Silver/Brass,





    Lummi Wee NS

    Fenix LD01 SS

    Raw Da

    Wee Da

    Raw Ag

    Wee Ag

    Mac's Tri-EDC Brass

    Mac's Tri-EDC Titanium

    Brass Mac's EDC SST-50





    Aluminum,



    SPY 005 #28

    SPY 005 #51

    SPY 005 #72

    McGizmo Chrome PD Nitro

    McGizmo LT 27

    McGizmo PD-S

    McGizmo Oil Slick Mule

    Gatlight V2

    Olight SR90

    Mac's EDC SST-50 Blue

    Mac's Tri-EDC Purple

    HDS Ra Clicky Tactical 170 TiAlN

    Ovenready Orange Ra Clicky

    Lummi Orb 1000

    Lummi Orb Flik

    Lummi Raw CR2

    Fenix TK 45

    Fenix TK 15

    Fenix LD20



    Holsters



    AOTH Alligator for SPY 007 (Natural) F/E

    AOTH Stingray for SPY 007 (Black) F/E

    AOTH Stingray for SPY 007 (Black) F/E

    AOTH Elephant for SPY 007 (Black) O/T

    AOTH Stingray for Lunasol 20 (Black) O/T

    AOTH Crocodile for Haiku (Natural) O/T

    AOTH Crocodile for PD (Natural) O/T

    * O/T=Open Top F/E= Fully Enclosed



    I have also bought several hundred dollars in batteries (AWs ), a bunch of Pelican cases, and a couple of display cases. I probably forgot some stuff but Im sure my wife will let me know! I have sold or traded some of these lights and have more incoming. The sad thing is, I still dont have my Grail Light

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    Default Re: I spent $30,000 in my first 6 Months

    Wow, Todd. Just - Wow. And the question that has to be on everyone's mind - just what IS your grail? BTW - amazing collection - simply amazing.

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    Default Re: I spent $30,000 in my first 6 Months

    Thanks Dan,

    My Grail,

    McGizmo Lunasol 27 2x123 Proto


    McGizmo Lunasol 27 2x123 Proto (Cree LED)
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    Looks awesome shado.

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    Default Re: I spent $30,000 in my first 6 Months

    Fantastic collection,Todd but I do see a few holes; what a collection is all about, really, is an over view of the development of, in this case, Flashlights.

    I would like to see you include 'lights that are representative of how todays' lights evolved i.e. early Surefires (round bodies, different colors, the rare and unusual) Novatac, HDS, Malkoff etc. Of course all in fine condition to complement your sensational collection of high - end 'lights.

    Just my $0.02 worth.

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    Default Re: I spent $30,000 in my first 6 Months

    Wow. I am indeed speechless.

    But even if I did have 30K lying around burning holes in everything, I wouldn't ever dream of having spent that much on just lights. You must be very fortunate to be quite rich in the obscene sense.

    I'd probably have taken my wife on vacation, saved a bit, bought a few knives, and bought a Tri-V, and 007...making for me a grand total of four Ti lights, some knives, a vacation, and about 25K in the bank.

    Yikes.

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    That's quite a collection. Hats off.....

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    WHYYY???

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    I bow to you man. That is an awesome collection.
    Heck, you could start a museum with this set. I'm not kidding, and you know it.

    I adorn the SPY 007 #221
    It's just superb.

    Again, a nice collection, shado.

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    Default Re: I spent $30,000 in my first 6 Months

    Quote Originally Posted by bpsealy View Post
    WHYYY???
    Because they're there!

    Why not?

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    Default Re: I spent $30,000 in my first 6 Months

    Quote Originally Posted by Sparky's Magic View Post
    Fantastic collection,Todd but I do see a few holes; what a collection is all about, really, is an over view of the development of, in this case, Flashlights.

    I would like to see you include 'lights that are representative of how todays' lights evolved i.e. early Surefires (round bodies, different colors, the rare and unusual) Novatac, HDS, Malkoff etc. Of course all in fine condition to complement your sensational collection of high - end 'lights.

    Just my $0.02 worth.
    Sparky's Magic,

    My collection consists of lights that appeal to me, and I just don't find Surefire lights to my taste. I do how ever enjoy my Ra Clicky! Over the last two months I have started collecting knives. I have spent more time and $$$$ as of late buying Hinderer knives than McGizmo lights. I continue building my light collection, adding a rare 007 Cree a few weeks ago. I find high end knives a good complement to my light collection.

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    Default Re: I spent $30,000 in my first 6 Months

    MY HAT is OFF TO YOU!! ILL GIVE you MY JACKET OF MY BACK!!...........some of us is fortunate enough to have some big spending money.
    like me i spend a few on lights BUT i Spend a Ton on collecting old Honda Z50a mini bikes. to each is his own....

    Money is one thing. HAVING A WIFE THAT UNDERSTANDS YOUR FETISH IS RARE.....LOL
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    Default Re: I spent $30,000 in my first 6 Months

    As much as I love my lights...

    Spending this kind of money on lights is.. nuts. Even if you can afford to do so.

    But each to their own.

    Last edited by Trancersteve; 03-20-2011 at 08:08 PM.

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    Default Re: I spent $30,000 in my first 6 Months

    $30,000 on lights.......... !!! Honestly though,more power to you if you have the cash flow!

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    Wow that is quite a budget for lights! Im glad you included some cpf support in there.

    You should take a look at the hosts fivemega offers, if i had your budget he would be out of stock

    how about some more pics maybe a shot of the whole family

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    Holy crap man! All the Mcgizmo's seem kinda redundant to me, but whatever floats your boat. Either way, one of the sweetest collection ever assembled. Have any pics of the entire collection?

    Do you have any other hobbies? I feel like you could be spending all that money on something else (car,motorcycle,guns,whatever).

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    My first reply was lost in the crash..
    All I can say is what an impressive collection you have. Some very nice items. You are missing some Delghi's though. The Iris is a great light..

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    Default Re: I spent $30,000 in my first 6 Months

    Here's some picture's that were posted before CPF went down,

    SPY 007 and 005's


    SPY 007 Soul (First Run), SPY 007 Cree (1 of 9), SPY 007 XP-G (First Run)


    SPY 007 and 005's in Pelican Mossy Oak


    A Bunch of McGizmo Lunasol's


    McGizmo Lunasol 20, Bead Blast, Normal, Fatty Tail, Twisty, Old C Pak, New C Pak


    McGizmo McLuxIII T (Don's first Titanium)


    A Bunch of Titanium McGizmo's


    Lummi Wee Da / Raw Da/ Wee AG / !000 Lumen Orb


    Gatlight V2 and V3


    Mac Customs and Ra Clicky


    Olight SR 90 and Titanium Warrior


    Some of my first Gatlight V3 / SPY 007 / McGizmo BB Haiku


    AOTH Holsters


    Some have gone, more have arrived

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    Love the damascus...

    Do they all have batteries in them ? Do you have them on an EDC rotation ?

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    Default Re: I spent $30,000 in my first 6 Months

    This thread always brings a smile to my face.....


    If you ever want to sell the croc cases..... let me know ;-)
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    Default Re: I spent $30,000 in my first 6 Months

    Quote Originally Posted by cw_mi View Post
    Love the damascus...

    Do they all have batteries in them ? Do you have them on an EDC rotation ?
    cw_mi,

    Yes, I have batteries for all and then some. I have no set rotation and only carry lights in AOTH as of late. My Hinderer XM's get the front pocket till Holsters are made for them.
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    Default Re: I spent $30,000 in my first 6 Months

    Todd,

    this is an awesome collection
    I haven't spent much less money for my one the last 8 month.
    The good thing is, one of the LS20 in your pics will be on the way to me soon
    In other words you can send it now (according to our PM's before CPF went down).

    Thanks

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    Default Re: I spent $30,000 in my first 6 Months

    Quote Originally Posted by emu124 View Post
    Todd,

    this is an awesome collection
    I haven't spent much less money for my one the last 8 month.
    The good thing is, one of the LS20 in your pics will be on the way to me soon
    In other words you can send it now (according to our PM's before CPF went down).

    Thanks
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    Default Re: I spent $30,000 in my first 6 Months

    I gotta pipe up again now that pictures have been posted.

    If this collection is the result of 6 months of collecting, that's just plain insanity on many levels.

    Most of us around here have trouble justifying 1000 per year.

    This is an objective observation meant neither as a compliment nor a criticism.

    If there are points for number of lights in a year, you are well on the way to championship status.

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    Default Re: I spent $30,000 in my first 6 Months

    Great collection. If it was within my budget to spend that amount then I would do the same. If you had titled this thread "I spent X% of my disposable income in my first 6 months" then it probably would not be as shocking to everyone else. Maybe it wouldn't event be the highest % of disposable income in comparison to others.

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    Seriously nice collection of some iconic and brilliant lights. Shiny Ti Spy's and McGizmos - what's not to like about it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trancersteve View Post
    As much as I love my lights...

    Spending this kind of money on lights is.. nuts. Even if you can afford to do so.

    But each to their own.

    true. $30,000 is too much for this. many people actually love to be called a nut.

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    Default Re: I spent $30,000 in my first 6 Months

    Not sure about all the objections. If you have the cash and a desire to buy it so be it....If I had the cash I would have a very similar collection. I have to wipe the drool from my lip looking at those pics. Awesome collection Todd.

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    Don't you ever find that the more you buy the less you appreciate what you have? Then you become more and more focused on getting the next thing, which only ever turns out to be what you wanted for a shorter and shorter time period.

    I would recommend getting some cheaper but still good quality lights and using them, bash them around a bit, take them places you will need and appreciate them. The more you use something the more you will appreciate it and the happier you will feel.

    I'd also recommend trying modding some lights yourself, the satisfaction of using something you made yourself and know you can trust through personal experience is often much greater than just recieving something with little relative investment in it (I'm talking time and effort, not money here).

    I honestly think these are what you need to find a 'grail' light, in fact you probably already have many capable of being it.

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    Default Re: I spent $30,000 in my first 6 Months

    I have no issues with this at all.
    To put it in perspective , for some people that are thinking OMG $30,000.
    One could go our & buy a car, not even an exotic or Luxury. But say you wanted a Mustang V8 as a "fun car", you would 'nvest' more than this amount, and the minute you drive off the lot, you've lost some serious $$$. If you need to get some $$ back, you can sell your fun car.
    With these lights, you get the same or more enjoyment as batteries are a lot cheaper than gas, and they would be easy to liquidate when/if your hobby changes.

    Hey, I've done the same with watches.

    BTW, would love to drive to Alta to see these in person.

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