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    Default Custom MiniMag for Father-in-Law

    Two years ago I gave my father-in-law a stock black MiniMag with a K2 TerraLux drop-in. He has been happy with the light, and uses it frequently. This visit, my wife asked if I had a flashlight that we could bring him as a gift. I didn't have anything ready, but jumped at the opportunity to build a light engine and do some lathe work. It took a few hours in the garage last night and this morning, but I have made him a light that he is sure to enjoy.

    The host began as a stock black MiniMag, just like the original that I gave him. It has a BadBoy pill with a U2 XM-L, 2T tint. The lathe work was my favorite part of the entire project. I did the grooving with my Mesa Tool holder and full radius grooving insert. What a difference a quality cutting tool makes! I cut 6 grooves in the head, and 7 in the body. The grooves in the body cleaned up the areas where the knurling meets the smooth sections. I added a mineral glass lens, TerraLux reflector and Kroll tailcap switch to complete the light. I think that my father-in-law will be happy with the results. I am, and wanted to share with everyone.





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    Default Re: Custom MiniMag for Father-in-Law

    Great looking light, I'm sure he will love it.
    "I am not a Collector" - Tim

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    Default Re: Custom MiniMag for Father-in-Law

    Quote Originally Posted by F250XLT View Post
    Great looking light, I'm sure he will love it.
    If he is not careful, he'll become a flashaholic.

    The next light that he gets will likely be a cut down 1AA MiniMag, or a pocket rocket CR123 light that has had an emitter (and possibly a driver) upgrade.
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    Default Re: Custom MiniMag for Father-in-Law

    Quote Originally Posted by datiLED View Post
    If he is not careful, he'll become a flashaholic.

    The next light that he gets will likely be a cut down 1AA MiniMag, or a pocket rocket CR123 light that has had an emitter (and possibly a driver) upgrade.

    You Sir, are an enabler...
    "I am not a Collector" - Tim

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    Default Re: Custom MiniMag for Father-in-Law

    Nice

    Would be interested to know where you got the XML pill from?

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    Default Re: Custom MiniMag for Father-in-Law

    Quote Originally Posted by PhatPhil View Post
    Nice

    Would be interested to know where you got the XML pill from?
    It is an old school "sandwich" that was popular several years ago for Maglite mods. I removed the Luxeon LED and used an XM-L on one of my 8mm boards.
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