Hey all, I'm sure many of you've almost lost a valuable flashlight you were EDC'ing at one time or other, so I thought I'd start a thread about almost losing my favoured Surefire LX2 yesterday! I've read many threads about "lost" flashlights, but nothing general about "almost losing" flashlights.
As IT Network Engineer and PC Support / Home Entertainment installer, I always EDC a flashlight as I need one to peer inside gloomy patch rooms or cabinets, sort out network cabling, or check the insides of machines etc. I've been happily EDC'ing a Surefire LX2 for about a year now, clipped to the inside of my pants pocket, and have never had any "close calls" until yesterday ...
After work I dropped by a local charity organisation to donate some bags of unneeded clothes. I picked up 3 large bags of clothes from the back of my car and then carried them to one of the large clothing bins at the back of their store. As I lifted the first bag over the bin I heard something hard knock against the bin. I was puzzled as I knew there was only soft clothing in the bag, so I swung the bag back away from the bin, checked the bin and the bag to ensure nothing was in the way, then lifted the bag back over the bin. Once again I heard a knocking noise!
This time fully puzzled, I brought the bags away from the bin, lifted the first bag up to fully inspect all around it, and there clipped to the bottom of the bag was my LX2! Somehow my LX2 had dislodged from being clipped to the inside of my pocket, and become snagged to the bottom of the bag, tearing a small hole!
IF I had not heard the LX2 knock against the donation bin, I would have dropped the 3 bags off without thinking twice ... and later when I discovered the missing flashlight I would never have guessed it to be at the good will store!
So, there's my close call story for you all. I'm now reconsidering my carrying technique, or maybe upping my "checking technique" where I should always check my EDC equipment whenever I enter or exit a vehicle or building.
I hope anyone else with similar experiences will like to share their story, so that maybe others can learn some DOs and DON'Ts from our collective experiences.