A Review of the Streamlight Pro Tac 2 AAA Tactical Penlight

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ericjohn

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I had trouble posting this in the review section where it belongs. Please transfer it there if you see fit to do so...


https://ericjohnmonier.com/2019/09/09/a-review-of-the-streamlight-pro-tac-2-aaa-tactical-penlight/


Right above is the link to this review as it appears on my blog.


Since my teens, I have been a self-taught computer technician. I had become considerably proficient at fixing computers in my early twenties and by my thirties, people are frequently coming to me for a repair or at least consulting me for advice. I guess I can say that I am a computer nerd. And I am proud of it!


However, there are those that want to make trouble with people like me.



And then there are those who just want to make trouble.


There are people like these even in the best of workplaces.


Then there could just be someone off the street who wants to commit a robbery, I mean computer equipment is very valuable and computer repair equipment is also somewhat valuable.


How does one defend oneself against such a belligerent individual?


I mean, they are probably more fit physically and carrying a weapon of any sort is at best heavily regulated and at worst downright illegal.


Meet the tactical flashlight!


Specifically, meet the Streamlight Pro Tac 2 AAA model, which this piece will be a review of.


I have owned three of them, but misplaced two.

I bought my first one in January of 2018, then another in March of 2018 and my current one in March of 2019.


I EDC my current one with the rest of my computer repair tools for self-defense purposes, rather than general or specific illumination.


This neat little flashlight is slightly longer and thicker than an ink pen, meaning it can be tucked away in a backpack or purse and not noticeable until needed.


The Streamlight Pro Tac 2 AAA can be programmed to three different configurations, which is a feature known as "TEN-TAP® Programming." The three different modes are:

1. high/strobe/low

2. high only

3. low/high

I have kept mine set on the default high/strobe/low configuration (more on why in a bit.)

The LED light engine has somewhat generous specs, at least for its hardware setup:

High Mode features a 130 lumen 70-meter beam, runs for 1.75 hours and has a beam intensity of 1,230 candelas.

Low Mode features a 20 lumen 30-meter beam, runs for 13 hours and has a beam intensity of 230 candelas.

Strobe Mode runs 3.5 hours and is available for signaling help or disorienting an opponent for defensive purposes.


This flashlight is somewhat water-resistant and has a rating of IPX7 which means the unit is waterproof to a depth of 1 meter for 30 minutes.


It is also impact forgiving and was tested to withstand a fall from a height of 2 meters.


It is constructed of a very durable and abrasion-resistant machined aluminum with a Type II Mil-Spec anodized finish.


The openings are O-ring sealed to keep harmful fluids out.


The glass lens is more robust than say a polycarbonate lens.


It is 5.62 inches (14.27 cm) long and weighs 2 ounces (57g) with batteries installed.


So how is this flashlight a potential self-defense instrument?

I will explain:

First off it is made of a hard Aluminum.

Then, the front bezel is scalloped making a semi-sharp striking weapon.

Finally, it features a strobe which can disorient an attacker, especially in darkness.

The idea is one knows he or she will near any trouble makers to have this flashlight in a place where it can be quickly deployed.

Then if confronted by a violent or threatening individual, especially in the dark, the idea is to activate the strobe, which is done by two quick presses of the switch and shine it in the opponent's eyes. As the opponent shields his or her face, the next step is to either run away and get help, or to strike the opponent as hard as you can with the scalloped bezel. Places to hit would be the face, eyes, throat or temple as hard as you can. When the impact is made, push and turn into the point of impact as this will break the skin and cause more pain and therefore more stopping power. There are a few videos on sites like YouTube that can show how to execute these movements with better precision and effectiveness than what I am simply describing on my blog. Yes, this methodology turns a small flashlight into a potentially lethal weapon. The good part is that, while it is not considered a weapon legally, it, therefore,may be carried almost anywhere.


Also for the record, I am not liable for any criminal or legal penalties you, the reader, may incur for using this as a weapon. Take my advice and the advice of others at your own risk.


Unfortunately, we live in a society that punishes people for simply defending themselves, even against armed and dangerous criminals. This is a curse that seems to be falling onto the entire Western World.


However, it is better to be judged by twelve than carried by six.


I would advise using this only if the opponent is wielding a weapon, has battered you first or has demanded your property.


This is meant to be a defensive, not an offensive weapon.


Still, it can be a legal equalizer without the red tape, obligations, and requirements of a concealed carry weapons permit.



My one complaint about this flashlight is the faulty pocket clip.

That design needs to be completely redone, as it was the faulty clip that malfunctioned and caused me to misplace my first two.

I keep my third one in a dedicated compartment of my EDC backpack with my computer repair tools and if I felt the need to carry it, I would not clip it to my pocket but rather store it deep in my pocket.


I wish the LED could also be at least 200 lumens instead of 130, but that I pushing it, I get it.


All in all, I give this product a 4.75 out of 5 stars because of the faulty pocket clip.

If the pocket clip were as robust as its 2 AA sibling, I would give it a full 5.


This, therefore, concludes my review of the Streamlight Pro Tac 2 AAA.


I hope you, the reader, have been informed and entertained…
 

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Flashlights are to be discussed on CPF as tools for illumination only.

Other uses are beyond the scope of this forum. OP, you will need to edit your posting above to remove anything which ... promotes activity that ... could reasonably be foreseen to threaten any person's safety
 
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ericjohn

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I apologize.

I did not know that rule applied.

It must be a newer rule because I've been on here (CPF) since 2011 and there has been talk about using flashlights for self defense many times in the past.

Just take down the post, then, and I won't post any more reviews where I advocate the use of flashlights for self defense...

Again I apologize, I'm not as active on this forum as I used to be...

I certainly don't want to cause any trouble though...
 

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Not a new rule. Using a beam of light to disorient is quite different than advocating using the flashlight to smash and gouge people's faces. The latter is not a topic for discussion here, just like we don't discuss the use of conventional weapons to cause harm here. There are other forums for that kind of thing. If you'd like to edit your review to focus on the features of the light rather than its battering ability then it can absolutely remain visible.
 

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Most people misunderstand the intention of a scaloped bezel and assume it's for what we see written here a lot, when in reality most trying that would find it was not very good at it.

They are actually designed to be a kubatan. Kubatan is a martial arts technique meant to buy a person time to flee and requires at least a little training. (or should) The small ProTac lights are meant as a back up light or portable for EMS types and does make for a nice kubatan. It seems Streamlight meant for it to either be holster carried or shirt pocket carried as the clip sucks for pants or belt carry. Or perhaps they designed it to quickly break away from belt carry if needed as a kubatan……

Over the years PK and Pentagon did bezels you could use for a 1" hole saw if you ever found yourself in need to drill a hole in sheet rock to feed a wire to somewhere else. But usually the defense bezel is not intended for what many assume it is.

Also the strobe began as an attention getter kinda like the Bat signal is. As in "hey, I'm over here" Some decided to market it as a defensive item and there are some companies who spend time researching and developing a frequency that will actually aid police officers for a short period, but most lights' strobe feature is only good for seeking attention in daytime or in well lit environs. They just don't tell you that.
 
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OP replied to mods, but did not edit post, as requested.

Rather than debate bezel shape and improvised tactical devices here, we'll close this one.
 
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