RARE MAGLITES

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A 5D Mag-Lite with the TM bezel and a post-TM bezel 6C. The 5D is slightly longer than the 6C. These are the only Mag-Lite flashlights I own that have aftermarket covers on them. The cover makes a C-cell barrel feel as thick as a D-cell barrel. I got the 5D at an estate sale and the 6C was on craigslist.
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ABTOMAT

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Agreed. I have a few variously marked C size 1st gen and all have Barstow. I thought I had a blank one but it was a D size.
I do have one with a tailcap rumored to be Tony Maglica made.
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Do C-cell logo tailcaps have a special provenance? I think I've missed the memo. I know they're rare--I only have one, and it's on the only C-cell Kel-Lite I have with a bezel ring that's polished on the inside (like B-Lites were.) Interested to know more about these.
 
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All I know sir, is I was bidding on it at eBay and somebody else was too, like I'd go up a buck and they'd go up a buck until it got to $35. I won it for $36. Later I was exchanging emails with Don Keller about some other stuff and mentioned the tailcap. His response was "so that was you bidding against me?, I wanted that one because I believe it was a Tony Maglica made tailcap."
I used the logo to make him a 50th anniverssary coffee cup.
 

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A 3D first year. Note the location of the focus grip knurling, the paten barrel and the bulbous button cover. It still has the circlip inside.
 

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Here is red 3C. I did not know they existed...
 

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bykfixer

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Walk n wag minimag arrived today. A limited edition smooth barrel with doggy foot prints etched onto the body.
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How Mrs Fixer wanted it outfit'd.
Comes with a pocket clip, filter holder/ anti roll ring, red/blue/clear lens and a wrist strap. Comes with Energizer double a's but I used Rayovacs.

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The specs
Note electronic switch so I loosen the tailcap a bit to halt parasitic drain.

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The cool beam looks throwey

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The LED it comes with.
$35 from Maglite dot com.
 

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Looks like same LED installed in ML25LT.
Tint is nothin to write home about, it just works as expected.. Cool mini, I wonder if they'll offer custom engraving in opposite side of barrel with pooches names :grin2:
 

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Have any of you ever noticed color fade on your Maglites?

For the past five or more years I have kept most of my D-cell Maglites displayed together in a room that gets very little natural light (no direct sunlight) and has an LED ceiling light fixture. While cleaning the flashlights the other day, I noticed that my purple 2D Maglite has faded. It was a beautiful and uniform deep eggplant purple, but now the side that faces outward on display is more of a light amethyst.

All of the other colors are fine. Only the purple Maglite has faded. :unsure:
 

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I have seen old black ones that seemed to turn a dark purple, don't know if it was sunlight or something with the way they were anodized but it dosen't happen to all of them - my 36 year old 4D is still jet black.
 

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I know platers use a prep process on bare aluminum to seal the metal from oxidation prior to electrostatic plating. Could be the sealing metal step was skipped, or done improperly, on these lights that change color or appears faded.

I just opened up a NIB '92 3D I scored at rummage store. The plastic clamshell had yellowed and cracked from UV exposure sitting on a shelf somewhere, yet the black ano looks fresh as the day it was plated.
 

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I have a blue Vare-Beam with one side a bit faded. It arrived that way when I bought it a few years back so I do not know how it got faded.
 
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