How do you all manage to scratch up these lights so much?
My Maglite 2AA that I edc'd for over 10 years (retired it a year ago) only has a few minor knicks on it (from being dropped), after carrying it in its holster almost daily for this period. I didn't baby it either. How are the lights above getting so scratched up?
All my lights got beat up doing Aircraft Maintenance. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/dedhorse.gif /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/whoopin.gif /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif
My favorate flashlight was mostly scratched, on purpose, by a sailor on the USS Helena. The ship's name is scratched in, in addition to the sailors serial number. The USS Helena was among the first ships attacked at Pearl Harbor, and was torpedoed, but not sunk. She went on to be be the first ship to recieve the Navy Unit Commendation for her actions in the battles of Cape Esperance, Guadacanal and Kula Gulf. She also was rewarded the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign metal with seven battle stars. The ship was sank on July 5, 1943 during the battle of Kula Gulf. 168 men of the 900 man crew died. Well earned scratches huh?
I think I've got you guys beat. How's this? Was a fellow's main duty light for a couple decades. Run over, thrown off bridges, dragged through mud, used to smash doors and windshields, and may /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif have been used for the occasional personality adjustment.
The bulb is either original or at least from that era. The filament is still good and I don't want to risk blowing it, so I haven't tried it. The inside of the tube is free of battery acid, the base cap spring looks a little rusty but clean, the switch switches, so I'm pretty sure it would light up, but...let's call it retired...
My oldest 2C Mag vs newest LED modded Mag.
20 +++ years old and it still works.
It was in my tool box for at least 15 years on the road with me. I had that small 2C before Minimags came about.
Then about 7 years or so ago I got a SureFire (Laser products at that time) 6P. Then came CPF. The rest is history and a lotta $$$$$ over the dam.
Now here`s why I love SureFire. Almost completely destroy one and you can still repair it with the minimum of parts...
The new "lens" was cut from a sheet of scrap acrylic plastic, yes I know it`ll melt but it`ll do until I can find somewhere to get a "proper" Pyrex replacement. And the battery was fixed with a load of superglue and some re-soldering of broken contacts. All`s left for now is to find a new low-beam lamp (I already had a spare MN31 high-beam) and it can go back on duty...