Show your Rare/Unusual SureFires - Part 3

laxref

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Not sure if this is the right thread for this, but how common was it for Surefire black anodizing to turn a purple tint? I know it's not uncommon with aluminum, but I don't recall seeing it often on Surefires. Tried to catch the lighting better on my C3, but you can see it's not nearly as black as the tailcap or the Z3 next to it. Both were bought in the early 2000's.

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Not sure if this is the right thread for this, but how common was it for Surefire black anodizing to turn a purple tint? I know it's not uncommon with aluminum, but I don't recall seeing it often on Surefires....

Yes, your post is fine here. Thanks for sharing your photo, and welcome to CPF.

SureFire anodized finishes span a fair spectrum of shades, and are famously mismatched.

The purple-black variant is uncommon, but has been noted before for sure. Your example above is quite striking however.

I am curious, did your C3 spend a lot of time in direct sunlight ? Do you recall if you happen to have any older photos of this same item ?
 

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I bought it new in about 2000/2001, shortly after I got myself the Z3, and gave it to my father as his night stand light.

I think it lived there most of its life. I got it back in 2015 after he passed and shortly after that I started using it more and more with the KL3 as a general purpose light.

I've just never seen this as pronounced on a Surefire. I see it on a lot of firearm parts and some of the Streamlight housings.
 
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It has a number: 65240, the voltage is 18V (6*123A, disposable lithium battery). The battery is packaged as a whole, so it is difficult to replace it. I made a battery pack myself.There is also a number 1-89, which I guess is probably the date of production.

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You don't see these very often recently!
And they didn't tear pockets like many successors do ;)
Curious, what makes that a Defender? It looks like a 6p. I thought a Defender would have a crenelated/strike bezel.
 

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The sheer lumen power would deter any attacker
Would they though. When I read stuff like this I imagine an attacker cowering like they were superman and my flashlight was kryptonite. But in reality it would probably go differently.
 

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Would they though. When I read stuff like this I imagine an attacker cowering like they were superman and my flashlight was kryptonite. But in reality it would probably go differently.
That’s how it was marketed 🤣 60-100 Lumens was tactical
 

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Would they though. When I read stuff like this I imagine an attacker cowering like they were superman and my flashlight was kryptonite. But in reality it would probably go differently.
Well, I wouldn't try looking into P61 (120 lumens) at night ;)

Bear in mind, it was over 20 years ago!
 

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Some mint porcupines which I was lucky to find
 

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And an L5 with a low serial head, not fully sure if it qualifies for this thread.
 

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