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    Default lets see your scratched up lights

    well ill start since i made this thread [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/blush.gif[/img] this is a solitare that my dad has had for atleast 10 years on his keychain. the origonal color is black.

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    Top, Streamlight Stinger, Middle, 3C M@g, DB-3 drop in, UCL lens. Bottom, 3D M@g, DB-3 drop in, UCL lens.


    One thing good about having beat up lights. You will use them. You won't baby them. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

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    XM-3, was a daily user but now in retirement. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

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    My edc...MadMax Lite/TWOJ


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    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?

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    This is going to get good. Most used/abused flashlight! Torture test results ahead...
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    All my lights got beat up doing Aircraft Maintenance. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/dedhorse.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/whoopin.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

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    Some of mine get a little cruddy from chlorine, but they stay pretty scratch-free. .

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    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?


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    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 [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] have been used for the occasional personality adjustment.


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    Jeritall,

    Very interresting. Does it still light up?

    Jan

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    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...

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    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.


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    here's my trusty ARC AAA backup light w/micarta spyderco


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    hmmm.... so that's how my black ArcAAA is going to look in a couple of years? [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

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    SureFire Z3, HOLA

    Z3 tortured

    Smashed laminated glass with that bezel and dropped out of police cars window at 60km/h. The HOLA was still working after that.

    Today I use a M2 bezel for the light. This is the 3rd bezel for the light becuz the others died [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/dedhorse.gif[/img] ...


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    P.S. Im sorry that I cant post the pics, I use the webspace on msn... I cant link the pics to the post [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img] ...

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    cy, nice wayne goddard. Wow..my E1L with 2 scratches isn't that battered after all

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    My EDC. Dropped a couple of times, had to repair the switch, still going strong:



    ...unlike my until-recently other EDC...



    Don`t ask. No, really. Needless to say, it doesn`t work any more.

    Wonder if the "if it breaks, we`ll fix it" warranty covers damage like *that*? [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/ooo.gif[/img]

    (sorry about the horrible .JPG compression, Photoshop broke down on me, don`t know why)

    [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/rolleyes.gif[/img]

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    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...


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    The only thing prettier than a nice new light is one that has been beat up doing it's job.
    Nice work guys!

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    I've had this light for 17 years. Don't get used anymore since I've found out there are better out there.


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    [ QUOTE ]
    sbebenelli said:
    I've had this light for 17 years. Don't get used anymore since I've found out there are better out there.

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    http://img106.imageshack.us/img106/1951/img02131tw.jpg[/image]

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    Time for a RYOJ MadMaxLite Drop in, maybe?

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    Default Show your beat up light.

    I have been looking over all these great collections and they are all great. Now i want to see the light that you carry every day, the light that has been droped and run over and still works. I wanna see some beat up lights. Please post.
    Surefire A2. Surefire G2 Cree. Surefire E1E. Surefire 8NX. Inova X1. Inova X5. PT Yukon. PT Quad. River Rock Lantern. Fenix P1. Mag 2D LED. Mag 4D LED. Mag 3AA LED.

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    I've never carried this one "in anger", but it was heavily used and has a great story from the previous owner. Mind you, the light should be 100% jet black.



    "I bought that light in the seventies while I was an MP in
    Germany. When I started at xxxxx PD in 1978 they didn't provide
    flashlights at all as part of issue so they allowed us to carry whatever we
    bought. In 1981 I was riding shotgun on PM shift when our unit became
    involved in a chase headed toward the xx border on Interstate xx. The
    suspect driver was DWI, suspended and had a couple of bench warrants out for
    him and he kept trying to force other vehicles into our cruiser. My Partner,
    Officer xxxxxxx, brought the cruiser up alongside the suspect and I reached
    out and tried to hinder his vision (mind you we were doing 85-95 Mph on a
    bridge) by smashing his windshield with my flashlight. Well, I lost my grip,
    the light bounced off the suspect's door column and was last seen skidding
    under an 18-wheeler that we'd just past. After making the arrest at the end
    of the chase in a field in xx we went back and found that light against the
    curbing at the top of the bridge. The light survived pretty much intact. It
    had a few good scuff marks on it, but I put a replacement bulb in and to my
    amazement it still worked. I carried it until about 1985 when the PD started
    putting rechargable lights in the cars."
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    Nice!!!!!

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    Thats what i am talking about. Thanks.
    Surefire A2. Surefire G2 Cree. Surefire E1E. Surefire 8NX. Inova X1. Inova X5. PT Yukon. PT Quad. River Rock Lantern. Fenix P1. Mag 2D LED. Mag 4D LED. Mag 3AA LED.

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    Good story and good looking light

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    hello ABTOMAT.

    I would love to see that flashlight re-plated in black hal3 with a drop in led.

    It looks so unloved at the moment, for a light that`s given you good service.

    regards.
    "Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life." - Terry Pratchett.

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    PopeInRome read the CPF rules before posting again.

    Unforgiven
    Last edited by Unforgiven; 06-05-2006 at 05:00 PM.

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