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    Awesome! Interesting on the spring. Did you grind off the anodizing? I did on mine and it was a big pain!
    I just used a small piece of sandpaper, 220 grit I think, and sanded the ano off in the base of the cap where the spring sits down in, and then checked it with a volt meter to make sure I had good electrical contact. It really only took a few minutes.

    Matt has a video on his website that shows him removing the ano with a wire brush attachment and a drill.

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    Where have all the Maglite guys been? Everyone on vacation at the beach?

    Well this isn't rare, but I thought I'd show you guys the new stainless steel bezel I just got. It was around $30, and came with a glass lens and an O-ring.

    It has a bead blasted finish, but I'm thinking of putting a mirror finish on it like I did on the end cap I posted one page back. It's pretty well made and looks nice on any color of Maglite.

    The black one is an aluminum one I got from Gene a while back.






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    Very cool! A modern day Vari-Beam! A couple of questions for ya. Is that shimmer blue or standard blue? It looks pretty light like Shimmer Blue. Also, is that a glass breaker bezel and have you tried it? I had a Bust-a-Cap tail cap a while back and it actually worked pretty well. I brought it to the local junk yard to try out. I had it on a red 2D LED but I think my brother has it now because I cant seem to find it and I remember lending it to him.

    The rumor going back a while is that Maglite tried to buy Bust-a-Cap but could never settle on a price. I guess Bust-a-Cap beat them to the glass breaker/flashlight combo patent.

    I have a few new very cool and very rare Mags to show but I've been so busy with work I haven;t gotten too much time to take some pics and do a write up. I'll be on vacation for the next few weekends finally but I'll prob be too lazy then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LiftdT4R View Post
    Very cool! A modern day Vari-Beam! A couple of questions for ya. Is that shimmer blue or standard blue? It looks pretty light like Shimmer Blue. Also, is that a glass breaker bezel and have you tried it? I had a Bust-a-Cap tail cap a while back and it actually worked pretty well. I brought it to the local junk yard to try out. I had it on a red 2D LED but I think my brother has it now because I cant seem to find it and I remember lending it to him.
    Yes, that is a Shimmer Blue 2D. I think the seller called it Ice Blue, but I'm sure your name is the correct one. It's definitely way lighter than all of my other blue Mags.

    The bezel wasn't really advertised as a glass breaker, but it does have some sharp corners. It would be a skin breaker if you dropped it on your foot. I'd suppose that you could hit a car window with any part of a Maglite and break it, even with a stock bezel.

    I do have one of those end caps you're talking about. I haven't had the opportunity to try it, but also thought of taking it to the junkyard to have some fun.

    I have another silver Mag coming in the mail. Thinking of polishing up another end cap, and maybe the head. Then I'm on the hunt for a smooth Nascar tube / Maglite to polish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guitar Guy View Post
    Yes, that is a Shimmer Blue 2D. I think the seller called it Ice Blue, but I'm sure your name is the correct one. It's definitely way lighter than all of my other blue Mags.
    The names for the Mag finishes have been soooo inconsistent. Ice Blue may be right. I think maybe Crumbly posted a package a while back that said BLUE SHMR which is why I'm thinking it's Blue Shimmer. I have one 2D Blue Shimmer but it's in rough shape. I got it as part of a lot I bought.

    Here's another light I recently came across that I've never seen before. Well, err not so much the light as I have a few of these but the package. It's a 1984 NIB Mini Maglite. 1984 was the first year for the Mini Maglite and up until recently I hadn't seen one NIB. I knew that in 1985 Maglite switched their logo from the rounded early one to the Horizon style logo and I've seen a bunch of 1985 on Mini Maglites NIB but never a 1984. I think these may have come in a small cardboard box as well but I've never seen one.








    Shown below is the one year newer 1985 model I have and I've seen a bunch in this type of packaging.





    This one was found at an estate sale so I don't know a lot about it. There's no price on it but I have heard these were around $10 when they came out or about $25 today so I'm guessing it was just purchased as a spare and never used. The ID on these early 1984 Mags is much smaller than the current AA lights and I heard that during the 90s when AA cells became larger Maglite offered a free trade in program so I'm guessing that along with the infamous alkaleak issue is why you just don't see many of them today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LiftdT4R View Post
    The names for the Mag finishes have been soooo inconsistent. Ice Blue may be right. I think maybe Crumbly posted a package a while back that said BLUE SHMR which is why I'm thinking it's Blue Shimmer. I have one 2D Blue Shimmer but it's in rough shape. I got it as part of a lot I bought.

    Here's another light I recently came across that I've never seen before. Well, err not so much the light as I have a few of these but the package. It's a 1984 NIB Mini Maglite. 1984 was the first year for the Mini Maglite and up until recently I hadn't seen one NIB. I knew that in 1985 Maglite switched their logo from the rounded early one to the Horizon style logo and I've seen a bunch of 1985 on Mini Maglites NIB but never a 1984. I think these may have come in a small cardboard box as well but I've never seen one.








    Shown below is the one year newer 1985 model I have and I've seen a bunch in this type of packaging.





    This one was found at an estate sale so I don't know a lot about it. There's no price on it but I have heard these were around $10 when they came out or about $25 today so I'm guessing it was just purchased as a spare and never used. The ID on these early 1984 Mags is much smaller than the current AA lights and I heard that during the 90s when AA cells became larger Maglite offered a free trade in program so I'm guessing that along with the infamous alkaleak issue is why you just don't see many of them today.
    Had to change the way the engraving was done on the head of the flashlight, this is a rare one for sure. About the mid 1990's an agency was hired to tweak the brand logos and consistency across the product line. Great pics.

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    [QUOTE=Guitar Guy;5324501]Dang, I forgot about the Vari being the larger pre letter size. Did they even make the early Maglites in silver? I have a red one. Would be hard to find I'm sure. You may have to try the Drano on a black one. I think it will work, but I read that you can't leave it in too long or it will eat too far into the aluminum. If you can get the black out of the grooves, you could put a shotgun cleaning mop on a rod into a drill and polish it with the alum. polish.

    Tiffany Company and Maglite did a Sterling Silver Solitaire back in the day...very hard to find, heavy as well but it looks good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CALight View Post
    Tiffany Company and Maglite did a Sterling Silver Solitaire back in the day...very hard to find, heavy as well but it looks good.
    Hey, thanks for the info and welcome to the forum!! I think I've seen that light before. There was one hanging around eBay UK for a while and the seller wanted $300+ for it. If I remember correctly there weren't any logos or anything on it but it looked very professionally done. I couldn't figure out what it was and I passed. It was so long ago I can't even find it by searching the completed listings. Do you have any more info on them? Any chance you have a pic?

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    Thanks for the welcome! The Tiffany Solitaire came with no engraving and it was a non-knurled barrel. Packaged in the Tiffany blue box in their "blue" leather baggie. I will check the archive I remember seeing a photo of one. These are a little more rare to find than the gold plated Mini Maglites (not anodized gold color, but gold). Always like seeing unique MAG's.

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    Welcome, CALight. It's always good to have another person who knows and appreciates Maglites.

    If you've looked through this thread, you've seen that there are some amazing collections and amazing Maglites, including some very rare ones. I'm still at a lower level, but have acquired some nice C and D Mags over the last couple of years. Good luck.

    Long live the Maglite ........

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guitar Guy View Post
    Welcome, CALight. It's always good to have another person who knows and appreciates Maglites.

    If you've looked through this thread, you've seen that there are some amazing collections and amazing Maglites, including some very rare ones. I'm still at a lower level, but have acquired some nice C and D Mags over the last couple of years. Good luck.

    Long live the Maglite ........
    There aren't many of us so I'd say you're in the top 10 for sure!

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    I'm not a Mag collector nor will I ever be. However, I very much enjoy the collections of those of you that are. Thanks, guys!
    Never point a flashlight at anything you don't intend to illuminate! Never buy a flashlight you have to make payments on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chauncey Gardiner View Post
    I'm not a Mag collector nor will I ever be. However, I very much enjoy the collections of those of you that are. Thanks, guys!
    Ohh come on, you know you want to. Why don't you try just one??????

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    Quote Originally Posted by LiftdT4R View Post
    Ohh come on, you know you want to. Why don't you try just one??????
    That's what got me into trouble with The Lovely Mrs. Gardiner over this situation...... and those are just the pretty ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chauncey Gardiner View Post
    That's what got me into trouble with The Lovely Mrs. Gardiner over this situation...... and those are just the pretty ones.

    Cool photo, but I thought you've posted Maglites on here before too. If not, you need 1 or 2 or 10.

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    CG posting Maglites would be like PK bragging about his new Elzetta. Or a French chef serving the entre'with ketchup.

    ie, not likely.

    He has like the worlds best four sevens collection going. Now Mrs CG may secretly have a Maglite under the seat of her car though……
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    Thanks guys. Indeed long live Maglite. I am partial to the brand. But love all lights equally

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    Both Guitar Guy and bykfixer are correct.

    Presenting The Lovely Mrs. Gardiner's modified Mags. -

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chauncey Gardiner View Post
    Both Guitar Guy and bykfixer are correct.

    Presenting The Lovely Mrs. Gardiner's modified Mags. -
    Hi Chance, how are they modidied?

    Bill

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    Hi Chance, how are they modidied?

    Bill

    Howdy Bill, They're both triples. The mini Mag was massaged by kyfishguy. I'm the second owner and after 3.5 beers I don't remember the details.




    Matt did all the mods on the Big Fella.

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    The red Micro Mag is loaded with XP-G3 S5 3C emitters, a narrow frosted optic, has four levels from about a lumen up to 2000 on a high drain 14500.
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    Some great lights guys I am tempted to get one of those weltool bezels myself. Here are a couple of lights I got recently with Snoopy on them they are a Matt frosted finish similar to the silver Americana or Ferrari mag-lites.
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    Whoa!! Very very cool and they must be super rare because I've never seen or heard of them before. The die cut stickers are from right around 2002-2004. Mag didn't do those hard anodizied finishes and die cut stickers for very long. Please do tell the story on them!!

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    Whoa!! Very very cool and they must be super rare because I've never seen or heard of them before. The die cut stickers are from right around 2002-2004. Mag didn't do those hard anodizied finishes and die cut stickers for very long. Please do tell the story on them!!
    Yeah! Plus one on that. Luv the matt finish and the Snoopy image. Off the chart cool factor!
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    Here is a Bugs Bunny, they all came from John Trinca’s collection. They may be prototypes, they are all very beautiful I have a few others to post as well.

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    Mag is doing a 40th anniverssary 4D ML300. But at $135, no thanks.

    Love those Bugs and Snoopy lights.
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    Yes, Snoopy and Bugs are very cool. The matte finish gives them a nice look.

    I wonder if there's a Pink Panther Mag floating around somewhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bykfixer View Post
    Mag is doing a 40th anniverssary 4D ML300. But at $135, no thanks.

    Love those Bugs and Snoopy lights.
    Where did ya see that? I'd love to check it out. A lot of times if you wait a couple months their special editions are in the Outlet section at half price.

    Very cool! I asked John about the lights I bought but he didn't have much info. As far as I can tell Mag made these up for trade shows to demonstrate what they could do for custom orders. I don't believe these were actually ordered by any of the companies represented on them. Or if they were I've never seen them anywhere else.

    From what I know the matte (hard anodized) finish was done so the die cut decals would adhere to them better. They weren't produced for very long. Maybe 1996 to 1999 and then Mag started using a laser printed color finish that was far more durable. Mag's trademarked name for this process is "Dura-print". I think this is the right time frame because the very earliest NASCAR lights were all die cut decals over hard anodized until 1999 when they went to laser printed with a standard anodized finish.

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    It's something offered to MagNation members only. I saw it in an email they sent.
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