Filthie's Mobile Fortress Of Solitude
Thursday, 6 December 2018
Friday Flashlight Fetish
Awhile back the sporting goods stores got all us gun geeks to fork over our cash by the bale - for flashlights. I was the first in my circle to strike off the light race by buying a wee Mag Lite. It's the one that takes the two double AA batteries. Back in the 90's it was $20 bucks. I still have it and added a few more to my gear for extras. At the time it was just about the best of the breed.
For awhile there, I was The Compleat Tactical Stubfart. I had lighters and folding knives and a leatherman and a veritable Bat Man Utility Belt for all the junk I carried round. I carried this one around for a good three years and one day the power went out - and the guys from the seafood store came over to borrow it and I was left in the dark! HAR HAR HAR!!! Keep prepping Filthie!!!
I can say with a straight face that the Maglite is all you'll ever need. These things are built hell for stout and you will die long before they do. But - how long is good, good enough?
Hell's bells - now the new LED flashlights hitting the market are going for $150 bucks!!! And the damn things will poach your retinas to a crisp if ya look straight at them! I can almost see the reasoning for them - if you are jumping out of helicopters, and crashing the party at a cave full of smelly moslem sand rats in Afghanistan - you are going to need nothing but the best equipment...but for guys like us? The things sell like hot cakes too. If my Maglites ever DO die... I just may go back to basics.
Or... better yet: