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Discussion in 'Flashlights & Other Illumination Devices' started by Thukydides, Dec 31, 2016.
Which flashlights are used by special forces like U.S. Navy Seals or GSG 9? Is that a secret?
Yes, it is. You need a special decoder ring to access that information. You will also need to display the correct hand signal because those used an hour ago have expired.
I think they find night vision more useful since flashlights can give away your position. They may have special lights attached to their helmets or other gear.
They typically use a light of which color's spectrum is visible only on night vision. The exact name and wavelength escapes me. That's for all that top secret hunting down terrorist stuff.
You'd be surprised at how far behind in terms of lighting and other equipment all branches of the military can be. Of course, the higher up the food chain the better your gear but I've had several friends request that I send them certain items--good knives, flashlights, and video games.
Haha is this a serious post? People on this forum probably have more experience and use flashlights more than SF guys. Why? Oh because of this crazy thing called NIGHT VISION. That being said, and I wasn't special forces although I served in the 75th Ranger Regiment as an 11B over 10 years ago I can tell you that I had a Surefire flashlight on my rifle and a Petzl headlamp in my backpack. Hope this helps.....
Is surefire still producing in the US?
Yes, in Southern California.
Those tactical zooming "as seen on tv " lights. At least that's what they say. They wouldn't lie about that, would they?
Of course not! That's why the makers of those wünder tachenlampen are making them available to you for the special price of 3 equal payments of $4.95 plus a special gift of your choice at checkout. Guaranteed to make you an honorary special forces operator when you wear the included USA SEAL TEAM 21 patch! Get yours now while supplies last!
I think this is the one.
Yep, thats the one. EVERY Special Forces operator LOOKS like that fella in the video, too!!
I'm gonna order at least three. Yep, yessiree! Yep, Yep, Yep!
You're being too hard on poor Hunter, he didn't say those were the same flashlights used by special forces but rather used the same technology as flashlights used by special forces. So any flashlight with a battery and LED emitter would be like those used by special forces. <lol>
As an aside, Hunter Ellis is an ex-Navy Hornet pilot.
The last "operator" I saw with any kind of flashlight was an Army SF SSG with an old school Mini Maglite on his belt. It did have the "tactical" red cover though.
Most operators don't carry a lite.
If I were one; I would carry a small penlite.
My guess would be Elzetta but who knows?
LOL - "Stun and desorient would-be-attackers!"
just because you asked... I had the opportunity to proof read and add a small section on reaction times to the SOPMOD manual... a good friend was responsible for the first SOPMOD block, and edited the manual, and he had a an uphill battle to include a "white" light with the SOPMOD equipment... "you must be nuts to have a white light on a rifle"... worked out pretty well for the SF guys hunting in the caves of Afghanistan... at the time the SOPMOD weapons light was a Surefire P6 size body with the shock resistant head... I had the opportunity to shoot 6 of the Ft Benning 3 gun matches, and the last couple of years, students that were waiting to retake section they had not passed of Ranger training were range crew... they were carrying private purchase SureFires and Petzls
It would depend on the unit budget and what they want and a willingness to spend their own money. US military still Issues the old D cell anglehead. Private purchase for the US military would mostly be Surefire, Streamlight and Gerber as these are the brands that are sold in the military exchanges and clothing sales.
What does that have to do with flashlights?
That'd be the one.
Warning, video contains extreme tactical disorientation, armchair operator discretion is advised.