Rugged and simple
July 31, 2014
I have one of these in the silver color issued to me by my employer. It has endured some very unfortunate treatment - dropped more than once, hard enough to dent the bezel, but it still works. The switches on these are screw-in simple contacts. When screwed in to a certain point, you can activate momentary-on by depressing the tailcap. There is no clicky-switch. If you want constant on, just screw the tailcap in until it comes on and stays on. If you want to lock it out so it can't accidentally come on in your pocket or bag, screw it out until momentary-on can't be activated by pushing on it.
My biggest complaints with these lights are 1.) They eat batteries quickly; 2.) The brightness, while better than a krypton bulb, doesn't compare with the current LED's available 3.) The bulb life is not all that long.
What I did with mine: I bought one of the cheap one-mode 6P LED lamp assemblies made in China ($10 or less), and dropped it in. (note- the retainer/bezel may not screw in as far as it was with the Xenon factory bulb assembly - don't force it). Now I have a light that is several times as bright, and in which the batteries last several times as long. DO THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK. I have not had any problems with it at all. Those cheap lamp assemblies differ in dimensions, brightness, and quality. The Surefire LED conversions are almost as expensive as buying another flashlight, and if you insist on Surefire, then I recommend you just buy a Surefire LED light to begin with.
I would still recommend this, like I would recommend a Maglite. It is a good quality light with a good company backing it. It does have its limitations though. The above is how I dealt with them. As I said, do so at your own risk.
I may buy one of these while they are still available, just to have one to convert (since I will eventually have to give back the one my employer issued to me). btw, they're not getting my LED assembly, lol.
Cons:Very short battery life
Brightness doesn't compare with LED models
Bulb life isn't the greatest