Saturday, August 4, 2012

Flashlight Blogging

I thought I’d pick up some batteries today.  In bulk.  Just incase…

I go through AA batteries like I go through potato chips.  My radios use them.  My point & shoot Fuji A700 uses them.  My Mini-MagLights use them.  Even the ones I’ve converted to LED use them.  They seem pretty much ubiquitous. 

But my EDC tac light, a StreamLight LT-2 LED, uses Lithium CR123 batteries.  Not uncommon these days perhaps, but hardly ubiquitous.  In fact the shop I went to was out of them.  And as of this writing the effluent has yet to impact the circulation device for atmospheric gases.

But that got me to thinking…

Most of the blogs I read tend to feature a lot of prepper and fire arms information.  And politics – which often leads rather directly to the fire arms and SHTF prep information.  A frequent point of discussion is ‘which gun to include in your bug-out bag?’  That frequently leads in turn to ammo selection. 

Leaving discussion of ‘stopping power vs. weight vs. recoil vs. I shoot really tight patterns with my incredibly obscure Eastern Block revolver chambered in something I have to hand craft because nobody’s made it in over half a century’ aside … 

Well, actually focusing in on that last point, as a matter of fact, I made a decision.

Instead of shelling out @ $35- for a block of expensive and occasionally hard to get lithium batteries for my TL-2 LED I decided instead to replace it with something that uses cheap and easy to get AA batteries.

Enter my brandy spanking new StreamLight ProTac 2AA flashlight.

Also in this picture are my little Victorinox Mini-Champ SAK with the gutted paracord fob that I made for it and my Camilus Heat assisted opening knife.  The SAK rides in the ‘magazine pouch’ part of my cell phone holster pretty much every where I go and the Camilus spends its weekends on my belt in a horizontal carry sheath custom wet molded for this knife. 

You can see all of the leather cases and sheaths and stuff, oh my! in this post dating from January of last year.  A few things have changed from back then: I’m wearing a modern pair of glasses instead of the vintage 3-piece frames shown most of the time these days.  I’ve replaced the wallet shown with something that holds way more cards.  I’m two or three little note pads along from the one shown and I’ve switched to a modern stainless steel putton-click Parker Jotter fitted with a Fisher Space Pen insert.  I’ve stopped carrying the little tape measure and I found a really skinny Papermate pen that fits the pen holder in the flashlight case.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that even though my custom leather flashlight case was specifically made for the TL-2 LED in head up carry, the new ProTac 2AA fits quite nicely in a head down carry mode.  Because the two flashlights are shaped differently and the new light is notably longer that the old one I was expecting to have to make a new case for the new light.  I will eventually, but I don’t have to right away.  When I finally do I will be skipping the concho snap conversions.  They look really snazzy, but I’ve found them to be problematic in use. 

Anywho, what this all boils down to is that as of today the Streamlight TL-2 LED goes into semiretirement.  I’ll probably toss it into my bug-out bag.  Just because…

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