SureFire LX2 Flashlight
In the last decade, duty lights-both handheld and weapon-mounted-have changed exponentially. SureFire has been one of the leading forces in this evolution, and the LX2 Lumamax represents the newest generation.
At 5.4 inches it may be smaller than most "pocket" size lights, but the LX2 offers the valuable benefit of variable light output. Its processor provides a useful 15 lumens of output on low and a blinding 200 lumens on the high setting. To achieve this you simply depress the tailcap a touch further than you do to activate the lamp.
Low is the LX2's default setting. This amount of light is ideal for reading a driver's license or looking around a vehicle or elsewhere when you need useable, not blinding light. However, should you need to reach out and see down the road or even disorient someone with a face full of lumens, you have the option of the higher setting.
The LX2 is adaptable to most any light and weapon technique; it is small enough to carry in a pocket on or off duty; and it can serve as a primary or backup light depending on your mission. It's also easy on batteries, running for up to 47 hours on low beam. If you use it on full beam, SureFire's LX2 will run for up to two hours, which for a tactical light is a long time.
I have found the LX2 to be a fine light and I carry it in my jacket pocket or in my waist pack. I think you will find SureFire's LX2 to be an excellent addition to your daily tool kit.
Gloves are becoming more common for daily use because they protect your hands. This might sound obvious, but think how badly a paper cut or deep scratch hurts. Quality gloves can help prevent and reduce the odds of injury to your digits.
Lately I have been wearing Wiley X's Hybrid gloves for range and field use. With a rash of recent storms, there is a lot of clean up to do. Hauling branches, cutting down trees, and resetting stone walls is tougher on a glove than most anything I have encountered on duty. I chose to use the Hybrid for clean-up detail because the glove is flame- and abrasion resistant to the point it meets and exceeds military specifications.
Wiley X Hybrid Gloves
What impressed me most was the dexterity of these tough gloves. Over the years I have found that gloves built for hard use tend not to provide much touch sensitivity, including being able to feel the break of a trigger or camera shutter release. Since it was still cold here most of spring and early summer, I was wearing gloves for excursions to the range and the Hybrid gave me excellent trigger control.
If you need more protection than the base glove, you can insert the included injection molded knuckle protector. While it may look like just a piece of plastic, it is effective and durable. I rapped the gloves and protector with my favorite claw hammer and it survived. This leads me to believe the protectors will keep you from breaking your knuckles.
Should you need a versatile pair of gloves, the Wiley X Hybrid should be on your short list.