26 Jul

Recently, I was privileged to present training for our employees on the subject of Illumination Tools.  Flashlights may not be the most exciting things to most people, but I also got to present AR-101, our class on the AR-style rifle platform, so it all works out.

Somewhere at home, I have this crappy old flashlight my Dad gave me – one of those courregated metal jobs, with the sliding switch and a folding ring at the back, and evidence of some 1960′s technology batteries.  You can probably pick your own benchmark for how far technology has advanced – medical science, the International Space Station, plasma televisions.  For me, in second place, right behind the moon landing in 1969, is this flashlight:

Almost everone said the same thing when firing this flashlight up: “Holy ****”.  I’ll give you a hint, the first asterisk represents an “s”.  This light is 135mm long, and the bezel is 60mm in diameter, so it is almost half as wide as it is tall, much like my date for junior prom was.  My prom date was cheaper to feed (the Tiny Monster uses eight CR123 cells) but between the two, the Tiny Monster is much brighter.…

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