Everyday carry flashlight?
Do you everyday carry a flashlight? I noticed a lot of social media pictures where folks will post up what they have in their pockets. I’m surprised by how many people roll with a flashlight. Flashlights have come a long way over the years. I was recently called out by Josh Ruby of North Texas Rifle Precision for still having an old D-Cell flashlight. I know its old but it’s handy for dog walking at night! It does not put out a blinding amount of light but it does make a great blunt object if needed. The size of my old venerable flashlight does not lend its self to everyday carry, and its weight/light ratio does not make it a candidate for my scouting and hunting gear.
Just the other day, I picked up a 5.11 Tactical TMT L2x flashlight. I was at Bass Pro shops with my wife picking up random things for camping and hunting. I was happy to see that they carried 5.11 Tactical products there. I would love to see more of the 5.11 Tactical gear and apparel at my local outdoors store. While making my selection I noticed the CR123 batteries (2) where included with the flashlight. I was also impressed by the 638 lumen output from such a small flashlight. The TMT L2x is constructed from aluminum and is impact and water resistant. My decision was easy to make and the clerk graciously pulled it out of the display case for me.
I really realized I needed a new flashlight and headlamp while on a scouting trip I took late last year. While hiking into our spot during the evening we needed good light to find our way. This also gave us the opportunity to see what else was moving around once the sun went down. As we made our way up the mountain, both Bill and Dane had impressive flashlights and headlamps. My flashlight and headlamp beam was hardly noticeable when compared with theirs. The light created by their equipment was sufficient enough that I just turned mine off. Since that night I’ve known an upgrade was long overdue.
After getting back to the house from Bass Pro shops, I quickly unpackaged the flashlight. I got to play with the TMT L2x for a little bit before calling it a night. My wife and I both agree it is intensely bright, even indoors with the lights on. In my dark garage the TMT L2x makes it seem like daytime. The TMT L2x utilizes an intelligent switch at the rear of the flashlight. The switch has a momentary toggle function and allows you to use “high” or “low” output modes. To access the “low” mode you double tap the toggle. The 5.11 Tactical TMT L2x will run for 3 hours in “high” (638 lumens) and 50 hours in “low” (52 lumens).
The anti-roll ring and integral pocket clip make this flashlight a great choice for everyday carry. The TMT L2x also has a lock at the rear, which will keep the flashlight from being turned on unintentionally. The aluminum housing provides strength and durability without making it overly heavy. The TMT L2x is absolutely going to be joining me on all future scouting and hunting trips, but honestly I think I’m going to get in the habit of carrying it every day. I have had enough moments at work or on weekends where I needed a flashlight during the day. I can also recall countless times when I’ve needed one at night and the only thing I had was an iPhone. The features incorporated into the 5.11 Tactical TMT L2x make it a great choice for me. Carrying this flashlight everyday and using it on my adventures will put its durability and function to the test. I have high expectations for it because of my experience with other 5.11 Tactical products. I am looking forward to updating everyone in a few months.
Does anyone make a 1913 or KeyMod mount for this flashlight?