The Surefire 6P is more-or-less the standard "board
of fare" that you would expect from Surefire in a small,
bright duty-light for Law Enforcement and Rescue Personnel.
The light is smaller than a 2-D light (actually it's about
the size of many 2-AA lights) and yet is capable of putting
out as much or more light than a 4-D cell Maglight. It comes
standard with the 60 lumen lamp module with a runtime of 60
minutes, but that can be replaced with a 120 lumen HOLA (high
output lamp assembly) module with a runtime of 20 minutes
on a set of batteries. The 120 lumen HOLA is an excellent
option - great for giving people in a dark or near-dark setting
a serious wake-up call (and a whole lot of spots in their
eyes when they blink!)
This light, unlike many other "personal light"
Surfires doesn't come with a pocket clip. You may need to
get a belt sheath to carry it in.
As with all other Surefire lights, the reflector and lamp
are supposed to be pre-focused to give a perfect spot of light
at any distance. However, you'll note that the "perfect
spot" is slightly (ok, badly) askew in the beam picture,
above. The light was aligned perpendicular to the target for
the picture, not at an angle! Note however, this may have
simply been a bad lamp assembly. I have seen the same lamp
assembly model with perfectly round beams.
The 123a camera lithium batteries can be quite expensive.
They can cost up to about $5 each at Wal-Mart! Luckily, Surefire
has recently reduced the price of their batteries to $15 for
a box of 12. The Surefire batteries are supposed to be specially
formulated for the high drain lights. This is a very good
price and makes owning a Surefire rather affordable. Two of
these batteries will give you 60 minutes of runtime. Order
them from Surefire.com.
completed with Duracell batteries. More information on runtime
plots is available HERE.
A great general use duty light - lightweight, small, easy
to carry, an ample amount of light with an adequate runtime
for most tasks, but a bit expensive.
+ + + Pluses: Very small for the amount of light produced,
nice fit and finish, easy to carry
- - - Minuses: High initial cost, not waterproof,
cannot stand on end