In todays world we're stuck in a catch 22 between airport safety making upstanding citizens safer and holding them back from protecting themselves. So I was on the search for "weapon" that could get through any security including TSA's and still be an effective everyday tool and weapon.
The flashlight is one of our best assets. Unfortunately God didn't give us night vision so we created a tool that ran off of batteries that can allow us to illuminate the night. We've all used flashlight before, camping, blackout ect. but what most don't realize is that it's the perfect weapon in the time of need. The best part is flashlights abide by all TSA regulations.
The Borderless Weapon
The good people at SureFire realized this and developed the ultimate flashlight. The E2D is the one I carry from country to country, because of its size it makes it easy to slip in a pocket or purse. It's waterproof, has enough power to make you see spots and almost stun you and is made of the best materials around.
So how can it be used as a weapon?
If you notice the crown at the top and bottom of the light in the picture above, you can see that the edges come almost to a point. This is in fact a super effective weapon and when swung at someone could be deadly. The light it self is 200 lumens of power. The traditional Maglight is about 12 lumens to give you an idea and it weighs over a pound! There are a bunch of guides how to effectively use this light to your advantage and I suggest you take a look. This flashlight is NOT a toy and I'm not condoning using it as an attack weapon, but a self-defense one.
Do I Really Need It?
That all depends on where you live, how much you travel, hunt and camp ect. For me I use this torch every weekend on guided tours for work around Europe mostly. Even though most of the places I travel are safe, I use it in many different situations, on a dark bus or train for example. If you make the initial investment take care of it you will have it forever. It's been 5 years of avid use and I changed the battery one time! I used from Argentina to Brooklyn and it's been ran over, submerged in the ocean and it still works like the day I got it. It has paid for itself 10 fold. It's also a great idea for people who live in cities like New York, where it's probably the last legal thing you can carry everyday as a civilian. I have girlfriends who carry it everywhere at night and even in the clubs in NYC, they just put it in their purse.
How Much Is It?
The SureFire E2D costs $161.00 dollars on Amazon. When I got this as a gift 5 years ago it costed around $220.00, so it's a deal. Click Here to see it on Amazon.