flashlights have come a very long way since the first momentary switch was
added to the tail cap of a handheld light. CR123 lithium 3-volt batteries and
LED bulbs have advanced the technology to blindingly high-intensity levels. Various
reduced output and strobe settings mean some lights actually require training
and practice to reach second-nature operation.
output level of 200 lumens was a big number just a short time ago, but technology
continues to stampede forward. If you leave patrol for a six-month soft clothes
assignment, you may return to find your shift mates ridiculing the little light
on your duty belt for its puny output.
BLACKHAWK!has an astounding line of tactical gear showcased in their catalog. Officers
can equip themselves with everything needed for duty and off-duty use solely
from this single company. Well known for their holsters, BLACKHAWK! lists
tactical watches, uniform apparel, body armor, belts, entry tools, eyewear,
footwear, headwear, gloves, knives, medical kits, and just about everything
else a police officer could ever need.
all their wares, tactical flashlights are well represented across the pricing
spectrum. At the top of the heap, at $119, is the Legacy L-6V Night-Ops
model. Anodized in matte black, the
light’s aluminum body has anti-roll flat spots and its 1-inch tube fits
comfortably inside your closed fist (and is compatible with an offset rifle rail
1.26-inch bezel helps locate the light in your hand and works in conjunction
with the rotating rear switch to provide a secure hold. The rear thumb
actuated, rubber waterproof button works equally well in momentary or clicked-on
steady modes, regardless of whether you’re wearing gloves or not.
lumens output (as measured by ANSI FL1 standards) is well shaped with a
powerful throw. It’s perfect for police use and does not have an adjustable
focus. The multifaceted reflector, tempered glass lens, and LED bulb will stand
up to rough use. I tested the light in my backyard on a heavily clouded night.
It was like FEMA set up an emergency operation on my patio. I think some of my
wife’s flowers started to grow.
Legacy L-6V’s settings are chosen via the rotating switch near the end. The
full 570 setting is the first notch, followed by 220 lumens, a low-light 20
lumens, a full 570 strobe, and finally a lockout setting to prevent
unintentional activation. One-hand operation is readily accomplished with a bit
length of the light is 6.1 inches and it weighs just 8.7 ounces with its
batteries installed. The batteries are included, but make sure you take your
time removing the little plastic shield inside the battery compartment that
prevents the light from turning on during shipment. Do not let it fall deep
inside the aluminum hull because it can be a nightmare to get it out.
to the manufacturer, the L-6V will run continuously for two hours at full
intensity. The medium setting of 220 lumens is plenty for searching the
interior of a vehicle, while also causing the batteries to last longer. The low
power setting of just 20 lumens is useful for watch, note, or map checking
during surveillance without giving away your position.
heavy-duty plastic holster is adjustable for duty belt width and has multiple
mounting holes to allow custom carry of the tactical light at just the right
height so it does not dig into your side or push down on your squad car’s seat.
A rubber retention strap adds extra security to the snap-in design.
Legacy L-6V Night-Ops is a tactical light that is up for any duty to which a
police officer is assigned. Its easy operation and robust construction will
provide many years of service, even if the technology continues to advance at
its amazingly rapid rate.
Steve Tracy is a 26-year police veteran with 24 years of experience as a firearms instructor. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.