TALES OF TWO FUELS
SUREFIRE’S FURY DFT AND M600DF SCOUT WILL ENHANCE YOUR TACTICAL GAME
What do you call 1,500 lumens? For us, crazy bright comes to mind. Whether you’re a LEO or a homeowner looking to enhance home security, Surefire’s Fury DFT and M600DF Scout should be on your buy list. By Jason Davis
Surefire has done it again. What is that you might ask? They have blown me away with their ability to increase the number of lumens that come in not only a weapon-mounted light, but now a handheld light. In lumens, they hit 1,500 in both the handheld and the weapon light. It certainly gives an entire new meaning to the term brightness!
How bright is 1,500 lumens? Bright enough that if you’re in a room or an occupied dwelling, and this light hits you first, good luck seeing anything else for a while.
I found out just how bright that was during force-on-force training, and I still think I see blurred whiteness that has been forever burned into my eyes. Okay, it’s not really burned into my retinas, but the brightness certainly made me unable to see anything or anyone else, in the direction the light came at me.
BLINDED BY THE LIGHT
I first saw these two lights—the Fury DFT (handheld) and the M600DF Scout Light—at a training class in Ohio. Having used Surefire weapon lights and handheld lights for more than two decades, I have seen the increase and transformation of lumens as the years have gone by. I have been using Surefire products for so long that I remember when 60 lumens out of an incandescent light that you held in the palm of your hand seemed bright.
Since the time of the first Surefire handheld light, technology and engineering have bounded seemingly light years ahead, when it comes to the increase in brightness and lumens. Surefire houses engineers and personnel who have more degrees than a thermometer, and perhaps this is why Surefire keeps moving forward with technology and competitors can only give chase.
Surefire was able to engineer both the Fury DFT (handheld) and the M600DF Scout Light to accept both the SF123A batteries and the 18650 lithium ion rechargeable battery; hence the term Dual Fuel. How did they do this? Refer to the above paragraph. That being said, you can choose what you want your light output to be; or, if your rechargeable goes down, you can replace it with two SF123A batteries.
To get the most out of each of these lights, 1,500 lumens, you would need to have a charged 18650 lithium ion battery in your light. This will produce that 1,500-lumen mark, and you will get a runtime of about an hour and a half. Should you deplete your charge and change out to the SF123A batteries, you will see your lumens drop down to 1,200 for about 75 minutes. Is this still bright—brighter than any other light they have produced in this size light? Absolutely. You will still be able to light up your environment and finish your job or task.
Let’s now look at each light individually.
FURY DFT: RUGGED
The Fury DFT (Dual Fuel Tactical) is a handheld light, made of aerospacegrade aluminum. The body and tailcap are then hard-anodized, which gives the parts amazing ruggedness. If you think dropping, throwing, and using this light to kick a field goal will destroy it, you have not used a light made by Surefire. They are built to last, and that they do.
Years ago, when my agency had motors, an old handheld light that we used in conjunction with our Colt M-16s had the light fall off, and it ended up between the running chain and rear sprocket. It pierced a pretty good hole in the body, but the light still worked. This use to be on display down at Surefire, but I am not sure where it is today.
The quality of materials used by Surefire are the best available. This is a testament to their ethics in that they only want to provide the best for their customers. There is a reason I use only lights built by Surefire.
FURY DFT: CLOSE LOOK
The Fury DFT is a small, compact package. It weighs just 6.5 ounces with batteries and produces an insane beam with its precision micro-textured reflector. The beam is far-reaching with a focused center, which is good for picking out details when searching.
To get illumination, press or click the rear tailcap, and you are good to go. I like this taiicap a lot and can momentarily give myself or those around me light, and I can shut it off by merely removing my thumb, or whatever was pressed against the tailcap. If I need to have continuous light emitting from the Fury, all I have to do is click, and permanent light will stay on until I click again, and it shuts off.
“THE QUALITY OF MATERIALS USED BY SUREFIRE ARE THE BEST AVAILABLE. THIS IS A TESTAMENT TO THEIR ETHICS IN THAT THEY ONLY WANT TO PROVIDE THE BEST FOR THEIR CUSTOMERS.”
Having just completed six straight months of a graveyard patrol shift, the Fury DFT was with me the majority of the time. I opted to use the 18650 rechargeable lithium ion battery as often as I could, but I also kept a six-pack of SF123A batteries with me just on the off-chance that I depleted my rechargeable battery during a protracted event. I had to change out batteries only one time during my six months; this was due to a six-hour, multi-agency, yard-to-yard search for three different burglary suspects.
While the lithium ion battery lasted almost my entire time searching, the last two yards were searched with the SF123A batteries. Going from 1,500 lumens to 1,200 during the last 45 minutes of the search was not necessarily noticeable, but if I can have my choice of having 1,500 lumens constantly available, that is what I want.
In addition to the spare SF123A batteries, I now also carry an extra 18650 battery in the charger that can be charged in the vehicle. Having the ability to recharge batteries in your vehicle is a plus, especially when your vehicle is your “office” on patrol.
Having the ability to emit 1,500 lumens from the end of your carbine is an absolute game-changer, as well. The new M600DF Scout Light is exactly what I want when entering working an area actively searching for people.
M600DF SCOUT LIGHT: SPECS
Getting into the working parts and the specifics of the M600DF, this weapon light is also made of the same aerospace-grade aluminum and is hard-anodized for ruggedness, as well. Coming in at just over 5 1/2 inches in length and weighing a tad bit more than 5 ounces, this Scout Light offers output of lumens that has not been seen before in other weapon lights.
The M600DF will fit onto any MILSTD 1913 type rail, or it can also be fitted with a number of different aftermarket attachments, depending on the attachment type on your weapon. The M600DF Scout Light comes with the Z68-type tailcap, which means you can depress the tailcap slightly for momentary light activation, or you can press it until you hear or feel a click, and that will leave the light on continuously. Depress and click again, and the light turns off.
THE WEATHER FACTOR
Both the Fury DFT and the M600DF come with ruggedized O-rings at the head and tail of the body and serve to not allow any outside elements to get inside and impede function. While I work in Southern California and I have 300+ days of sunshine a year, I do want to know that my illumination tools will work when wet. Due to the construction and materials used in these lights, I have no issue getting them completely soaked and having them still work. A quick shake of any water on the lights, and they continue providing brightness where it is needed.
BRING THE LUMENS
Having the ability to use a handheld and a weapon light with 1,500 lumens makes my low-light or no-light game quite a bit different. Having searched very large properties, both inside and outside for hours with these lights has made me a believer of the-morelight-the-better.
Of course, I hear people say that too much light causes light bounce-back and can illuminate your team or cause the light to reflect back into your eyes. I have not found this to be the case, and I am happy to get as much light and as many lumens into a room or into an outside area as possible to help with our search. I welcome more lumens.
“The TIR lens completely surrounds the LED, gathers all of the available light and then projects that light forward in a way that focuses the beam to be very tight in the center of the light emitted.”