TALES OF TWO FUELS

SURE­FIRE’S FURY DFT AND M600DF SCOUT WILL EN­HANCE YOUR TAC­TI­CAL GAME

Tactical World - - Contents - TEXT BY JA­SON DAVIS | PHOTOS BY JAIMEE ITAGAKI

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.”

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