The SureFire 6PX series of tactical flashlights began with the innovative and extremely durable 6P Original. The incandescent 6P flashlight became a staple for law enforcement agents due to its high lumen output in such a compact body. At the time of its original release, no other light in the same size could compare. At 5.20 inches, it fits in your palm. Weighing only 5.2 ounces with batteries installed, it is not a burden to carry on your hip.
SureFire flashlights have a consistent beam with a bright center and a wide-angle giving you the tactical advantage without losing peripheral vision. The two 123A batteries also offer a longer battery life—especially when compared to the often-issued MagLite. In side-by-side comparisons, the SureFire 6P is clearly the superior duty light. Police, military and many civilians are converts. A little pricier than MagLite, the SureFire LED lights offer a better beam, cleaner light and extreme durability.
SureFire extended its line based on the 6P Original adding features that help in different tactical and self-defense situations. These tactical lights are the 6PX Tactical, 6PX Pro and 6PX Defender. All three SureFire tactical lights share the same tough-as-nails construction, dimensions and virtually indestructible LED. Where the lights differ is the modes of operation, output, bezel design and price.
The SureFire 6PX Pro, Tactical and Defender all use two 123A batteries and have the same:
- Ultra-durable, high-strength aluminum body with a hard-anodized MIL-SPEC finish that lasts a lifetime of abuse
- Highly efficient, virtually indestructible bight white LED
- 2.5-hour runtime
- Precision micro-textured reflector
- Impact-resistant polycarbonate window
- Weatherproof O-ring and gasket seal
The dimensions of the Pro and Tactical are identical, while the Defender varies slightly. All three SureFire tactical lights have a 1.25-inch diameter bezel. The Pro and Tactical models are 5.20 inches long while the Defender is slightly longer at 5.40 inches. The Pro and Tactical models weigh 5.2 ounces and the Defender weighs 5.3 ounces.
The 6PX Pro, Defender and Tactical lights have a maximum output of a blinding 320 lumens. However, the Pro is the only one with dual output—running a battery-saving 15 lumens on low.
Each light’s operation quickly activates in a high-stress situation, however, each light operates differently.
The 6PX Pro uses the tail cap button for low, high, momentary and constant-on modes. Click the tail cap button and hold for momentary low beam. Click again for constant-on low. Click it off and immediately back on for high.
The 6PX Tactical utilizes the tail cap button and entire tail cap for on and off. Push and hold the tail cap button for momentary on. Twist the entire tail cap for constant on. The 6PX Tactical has one mode only—high at 320 lumens. This momentary push-button on allows you to identify your target quickly, temporarily blinding them without giving away your position. This light also features the lockout tail cap. For the flashlight to work, you must twist the tail cap.
The 6PX Defender has only one mode as well—320 lumens on high. To turn on the Defender, push the tail cap button and hold for momentary on. Click the tail cap button again and release for constant on. To turn the light off, click the button one more time.
All three of the 6PX models have the same body shape and design with a secure gripping area. However, the 6PX Defender has a Strike Bezel made for close-quarters self-defense or for breaking glass. This feature, including the SureFire 6PX’s mode of operation, is designed more for civilian use than duty.
Both the 6PX Pro and Tactical have an MSRP of $90, but Cheaper Than Dirt! regularly sells these two SureFire models for $81. The Defender light with Strike Bezel with an MSRP of $106 retails for $95.40. However, throughout January 2015 Cheaper Than Dirt! is running special deals on the SureFire 6PX series of flashlights. Sign up for our email specials for alerts when the SureFire 6PX series goes on special sale!
|6PX Pro||6PX Tactical||6PX Defender|
|Output Mode||Dual 320 high lumens/15 lumens low||Single 320 lumens||Single 320 lumens|
|Operation||Push button for low and high||Push button for momentary, twist for constant on||Push button momentary and constant|
|Length||5.20 inches||5.20 inches||5.40 inches|
|Bezel||Regular, 1.25 inches diameter||Regular, 1.25 inches diameter||Strike Bezel, 1.25 inches diameter|
|Weight||5.2 ounces||5.2 ounces||5.3 ounces|
For SureFire flashlights designed specifically for use in conjunction with your handgun, check out the CombatLight series—G2ZX, Z2X and P2ZX Fury.
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