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SureFire 6PX Tactical Lights

Black, Surefire flashlight with strike bezel.

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.

Similarities

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.

Differences

Output

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.

Operation

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.

Bezel

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.

Price

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
Price $81.00 $81.00 $95.40
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

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For SureFire flashlights designed specifically for use in conjunction with your handgun, check out the CombatLight series—G2ZX, Z2X and P2ZX Fury.

Do you own a SureFire flashlight? Tell us which model and what you like and don’t like about it in the comment section.

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Comments (22)

    1. @ Secundius: Precisely what my second paragraph points out. So why pay hundreds when we know the same exact CREE modules can be had for under $10?

    2. @ G-Man.

      CREE has some cheap models, and then again they also have expensive models. I’ve seen some CREE models running from $180.00 USD. to $1,300.00 USD.

      I also found a 4,700-Lumens Flashlight from Wicked Lasers that will actually cook a egg, for $199.99 USD. with a 3,000Ah battery for $99.99 USD…

    3. @ Secundius: Now that just sounds down-right fun. I can’t wait to retire and start playing around with stuff that serves no other purpose than pure awesomeness.

    4. @ Secundius: Close, but not yet. Every time I get ready to hand the reins over and go on the Retired Reserve List something big happens in the world of terrorism and my retirement gets delayed. Going on 32 years now.

    5. @ G-Man.

      Well everybody need a “hobby”, I admit it’s a “strange” hobby.

      I curious, but did you ever get your Corvette with the “Infinite Improbability Drive” Lingenfelter Engine (i.e. the engine which allow your Corvette to travel to all parts of the Universe at the same time) in one-piece. After letting your two son’s drive the “indirect” A to Z points to your home in Arizona…

  1. You guys are paying ridiculous amounts for flashlights that cost SureFire under $10 bucks to produce. There are flashlights that exceed SureFire specs that can be had for as low as $20.

    Manufacturers like SureFire don’t want you to know about the hobby and kits available to custom build your own flashlights for pennies on the dollar; many of which come from the same suppliers.

    The trick is all in pairing up the low cost light modules and flashlight host and then batteries. An hour or so surfing the web and one can be well educated on what to buy and not buy as there are entire forums dedicated to discussion on this hobby and other sites dedicated to selling the parts.

    Take for example just the lighting modules produced by CREE, the most advance and cutting-edge LED light manufacturer in the U.S.

    Research them and you’ll quickly learn the leader with the most trusted level and lumen specs that don’t get much better. Thereafter you can easily find a distributer on the web and choose your module and voltage.

    CREE offers lumens and flash modes available in any range you desire. Flash mode selections using button half-presses are endless; for example just on or off, or 3 levels of brightness, SOS, and various speeds of blinking are all built into the CREE modules.

    Next search “flashlight host” and you’ll find thousands of flashlight shells to choose from that are designed to accept the world renowned CREE modules and whichever battery type you opted for.

    Don’t want to build your own? Some of these flashlight forum gurus are so knowledgeable they put together their best kits complete with chargers and batteries and then sell them on auction sites and other web retail sites for under $25 and with free shipping.

    Over the years I have purchased 5 kits and also custom built 3 additional flashlights with confidence. Most are mounted on several of my AR’s. The only reason I own SureFire and Maglites are due to forced department policy to wear on my duty-belt. I still use my custom built flashlights first and claim they are my backup.

    Give it a shot folks. It’s worth checking into and you can save hundreds.

    1. I’ve seen some of the parts suppliers online while trying to find some small keychain flashlights that my wife wants. I saw some of the forums also. I thought I might try my hand at putting together a light myself to help curb this obsession I have with them. Any chance you could pass along the name of a good forum for a beginner where I might learn what to buy and where to buy it..

    2. @ indiana steve.

      the literally Hundred’s , if not thousands of such places. But here a few try them, some will actually help clear a path for you in finding High Quality Parts and give step-by-step instructions. CandlePowerForum, Dx.com, AuroraLite and FastTech…

    3. An awesome, nearly one-stop-shop, for building your own flashing just the way you want.

      http://www.mtnelectronics.com/

      He is in the US, so fast shipping and good prices. I’ve been building my own lights with his parts and flashing my own drivers to get just the modes I want.

    1. I’ve always wondered about some of these mega lumen flashlights. Are they really what they advertise. I’d be a little more trusting about a sure-fire if it says 1k lumens, but doubt some of the brands. I bought a 500 lumen duracell flashlight that doesn’t seem that much brighter than a 230 lumen light I have. Do you think yours is really 1k lumens ?

    2. @ Indiana Steve.

      You can try getting a Lux Meter on Amazon for around ~ $20.00 USD. or a Light Meter APP for $1.99 USD. That will give very good accuracy on you Flashlight. Or you can go to a Photo Camera Shop and them test you Flashlight for a price. This is my 16th Sure-Fire flashlight and I’ve never been disappointed by their quality and there Lifetime Guarantee on there products. If you looking for a good deal try Bonanza, the’ll do you right…

  2. Surefire lights are overpriced. Equivalent quality lights are available for a fraction of the cost. Google budgetlightforum for lots of good info.

    1. @ agarb.

      The quality of the Aluminium is not there, I’ve tried a couple. There usually made of “cast aluminium” and not “billeted aluminium” llke SureFire. Or even “machined aluminium”. The same quality of Billeted/Machined is not there in the Cast aluminium…

  3. About a year or so after the SureFire 6R came out, I already had two 6P Classics. Then I got the 6R because I got tired of buy the CR123 batteries and went for the rechargeable model. Within month after purchasing one the rechargeable battery started giving me problems. I looked into getting one of the 9P Turbo-Head models, but they were too expensive. So I “field modified” my 6R by adding an extension and “dummy battery insert”, And replaced the 6R Light Assembly with a T1 Turbo-Head Light Assembly and had an extended length 9P with Turbo-Head. Then I needed a new sheath to put it in. So I went to Eagle Industries and they supplied me with a Left-Handed 26-inch ASP Baton Holder. Wore it on my left-hip, drew it with my right hand and it worked out great. After 25 or so years, I still have it, and holster/sheath. Replaced the Standard 9P Turbo-Head with a 800-Lumens LED Turbo-Head. And added some additional SureFire Flashlights to the collection as well. Fifteen at last count…

  4. Honestly SureFire is way overpriced. Years ago I bought one for my duty belt. It was a G2 Nitrolon which cost me upwards of $85 at the time. I also bought the matching SureFire speed holster for an additional $40. The incandescent light bulb was only 65 lumens, but considered bright at the time. SureFire offered a 120 lumen incandescent bulb upgrade option that I never went for.

    Since then the market has been flooded with comparably durable flashlights with mind boggling bright LEDs (1800 Lumens) at a fraction of the price, and include cost-saving long lasting rechargeable batteries and chargers that outlast the CR-123s.

    One big letdown of my SureFire is the design of the end-cap will not allow you to stand the light straight up on a flat surface so you can illuminate a room hands free. This ability is quite important.

    I also do not care for SureFire’s marketing of features between lights that are now common in all off-brand LED flashlights. For example, aside from the aforementioned ability to stand the end-cap on end, these other flashlights also all include the anti-roll ring around the sides and the defensive strike bezel on the crown. Instead, SureFire divides these features across its various models as a sales gimmick and then charges outrageously high prices for them.

    I never even consider using my SureFire these days due to the many brighter off-brands I’ve bought since. However, because of the investment already made in my SureFire and holster, I recently decided to gut it and upgraded its internals with third-party parts. I purchased a CREE LED 1800 Lumen upgrade module and six rechargeable batteries (CR-123).

    Now this SureFire is worth keeping around a while longer and has earned a spot back on my duty belt as backup.

  5. Good flashlights. I’ve got plenty of LED flashlights though. What I would really like is a good, bright xenon bulb light that doesn’t take those cr123 batteries. Expensive little batteries that don’t perform that much better than aa or aaa batteries, cost 3 times what the aa and aaa’s cost, and would probably be a lot harder to come by if shtf. The LED circuit boards are a problem. Emr messes them up. You gotta have some good incandescent lights that take standard size batteries.

    1. @ indiana steve.

      If you looking for Xenon bulb for a MagLight or equivalent type of light. Try XenonVisionHID, Shop411, LightBulbDirect, Pronto, or Sylvania…

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