Review: SureFire 2211 WristLight

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posted on April 5, 2020
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“If you carry a handgun, carry a flashlight.”

Among those who carry concealed, this statement held with gospel-like reverence, because it speaks to the vital importance of being able to identify potential threats in the reduced lighting conditions where statistics have revealed that most life-threatening scenarios are known to occur.

Logic aside, a second quote soon rose to the forefront, “One is none and two is one,” which not only spoke to the importance of illumination for personal protection, but the importance of redundancy in the event that the light might somehow become inoperable in the time of need. Keeping these defensive doctrines in mind, the SureFire 2211 WristLight makes an ideal addition to your concealed-carry complement.

As a means of helping the user to adapt with changing situational needs, the 2211’s broad MaxVision beam shapes the LEDs output into a seamless wall of light, capable of being generated at three different illumination levels of output: 300, 60 and 15 lumens.

The first two settings are bright enough to identify and disorient a potential threat at a considerable distance, giving the user a much-needed tactical advantage, while the third setting provides enough light to illuminate confines, which could be close by or within arm’s reach.

Powered by a rechargeable Li-ion battery, the 2211 has a runtime of 1 hour on its highest setting, 4 hours on its intermediate setting and more than 10 hours on its lowest output level. (No more burning through CR123 batteries.) When the indicator light turns red, simply use the supplied micro USB cable to recharge the 2211.

Perhaps the 2211’s biggest benefit is the fact that it’s designed not to be handheld, but wore on the support-side wrist. In addition to freeing up vital real estate in the user’s cargo or pants pocket, when oriented on the wrist it automatically aligns with a handgun is being presented to a potential threat.

Similarly, for users unable to grip a handheld tactical flashlight in traditional support-grip fashion due to a physical disability or other limitations, such as arthritis, limited fine-motor skills (ailments that this gimpy gunwriter knows all too well dear reader) the 2211’s WristLight alternative means of carry and deployment is designed to meet the specialized needs of users (including those with disabilities) while simultaneously satisfying the all-important “Two is one” doctrine that concealed-carry licensees practice regularly.

Multiple 2211 WristLights are available, including models that include integral regular and Luminox watches and even a variant powered by CR-123A batteries. MSRPs start at $169 depending on model; see surefire.com for more information.         

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