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#37911 - 02/22/05 05:11 PM Opinions wanted on this Surefire flashlight: G2Z
norad45 Offline
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http://www.surefire.com/maxexp/main/co_disp/displ/prrfnbr/845/sesent/00

Does anyone have one of these? I know that the Z2 is well thought of. Any thoughts on how they compare?

Thanks, Vince

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#37912 - 02/22/05 07:12 PM Re: Opinions wanted on this Surefire flashlight: G
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The G2Z is a step up from the G2: The main differences are a pyrex window, lock-out tailcap and the rubber grip ring for use with a handgun. (Although the G2 has been updated with a lock-out tailcap recently.) Performance is on par with the other Surefire lights that use the P60/P61 lamp assemblies.

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#37913 - 02/22/05 07:13 PM Re: Opinions wanted on this Surefire flashlight: G2Z
frenchy Offline
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I only have a 6P and a G2, which is the Nitrolon version of the 6P.
Same power. Same toughness. Cheaper.

the only difference I noticed was about the tailcap switch (momentary) : on one G2 model, the switch seems to be less ... smooth (?) than the one on the 6P. Is this due to the material used or is it a manufacturing defect ?? ... no idea
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#37914 - 02/23/05 04:11 PM Re: Opinions wanted on this Surefire flashlight: G2Z
norad45 Offline
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Thanks for the info guys. The only thing I remain undecided about is the durability of the plastic case vs. aluminum. I'll probably take a chance on it.

Regards, Vince

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#37915 - 02/23/05 06:44 PM Re: Opinions wanted on this Surefire flashlight: G
03lab Offline
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Surefire's Nitrolon lights are just as tough as their metal counterparts and I prefer them during winter for obvious reasons. Besides, the G2 is an excellent value.

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#37916 - 02/23/05 07:10 PM Re: Opinions wanted on this Surefire flashlight: G2Z
frenchy Offline
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That would not be an issue for me.
Sure I prefer my 6P for EDC, the metal body has a nicer look, but for hiking the G2 is my choice : seems more sturdy, and I would not care to scratch it (and I guess it would not be easy...).
My main concern with these SF lights is the fragility of the bulb.
Thats why in my backpack there is a spare carrier with batteries and a lamp assy.
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#37917 - 02/23/05 08:36 PM Re: Opinions wanted on this Surefire flashlight: G2Z
norad45 Offline
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"My main concern with these SF lights is the fragility of the bulb. Thats why in my backpack there is a spare carrier with batteries and a lamp assy."

I had planned on getting the P61 high-output bulb anyway as a spare. I had thought that Surefires were supposed to be pretty bombproof. If it isn't a lot more robust than a Maglite then I'll have to pass. I'm sure I will manage to drop it occasionally, and replacement bulb assemblies are expensive.

Thanks, Vince

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#37918 - 02/24/05 07:00 AM Re: Opinions wanted on this Surefire flashlight: G2Z
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The G2Z is an excellent light. Lighter than the Z2 and uses the same parts internally. I carry one daily at work. I like the ammount of light output by the P60 lens, and need the purity of color that the incandescent bulb provides. I also have to go into electrical panels, and don't want metal around when they are potentially energized. So the polymer construction is a plus. As far as the NRA edition you show, same as the regular, but cheaper because not everyone a fan of the NRA. I guess a lot of folks don' believe in supporting all the ammendments of the constitution. I will go no further on that subject. Anyway, a good light. I like the lock out tali cap. If you really want one, buy a G2Z off eBay and save a lot of money. Cheaper price but same light. Probably not the NRA edition though.
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#37919 - 02/24/05 07:03 AM Re: Opinions wanted on this Surefire flashlight: G2Z
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As far as robust, the bulbs are plenty strong. My P60 bulb has been in my light and burning bright for over a year and a half now. I have dropped the light numerous times from heights from 3-10 feet onto concrete with no problems. Looking at my flashlight you would be hard pressed to tell it from a new one. The aluminum construction wouldn't pass the same tests. The aluminum will dent and scratch. No paint or powder coat on the G2Z. MUCH more durable. Also more waterproof.
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#37920 - 02/24/05 12:01 PM Re: Opinions wanted on this Surefire flashlight: G
JohnN Offline
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The G2Z is a reliable and very sturdy light. The G2 (not G2Z) isn't equipped to deal with water where the G2Z is. I consider that a big issue. The G2Z also has a lock out tailcap and Pyrex lens which are nice features.

My understanding is the NRA version is the same as the G2Z version - it is really just a discount for being a NRA member. Note you will have to put in your NRA membership number in order to purchase (if you aren't a member you won't be able to purchase the discounted version).

-john


Edited by JohnN (02/24/05 12:04 PM)

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