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JUL 2019

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42 P O L I C E J U LY 2 019 STREAMLIGHT PROTAC 90 FLASHLIGHT THIS SMALL, HANDS-FREE, MULTI-FUEL LIGHT IS EASY TO OPERATE AND INCREDIBLY DURABLE. H A.J. GEORGE POLICE PRODUCT TEST Y ou military guys out there will re- member those old-school 90-de- gree anglehead flashlights you were issued back in the day. Big, heav y, and about as bright as a cigarette lighter, these workhorses weren't great at put- ting out usable light. at isn't to say the design wasn't quite clever. Fast forward a few lifetimes and that same smart de- sign has seen a major overhaul in the form of the new Streamlight ProTac 90. One of the premier manufacturers of illuminators, Streamlight seems to come out with a new light almost daily; each one slightly different than those before it. e result is an arsenal of flashlights to accommodate any task. e ProTac 90 fills the space that the old anglehead tried to occupy for the better half of the last century, only this time it comes in a much smaller package with a much bigger punch. Weighing in at un- der 3 ounces and with a length of under 4 inches, the ProTac 90 is a very small light by any measure. Designed to be clipped to gear, the anodized aluminum body is smooth with the only knurling found on the end cap. e ProTac 90's clip is very clever and allows the user to mount the light rightside up or upside down without making any changes to the configura- tion. e diameter of the body is also just small enough to squeeze it through a MOLLE loop. Activated by a single rubberized button just behind the be- zel, the ProTac also features Stream- light's unique "Ten-Tap" programming, which allows the user to lock in a par- ticular light setting. No more scrolling through the high/low/strobe modes to get what you want. All of this is great but the coolest thing about the ProTac 90 is the "multi-fuel" feature. at's right, this light runs on three different kinds of batteries. Got a AA alkaline, AA lithium, or CR123 ly- ing around? Take your pick! With the AA batteries the ProTac will give you up to 125 lumens and a runtime of 2.75 hours (alkaline) or 5.5 hours (lithium). Upgrade to a single CR123 and the light performs much better with a blinding 300 lumens but your runtime drops to under 2 hours. e runtime is signifi- cantly longer all around on the low set- ting and there's also a strobe feature if you ever find a need. My ProTac 90 immediately found a home on my heav y tactical vest and it has been an amazing workhorse. e light is easy to operate, has perfect brightness, is incredibly durable, and the multi-fuel options have proven to be a lifesaver. If you need a wearable work light, look no further. e ProTac 90 is widely available now and worth every penny. Take a look for yourself at www. streamlight.com. DANNER STRIKER BOLT 8" DUTY BOOTS I n my 15 years of badge-wearing, gun-toting work I've blown through more pairs of duty boots than I can count. I couldn't tell you the names of even half of them, but I can tell you which ones lasted the longest and they were all Danners. My first pair of classic Acadias lasted years and the few others I've had since all stood the test of time. One of their newest models, the Striker Bolt, arrived at my doorstep a couple months back and I knew immediately they were unmistakably Danners. One of Danner's first ventures into the athletic duty boot arena, the Striker line recently celebrated its 10th birth- day. With a blend of traditional leather Streamlight •ProTac 90 Flashlight • Attach to MOLLE, belts, harnesses, or other gear for hands-free use • IPX7 waterproof to 1m for 30 minutes Brightness: 300 lumens (CR123A battery) on high Battery: single AA lithium or alkaline battery Length: 3.78 inches Weight: 2.80 ounces (with CR123A battery) Price: $68 www.streamlight.com

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