I am a guy that is always in search of the perfect EDC flashlight!
For years I have been testing and experimenting to find the perfect combination of size, brightness and function. I use a light on a daily basis for a variety of tasks…everything from taking the trash out at night, to walking the dog, to tracking hogs on after dark hunts.
The Tactician was a collaborative project between SureFire and James Yeager of Tactical Response. The light was made to address the issues that James saw with most EDC lights when they were used as a defensive flashlight with a handgun. I believe they nailed it!
First, let’s dive into the construction of the SureFire Tactician. The Tactician features a lightweight, durable aerospace-aluminum body that is knurled for a secure grip even when wet. It’s Mil-Spec hard anodized finish protects against abrasion and corrosion.
To make the Tactician even more robust, SureFire has added a beefy one-way pocket clip. The light ships with a lanyard that attaches to the tailcap. The intention of the lanyard is to wrap it around your four knuckles and over the bezel of the light. This allows you to let go of the flashlight to grab a spare mag without losing control of your light.
The Tactician’s dual-output LED is paired with a proprietary reflector to create its MaxVision Beam. As an EDC light, I always want to have the feature of max output without having to do anything more than hit the switch. I don’t want to have to toggle through different modes to get there. With the Tactician, you have two preset modes with a high of 800 lumens, and a low of 5 lumens.
You can choose the mode by loosening or tightening the head of the flashlight. With the head tightened, you will have 800 lumens the moment you hit the switch. This is a fantastic feature if you ever need to use your light to identify a potential threat, or quickly see something in the dark at distance.
By loosening the head of the light, you have access to the low mode of 5 lumens…perfect for up-close work. The 5 lumens output is enough light to complete tasks, but won’t wreck your night vision. There is no toggling between modes, and you always know mode you are in.
The tailcap on the Tactician is also new to SureFire. It is similar to their older momentary only caps, but is much smaller in length. By pressing the tailcap you will always have a true momentary switch. This is just what I like to have from a light when used in-conjunction with a firearm. If you are in need of constant light, just twist the tailcap tighter and you now have a constant on flashlight.
I was also impressed that SureFire included four CR123a batteries with the light. This is a nice little added bonus. The Tactician is priced at $150, and for that price it definitely over delivers on performance.