Teamwork creates Pelican's new LED tactical light

Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.

Industrialist Andrew Carnegie once said, "Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results."

Today Pelican Products Inc. fully understands the truth in these words. The Torrance, California, company introduces the Pelican 7060, a lighting product designed as a collaborative effort of public and private sectors, which also earned the endorsement of local community groups. Pelican paired with the Los Angeles Police Department to create this standard issue tactical/patrol flashlight for officer-wide distribution. In addition, the company, best known for its protector cases and submersible dive lights, solicited input from various sources and sent the light on a 100+ officer evaluation during the two years spent developing the product. "Law Enforcement Technology" testers recently reviewed this product and predict it will quickly become popular for patrol worldwide.

Tough enough for patrol

The Pelican 7060 is a Xenoy/aluminum bodied LED tactical light with a 3.7-volt, 2200-mAh lithium ion power cell. It is approximately 8.65-inches long, 1.675-inches wide and 10.4 ounces. It is a little larger and heavier than the many recent tactical light products on the market. It has O-ring seals and rubber switch caps, making the package water resistant. The light source is a 1-watt, 130-lumen prefocused module with an aggressively deep parabola reflector.

The light's size and shape is about right for a traffic stop, where an officer might tuck it under the arm to "scratch out a cite" and illuminate hazards in front. It has dual, two-position switches with momentary and constant-on capabilities. The switches operate like wall switches in a dining room with two entrances: Either switch will turn the light on or off, regardless of the position of the other switch.

Although it has a rather responsive tailcap switch, it is a bit too large for using a firearm with a syringe hold, where the shooter activates the switch with his palm while the light protrudes from a gap between his fingers.

The flashlight head is octagonal, preventing it from rolling, even on steep surfaces. The lens is recessed more than an 1/8 inch from the serrated lens shroud, which is more than adequate for drop protection. Like Pelican primary dive lights, the clear part is not just a disc but a cup that is integral with the threads, which is stronger.

The grip's non-slip pattern, which Pelican calls a grenade grip, is positive with gloves or wet hands. Gun cleaning fluids did not affect the surface. Xenoy is chemically inert and impervious to a myriad of chemical attacks. The light did not have enough ferrous material to deflect a magnetic compass and the Xenoy is non sparking, which makes this product suitable for a variety of really bad neighborhoods.

Users report successful operation in freezing and tropical temperatures, a continuation of the Pelican protector case trend.

The light does not have any sharp edges and cannot be balanced on the tail, which prevents a user from shocking the head by allowing it to tip over. The octagonal profile prevents the light from rolling on smooth surfaces. LET reviewers say they would have added a recessed or removable lanyard attachment. Some shooters prefer to loop a lanyard in their fingers for rapid reloading by swinging the light away, then back into position. Other officers are subject to environments which affect dexterity, such as freezing temperatures, where a lanyard can be handy.

There are several internal springs which satisfactorily prevent interior damage when dropped. Reviewers could not even get the beam to flicker when dropped from 5 to 10 feet on carpeted concrete. They tossed it on the head, tail and lens without failure.

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