I’ve been trying to clean up and sort out all the junk I have. Then I figure out excuses to not get rid of any of it.
In my digging around, I found a right angle flash light. Then I found another one. Last time I saw one of these was on Mel Gibson in “We Were Soldiers”.
We wore ours on the non-firing shoulder.
Back when I was in boot camp, I was issued one of these. Actually, they gave me one and billed me for it. So I should say that I was forced to buy one. I thought it was so cool.
Says U.S. MX-991/U, but the Fulton website calls it a “N47”
We used these a great deal when I was in boot camp and school of infantry. Firewatch would patrol with them on and the red lens installed. Road guards during runs would wave them to (hopefully) get the attention of traffic. And we would wear them on our 782 gear.
This 2 D-cell battery flash light had several features which I thought was just great.
In the battery compartment, under the spring, was an insert that held a spare bulb. It was good that they designed it to carry one, as I remember often having to replace the bulbs. I’d steal bulbs out of the spare compartment of other Marines (or recruits during boot camp), to keep my light running. In the cap under the compartment there are colored lenses. Blue and Red were common. I seem to recall seeing yellow lens at some point in time, but I may be mistaken.
Up at the working end, there is a second bezel that can hold the colored lens in. On green light, a light I used while I was in the Corps, these lenses still have my initials written on them with a Sharpie. If I recall correctly, I started doing that because my red lens kept getting stolen and I would have to steal someone else’s red lens. Finally I started marking them.
I only ever saw green angle flash lights while I was in. Some years back I bought a foot locker, and it had some clothing and gear in it. There is where I got this black angled flash light.
The brass controls and clip come blackened from the factory. You can see that I wore the black off the controls on the one I used while I was in. It has a sliding switch for on and off, and a very very stiff button for momentary usage. We often clipped this light to the metal loop on the Y harness of our 782 gear.
The fact that it was waterproof, had multiple controls, the ability to change the color of the output, and it carried it’s own spare bulb. There would have been a time I would have told you this was the coolest piece of infantry gear. I used it a little after school of infantry, but then when I learned about the Surefire 6P, this was pretty well forgotten.
In lieu of red lenses, in Iraq we picked up little keychain lights with red LEDs like the one above to use. I still have the one I carried in Iraq in 2006, and it still works. I’d snap a picture, but it is somewhere in the pile of junk I was moving around.
These angle lights are pretty well obsolete, but they had a good run.