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Streamlight Sidewinder – angle head tactical hand-held LED flashlight
Sidewinder shines light on issued gear

The standard government issued flashlight is no longer. In comes the newest military tactical light, the Sidewinder Handheld Flashlight, which offers more capabilities and is more versatile than its bulky Vietnam-era predecessor. Light-weight and more practical, the HHFL has a 185-degree pivoting head that allows for hands-free operation with just a simple clip.

The small light presents Marines with many options. Packing 20 lights into just one, the HHFL contains four light-emitted diode light colors (white, blue, red, infrared) with four intensity settings for each color. The LED light colors can be changed with just the click of a button; Marines no longer have to manually replace the color lenses.

Prior to issuing the HHFL, Marines were expected to purchase their own flashlight at Marine Corps Recruit Depots and later in their MarineCorps careers if it needed replacing. The Sidewinder will be standard issue for active and reserve forces and issued at each Marine Expeditionary Force Consolidated Issue Facility.

According to Marine Corps Systems Command, 192,000 Sidewinders have been obtained, with 95,000 currently fielded to operational forces.

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