A Review of the Streamlight ProTac 2AA Tactical Flashlight

Just so we’re all clear, I am not the owner of the image featured on this page. I must needs to give credit whereupon credit is due and I downloaded this image from Streamlight’s website.

I had discovered Streamlight’s flashlights some time in my teens and first saw one in real life in December of 2005 when I was 18 going on 19.

A Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s deputy showed me his Streamlight Twin Task and I thought it was cool.

I almost bought an incandescent Streamlight JR in January of 2006 and now can kick myself for not doing so.

I bought my first Streamlight flashlights in 2009 and 2010 but gave them to friends.

The first time I had considered EDCing a Streamlight flashlight was in early 2018.

So respectively in January and March of 2018, I purchased a Streamlight ProTac 2AAA.

On both of them, the pocket clamp popped off and they were forever misplaced.

So, in May of 2018, I had moved into my current place after leaving my now ex-wife and was wanting another tactical flashlight not only for illumination purposes but also for personal protection. I did not want another 2AAA ProTac because of the faulty pocket clamp, but I wanted something like it, ergo, I decided to buy its bigger brother the 2AA ProTac. And that, ladies and gentleman, is what this piece will be a review thereof.

I was indeed going through a divorce in May of 2018 and I didn’t know whether or not my soon-to-be ex-in-laws would try to cause me harm. So, I felt the need to protect myself and I knew a tactical flashlight was the way to go for me.

Why?

Because they can be legally carried where other true weapons cannot be carried.

AND

I know how to deploy a tactical flashlight as a self-defense instrument.

At least it would give me somewhat of an advantage.

Praise God, to this date, none of my ex-in-laws or my ex-wife has made any sort of trouble with me.

I, however, know that Louisiana is unfortunately very crime-ridden and I feel the need to carry at least some sort of protection, when out and about, should anyone decide to make trouble with me.
So, at the time, the Streamlight ProTac 2AA fit the bill perfectly.
When my money was deposited on May 3, 2018, I drove to Tri-Parish Police Supply in hopes to purchase this flashlight.

Sadly they had just sold their last one before I came in the store.
So, I drove a few blocks to my local Batteries+Bulbs and saw they were selling one for the same price.

It was ~$50+tax.

That was a little high, especially for me being on a disability pension, but at the time I felt the need to carry some sort of protection.

So, instantly, I purchased it, then drove home and registered the serial number to my name.

Subsequently, I installed the 2 AA Alkaline batteries in the flashlight and turned it on.

I was amazed by the punch of brightness that this flashlight packed.

Also, the tactical strobe which was deployed by two quick presses of the switch seemed to be a winner.

And the other selling point the jagged, scalloped strike bezel also was perfect for turning a defensive weapon into a potentially offensive one.

A strike to the right place with this flashlight could be lethal.
I do remember one time I was at a church that I formerly attended and the power went out. I quickly deployed that flashlight.

One person referred to me as “Quick Draw McGraw” and, then, subsequently, “Captain Flashlight.”

Well, before that I had decided upon using “Mister Flashlight” as my CB handle, so I got a pretty good kick out of that.

Unfortunately, the power came back on seconds later.
But I did enjoy showing off.

Sadly there were no single plus-sized or supersized young ladies in that church for me to impress.

Weeks later, I traveled by passenger jet to Dayton, Ohio, for HamVention 2018.

I didn’t take that flashlight with me, in case those incompetent douchebags who work for the TSA would decide to confiscate it, even though there are no rules against carrying a tactical flashlight onboard an aircraft.

Instead, I carried a Streamlight ProTac EMS model and an incandescent Mini Maglite which I fitted with an amber lens.

I hate traveling by plane because of how one is forced to not have anything that could be even remotely used as a weapon.

I was so satisfied with my purchase that I EDCed it almost non-stop from May 2018 until January 2019.

That is when I downgraded to a Streamlight Jr.

And since then I have decided to carry a Fenix E20 version 2.0 starting in March of 2021.

The reason why I had downgraded was that I was looking for something that appeared less threatening and by that point my divorce was final and no one from my now ex-in-laws had made any trouble with me at all.

I still may carry this Streamlight ProTac 2AA should I feel that I may be in a threatening situation and I don’t want to carry my NiteCore i4000R, which right now is the best tactical flashlight, but costs double what a ProTac 2AA costs.

I maybe only used this flashlight once for a tactical purpose and that was to confront someone knocking on my neighbor’s door at a strange hour. I also used my Streamlight Jr multiple times for that purpose and subsequently was referred to as a “mall cop.”
Though it was just teenage boys knocking on the door, they got the message loud and clear when the 350 lumens of white light hit them in the face. They stepped back and shielded their eyes and when I realized that they were not a threat, I turned the flashlight off.

I think the perfect use for a tactical flashlight in the hands of a civilian is confronting someone knocking on the door at a strange hour. It could also be used in defense of someone committing a home invasion if all the lights are indeed turned off.

Tactical flashlights first off disorient the opponent, then they allow the opponent to be identified as either friend or foe.

It’s a much better tactic all around than “shoot now, ask questions later.”

And as much as I am against gun regulations, I think it should be mandatory for tactical flashlights to either be mounted on or at least used in conjunction with firearms so one doesn’t end up killing his or her loved ones by mistake when assuming the house is being invaded.

Here are some technical specifications of the Streamlight ProTac 2AA (with my commentary added in parentheses):
High for bright light: 250 lumens; 130m beam; runs 2 hours; 4,250 candela-(bright enough to disorient and identify an attacker or invader.)
Low for longer run time: 18 lumens; 40m beam; runs 43 hours; 400 candela-(provides decent light for most household and some occupational tasks.)
Strobe for signaling or disorienting: runs 4 hours-(bright and long enough to stave off an unarmed and even lightly attacker in a fight.)
Includes two “AA” alkaline batteries and nylon holster-(quite generous.)
IPX7 waterproof to 1 meter for 30 minutes; 2 meter impact resistance tested-(this would be ideal for special forces carrying out an amphibious assault.)
Solid State power regulation provides maximum light output throughout battery life-(get’s the best and most efficient use out of most batteries.)
Rubber push-button tail switch-(ideal for any tactical flashlight, might I add that it is a forward clickie.)
Durable, anodized aluminum construction with impact-resistant tempered glass lens-(not only prevents easy breakage but also scuffing!)
Unbreakable pocket clip-(this one is so much better than the 2AAA model!)
Anti-roll head-(this would be useful if one needs to set the flashlight down.)
6.14” (15.6 cm); 3.4 oz (96 grams)-(short and light enough to carry without weighing the end-user down!)
RoHS compliant-(well this is very ethical and I wish all electronics were automatically held to that standard!)
This flashlight is available in two colors:
Coyote-(good for desert-based warfighting [where a lot of wars indeed occur].)
Black-(good for all law enforcement, special forces, home defense, or any tactical situation where stealth is an advantage.)

My one complaint is that this flashlight is made in the People’s Republic of China instead of the United States of America, but I am fully aware that those two nations are increasingly dependent on each other. In reality, they both engage in nefarious acts against their own people. I know the People’s Republic of China is unequivocally guilty of some serious human rights violations. However, the United States of America, while claiming to be a free country has the highest incarceration rate in the world, per capita. Furthermore, I urge you, the reader, to name one thing or activity in the United States that isn’t illegal, taxed, or otherwise needlessly regulated. And, for the record, The USA is still one of the best if not the best countries in the world to live in. The shortcomings of our government all around the world are just a sad symptom of a fallen world. Remember, Jesus Christ didn’t die to save governments or the planet, but rather the souls of mankind!

So I can overlook that it is Chinese made for now at least because I have to admit it is made very well. I have owned it for over three years and it still functions as well as the day I bought it!

Therefore, I give this product 5 out of 5 stars!

I suppose this concludes my review of the Streamlight ProTac 2AA.
I hope that you, the reader, have been informed, enlightened, and maybe even entertained.

May God richly bless you!

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