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SureFire Founder/President
Named One of Outdoor Life's Top 25

Dr. John Matthews selected as one of Outdoor Life magazine's top 25 people who have most changed the face of hunting and fishing

SureFire, LLC Press Release - 12/22/2009

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SureFire LX2 LED Flashlight

SureFire LX2 LED Flashlight

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Ca. - SureFire, LLC, manufacturer of high-end illumination tools and tactical products, is proud to announce that its founder and president, Dr. John Matthews, has been selected as one of Outdoor Life magazine's top 25 people who have most changed the face of hunting and fishing.

Now in its third year, the OL25 list features Dr. Matthews as one of this year's honorees in the "leader" category.

Matthews' lifelong commitment to making the best illumination and tactical products possible is still the driving force behind the brand. SureFire has long been known for providing outdoorsmen with dependable illumination tools and firearm users with weapon-mounted lights that provide a tactical advantage in low-light conditions.

"I appreciate this honor and I accept it on behalf of everyone in the SureFire family that has worked tirelessly over the last 30 years, making this company what it is today," said SureFire founder/president, Dr. John Matthews. "I'm humbled to be in such good company in the industry. Thank you to Outdoor Life for recognizing what we do."

SureFire, formerly Laser Products Corporation, pioneered the move of laser-aiming sights into the commercial market in 1979. In 1986 the company also invented the first handgun and shotgun weapon-mounted lights. And the first tactical flashlight, one capable of overwhelming an aggressor's night-adapted vision and being operated via the tailcap, was created in 1988. In 2003, Dr. Matthews introduced the world to the first ever hybrid LED/incandescent flashlight, the Aviator®, which quickly became the premier flashlight for hunting and fishing. The Aviator featured low-output secondary LEDs in night-vision-friendly colors and a high-output incandescent lamp as its primary high-output emitter. The new A2 LED Aviator is a solid-state all-LED version of this revolutionary light.

This OL25 feature can be viewed in the magazine's December '09/January '10 issue or on their website at As part of the online presentation, visitors can vote for their favorite of the OL25 honorees (voting began on Nov. 18). The honoree who receives the most votes will be honored at a ceremony at the 2010 SHOT Show where they'll receive a "Readers' Choice" plaque, a $1,000 check payable to the charitable organization of their choice, and they will be featured in the March 2010 issue.

About SureFire

Located in Fountain Valley, California, SureFire, LLC is a leading manufacturer of highperformance flashlights, weapon-mounted lights, and other tactical equipment for those who go in harm's way, or anyone who demands the ultimate in quality, innovation, and performance. SureFire illumination tools are used by more SWAT teams and elite special operations groups than any other brand. SureFire is an ISO 9001:2000-certified company.

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