Browning’s ULTIMATE Hunting Flashlight?


Browning released a number of shooting related products at the SHOT Show in January. Among them were a number of flashlights including the Hellcat. Browning labels the Hellcat as the “Ultimate Hunting Flashlight” and equips it with a variety of features and switches that may appeal to you.

As with many tactical flashlights, the activation switch is in the tail cap, requiring an ice pick or similar grip. This switch only controls the on and off function. A slider switch near the head of the light changes what mode the light will be in when it is turned on.

This flashlight is a dual power light, meaning that it can use either a pair of CR123A batteries or a rechargeable 18650 stick. Browning rates the performance for the two power sources differently. Unfortunately, Browning doesn’t include all of the performance specifications on its website or in its catalog. But, what the company has published is:

  • max lumen output on high with CR123A: 610
  • max lumen output on high with 18650: 825
  • beam distance on high with CR123A: 250 yards
  • beam distance on high with 18650: 285 yards
  • runtime on low with either power source: 40 hours

The light is IPX-7 rated (submersible to one meter for 30 minutes) and has been drop tested at one meter per the FL 1 standard.

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  • iksnilol

    I like that it has a tailcap switch to turn it on and off whilst having a separate switch for modes.

    If they make an AA version I’d presumably get one.

    • Paul White

      I wish more flashlights did that, or just ditched modes. Nothing like having to go through 2 or 3 modes just to turn the damn thing off

      • iksnilol

        “you want to turn off the light? Here, first go through bright and blindingly bright modes.”

    • Don Ward

      *click* On.
      *click* On bright.
      *click* On really bright
      *click* On really bright, so bright that you shouldn’t point it at any airport bright*
      *click* Flashy bright.
      *click* Flashy S.O.S. Morse code bright.
      *click* Flashy bright gay techno dance club strobe bright.
      *click* Flashy instant seizure enducing strobe bright.
      *click* Off

      *Red light blinks indicating the batteries are now expired*

  • Rick O’Shay

    What does it offer that a Nitecore Chameleon CG6 doesn’t? Does it have a pressure switch to allow for mounting to rifles? At this point, I’m not ready to say I’m impressed. The toggle switch is nice, but I’m not convinced it’s better than other setups.

    • derpmaster

      Big brand marketing and most likely placement in Cabela’s, Gander Mtn, Basspro, etc.

      I’d bet a fair bit of money that Browning makes 5-10x as much on clothing and accessories than they do on guns. They have really become a go to brand and people are guaranteed to buy this stuff due to the perceived quality of the brand.

  • Phil Hsueh

    Any word on MSRP?

    • Rick O’Shay


  • Don Ward

    How’s this a hunting flashlight? It’s not nearly hefty enough to bludgeon an animal to death with it.

    • Edeco

      One has to deliver a sharp, precise bonk to the CNS.

  • Bierstadt54

    Typical hyperbole. If I think of a perfect deer hunting flashlight, it most certainly has blood tracker technology built in. I like the features, but it is not an “ultimate” anything. At least they went with 18650 batteries. For anyone who is not familiar with them, they are just about the perfect battery for a flashlight.

    • Rick O’Shay

      The blood tracking aspect was something I was specifically looking for, and fail to see mentioned. I’m going to assume it doesn’t have it, or that part would have figured in more prominently in the advertising. Which is exactly what this post is. Since it’s fairly safe to assume it doesn’t have it, I wouldn’t consider it a “hunting” flashlight at all.

  • derfelcadarn

    Yes, every new product is always the “ultimate” , that is until next year and more profit needs to be recognized. I have no issue with profits, only with the tedium of the hype.