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.

    Richard Johnson

    An advocate of gun proliferation zones, Richard is a long time shooter, former cop and internet entrepreneur. Among the many places he calls home is