Flashlight TL-122-C WW2 period
Posted 23 June 2010 - 09:53 AM
Posted 23 June 2010 - 12:43 PM
Posted 23 June 2010 - 09:53 PM
Here my complete set of WWII era TLs: TL122A,B,C,D. The plastic of B model smells real bad so they changed to C model which is identical.
Hi artu44. Very nice collection..thanks for sharing.
Posted 24 June 2010 - 10:34 AM
Posted 24 June 2010 - 01:05 PM
Posted 24 June 2010 - 07:33 PM
There's a thread about these lights on here somewhere that has lots of examples...
I've been collecting these lights for a quite a while now and actually have examples all models (A,B,C and D. I'm missing a couple with the plastic switches) produced by all manufacturers that I'm aware of, if anyone is interested in pictures.
Has anyone ever seen a white version of one of these? I saw one at an antique store a few years ago but didn't buy it because I had no idea if it was military or not. It looked exactly like the WWII model and I believe it was even marked USA Lite. But no other markings.
Posted 25 June 2010 - 08:27 AM
Posted 25 June 2010 - 07:36 PM
I picked up a really nice condition C model the final time I was at Military Marketplace a few years back. I know it works because I tested it but had only bought it for the heck of it, Iím now realizing how much these are going for. The funny thing is that I must have had a dozen at least of the modern variant when I was active duty. I swear every time we got back from the field, Iíd find one rattling around inside a Humvee or laying in the motor pool. I gave many of them away and still have at least 3-4 of them around the house. We never used them with anything but the red lens. I remember hearing the NCOs yelling at the enlisted guys to, ďTurn out them %$#@ing pumpkin lights!Ē because not all of us had night vision gear at the time.
Posted 26 June 2010 - 05:07 AM
Posted 26 June 2010 - 05:55 AM
I bought one of these BS real cheap just to have it. Note nickel finish on some parts.
I've seen a TL 122 flashlight that look exactly like US ones,but are marked "Boy Scouts", made by USALite,I believe. I've posted this photo before, but here is my 1st model TL122A with a set of sept. 1944 USALite batteries. I have no idea how these batteries have survived all this time without swelling, but there they are.
Posted 27 June 2010 - 05:56 AM
Posted 28 June 2010 - 06:52 PM
Here is the white bodied light I was mentioning. It is actually semi-transparent. It's made by GITS and is marked 122 on the side of the head. I believe it to be a civilian model.
I've also included a picture of some July, 44 dated batteries. I was lucky enough to get these with one of the flashlights in my collection. They are in great condition, and one of them actually still has a charge, believe it or not!
Posted 28 June 2010 - 06:56 PM
Please let me know if you are aware of any lights that are missing!!
Posted 28 June 2010 - 10:00 PM
Posted 02 July 2010 - 08:56 AM
Edited by rambob, 02 July 2010 - 08:59 AM.
Posted 02 July 2010 - 08:57 AM
Posted 04 July 2010 - 04:18 PM
I've often wondered the same thing about the filters and the white spacers, unfortunately I haven't been able to find any official sources that answer the question.
Here is the right side.
Posted 13 July 2010 - 12:30 PM
Anyway, speaking of variations I found this photo in the LIFE archive. The caption only said that this was taken on the convoy on the way to North Africa. It looks like the Lt scrounged up every flashlight he could find and he seems to checking them for serviceability and logging them in.
He has quite an array of flashlights there, Army and Navy issue as well as a few civilian ones. I guess any and all of these might have been used by the troops.
Posted 23 July 2010 - 09:59 AM
I have a brass one of these and it still works!
In my opinion the Tl-22a's alway work better then the b's.
Here is a pic of my little collection.....
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