Smith & Wesson Delta Force, retail $26.72 ()
Manufactured by PowerTech (
Last updated 06-07-08

This is the Delta Force, made by PowerTech and sold by well-known gun maker Smith & Wesson.

It comes in an aluminum body, protected by a handsome jet-black Type II anodized finish. It has a xenon-filled incandescent light bulb near the bottom of a mirror-smooth reflector in its "business-end", protected by a robust plastic window (or "lens" if you prefer that term, even though it does not modify the light in any manner).

The Galaxy feeds from two included CR123A cells held in its barrel.


The Delta Force comes in a package that you don't need knives, scissors, or other sharp instruments to open.

Once the light & batteries are out, install the batteries (see directly below) and THEN you'll be ready to go.

Press the rubberized button on the tailcap and hold it that way for as long as you need light; release the tailcap to plunge yourself back into darkness. This is momentary or signalling mode.

Turn the tailcap clockwise (as though tightening it) and the incandescent bulb will come on & stay on. This is continuous or hands-free mode.
Turn the tailcap counterclockwise (as though loosening it) and the incandescent bulb will turn off.

Turning the tailcap counterclockwise some more (one full turn from the point where the light turns on) will engage the LOTC (lock out tailcap); this prevents the light from "going off" during storage or transport.

The Delta Force comes with a nylon belt holster; the light fits this holster bezel (head) up. A flap with a hook-and-loop fastener (like Velcro - if not actual Velcro) closes over the top so the flashlight doesn't just fall out. A loop on the back of the holster fits belts up to ~2.9" wide; I do not own or use pants that require a belt however, so I am not able to test this accessory in the manner in which it was intended to be used. A spare bulb in a small metal cylinder dangles from a very thin lanyard on the holster.

This holster also has a lidded pocket designed to store two CR123A cells - this way you can carry spare batteries with you.

To change the batteries, unscrew & remove the tailpiece and set it aside.

Dump the dead batteries out of the barrel and drop them into the cat box - er - the garbage can or the battery reclamation box.

Slide two new CR123A cells, button (+) end first, into the barrel and screw the tailcap back on - then back the tailcap off a bit when your Delta Force springs to life - don't want to waste those brand spanken batteries ya know. Fish the dead batteries out of the litterbox and dispose of or recycle them correctly before the kitty cat finds them.

Current usage measures 841mA (0.841A) on my DMM's 4A scale.

To change the incandescent bulb when necessary, unscrew & remove the bezel (head), gently place it on the ground, and kick it into the garden so the hungry, hungry praying mantids will think it's something yummy for their insect tummies and subsequently strike at it...O WAIT!!! YOU'LL NEED THAT!!! So just set it aside instead.

Pull the old bulb straight out of the socket, and dispose of it.

Inside the small metal cylinder affixed to the holster (the cylinder is in two parts, and can be opened by unscrewing it), you'll find a spare bulb inside a thin rubber tube. Remove it using nasal tissue, bungwipe, or a piece of paper towel (these types of bulbs do not like being exposed to oils from your fingers).

Place it into the socket, pins first (holding it with the paper product of your choosing all the way through the replacement procedure). Push it straight down (***DO NOT TWIST!!!***). When it's in there as far down as it will go, straighten it if necessary, place the bezel back over it, and screw it down until it stops turning.
Aren't you glad you didn't kick that bezel into the garden with all those hungry, hungry praying mantids now?

Be certain you dispose of or recycle the paper you used to handle the new bulb with - don't want to litter ya know.

Here is what a praying mantis looks like.
I found this guy on the morning of 09-08-06 clinging to the basket of my scooter.

The Delta Force is of all aluminimum construction. The finish appears to be a Type II anodizing. I would try to cut through it at this point, but this unit is a passaround that does not belong to me.

Would I really want to try to cut up a brand spanken new flashlight?
You bet your sugar-coated toliet muscle (sweet patootie) I would, if it's in the name of science.

I would also attempt to cut through the window (lens), but again, this unit is a passaround that does not belong to me.

Would I really want to try to cut up the window of a brand spanken new flashlight?
You bet your sweet patootie (sugar-coated toliet muscle) I would, if it's in the name of science.
Though just by examining it, the window (lens) appears to be made from plastic - possibly acrylic.

This is a passaround unit, not one that I can keep. So I won't throw it against the wall, stomp on it, try to drown it in the toilet bowl or the cistern, run over it, swing it against the concrete floor of a patio, use a medium ball peen hammer to bash it open in order to check it for candiosity, fire it from the cannonada (I guess I've been watching the TV program "Viva Piņata" too much again - candiosity is usually checked with a scanner-type device on a platform with a large readout (located at Piņata Central), with a handheld wand that Langston Lickatoad uses, with a "pack-of-cards"-sized instrument that Fergy Fudgehog uses, and the cannonada (also located at Piņata Central) is only used to shoot piņatas to piņata parties away from picturesque Piņata Island), send it to the Daystrom Institute for additional analysis, or inflict upon it punishments that "keeper" flashlights may have inflicted upon them. Therefore, this section of the web page will be significantly more bare than this section of the web page on a page about a flashlight that belongs to me.

Water-resistance appears to be excellent; when I removed the tailcap and performed that dreadful "Suction Test" on it (a totally nondestructive test), no leakage at all was detected.

There are bands of knurling (crosshatch-shaped texturising) on the barrel & tailcap, and what I believe is a 16-sided shape milled into the bezel (head); these will aid in retention (the ability to hold onto the flashlight when your hands are cold, oily, or soaked with water, coffee, or pee). I do not forsee retention to be an issue here.

The incandescent bulb is surrounded by a small, mirror-smooth reflector and is protected by a plastic window.

Beam photograph on the test target at 12".
Measures 835cd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.

Beam photograph on a wall at ~10 feet.
Beam is yellower than as depicted in this photograph.

At the lower right is a calendar my sister gave me.
And those faint green spots are from a Laser Stars unit.

Beam photograph in the living room; the area where the beam is shone is ~20 feet away.
Boxes currently occupy much of the living room because we're packing for a move in the very near-future.

Spectrographic plot
Spectrographic analysis of the incandescent bulb in this flashlight.

A beam cross-sectional analysis would normally appear here, but the instrument and
the computer hosting it are packed for a move to take place in the very near future.

Test unit is a "passaround" that was initiated by a kind user of Flashlight News Forums on 05-01-08, and was received on the afternoon of 06-06-08; it will be returned (passed to the next person) on 06-09-08 or 06-10-08.
When that occurs, the dreadful "" icon will be placed next to its listings on this website.

Product was made in China.
A product's country of origin really does matter to some people, which is why I published it on this web page.

UPDATE: 00-00-00



    PRODUCT TYPE: Small handheld flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: Xenon-filled incandescent bulb (best guess 5.6 volts 0.90 amps)
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Wide spot with dim corona
    SWITCH TYPE: Tailcap press for momentary; twist tailcap for continuous
    CASE MATERIAL: Aluminum
    BEZEL: Metal; bulb & reflector protected by plastic window
    BATTERY: 2xCR123A cells
    SUBMERSIBLE: Yes, depth not known
    ACCESSORIES: 2xCR123A cells, belt holster, spare bulb in carrier
    SIZE: 5.45"L, ~1.35"D
    WARRANTY: Limited Lifetime


    Star Rating

Delta Force *

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