The people over at SureFire have launched quite an impressive line-up of tactical and military-grade flashlights over time, including several series of models which share the same basic features, with each individual device providing certain particular features. And that's exactly the case with the C3 Centurion model, which resembles some of its predecessors, while providing a lot more power.
The C3 Centurion is actually a close relative of the C2 model, and thus shares some of its features. The C3 is also a high-intensity incandescent flashlight designed to be used in those special situations when an enhanced grip is required. In order to provide said grip, the device has been fitted with an ergonomic rubber grip ring that allows the light to be operated with a handgun, using the SureFire technique. However, it's somewhat bulkier than the C2, but also a lot more powerful, since its pre-focused, tactical-level beam provides over five times the light of a big two-D-cell flashlight, bright enough to temporarily blind and disorient a person by impairing their night-adapted vision.
Since portability and toughness are very important elements in the case of the C3 Centurion, the device is also quite rugged, as it features an aerospace-grade aluminum body, with Type II anodizing in glossy black or Mil-Spec Type III hard anodizing in olive drab. It also sports a sealed, waterproof o-ring that prevents the water from reaching the battery, and features a switch lockout that prevents accidental activation during transport or storage.
The flashlight has quite an impressive output, since it can attain a maximum 105/200 lumens (without/with the optional P91 lamp) and works with three 123 A lithium batteries, which can provide a maximum functioning time of around 1 hour (20 minutes with the P91 on). Moreover, as mentioned earlier, it's a bit bulkier than its predecessors, as it measures around 16.51 centimeters in length, at a weight of around 189.94 grams.
The device is available at various retailers for around 130 US dollars (the black version) and 140 US dollars (the hard anodized version), which is quite a hefty sum to pay for a flashlight, albeit one as special as the C3.