The path to the world’s most trusted tactical illumination tools began in 1979 with a plan to build the finest and most innovative equipment of its kind. Today, SureFire continues to be the gold standard in the industry it created, and it has grown into an American manufacturing success story. With the entirety of the company’s infrastructure based in the U.S., SureFire has over 155,000 square feet of manufacturing facilities and administrative offices and employs well over 300 Americans. SureFire is truly an American company through and through, and it continues to push the boundaries of American manufacturing with the most precise standards and finest materials by our proud and dedicated U.S. workforce.
A big part of our success lies in our commitment to American manufacturing in virtually every step of our process. Nearly all materials for SureFire illumination products qualify as Made in the U.S.A. However, the lack of domestic LED manufacturers forces us to source our LEDs overseas. Consequently, Federal Trade Commission regulations prevent us from classifying our world-class tools as Made in the U.S.A. Still, they are designed, machined and assembled in America by Americans. Every SureFire product, from our illumination tools and suppressors to our EarPro® hearing protection, meets the criteria of the Buy American Act.
The SureFire Turning Center represents the pinnacle of our American manufacturing capability among our operations. The 37,000 square-foot produces the highest quality components out of the finest raw materials. Day and night, our devoted and highly efficient crew works tirelessly to ensure every SureFire illumination tool is the best it can be.
We’ve invested not only in the right people, but also the most sophisticated machining equipment money can buy. The Turning Center’s multi-million-dollar CNC machines are programmed to complete multiple passes on a single part. They literally “turn” it from an indistinguishable piece of raw aluminum into a durable finished component with jewel-like precision in mere seconds. With current market demand, machines are running around the clock, every day doing our best to keep up.
That pride is found in equal measure at both of our Fountain Valley manufacturing facilities as well. Every SureFire suppressor is 100-percent American designed, engineered, and manufactured using only U.S. mill-certified, high-temp Inconel alloy, stainless steel, and Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS)-compliant titanium. In addition, the majority of our suppressor models are CNC laser-welded to meet the strictest repeatability standards, and they’re coated with Ionbond and Cerakote™ finishes for corrosion resistance. This superior design and cutting-edge manufacturing helped SureFire win the most rigorous USSOCOM suppressor trial in history, and we proudly continue to supply SOCOM suppressors to our nation’s elite military forces and its allies.
All our handheld, hands-free, and WeaponLights are hand-assembled by an equally dedicated team of American employees who take our commitment to quality personally. We use only the finest components, such as aerospace-grade aluminum and the best glass-filled, UV-stabilized polymers. SureFire’s in-house component production also includes manufacturing 90 percent of the printed circuit boards (PCB) used in SureFire products at this facility. We design each PCB design specifically for its intended application to ensure maximum reliability and consistency. Before final assembly, the PCBs and all other electronics — including gold-plated and non-corrosive metals — receive a conformal coating. This protective polymer film is applied four times the industry-standard thickness to ensure maximum protection against corrosion from moisture, dust, and other foreign matter.
Whether machined from aluminum or crafted from polymer, SureFire’s illumination tool bodies are built to take punishment and keep on doing their job. Every SureFire illumination tool incorporates durable O-rings and gaskets to seal out moisture. We then coat the aluminum (and the aluminum heads used on our polymer-bodied products) with Mil-A-8625 Type III, Class 2 hard anodizing for lifetime protection against corrosion.
And SureFire doesn’t batch test or random test our illumination tools. Just as with our SOCOM contract-winning suppressors, we test every single unit of every model. Every LED emitter is checked with a sophisticated lumisphere to ensure that it delivers the advertised lumen output, and we also verify that every switch performs to our quality standards. In the case of our rechargeable products, we make sure that every charging port functions as intended. No SureFire product goes out the door unless we know it is right.
This level of commitment to precision American manufacturing doesn’t come cheap. Still, there’s a good reason we commit to going the extra mile, investing in the best materials, the best manufacturing equipment, and the best people. SureFire has always built the best for the best, the men and women who go in harm’s way to preserve freedom and the American way of life, and we aren’t willing to cut corners that could compromise their safety.
With so much on the line, the SureFire way is the only way.