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post #1 of 44 Old 03-17-2011, 05:09 PM Thread Starter
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Maglite glass breaker mod

After having to bust a double pane, tempered, safety window with a mag last night, I realized this may come in handy.
There are several premade options that replace the tail cap, but I figured $30 for something I may or may not ever use again was silly.
This took 10 minutes and was free from stuff laying around.

take the tail cap off, remove the spring and spare bulb (unless its an LED model, then its just the spring)

drill a hole to fit whatever size bolt you're using.


Here's all of the hardware - a bolt, a couple of washers and a nut.
I used a 3/8"x1" grade 8 bolt - screw a nut all the way down it so that it will fix the threads for you after grinding - by removing the nut, it will usually dress the threads for you.
A couple of minutes with a bench grinder put a conical point on it - it doesnt need to be a sharp tapered stabbing point - wider is stronger, you're just trying to focus all the inertia into one area


put the bolt through the cap - I used a pretty big washer on both sides to help distribute the impact, the cap itself is pretty thin.


thread on your nut- I used a nylock I had laying around because it was thinner and wouldn't come loose. and you now have a glass/head breaker



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I like it...

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Nicely done!

I've had much success just using the outside edge of the battery cap on my D cell mag-lite


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Nice.

I have one of these..... have not had the chance to bust some glass with it. The key would be to not push one's hand through when you strike the glass.. that may leave a mark.

It also works well on humans too.... but with more follow through






I do keep a seatbelt cutter / window punch in the Jeep though....
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Drill the center out a bit and stuff in a chunk of spark plug ceramic. Will destroy any tempered/safety glass with zero effort.
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Not Bad!!! With the long handle it should keep your hand from getting shredded. I smell marketing idea Venom!!

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Nicely done!
I've had much success just using the outside edge of the battery cap on my D cell mag-lite
took me about 6 good,heavy shots with the edge of the cap to break the outside pane on the window this morning, and the problem was I was having to swing so hard, when it did let go, I threw glass about 15'

this should be a lot more controllable


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Our car burglars use a spark plug and rubber band.

Great mod! Wonder what the department would say if I did that to mine...errr.....theirs.

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Great mod! Wonder what the department would say if I did that to mine...errr.....theirs.
eh, if they bitch, then unbolt it and stick a plastic christmas tree plug in the hole.
or buy yourself a new mag and swap caps
I may redo mine sometime when I have the RTV out and waterproof it


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Safety glass does bring the suck...... I took a swing at some lexan with a fire axe and it bounced right off. Imagine my surprise
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carry a can of compressed air/computer duster stuff
hold it upside down and spray the lexan for 5 or 10 seconds then give it a whack and see what happens...


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carry a can of compressed air/computer duster stuff
hold it upside down and spray the lexan for 5 or 10 seconds then give it a whack and see what happens...

Lol.... I am running out of pockets.


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venom.. does it again. I love these kinda poor boy mods, I like it great idea. You should seriously market this shit

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Next time carry a roll of tape ( duct tape, clear box tape ) any good holding tape will do, cover the glass with the tape and then poke the corner of the glass with a spring loaded center punch and you have a nice clean glass removal. Do it to both the inboard and outboard lites, It works great. Or if your in a hurry just hit it with the punch, It is still cleaner than whacking it with the mag lite. I'm a glass man by trade and we do this all the time. It freaks people out when we do this off of a swing stage 40 stories up.

BTW, that compressed air trick also works on pad locks you have lost the keys to.

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Next time carry a roll of tape ( duct tape, clear box tape ) any good holding tape will do, cover the glass with the tape and then poke the corner of the glass with a spring loaded center punch and you have a nice clean glass removal. Do it to both the inboard and outboard lites, It works great. Or if your in a hurry just hit it with the punch, It is still cleaner than whacking it with the mag lite. I'm a glass man by trade and we do this all the time. It freaks people out when we do this off of a swing stage 40 stories up.

BTW, that compressed air trick also works on pad locks you have lost the keys to.
yeah if I had known ahead of time I was gonna have to break glass I would have definitely taken a spring loaded center punch with me, but I didnt get that part until dispatch called while I was already en route.

If you were a glass guy in central Texas I could hook you up with a lady that needs a new window in her metal exterior door...


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BTW, that compressed air trick also works on pad locks you have lost the keys to.
wait what happens ?


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Ive always taken a bunch of spark plugs and break them up with a hammer and put the chuncks in a 35mm film container and seal the lid back on. Throw it in a work pocket or bag and your good to go.

Need to break glass? Pull these chuncks out and go to town, they work well!

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Great DIY Venom, I considered getting one of Maglite's glass spike caps but that would mean I'd have to give up my custom Spike's logo engraved on my cap. One of the guys here @ work has it right now doing a custom grip wrap using para-chord...


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