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Old 05-20-2012, 06:16 AM   #1
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strobe light or laser?? why?

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Old 05-20-2012, 07:46 AM   #2
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Light because you have to be able to see. And a bullet will pretty much land in the middle of the main beam of a weapon mounted light up close. So really its a 2 for 1 with a light.

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Neither.

A flashlight is a tactical too like your firearm and should be held in your offhand if you need one.

If your light is on your gun in a self defense situation you need to point your gun at loved ones to assess health or injury status. If its attached you need to manipulate the firearm to remove it to use it without pointing the gun. If its mounted to the gun it cant easily be used as a thrown object.

I prefer to set the light down shining down theexpected qpproach point without holding it letting the goblin know where i actually am. This way he can shoot at the light source and i can defend from safety while waiting for the police.

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I'm going to shoot the flashlight and you better hope it's not mounted to your weapon or you're history. Strobes are for disco.

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Neither.

A flashlight is a tactical too like your firearm and should be held in your offhand if you need one.

If your light is on your gun in a self defense situation you need to point your gun at loved ones to assess health or injury status. If its attached you need to manipulate the firearm to remove it to use it without pointing the gun. If its mounted to the gun it cant easily be used as a thrown object.

I prefer to set the light down shining down theexpected qpproach point without holding it letting the goblin know where i actually am. This way he can shoot at the light source and i can defend from safety while waiting for the police.
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A laser. It should never replace training, but unless you've put hundreds of hours & thousands upon thousands of rounds downrange with your carry/SD gun, you just don't know what you'll do when a life-or-death situation arises. Even cops with that much training sometimes end up pointing the gun & pulling the trigger till it's empty. A laser that comes on when you grip the gun could give you a better chance of making some shots count. Still, I'd recommend training about 75% with the laser off or covered.

The minuses of a gun-mounted light have probably been covered well enough...

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i like just a standard surefire light handheld not mounted on my gun

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You can buy a Laserspeed tac light with a green laser. It will strobe with the laser shining.

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I am with John M on this one. A gun-mounted light violates one of the rules of safety -- you are pointing your piece at things that you do not necessarily intend to shoot. I am a big fan of lasers -- under certain conditions (i.e. short to intermediate range, lower light conditions) a laser is an excellent supplemental sight system.

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I'm going to shoot the flashlight and you better hope it's not mounted to your weapon or you're history. Strobes are for disco.
What makes you think you would ever get that shot off. If someone with a weapon mounted light has the light on you and your in a hostile situation than what makes you think you have enough of a jump to shoot the light without being already shot ?


There are valid arguments for both methods and both methods can be trained properly. As far as triaging family member’s wounds or whatever, most lights have enough spill to do that without pointing the gun ….that’s if you feel you have to do it while the threat is still there.
To me setting your light on the ground isn’t the best idea because you just lost possession of it. In low or no light you shouldn’t be using a light for anything other than target ID, not triage and not navigation. A weapon mounted light should only be momentary on/off. That’s method I put stock in anyway, not saying any method is right or wrong just a different point of view
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