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Old 06-08-2014, 05:31 PM   #1
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Default Hazards of flashlights on handguns

There have been a number of accidental shootings when the finger hits the trigger instead of the on switch for the flashlight.

http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_25921024/gun-mounted-flashlights-linked-accidental-shootings

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Too many moving parts for some folks.

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I think that had there been more practice with the defense firearm, then such "accidents" would not occur.

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Im not a fan of flashlights on weapons unless your coon hunting, fumbling for the power sw isnt the only danger. A flashlight is the very best target for a kill shot you can give someone in an SD situation. We have a dead Sheriff that found that out a few years ago when he stormed a man barricaded in his garage in the dark. All the guy saw was a light about face level coming at him and he aimed at the light, shot the Deputy right in the juggler.

If your gonna use any form of vision assistance in the dark it might better be a Nightscope that doesnt give your exact location away before you have a chance to defend yourself.

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Im not a fan of flashlights on weapons unless your coon hunting, fumbling for the power sw isnt the only danger. A flashlight is the very best target for a kill shot you can give someone in an SD situation. We have a dead Sheriff that found that out a few years ago when he stormed a man barricaded in his garage in the dark. All the guy saw was a light about face level coming at him and he aimed at the light, shot the Deputy right in the juggler.

If your gonna use any form of vision assistance in the dark it might better be a Nightscope that doesnt give your exact location away before you have a chance to defend yourself.

They are great on rifles when doing raids in a combat zone especially when they have strobe. My light probably saved a few hajjis by stunning and confusing them enough for me to buttstroke them instead of shoot them


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They are great on rifles when doing raids in a combat zone especially when they have strobe. My light probably saved a few hajjis by stunning and confusing them enough for me to buttstroke them instead of shoot them


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Fair enough, Ive been retired from the Infantry for about 10 years, we never had them, we did have plenty of NODS, 50/ Mk19 Night Scopes and even the TOW NS. A strobe could certainly cause someone to seize. Im not sure if I would feel safe with a beacon lighting my location but youve actually had experience (thank you for your service BTW), I defer to your actual experiencene.

The only case of SD Ive heard of locally did involve a Sheriff with a mounted light on his Weapon, he was an Iraq Vet, so was the guy who shot at the light at about 20'. Not sure if it was a lucky shot but it was deadly for the officer.
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Im not a fan of flashlights on weapons unless your coon hunting, fumbling for the power sw isnt the only danger. A flashlight is the very best target for a kill shot you can give someone in an SD situation. We have a dead Sheriff that found that out a few years ago when he stormed a man barricaded in his garage in the dark. All the guy saw was a light about face level coming at him and he aimed at the light, shot the Deputy right in the juggler.

If your gonna use any form of vision assistance in the dark it might better be a Nightscope that doesnt give your exact location away before you have a chance to defend yourself.
Couldn't say it better myself. I'd rather take my chances in the dark.
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Fair enough, Ive been retired from the Infantry for about 10 years, we never had them, we did have plenty of NODS, 50/ Mk19 Night Scopes and even the TOW NS. A strobe could certainly cause someone to seize. Im not sure if I would feel safe with a beacon lighting my location but youve actually had experience (thank you for your service BTW), I defer to your actual experiencene.



The only case of SD Ive heard of locally did involve a Sheriff with a mounted light on his Weapon, he was an Iraq Vet, so was the guy who shot at the light at about 20'. Not sure if it was a lucky shot but it was deadly for the officer.

See that's the thing if you have experience using them then you can mitigate it's effects on you or at least fight through it(one of the reasons people who certify with taser/oc have to be hit with it is learning to fight after accidental exposure) now that you say the other guy was a vet too he used his tactical experience and training to shoot a deputy who was also a vet. The deputy was probably not switched on and acting like he would had he been in a combat zone he was switched on and in cop mode using tactics and training for law enforcement. When faced with someone with combat experience who is still in that mode then a lot of times they overwhelm Leo's take a look at this as an example of what one former Marine (also a gangster) does to a police officer. Please disregard the person who does a VoiceOver in the beginning talking about police harassing Hispanics it's the only copy of the video I can find


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Im not a fan of flashlights on weapons unless your coon hunting, fumbling for the power sw isnt the only danger. A flashlight is the very best target for a kill shot you can give someone in an SD situation. We have a dead Sheriff that found that out a few years ago when he stormed a man barricaded in his garage in the dark. All the guy saw was a light about face level coming at him and he aimed at the light, shot the Deputy right in the juggler.

If your gonna use any form of vision assistance in the dark it might better be a Nightscope that doesnt give your exact location away before you have a chance to defend yourself.
Most homes are not pitch dark. Almost everyone has night lights in their home. Second as a civilian one is not required to rush into harms way. I am not sure about a light on a pistol but there should certainly be a light on a long gun. I can tell for sure who is in my house by the night lights. I cannot tell for sure if he is a threat.
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I keep this available at night.





Generates a pretty blinding beam. The switch is far in front of the trigger, and doesn't work the same.

I can also use a flashlight, like this,



Don't laugh too hard, OK?

But I can say that for me, this approach seems to work better. Ignore the verbiage - I was bored that day.



That's just my choice, and I use it at home, not on the street -here I know where things are.

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