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Old 08-05-2012, 10:24 PM   #1
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Default Handgun mounted flashlight vs freehead flashlight.

So I just wanted to see what everyone's thoughts were on using a mounted flashlight with your handgun as opposed to holding a flashlight with your "weak hand" for tactical purposes? I've heard before, that when sweeping a building for "bad guys" flashlights are used in a flicking manner so the floating light does not give the bad guy a target to shoot at. What are the pros and cons of each in your opinions?

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I use a hand held flashlight. Don't want to point my pistol at anyone before identifying as a friend or foe. but it does make shootin a little harder. But I practice w live ammo because I know it's harder

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Although several of my handguns have rails on them. None of them have anything mounted on them. That is by choice. But this thread has made me realize that I do not have a flashlight in my night stand. I will remedy that right now.

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I use a hand held. Not that I have anything against a rail mounted light.

We keep several lights burning throughout our house at night but not in the bedroom. If someone makes it that far without waking us they will need their eyes to adjust to the pitch black. If we are woken up & the lights we leave on are out but the power is still on, let's just say the sphincter level will be at defcon 5. We have two kids & I will make damn sure of who I fire at.

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flash light not on the firearm. its bad technique to point a loaded gun at a loved one to assess identity or wounds with your adrenaline going 5000% overdrive. one twitch and you have an injured or dead relative.

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i have to agree with handheld vs. gun mounted due to safety. better to identify first then shoot. if a person was to awaken to a strange noise in the house, then as JonM said, adrenaline will definately be flowing. what if it were one of the teenagers coming home late at night and they make a huge noise getting to their bedroom? could end badly. personally i like several night lights on so the house is not entirely dark. and i use a powerful but small flashlight.

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So now I have to ask, what is the logical reason/use for such a thing??

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I use a gun mounted flashlight, I turn lights on as I clear my house, and call out to the people who should be there. I have also dealt with the adrenaline, and have a great deal of training. I'm not concerned with a negligent discharge due to adrenaline. I compensate some for the adrenaline and loss of fine motor control with a long heavy DA trigger pull. A target intent on harm will engage the flashlight when it comes on, I prefer not to have the delay caused by having gun and light pointed in the different directions. Also, since I don't have a light in my weak hand, I can use the phone, flip light switches, pick up pets, guide family members, and still see what I shoot.

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i have to agree with handheld vs. gun mounted due to safety. better to identify first then shoot. if a person was to awaken to a strange noise in the house, then as JonM said, adrenaline will definately be flowing. what if it were one of the teenagers coming home late at night and they make a huge noise getting to their bedroom? could end badly. personally i like several night lights on so the house is not entirely dark. and i use a powerful but small flashlight.
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I use a gun mounted flashlight, I turn lights on as I clear my house, and call out to the people who should be there. I have also dealt with the adrenaline, and have a great deal of training. I'm not concerned with a negligent discharge due to adrenaline. I compensate some for the adrenaline and loss of fine motor control with a long heavy DA trigger pull. A target intent on harm will engage the flashlight when it comes on, I prefer not to have the delay caused by having gun and light pointed in the different directions. Also, since I don't have a light in my weak hand, I can use the phone, flip light switches, pick up pets, guide family members, and still see what I shoot.
Yep, there are definitely pluses and minuses in either strategy one chooses. I don't think the experts have a consensus opinion.

The important thing, regardless of the method you adopt, is to train it and be very aware of its limitations and advantages.

I personally prefer the hand-held approach.
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Think about how you would open a door with your light in your free hand. you have to lower your light our pistol one.

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