Handgun mounted flashlight vs freehead flashlight.

Discussion in 'Optics & Mounts' started by metal408, Aug 5, 2012.

  1. metal408

    metal408 New Member

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    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?
     
  2. jjfuller1

    jjfuller1 New Member

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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 :)
     

  3. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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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.
     
  4. Gone_South

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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.
     
  5. JonM

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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.

    just my opinion
     
  6. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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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.
     
  7. metal408

    metal408 New Member

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

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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.
     
  9. treehugger49

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    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.
     
  10. Zodiac131911

    Zodiac131911 New Member

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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.
     
  11. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    In 20+ years of law enforcement, I was always taught handheld.
     
  12. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    I'll take the free head please. Lol
    Not a fan of mounted flashlight
     
  13. StoneCat

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    I stick with Clint Smith. Why not both?

    Searching an area however, id use my handheld light. If I'm fighting, im using my light to blind the threat, not just ID

    All in all it's a trade off. Do you want a stable shooting platform from a better grip? Do you need to be able to say, open doors? (hard to do with a gun in one hand and a light in the other) or do you need to avoid potentially muzzle sweeping things? I try to avoid this by keeping my weapon at "low ready" since the high intensity beam can light up a room pretty well without direct focus...

    That being said, I'm not a fan of going after whatever goes bump In the night. I'd rather get me & mine dug in, and let the threat come to me. I can cut a lot of risks that way...
     
  14. treehugger49

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    Very true. We no longer have kids in the house, so we've got a solid core door to our bedroom with a deadbolt making a pretty good safe room. If anyone comes busting through in spite of our verbal commands, it makes the shoot-don't shoot decision pretty easy. XD-40 w/ Truglow TFOs, flashlight and cell phone within easy reach, of course.
     
  15. Hdq

    Hdq New Member

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    Id use one if i had just woken up id want a pistol with a light i dont want to fumble around looking for one
     
  16. treehugger49

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    I think the idea is to leave a flashlight in a designated area all time/every time so you don't have to fumble around looking for one.

    The same goes for the cell phone and your firearm.
     
  17. Gone_South

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    Bingo. On my night stand is my knife, cell phone & flashlight. In the night stand drawer is the boom boom. In the bedroom closet is the big boom boom if needed.
     
  18. StoneCat

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    You also don't want to train your reaction to a noise to be "snatch a condition 1 pistol from arms reach and draw down"

    Cooper colors. You can't go from sleeping (condition white) to any kind of planned measured reaction. You need an act to break the freeze. In my case it's having to unlock my biometric safe.

    It takes a fraction of a second, but it requires a little focus.

    That little bit can make the difference between getting your head on straight, or accidentally pumping off a shot at your wife who opened the door too quick on the way back from the bathroom...

    I'd like to think in case of a home invasion, I'd be aware of the situation long before someone could "burst in my bedroom door"
     
  19. jjfuller1

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    in the end i think you have to take this as a situation by situation choice. what do you have to do, and what are you able to do. having said this i really like the idea of using both. when a threat is ID'ed you can easily drop or throw the handheld to gain better grip stance while at the same time lighting up the threat. im thinking this is what im going to be using now.... time to re-plan the routine.
     
  20. treehugger49

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    It's hard to predict at what point one might become aware of a home invasion. My point was only that if I find myself in an armed confrontation, I'd rather be shooting from cover at someone breaking down my door than clearing a house or room.