Home defense.

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by Missouribound, Mar 29, 2020.

  1. Missouribound

    Missouribound Well-Known Member

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    I keep a Bodyguard 380 in my nightstand. I like the idea of a laser on a home defense weapon. To be fair, my pistol safe is about 8 feet from the nightstand so I have access to a few other handguns....and a shotgun.
    But my question is this. In a home defense weapon, would you prefer a laser sight or a flashlight mounted on the weapon?
    I am thinking about putting a 9mm in my nightstand instead of my Bodyguard and want to add an accessory to it and use it as my "go-to" nightstand gun.
    What would you add, what do your use and what do you recommend?
    I don't think there is any right or wrong answer. I just wonder what the preference is.
    As far as seeing when there is a bump in a night, I do have voice control over most of my lighting. I can turn on the lights with a few commands. That kind of pushes me in the laser direction.......but anyway?
     
  2. sheepdawg

    sheepdawg Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Why even put a light on a weapon? All's it does is tell the bad guy where you are. If you have your lights hooked up to a clapper just clap, surprise bad guy. He didn't see you coming down the hallway with that laser on.
     

  3. JTJ

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    I have been thinking of a high intensity remote controlled wall or ceiling mounted light focused on the doorway. Battery powered or backup so if the power goes off it still works.
     
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  4. rock185

    rock185 Active Member

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    Having searched darkened areas for bad guys many times, I would prefer a weapon mounted light....ymmv
     
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  5. sheepdawg

    sheepdawg Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Maybe in a place that's unfamiliar but in your home it's asking for a bad outcome.
     
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  6. Wambli

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    All my Home defense guns have lights on them a few have light laser combinations.
     
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  7. Missouribound

    Missouribound Well-Known Member

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    I appreciate all of the responses. Fortunately they give me the opportunity to make a decision based on everyone else's option and practices.
    I will opt for the laser. I already keep a flashlight next to the pistol in my nightstand.
    I don't plan on chasing anyone with a flashlight....just finding my way in the dark.
    I think the laser is the way to go. But I have a few guns so I may put a few other options in place. Hopefully my comment won't end this thread as I find it interesting and I am sure many others will as well.
     
  8. Ghost1958

    Ghost1958 Well-Known Member

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    Night sights and a flashlight in hand are head and shoulders above a lazer.

    I done my share of hunting down bogies in darkened areas.
    If your working with a team then frugal use of weapon mounted lights on rifles is a good thing.

    Working alone if the person your searching for is willing to kill you and you have a weapon mounted light or lazer., your likely dead.

    Do yourself a favor. Try shooting a pistol using a lazer before wasting money on one.
     
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  9. primer1

    primer1 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    A weapon mounted light can allow you to free up your hands to use your phone.
     
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  10. Ghost1958

    Ghost1958 Well-Known Member

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    If one is put in a position one needs to actively be using a light and weapon, the time for phone use has long past until the situation is handled.
     
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  11. leadcounsel

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    I'd opt for the more reliable and accurate of the two.

    Assuming equal, I'd go for a larger caliber and a light. Do you really need a laser to point-shoot at 10 feet or less?

    9mm > .380 all day long with the right ammo.

    No brainer.
     
  12. Donn

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    I learned using a flashlight in the weak hand. Still prefer that to a gun mounted light. The idea of muzzle-sweeping everybody and everything with a mounted light isn't safe. MHO you understand, YMMV.
     
  13. Oaktree45

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    I have a very high intensity (2000 lumens) flashlight next to my pistol. In a dark room the beam is enough to temporarily blind anyone looking toward it.
     
  14. bluez

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    One old trick is to hold the pistol in one had (in-house short range accuracy requirements arent high) and the flashlight in the other hand on an outstretched arm.
    This is old-old school and I never had to put it in practice just a thought..
     
  15. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I have a laser on my SIG P320.

    I have a stand alone flashlight with strobe on the nightstand.
     
  16. Wambli

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    IMG_1696.jpeg One of the guys that trained me, and my mentor for years, (his resume would make your head spin) put it best. He said "I'd rather suck start my pistol than juggle a separate flashlight and gun.". After training with several guys that actually been there, done that and have worn out a LOT of T-shirts I agree. And all of them carry light AND lasers on their guns, because this is not 1995...

    When I need my gun FAST in the dark I want EVERYTHING to be in one neat package. I also don't see why there has to be a decision between laser and light when you can get BOTH. Home defense weapons don't need to be cuddly tiny carry pieces. They are supposed to give you EVERY advantage in the world when you need to act NOW. I don't want t go looking for light switches and I don't want to be trying to get into classic shooting positions if I'm trying to cover ground in my house or property.
     
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  17. Wambli

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    Yep, that is REALLY old school...
     
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  18. Wambli

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    Here's a quick tip. You can blind ANYONE with as little as 65 lumens from a quality light.
     
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  19. Wambli

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    .....and BTW you don't need your hands to use a phone because again, this is not 1995. One of the coolest things technology has given us is speech recognition. My iPhone gets charged next to my head on my nightstand, my wife's is on HER night and too. If I wake up to a bump in the night I can just say "Siri call 911" and BOTH damn phones will do the rest for me. Even if I just walk away after I do that the police will be sent to investigate right NOW.
     
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  20. JTJ

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    There are only my wife and I in our house. If someone kicks in the front door we will be waiting in the bedroom. There is nothing out there worth risking our lives for. That is why I want a high intensity wall or ceiling mounted light focused on the bedroom doorway. My long guns all have mounted lights. You need both hands for a long gun.
    I found a laser was great for getting trigger control. Anything you are doing wrong will show up immediately in dry fire. Do not depend on anything electronic. Batteries go dead and parts fail usually when you need it most. That is the reason for back up sights and co-witnessing.
    My Glocks have night sights.
     
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