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melbourneman4007 said:
Maybe I am just not thinking but, why would anyone use a flashlight on a gun at night? Doesnt that give the BG an easy target? He can see you but you may not see him.

Or hold a flashlight way out to the side so if some is gunning for the light it wont hit the good guy.

Night sites are great but the light, unless I am convinced its different from what I think I will pass on.


Questioning status quo is an excellent thing. Well done!

I'm not a LEO or military, but there are professionals who prefer these weapon mounted lights. So there appear to be good reasons for them. This is a direct quote from

The psychology of light

The psychology of using a bright light for police work has driven the flashlight industry. By this time, it is well known that an area saturated with light is less attractive to a suspect then a dark area. There is also a relationship between the brightness and intimidation factor of a light. That is, the brighter the light, the greater the margin of safety for the officer.

Some experts have suggested that a weapon-mounted light is hazardous as the suspect can easily see the source of the light and therefore the officer. While this is partially true, the benefits of saturating an area with light will usually outweigh the disadvantages. Suspects are less likely to step into a well lit area than shadows.

With the psychology of light in mind, the question whether to use the momentary switch or the constant-on switch also can be answered. Use what is tactically appropriate for the situation. When in doubt, dominate an area with light by leaving the switch on.

If an officer is using a flashlight to see, it is likely a person found in the area did not want to be found. This may be a very good time to have a tactical light. If this person knows officers are searching for him, the officer who has both hands on the weapon and a light trained on the suspect has an advantage.

In addition to this, these lights are very bright and intended for close-up action. I would venture to say that looking into one of this lights for a split second removes all possibility of precision aiming by the bad guy. He may let off a volley in your direction, but he will not be able to see you clearly. You, however, will see him perfectly and will have the tactical advantage for a second. That's all it takes.

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David Smith said:
In fact, I carry a Surefire on my person & another in my briefcase all day long 24/7 & wonder how I got along without it for so many years. Even during daylight hours, you're much more likely to get caught inside during a blackout than in a gunfight.

Ever since I became more aware of preparing the family for self-defense, the flashlight industry got a real boost. We have a MAG-LITE available for every room in which a family member sleeps. The primary goal: Positive identification of the individual on the other end of the beam.

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