Don’t Walk With Your Light On The Ground
Alright, we all know how dangerous it can be at night so let’s go through some tips on surviving such an encounter.
Now imagine that I was wondering through my house with my gun and flashlight…
Did you see my light coming? Did you see that light was down in the ground? Could you tell by the way that the light was moving on the ground, that I was really in a curious mode, not in an alert defensive mode?
If you’ve gotten up in the middle of the night, and it’s made very clear to you that you need to get a gun, and you’ve decided to take an offensive approach to search through your house for somebody…
Well, walking with your light on the ground, curiously looking around is going to get yourself hurt.
Now, when that light came around the corner, the bad guy that’s lying and wait, he saw that. So, he knew what distance, direction, and by the movement of the light, he knew intent.
All 3 things he used to device an attack plan. And he had time to do it.
So knowing that you’re moving offensively through your house, we need to be a little bit more aggressive and we need to take some different tactics.
Should I Use A Laser?
Lasers. Lasers make your gun look really cool when you’re showing it off to you friends. But, when you’re using that laser in a dynamic situation, what tends to happen is when you press out and activate that laser, you start chasing, much like what a cat does.
So, using a laser is not an end-all. It doesn’t make you instantly accurate. In all actuality, it can make you instantly inaccurate.
The first thing you see when you press out and activate that laser is the laser. You really stop looking at the target. And now you try to manipulate that laser where you get it right over the target. And now I’m ready to fire.
Okay, so if you’re going to put a laser in your gun, first of all, you need to know what it is sighted for. You have to sight in a laser just like you do sights, just like you do a scope. Because at one point that laser and that bullet are going to meet, then they’re going to diverge.
And later on down the road, they’re going to meet one more time. So, that initial meeting point of the laser and the bullet is where you are ranged at.
Now in pulling that laser, again, you’re going to chase it initially. Your hand is going to be moving, and you’re not going to get that.
“I can’t hold it still.” “There! Now I got it.”
So, you’ve got to train with it. If you can train yourself to continue to look at your target, ignore chasing the laser and put the laser over the intended target. Then it can be a useful aid.
But, unless you have the proper amount of training, you put time into that training, you’ll end up being inaccurate because you’ll be chasing the laser.
Lasers are great. I like lasers. But know that they are nothing more than an aid. They do not instantaneously make you accurately deadly. It’s something you see on the movies. Okay? It’s a piece of equipment that you need to learn how to use.
Should I Use “Night Sights”?
On the issue of night sights, I personally don’t care for night sights. If you got them in your gun, that’s great. If you don’t, it’s not really a big deal. Now, here’s why.
Instinctive shooting is going to take over in a dramatic situation, when that situation gets so dynamic that you’ve got to pull your weapon out, press forward, and get a firm firing grip on it, lock your front and rear sight, and you’re not going to be looking at the front and rear sight.
You’re going to press that weapon out instinctively. And you’re going to shoot. The fact that you’ve got a microdot of tritium on the front is not going to matter or whatsoever.
Now guys spent a lot of money on them. They think they’re great. But, in a true life-and-death situation, that front sight pressing out is no different than closing your eyes, pressing out, opening them one more time, and pulling the trigger. Okay?
Registering that front sight of tritium in a dark environment, with shadows moving across, it’s not as effective as what you think it is. You’re much better off spending your money on weapon mounted light, to illuminate the whole area, as opposed to a pin head drop of tritium.
That’s my take on night sights.
Weapon-Mounted Light versus Hand-Held Light
Weapon-mounted light versus hand-held light.
Weapon light, we’ve seen earlier that I can mount it easily to my gun. It’s secure, and then my toggle switch allows me to turn it on as momentary on and constant on.
Now, with the weapon mounted light, I’m able to use both hands and a firm firing grip, pressing forward on my target without any type of external shaking. No extra movement. And wherever the light goes, so does the muzzle of my gun. So I am illuminating everything that my gun is pointing at.
Everywhere the muzzle goes, the light follows. And where the light goes, the muzzle follows. They’re 1 unit. Should I need to use this hand?
To push, pull, hold, it’s free to do so. The light still remains on. Okay?
Now, I take this weapon-mounted light off. And now I get into a hand-held.
There’s a myriad of different ways to use this hand-held light. The most common is to grip it in my fist with a thumb actuating knob on the end. With the weapon pointing forward, take my arm, move underneath, and I use the light as such.
Still have momentary on, still have constant on, and generally the light is pointed where the muzzle is.
However, moving around that light can move off where my muzzle is at. This could present a problem. And should I have to push a door open, pull something to me, hold one of my kids, I now do not have any light illuminating the area, which I need to shoot.
In order for me to illuminate that area, I need to bring it back around and get in to the same stance and grip that I originally had. Okay?
Now there are techniques where you hold the light of a certain area and maybe he’s going to shoot that light and your gun is pointing at him. In reality it doesn’t work, not in a tactical environment.
Now there are a lot of law enforcement agencies that still teach this. Maybe you’re some alphabet soup agencies that do this, but in reality in order to get that light illuminating where the muzzle is consistently, we need to have it locked in under your shooting hand.
Now I can’t tell you which one’s the best for you, but for me.
A weapon mounted light is what I use.