The human species is light-dependent. Most businesses operate during daylight hours. We have a “day job.” So what happens when the light goes away in a situation where you need a defensive firearm to protect your life and your loved ones? Unless you have shiny deer-eyes (thanks to illegal prison surgery) you’re gonna need a flashlight—and know how to use it. Last night, CrimsonTrace showed me the light . . .
Scenario one: no illumination. Don’t let the video’s mid-day brightness confuse you; it was nearly pitch black outside as we ran this drill. We could see silhouettes of our targets, knew they were hostile, and knew they had to be engaged. The results were not so spectacular. Yes, it’s a video of darkness and muzzle-flash. Point taken?
Scenario two: testing various light-bearing firing positions from SureFire’s “cigar” hold to the FBI “I’m going to wave this above my head like a lunatic and draw your attention away from my center of mass while I engage you at 15 yards with one hand” style of hold.
Though I had been running a Lightguard-equipped gun all day in the off position, I unfortunately didn’t get my hands on the Lightguard for this run (nor was my pistol equipped with Lasergrips). So I was using a Smith and Wesson Tactical Strobe 120lumen LED patrol light [above].
Notice a difference? So did the bad guy. Having the ability to identify, disorient (read: blind) and positively engage your target isn’t something to be taken lightly. So to speak. If you carry a firearm, carry a light.