Thoughts on illumination

We were discussing the merits of frame mounted flashlight. I’m not really sold on the rail mounted flashlights. For tactical/military, yes.  But I am not sold on it being the best option for a civilian and home defense.

Here’s are some considerations:

a) holster options are greatly narrowed

b) dynamics of the gun are altered (including accuracy and potentially reliability)  Weight of a light can especially affect polymer firearms.

c) in order to have light illuminate an area you must aim your firearm. Thus, you potentially are pointing a loaded firearm at an unknown target (which could be a loved one).


a) you can maintain a two handed grip on your firearm

b) allows illumination while covering and detaining a suspect.

A separate flashlight can be used to pan while not necessitating the pointing of a firearm.  I think they definitely have their use. But if I were to spend money, I’d definitely be expending my limited funds toward things like nightsights, training, etc.

What I think might be exciting is the developments we’ll see over the next decade or two with LED bulbs.  Eventually, I think we’ll start seeing lasers and flashlights integrated into service pistols.

Published in: on June 8, 2010 at 1:50 am  Leave a Comment  

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