I recently saw an exchange over handheld Vs weapon mounted lights and which to use. My opinion is that the question was too broad. Use for what? Should be included but that's just my opinion. Some spoke about weapon mounted being the way to go, others were all for a handheld and each side had reasons. One of the most common detractors against a weapon mounted light is that it draws fire. It sure can; so can a hand held, a bic lighter, a cell phone screen or any other source of light in the dark.
I can get in a shooting. So im not leaving the house.
Wait, I can get in a shooting at home, so im leaving the house.
Just because something can occur does not mean it will, and throwing your hands up in the air when the can realization strikes is the quickest path to being totally unprepared. Training and proper practice help give us tools, not plans. There is actually very little within our control when it comes to self defense but those few things we do control are some of the most important factors towards staying safe and effective. Our gear, and how versatile we are in the use of that gear is one of the most important factors under our control. I believe that the software is the most important part of self defense, but the software needs adaptable hardware.
Just a bit of history.
|The Seely Light; available in |
Call of Duty: Olde Tyme Warfare
So if the weapon light can draw fire, why is it used? It sure sounds like its potentially a horrible idea yet its considered essential equipment to professionals and personal defense-minded individuals everywhere.
|Doesnt need a weapon light, handheld or even a weapon.|
Not because he was born in and molded by the dark
but because hes a fictional character.
|Doesnt need a light because he is the light.|
Everyone else does.
"Do you need help with something, sir?"
A quick flash to their face, then pulling the beam down to their chest. I have already done much to control the situation and diffuse a potential violent encounter. I no longer look like food. I am alert and the potential bad guy knows this. By pulling the beam out of his face I am aware but not confrontational and I am leaving them with an out. Mindlessly drilling them in the eyes with the beam during the exchange could actually cause an escalation. A purposeful flash of his eyes ruined his night vision and gave me a second or more of superior situation awareness. This can easily be apologized for while I maintain ready light control.
|Circa 1965 Breeding weapon light; we|
have been doing this for a while now.
There are a few things where one way is the best way, maybe even where one tool is the best tool. Light isnt one of those situations. Have both, or at the very least a handheld. The only situation I could say where a weapon light is far superior is home defense and only then because of the situation. For those that say you cant illuminate an unknown threat with a weapon light without muzzling that unknown person I would suggest a reality based low-light class focused on self-defense, not burning ammo. Splash lighting, especially indoors, is a very useful technique that keeps us from muzzling things with WMLs until we want/need to. Its a trained technique and there doesnt seem to be much knowledge of it outside of those who have been trained how to do it, which means those of you who have been trained how to do it are letting your buddies/loved ones down by not passing it along.
So weapon light or handheld? Both. Do flashlights draw fire? They can. The risk far outweighs the reward when used correctly.
If you want to read more on my approach to weapon/light use you can check out the two part series I did for Breach Bang Clear: Part 1 and Part 2. Or the two part I did for Monderno Part 1 and Part 2.
And since the question has been asked, here is my feeling on the Taurus Curve.