What do you perfer
What do you perfer
i would have to go with weapon mounted cuz it gives you a free hand
I have night sites on all my semi's for this very reason. I carry a small LED flashlight as part of my carry gear. I've never been a fan of weapon mounted flashlights. You can hold both a hand held light and a gun just as easy, if you know the proper technique. That's one reason I didn't buy the Springfield Operator, I didn't want a gun with rails. Both my XD and my P220 have rails, which look good but really don't serve me no purpose, other than cosmetic.
I agree with L8models but I do use one as my nightstand gun. If I'm awaken and need to move fast I don't want to be looking for my flashlight. If I had the time I would rather use a hand held flashlight when clearing an area inside or out. I don't like the idea of becoming a target.
I choose weapon mounted. I like being able to illuminate my target and keep a strong two hand grip on my weapon so I can get faster follow up shots. It helps when you have a herd of raccoons running around.
3 D cell Mag light I won at a match that I came in first in my division. If I run out of bullets, I can beat 'em with the light.
Hand held streamlight strion w/zenon bulb......
Lights up a walmart parking lot like daylight and blinds anybody ya aim it at even in the daytime:mrgreen:
If you have one gun that is going to be the designated "nightstand gun," then the weapon-mounted light makes good sense. Because I tend to rotate my nightstand guns, my light is an old 3-cell Bianchi B-light, which, as others have noted, can be used effectively as an impact weapon.
For carrying outside the house, once you put a light mount on the gun, you make most of your holsters useless. (I've got a big holster collection. I bet a lot of other people do, too.)
The other advantage of a separate light is that it can be used for "non-combat" illumination. Last week, I was at the movies, and a fellow was having trouble finding his seat, because his eyes had not become accustomed to the darkness. I pulled out the G2 and illuminated the floor for him (shielding the light with my hand). I would not have wanted to do that with a weapon-mounted light. :-)
Also, a couple of months ago, I went to a restaurant, parking lot was full, had to park in a dark place. I kept the G2 in my hand walking to the restaurant (and later, back to the car). Again, would not have been appropriate to have had the gun in hand.
I have a SureFire lightgrip on my 12ga, which makes an excellent tool in that it blinds anyone I point it at. But, as 'milquetoast' pointed out, one may not always want to illuminate something and point a firearm at it at the same time.
I've heard that police are trained to hold their flashlight away from where they are so as to fool anyone who might shoot at them into firing in another direction. Pretty good tactic, in my eyes.
I’ve tried so many different kinds of flashlights that I’ve lost count. I haven’t tried a Surefire yet because they are a little pricey. I use to use one everyday when I was plumbing.
I prefer a tac light on my gun for a nightstand gun.
I prefer night sights and a small tactical light like Streamlight's Scorpion. Multi purpose. I can see them, their blind, and it is also an impact weapon. :numbchuck: Never did care much for hanging a bunch of items off my pistols.
Thought I'd throw a pic of my flashlights on this thread.
From left to right
Surefire G2 Nitrolon with 65 lumens
Inova T4 Tactical Rechargeable LED Flashlight with 4 LED 100 lumens
LAS/TAC2 Rail Mount 95 lumens (warning it shuts off when shooting from recoil)
Springfield XML 50 lumens doesn't shut off when shooting.
I just read an article in the latest S.W.A.T. magazine (December 2006) about a new flashlight called the, Gladius. Some of there lights have a strobe option which is suppose to confuse a person on the other side. Sounds like a cool concept.
You really need both. A light on the weapon and a handheld light in a pouch. Sweeping everything you need to illuminate with a loaded gun isnt the best idea.