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Beacon of Light

If you are like me,
we tend to go to the range when it is a nice day out, sun isn’t too hot, not
raining, and overall decent shooting conditions….but is that realistic? Most of
the major military operations that have taken place have been under the worst conditions
(like D-Day and the rain, Battle of the Bulge in the cold snow and winter to
name a few), and another condition we don’t take into consideration is the
dark. Hard to believe but there tends to be equal number of night hours and
daylight, but few train in low to no light conditions. This is contrary to what
most people think about their most likely encounter being in a dark alleyway,
at 2am in the morning or the most vulnerable times. So how do we address that
threat? The answer to me is bring daylight to the fight, in the form of a
weapon mounted light.

Most people have a
handgun as their go to for both concealed carry and home defense should
something go bump in the night. More and more guns, from Glocks, 1911s to Sig
Sauer and even some revolvers are coming standard with rails meant for frame
mounted lights. This is a huge advantage for multiple reasons. First if you
have ever tried to clear a house with a light in one hand, its awkward, and it
decreases your ability to have a stable two-handed platform. The second is that
many companies don’t provide handguns with “night sights”, usually tritium,
therefore it is hard to get proper sight alignment for target engagement.
Finally, as compared to a laser sight, having a light lets you positively identify
your target while potentially disorienting/momentarily disabling would be
adversaries compared to a laser only showing where the gun is pointing.

One of the biggest complaints I hear about lights is that it
is hard to find a way to incorporate into both carry and training. These are in
my opinion minor issues, but valid. The first, is our holsters at JM4 can be
custom cut to fit the light of your firearm, enabling you to have the ability
to see in that dark alley. Due to the leather, it is significantly more
comfortable to carry the extra bulk of the flashlight, as well as it is in my
opinion more snug than mass produced kydex or plastic holsters. As for
training, there are several ranges offering night/low light opportunities as
well as you can practice clearing your house with training tools I discussed in
another blog. Just be cognizant that using a high-powered light can use your
batteries quickly so carry a spare and change them often.

Adding a light is a great option to give you a major advantage
in less than ideal conditions which in my experience when bad things typically

Author: Ian Bolser