Tactical Flashlights

Dave Smith reviews one of the most underestimated tactical tools in law enforcement: the flashlight. A good flashlight can help you identify threats, disorient attackers, and possibly even serve as an improvised weapon.

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He sees an officer fighting a suspect and decides to whip out the old 'celly and record the incident? Ok then...
HenryLRivers March 17, 2013 Report Abuse
Thanks Buck......
1fmj50 February 27, 2013 Report Abuse
. It is important when you are challenging a subject to identify yourself as an officer since the person you are challenging cannot see you. When clearing a building there are two schools of thought, building lights on, or building lights off? If I had the option I would prefer the building lights off. I want the tactical advantage and turning the lights on for searching provides a level playing field for both officer and bad guy. It also provides back lighting while going through doorways and down hallways. When room clearing, while cutting the pie, the light should be strobed. A good light will have a strobe feature integrated into the light. Strobes are disorienting, effecting depth perception, peripheral vision, and balance. Leaving the light on while cutting to pie provides a nice shadow line for a bad guy to follow directly back to your position. Bouncing your light off of the ceiling or floor is another good way to mask your position. It’s good to learn to use your flashlight along with your gun, even though you may already have a gun mounted light. They are usually not very bright and have a narrow beam. They do not provide good spill beam when entering a room. Upon entering a room, the light should be on and the room cleared by dominating with light. When it comes to hunting people, pointing/aiming my gun at them is the priority while aiming my flashlight is subsequent to that. This is another reason for having a light with a good spill beam. Lights come in in a variety of sizes and power. Some are rechargeable and others need batteries. Some have switches on top of the tube like the Streamlight, while most tactical lights have the switch on the end cap. The brightness for lights is measured in “lumens”. The Streamlight the agency issues are only about 90 to 200 lumens depending on if you have the old fashion bulb or the new LED. There are tactical duty lights out on the market now that is upwards of 1000 lumens. The one I have been using recently are made by Powertac. Their Warrior series light is a great duty light. It has variable brightness settings that include a 700 lumen and strobe feature that are cycled through by a button on the tube. They come in rechargeable kits that include a belt holster that locks the light in, yet allows for easy access. The kits are around $150.00 depending on if you get the rechargeable version, or the battery version. The other light I like Powertac has is the E-5 series. It is half the size of the duty light, but just as bright. It’s great for off duty carry or as a spare light since it will fit in your breast pocket. If anyone is interested in the Powertac lights, feel free to contact me. I have some demo lights you can take for a test drive for a couple of days. You can also check out their website at Powertacsouth.com . Watch the video for the warrior. It can take some punishment, is waterproof, and as all Powertac lights, has a lifetime warranty. It is quite possibly the last light you would ever need to buy. The best part is you can order your light through me and I can save you some money off of the listed price. Deputy Robert Smyth Training Division
Mako161 February 27, 2013 Report Abuse
Tactical lights Could you win a fight with Ray Charles? Of course you could, and it’s for the simple reason that he can’t see. Flashlights are one of the most underrated tools on our belts. A good tactical light could give you the advantage over an adversary by blinding them first and may even keep a suspect from trying to hit you for the same reason. Most officers think a flashlight is solely for the purpose of allowing us to see in the dark, but there is so much more. The concept of using light for tactical advantage go back to 1916 when an ace German fighter pilot, Hauptmann Oswald Boelcke, used the sun to his tactical advantage to shoot down 40 enemy aircraft. This tactic is still taught to fighter pilots today and is known as, “ The Boelcke concept”. I am one of the few people that look at my flashlight as another less lethal option during certain situations. The best part is you can use it in any situation since it is not covered by any restrictive policy. A flashlight in your hand is not considered by most to be threatening at all, so it gives you the element of surprise. Shine a bright light in uncooperative person’s eyes and you essentially blind them. There are several factors that will vary the effects of what you are attempting to accomplish that include, ambient light, and your proximity to the subject. Being close to your subject and in total darkness will give you the maximum effect. Quite simply, you can see them and they can’t see you. As proximity increases and darkness decrease, then effects become less effective. What happens when a bright light is shined in your face? The natural reaction is to turn away from the light, and or, bring your hand or hands up to shield your eyes from the light. Either one of those reactions is desirable if you think about it. Even after the bright light is turned off there are those disorienting spots in your eyes for several minutes while your eyes try to adjust back to normal lighting conditions. Lights can be your best friend, or they can be your worst enemy. Most officers have little to no low light training. Even if they get training it often barely scratches the surface of what you need to know about light and how to use it to your advantage. I’m not going to go into how the eye works, or parts of the eye because we are not trying to make anyone an optometrist. If you pay attention to how your own eye reacts to different lighting conditions, you can apply those same concepts to use to your own advantage against an adversary. Lights can also give away your position or backlight you or your partner. They can bounce off of light colored walls and light you up. Keep your flashlight off unless you absolutely need it. Flashlights are bullet magnets. Once you turn it on you may be identified by someone with ill intent. If you have to turn it on, a quick flash may give you the information you need without giving away your position or drawing unwanted attention to yourself. Consider shining your light off to the side to provide the illumination you need without advertising yourself. Try not to move with your light on as the human eye is programed to notice movement. In the event of a confrontation with a suspect, they should be left on and pointed in the subject’s eyes. A light with a good spill is best for these situations as it will have enough spill light to cover their waste area. Spill is the amount of light that illuminates from the center of the beam. It is importa
Mako161 February 27, 2013 Report Abuse
All good points, but please remember ignorant people use our words against us to further their agenda. Our pistols are not automatics and our lights won’t blind anyone.
104leo February 26, 2013 Report Abuse

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