Lights and Lasers

LIGHTS & LASERS

Lights and Lasers2022-01-26T10:02:55-08:00

Lights in a House?

One of the things I’m fascinated about when it comes to low light is how different lights perform. And by different, I’m not just thinking about a similar design from different companies. Instead, I’m thinking about the differences between long gun lights, lights on my pistols, handhelds, and even headlamps.   During one of my teaching stints at Gunsite this fall, I decided to look at the differences and document them for you all. Earlier [...]

By |December 23rd, 2022|

Low Light Principles

By |December 13th, 2022|

"Old" does not mean invalid. While tactics, techniques, procedures, and equipment (TTPEs) will change, principles will generally remain.   Ken Good and Dave Maynard spent significant time working on low light / white light issues for the US Navy back in the 90s. They formed Combative Concepts, and eventually, Ken [...]

Night AWLS – HRT Tactical’s Weapon Mounted Light

By |November 29th, 2022|

Suppose you have a shoulder-fired weapon – shotgun or rifle – as part of your work tools or home defense inventory. In that case, you need to have a way to locate, identify, and evaluate or eliminate potential threats (keeping Rule #2 in mind). Handheld lights should be the norm [...]

Keeping Your Lights and Dots Clean

By |September 7th, 2022|

Weapon-mounted lights and pistol optics both get dirty. Within a range session or three, it is not difficult for a layer of burnt-on crap to begin solidifying on the downrange lens. That crud causes two problems. With a weapon-mounted light, it robs you of lumen and candela that should be [...]

Keeping the Dot on your Pistol

By |August 3rd, 2022|

Last month I wrote about how you can attach an optic to your pistol. Using OEM or after-market plates from Glock, S&W, Shadow Systems, Unity Tactical, and others; direct milling from after-market sources like L&M Precision, Atei, C&H Precision, and a couple of manufacturers. Why am I addressing the process [...]

Batteries and the Direction They Seem to be Going

By |February 25th, 2022|

There are so many things that are battery powered I don’t know where to begin. So, I will confine this article to power supplies for handheld and weapon-mounted lights. It was not “in the beginning,” but it was long enough ago that it sure feels like it could have been. [...]

THOUGHTS FOR THIS WEEK

By |February 15th, 2022|

During SHOT, Streamlight gave several of us the new Pocket Mate task light they're offering. It is a mini-USB rechargeable, one-and-a-half-inch LED light with both a hook on it and a pocket clip. The output varies between 45 and 325 lumens – which is impressive when I think back to [...]

CHOOSING AN EDC FLASHLIGHT

By |February 9th, 2022|

There are several considerations when choosing an EDC flashlight. Every flashlight compromises size, weight, light output, battery type, beam shape, beam reach, and runtime. Flashlights differ significantly in convenience and performance. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has developed a voluntary specification that standardizes evaluations of flashlight performance. Most major [...]

TAKING AIM ON LASERS | Laser Sights for Handguns

By |February 3rd, 2022|

The advent of miniature red dot sights (MRDS) has not made laser sights for handguns obsolete. There are unique advantages and disadvantages to each. The differences arise from how they work. A laser sight is an active sighting system that projects the aiming point onto the target. A reflex sight [...]

INTO THE DARKNESS | Powerful Lighting & Emergency Power Options

By |January 7th, 2022|

Having a high-output flashlight can sometimes mean the difference between life and death. Think of the police officer on patrol, the first responder treating an injured individual, or a person lost in the wilderness after nightfall. In any of those situations, having a potent and reliable source of light, and [...]

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