Lights and Lasers


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

Batteries and the Direction They Seem to be Going

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. When I came on the job and headed to field training, I was issued an incandescent Streamlight SL-20 flashlight. They were 13” long and five [...]

By |February 25th, 2022|


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 [...]


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 [...]

LET THERE BE LIGHT | Carry a Gun, Carry a Flashlight

By |October 19th, 2021|

If you ever have to use your firearm in self-defense there is a very strong likelihood that it will be in low or diminished light. You can’t afford to make any mistakes. The time frame in which the you will perceive danger to when deadly force is deemed necessary will [...]

Let There Be Light — and Lasers

By |September 10th, 2020|

Keeping up with the latest technology is a lesson I learned long ago. Back in the Nixon era, I hung out with a pretty good group of buds at college. At a party the girlfriend of one of the guys brought along a friend, a stunningly beautiful young woman just [...]

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Streamlight Protac 90

By |September 10th, 2020|

How many flashlights are too many? I can’t count that high. Living in the country like I do, I have lights stashed all over. Unless you’re a long step away from one, it’s too far to be handy! Streamlight’s new Protac 90 is triple-handy if you ask me. Aside from [...]

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Streamlight Stylus PRO USB Penlight

By |September 10th, 2020|

People recommend many noble ideas, but few follow through with action. One such apothegm is, “always carry a flashlight.” Easier said than done. Until now. The Streamlight Stylus PRO is, quite literally, pen-sized, yet packs a wallop. The high mode beams 350 lumens for up to 1.5 hours while the [...]

5 New Accessories for Slim Compacts

By |September 10th, 2020|

As more gun owners begin to carry firearms for self-defense, more carry-friendly handgun options have emerged — specifically slim compacts and subcompacts. Offering a favorable size-to-capacity ratio, guns like the GLOCK 43X/48, SIG SAUER P365/P365 XL and Springfield Armory Hellcat have become popular choices for those looking for a small [...]

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