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

Lighting the Way: The Importance of Color Temperature and CRI in Tactical Flashlights

Tactical flashlights are essential tools, providing illumination in low-light environments or during night-time operations. The ANSI/PLATO FL 1 2016 Standard focuses on light output (lumens), beam distance, peak beam intensity (candela), run time, impact resistance, and water penetration protection. Two additional factors that determine the effectiveness of flashlights are the color temperature and the color rendering index (CRI). They're important in determining the quality of light. Understanding these concepts can help in choosing the right [...]

By |January 16th, 2024|

What You Need To Know About Lumens And Candela

By |November 14th, 2023|

Lumens and candela are two terms often used to describe the brightness of a light source, but they have different meanings and applications. Both measure brightness, but just different aspects. Lumens measure the total amount of visible light emitted by a source in all directions, regardless of the direction or [...]

Concealed Carry Pistol Light

By |October 17th, 2023|

Streamlight’s TLR7A As humans, we are stuck being daytime creatures because we do not see (and do) well in the dark. At night, our ancestors crawled back into a cave or hut before securing the entrance and lighting a fire. We use lights, whether handheld or weapon-mounted, as feeble replacements [...]

A Programmable Duty Flashlight

By |July 18th, 2023|

Cloud Defensive's handheld lights have been out for a few years now. Their duty-centric flashlight, the  Mission Configurable Handheld-Duty light (or MCH-Duty-HO-DF), hit the market a few months ago. Matt Jacques at Victory-First sent me the new handheld and a long-gun light for articles. This light, the MCH-Duty-HO-DF, has a unique [...]

Assistance With Seeing At Distance

By |May 17th, 2023|

The easy-to-carry and conceal handheld lights that go in our pockets are great. They let us identify people and things at the edges of parking lots or near ATMs. We can find the keyholes in doors on our cars and homes when we need to do that.  Sometimes though, we need [...]

LET THERE BE LIGHT | Thyrm’s VariArc VS Light Mounts

By |March 14th, 2023|

A helmet light is an invaluable addition to any helmet. It directs light where you need it in low-light situations allowing you to focus on the job while freeing up the use of both hands for the tasks at hand. A handheld flashlight provides illumination, but it occupies one hand [...]

Lights in a House?

By |December 23rd, 2022|

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. [...]

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 [...]

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