I would like to explain the lifesaving features a Weapon-Mounted Light (WML) can offer to the person defending themselves with any gun.
WML's allow the operator to positively identify a threat vs. a child coming in past curfew with a friend. It will also allow the user to identify a keychain from a knife. Your weapon-mounted light can prevent a tragedy and save a life.
A gun-attached light also improves accuracy immensely. You can keep both of your hands on your gun. There are not any acrobatics or complex movements required in order to manipulate both the gun and the flashlight.
We teach our students how to use a hand-held light in conjunction with a gun in our classes. It could be a lifesaving skill. A hand-held light is also useful to verify and identify a subject when your life is not on the line. It is certainly safer to point a hand-held light at a person than your WML. When it comes to shooting with the assistance of a light in the dark, the use of a WML over the hand-held is amazing!
WMLs have another benefit. They provide a "stand-off" effect that allows a semi auto pistol to function properly when the pressing the muzzle against a surface (bad-guy). The WML protrudes just past the muzzle of a pistol. This allows the pistol to stay in battery when pressed against a bad guy and allows more than one shot. Without the WML, the pistol will go "click, not "boom" on the second shot. Such incidents can occur during close quarter altercations.
A quality WML on your gun and a good hand-held light is smart insurance for your home protection firearm. I compare a WML to a scope on a hunting rifle. A hunter that uses his scope rather than binoculars to scan for game is an irresponsible jerk: the same is true for someone that uses his WML when searching a room. Have both light sources, practice with them, and be safe!
Cajun Arms sells a variety of quality WML and hand-held lights. Give a call to review your needs. We will discuss some of the issues in owning a WML in regards to concealed carry in future posts - stay tuned!
Jim Benoit's thoughts on guns, gear, & training
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