Personal Defense

Low Light Essentials #6 – Gear – Handgun Sights and Lasers

Handgun Sights At a bare minimum you NEED a tritium dot in your front sight. Ever since the handgun was invented people have been trying various methods to make the front sight easier to see, especially in low light. In the old days guys used to paint their front sight a loud color to help it stand out. Somewhere along the line somebody thought of putting a small gold insert in the front sight and buffing it to a high [...]

Low Light Essentials #7 – Gear – Long Gun Sights and Lasers

Long Gun Sights The best option for low light use for most people is an Aimpoint red dot. They work great in conjunction with a white light and they’ll work if you mount some sort of NV behind them. They have a long battery life, they are durable, reliable… pretty much everything you could hope to want in an optic. A decidedly inferior option to the red dot sight, the various tritium equipped iron sights [...]

Low Light Essentials #8 – Gear – Ammunition

Something VERY few people ever stop to consider is how their carry ammo performs in low light. Most people have never shot their carry ammo at night and have no idea what sort of issues it can cause for them. I talked earlier about the “flashbulb” effect that too bright of a light can cause and why that happens. The same concern exists with the muzzle flash from various types of ammunition. Believe it or not [...]

Low Light Essentials #9 – Training – Hand-held Light Techniques

If you’ve read the article to this point you’ll remember that different handheld light techniques have been mentioned but not explained.I want to take some time to describe some of the most used flashlight techniques. The general idea behind the use of a handheld light and a handgun is to index both the hotspot of the light and the sights of the handgun in the same place.The terms I’m using are fairly [...]

Low Light Essentials #10 – Training – Hand-held Light – The FBI Technique

The FBI technique involves holding the flashlight in your weak hand and holding it above your head and to the left or right at the full extension of your arm. Think of the Statue of Liberty and imagine that instead of a torch in her upraised hand that she has a flashlight and that instead of a tablet in her other hand she’s instead pointing a handgun at eye level and you’ve pretty much got it. Strengths The [...]
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