In light of the recent Own the Night shoot brought to Wallum Lake Rod and Gun Club in Rhode Island I wanted to write about Inforce lights and low light techniques. Own the Night was a great way for many to experience and get an introduction to low light training, but class slots were limited and few were able to get training.
It is extremely important to understand the pros and cons of both handheld vs weapon mounted lights, as well as an understanding of the various techniques that come with both.
I was always a proponent of handheld flashlights as in the civilian world it has various applications for personal protection. However one of my favorite aspects is being able to see my sights if I need them. The downfall as you know is shooting one handed which I have practiced extensively.
The TFX by Inforce offers high lumens in a small package, however my favorite part of the design is its stipple like grip which allows for great control with sweaty hands or those were gloves. The biggest downfall is that is doesn't come with a pocket clip or any means for carry. I've found various solutions to this problem, so I don't find it to be a big deal. (More about that in another post...How to carry your Inforce TFX).
I highly recommend if you only carry one light you choose a handheld light over a weapon mounted version. Weapon mounted versions do allow for easier shooting as you can acquire your too handed grip, however in the civilian world we can't take out our flashlight when needed as a deterrent in a dark parking lot or other various applications.
Now if you asked what do I carry for lights. I do carry a weapon mounted light as well. While I've used Surefire X300's and Streamlight TLR's and have nothing bad to say about them. They were designed with Law Enforcement and Military in mind. These do not need to be concealed and are typically carried in a strong side hip outside the waste band holster. I never found them comfortable for concealed carry and reserved them for home defense guns. I didn't begin carrying a pistol mounted light until I found the Inforce APLc. This light added almost no bulk and could be carried appendix as easily and comfortably as it was carried previously to it being mounted.
You may ask why do I carry two lights. They are electronic and can fail, batteries die, and situations change. While I use a TFX daily, I can't draw my pistol unless I intend to use it. However if I do need to use my pistol I can acquire a two handed grip if necessary.
This is merely and discussion and introduction to No-Light Low Light shooting. I encourage everyone to get additional training and learn more about the application of your tools.