Friday, July 23, 2010

Defensive use of a tactical flashlight..... featuring the Blackhawk Gladius


And now, for something completely different. In this post, a followup to an earlier piece on tactical flashlights, we are going all-video. Not a good video, mind you, but it's what we have at the moment. Someday, we'll all look back and laugh.....

Part one:




Part two:




6 comments:

Old NFO said...

Good videos and good procedures! Thanks.

Anonymous said...

I like the flashlight. I especially like the dial down feature, very handy especially when I hit a mirror in the shoot house. :-D

Have you considered putting a Tiger ring on your light? I prefer the Tiger ring as the lanyard can snag on stuff while clipped to my pocket but this is subjective (as is most of gunnery).

Speaking of lanyards, have you considered just hanging the lanyard over your thumb instead of wrapping it around your hand? That way if you need to ditch the light (its on fire, won't turn off, etc.), it just slides off.

The lanyard should be two hands long that way you ensure proper control over the light when transitioning positions, clearing malfs (which you will have with flashlights) or reloading.

If it were me I'd take those dingleberries off the lanyard. Those silly things always seem to end up in magazine wells at school.

As to techniques, you may want to consider holding the light slightly forward on the FBI technique instead of back. Don't worry about illuminating the sights (if you need that, right on top of your head is a good place).

On the Harries technique, you may want to try eschewing the syringe hold and hold the torch like a hammer with your thumb on the switch. If your shoulder girdle is tight, then yoga and (as with rifle positions) just getting into the position and holding for a time period (remember the body takes at least 20 seconds to relax into a stretch). Good to do while watching television or movies at home.

Just suggestions. I enjoyed the videos very much.

Shootin' Buddy

Carteach0 said...

SB,

I use the lanyard because that is what it came with... and I am somewhat a creature of inertia (g).

That being the case. I just adapted to it. I usually carry a light in a weak side pants cargo pocket, all by itself. It doesn't have anything to snag. If I am wearing the Blackhawk pants, they have internal elastic gussets in the cargo pockets which will keep either magazine or flashlight oriented correctly.

I'll probably get around to trying the tiger ring one day, when I come across one. It's just a matter of time. For now, I make do with the lanyard.

Wrapping the lanyard around my hand.... I do that with malice aforethought. I have learned the hard way that my environment is actively reaching out to snag me at all times. Anything I have hanging loose WILL get caught on something, and usually just when I don't need a distraction. I can still ditch the light by relaxing my hand and flipping it away, should I need to. It's how I normally remove it from my hand when I am done with the light.... just relax my left hand and the light drops into my right, lanyard and all.

Alternate carry methods... and here is where the lanyard comes in especially strong... when I am 'dressed down and light', I hang the light around my neck like a pendant. The lanyard works for that. As for clipping it on a pocket... the light has no clip, and years of working as a tech have taught me that 'clipping' things to myself is usually a recipe for loss.

The reason I stick to syringe on the modified Harries is simplicity. I try to use one method of holding the light in every conceivable situation, so it becomes ingrained in muscle memory. I know how thought processes change under stress... and I know training takes over when critical thinking fails. By sticking with the syringe hold if at all possible, it's one less transition, one less opportunity for fumbling.

One day, perhaps, I will be able to get some training with folks who know what they are doing. I'd truly enjoy packing that skill bag a little more full.

Thank you for the thoughtful suggestions. Each and every one will be strongly considered!

Art

Tango Juliet said...

I attached a Tiger Ring on my Gladius by installing a small 1/2" diameter steel split ring through one of the holes on the tailcap and then threading a 1 1/8" or so "O" ring onto that.

Works like a charm!!

Anonymous said...

I understand this is an old page but for people like me who are just finding it...

Another mode the Gladius has is, when you have the light in the constant on mode if you rotate the "mode selecting ring" one notch clockwise you can activate the strobe feature instantly with just pushing the button.
A nice feature if you use the light in constant on and spot something you want to strobe.

Anonymous said...

I understand this is an old page but for people like me who are just finding it...

Another mode the Gladius has is, when you have the light in the constant on mode if you rotate the "mode selecting ring" one notch clockwise you can activate the strobe feature instantly with just pushing the button.
A nice feature if you use the light in constant on and spot something you want to strobe.