Whats everyone using for white light in low light shooting situations?
Im just now stepping into the world of illumination but youve made some great points here. my feeling for what ever reason has always been to have a handheld light versus a weapon mounted one.I used to keep a SureFire X200B on my bedside pistol but have gone to hand held lights. I still think weapons mounted lights have their place. I just don't think one is a necessity in my situation.
Having a young child in the house we have night lights throughout our home and that gives me pretty good ambient light to work with. I can navigate and ID most anywhere in my home without having to give up my position/advantage by flashing a white light. With night sights I can acquire a target easily. Also having a young child in the home is part of the reason I moved away from a weapons mounted light. There's the whole "don't want to have to point a light (and thus your weapon) at something just to ID it" argument but that wasn't what made my decision at all. I just didn't like having a pistol with light attached sitting in the open on my night stand. I was afraid my child would have a nightmare and come into the room at night and somehow accidentally come into contact with the pistol. She would never do it intentionally in the light but in the dark and half asleep? Now, I keep my bedside pistol in a holster with a SureFire hand held G2LED right beside it.
For EDC I carry either a small Fenix LED light or a Streamlight MicroStream.
Ideally one would have both. A weapons mounted light allows you a free hand to open a door, pick a child, tend off an attacker, etc. A hand held light allows you much more freedom though in how/what you illuminate. If I have to choose between the two I pick hand held. If I don't ... I would have both.Im just now stepping into the world of illumination but youve made some great points here. my feeling for what ever reason has always been to have a handheld light versus a weapon mounted one.
yeah i deffinatly need to do some night shooting. main reason i havent is the land i shoot on you cant legally shoot after dark. but ill find a way. even if i just go to the indoor range and have them turn off all the lights.... another thought ... do some low light training. Learn the different techniques and what it is actually like to use a light with live fire after dark. It is very ... illuminating. lol.