Getting the Most out of your Tactical Flashlight

In order to get the most out of your tactical flashlight, the first thing that you must realize is that tactical lights are not the same as an ordinary flashlight. Tactical lights have been specifically designed for police, military, and any other law enforcement officer. Tactical lights are smaller and brighter than ordinary flashlights, plus they are made out of weapon-grade aluminum to make them even more durable. However, just because they are designed to be used in various tactical situations that don’t mean that they can only be used by certain people.

Adding the right tactical flashlight to your arsenal is extremely valuable, as it makes an excellent self-defense tool, but it does so much more than that. We honestly feel that every person should start carrying a flashlight with them as it is one of the handiest tools that you can have. Flashlights, such as tactical ones, are excellent for nighttime roadside emergencies, as well as power outages. The small size of a tactical light makes it pretty convenient to carry it with you everywhere you go.

As I mentioned above a tactical light makes an excellent self-defense tool, which is reason enough to ensure that you are always carrying one. Having your light with you at all times ensures you are getting the most out of it because you will always have it when you actually need it. When it comes to self-defense you can use the light in a variety of ways depending on the circumstances.

Tactical lights can be used to help identify any threats. What you need to keep in mind is that potential attackers often use the cover of darkness to surprise you. If you are walking in an area that is poorly lit, using a flashlight to light up the environment can help you identify any potential threats. Lighting up an area with just a small amount of extra light can often be enough to scare off anybody lurking in the shadows.

Your light can also be used to confuse any attackers. Using your light to confuse your attacker simply involves shining it in a potential attackers face, focusing on the eyes as much as possible. This simple maneuver will momentarily blind your attacker giving you the chance to either run away, which if you can do you should. If you can’t safely run away blinding your attacker even for a few brief seconds can give you the chance to launch your own attack, as the attackers hands will probably up around their face trying to block the light.

Lights made with weapon-grade aluminum can also be turned into a striking weapon. Some lights will even come with a serrated bezel, which make an excellent weapon, as well as a handy tool for breaking windows in an emergency. Using the light as a striking weapon is best done after you blind your attacker.

Now that you know just how useful a tactical flashlight can be you want to make sure that you are getting the most out of it. In order to get the most out of our new light you need to make sure you choose one that is ideal for everyday carrying. Here is what to look for when picking out an everyday carry light:

  • Size – you want something small. Ideally you want a light that is small enough to carry around in your pants pocket. Now I know some pants have really big pockets, so another measurement to keep in mind is the size of your palm. The best lights will be able to fit in the palm of your hand.
  • Output – with tactical lights the more lumens they put out the better. If you plan to carry the light as a possible self-defense tool you will want to have one that has an output of at least 120 lumens, if it is any less it will not be able to temporarily blind your attacker.
  • LED – always make sure you are purchasing an LED rather than an incandescent. The reason for this is that incandescent easily shatter if they are dropped, plus they are not very efficient. With incandescent you will be changing batteries faster than with an LED. Plus, you will have to carry around spare bulbs in case it burns out. LEDs on the overhand last for years.
  • Waterproof – you want to purchase a light that has an IPX rating of 7 or 8. These are the two highest waterproof ratings, so you can rest assured your light will always work when you need to it, even if it is in the middle of a downpour.
  • Durable and ease of us – you want to find something that is going to withstand heavy use, you don’t want something that is going to fall apart the first time you drop it. Look for lights made from aircraft grade aluminum or hard-anodized alloy. You also want to look closely at the switches; you want something that is straight forward and easy to use. You don’t want something so fancy that you can’t access it when you need most.

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