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Pros and Cons of Handgun and Flashlight Techniques

Pros and Cons of Handgun and Flashlight Techniques

There are numerous techniques for using a handgun and a standalone flashlight in a low-light tactical situation. Here's a look at six of the most popular techniques how to do them and their pros and cons.--Text Ed Santos and David Griffith. Photos: Ed Santos

August 1, 2014

Powerful Flashlights

Powerful Flashlights

Law enforcement officers can now choose from a variety of high-lumen flashlights to help illuminate dark alleys, vehicles, or rooms. These lights can improve officer safety by revealing threats, and assist in searches for trace evidence in low-light scenarios. Photos courtesy of vendors.

December 19, 2012

Duty Lights: 2011

Duty Lights: 2011

Every cop needs at least one reliable flashlight for duty, and most own a few for various situations. Here are 11 models from leading gear suppliers if you're in the market for a light.

December 22, 2011

Duty Flashlights: 2009

Duty Flashlights: 2009

A good duty light should be easily carried on a duty belt, provide adequate illumination up to 50 yards away, and be long enough that it protrudes from both sides of a fist so the light can act as a last-ditch impact weapon. The light should also be able to be used in conjunction with a sidearm in the Harries or Rogers technique. Xenon bulbs put out a tight beam and mega amounts of lumens; but they eat batteries and the lamp assemblies are expensive when you need a new bulb. LEDs, on the other hand, are rapidly approaching the light output of xenon at 50 yards or so. These models became available in 2009.

November 6, 2009