Rob Pincus demonstrates flashlight techniques with defensive firearms. Rob has seen, practiced, and taught different methods over the years, but now he stresses the importance of separating the flashlight and the handgun, especially when it comes to personal defense.
If you’re searching your house for family members (do not search your house for bad guys) or moving to a more secure area of the house, you should have a flashlight that is not attached to a handgun.
Purpose of the Flashlight
The flashlight is used to find and identify targets. Rob has a compact flashlight with lanyard and clip — this is perfect for everyday carry. It can perform mundane tasks and be used as a self-defense flashlight for finding and identifying threats in a worst-case scenario. Rob is also carrying a compact handgun, an FNS-9 Compact.
These two tools work well together as part of his self-defense gear: a compact firearm and a compact flashlight. Rob has one in each hand. This self-defense flashlight is his primary light, and he wants it to be handheld, not weapon-mounted.
Self-Defense Flashlight Techniques
Rob is not in favor of using the flashlight hand to stabilize the firearm. He keeps the flashlight hand independent and focused on its task of finding and identifying threats. We need to be able to direct the flashlight beam specifically and also use the light intermittently and indirectly, working the switch off and on while flashing and bouncing the light off walls, ceilings and floors.
Rob keeps the handgun in the ready position and operates the flashlight with the other hand. The lanyard on the flashlight is useful because if he needs to put two hands on the handgun or do anything else with the flashlight hand, he can drop the flashlight and the lanyard keeps it around his wrist.
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