Do you really need a Laser/Flashlight on Pistols for Home Defense?
Having a laser and flashlight on your pistol may be the thing to have and it does look highly cool.
Black Scout Survival is a collaboration of all things tactical and survival, goes over the practicality of mounting a laser or combined laser-flashlight on your pistol for home defense.
So basically what it comes down to is for EDC (Every Day Carry) is not a practical thing, for a home defense it may be an invaluable tool to have.
Before spending time getting a laser, be sure to work on your basic marksman shooting with iron sights. Slapping a laser on it, looks nice but will not make you a better shooter. The advantage with a laser is that it can get you on target quickly.
Watch the video to find out if it’s the right decision for you.
Having a tactical flashlight is an added convenience so you don’t have to use the “Chapman” method. Placing your finger on the mechanism is all it takes while holding your pistol on target. Lasers has a huge advantage of acquiring targets quickly. Flashlight can help you identify who is in front of you and prevent tragedies before making that choice to use deadly force.
If you keep a pistol handy in your home for emergency situations, consider mounting a tactical flashlight or laser combo.
What’s up guys? This is BlackScoutSurvival and today we’re gonna talk about home defense lasers, and lasers on pistols for home defense. There’s a couple schools of thought on lasers. People say ‘learn how to shoot, learn how to use your iron sights’, I agree with that, you need to know how to use basic marksmanship if you have any type of firearm anyway. two, they’ll say if the badguy can see you, the guy breaking into your house can see you, You’re right, but you’re already in a firefight by this point in time, and there’s ways to employ this laser, and ways that you shouldn’t employ the laser.
So if you’re already in a firefight, you’re already in a combative situation, they already know where you are, you know. So you’re already emptying your magazine into ’em. But you know, in the military, guys used those with night vision, you know, the different pec models, you know, it just gives you quick point and shoot-type capabilities. I think in the middle of the night you’re groggy, you just wake up, your dog wakes you up, alarm goes off, your adrenaline spikes, you know someone’s in the house, and you put those well-placed shots coming from a deep REM sleep, you know, it could be problematic. So you’re gonna wanna have every kind of advantage you want.
Alright, we’ll talk about flashlight use and that type of stuff later on, today we’re just going to talk about lasers, and we’ll talk a little bit about flashlights. Here we’ve got Glock 19, this is my favorite one, TLR-1, and it just has a light on it, it has on, and then momentary, and then a strobe. Now this is the TLR-4, Which is a– Jay, the man behind the camera, he wanted to get one for his wife, for home defense, and that’s why we went with this TLR-4 here.
So the deal with this one is, this has the light, so you have the light, you have momentary on, and constant on, you can go straight-laser, only laser, momentary on or constant on, or you can switch to those modes you can go constant on with a light and laser, and you can also do that momentary as well. So you’ve got a switch for all those modes, which is pretty cool. So you can employ whichever ones you want.
Low-light conditions, you may want to use the light and stuff like that, momentary on, quick, constant on, whatever. But, pretty cool. Hundred and twenty-five Lumens, which is pretty stout. Takes one CR23 batteries, and I like the capability of being able to switch through the different modes. So anyhow, me and Jay are about to go down to the range, we’re gonna shoot that, and then we’re gonna go down to the clubhouse.
Alright guys, we’re down here at the range, and we’re gonna show how bad this thing shoots. It’s pretty cool, it has constant on, momentary on, it has the red laser and the light, I think it’s gonna be a good option for you guys for home defense type stuff, so let’s go ahead and pop a few rounds off.
So we’re back at the clubhouse, and we just went to the range and, I like it. Bottom line up front. A few things, this TLR-4 will fit subcompact models as well as full-sized, it has an adjustable key-thing here, you can change those out, and I’ve changed that out for this glock 19, and you can see the size of it’s a little bit smaller than the TLR-1, it doesn’t stick out as far. But anyhow, it’s polymer verses the TLR-1, this goes for about $125 bucks, really you can’t beat that for having a laser and light combo. Aiming, sighting in, I pretty much ballparked it, I kinda dialed it in just using the iron sights and moving and adjusting it from there.
Now you’ve gotta be very light on the adjustments, because it will go all over the place, so go very light when you’re adjusting it. Eyeball it to a pretty good sight with your iron sights and pop a few rounds, then get it dialed in from there. So anyhow, it screws on, it screws off easy, you just press in that screw and it pops off, and you pop it back on and just screw it back on. So, easy on and off, no special tools required, and I dig it. Hundred twenty-five bucks, I say you’d be hard-pressed to beat that. Use your finger there, constant on it. Anyhow guys, check us out at the link below, you can find this at Optics Planet, the TLR-1, I’ll put links to both of those in the links below, if you like that FDE color, this one will have a laser option, but I like that FDE color, so. I’ll put links in the description for both of those, use BlackScout5 for 5% off your OpticsPlanet discount. Anyhow guys, thanks for watching BlackScout Survival.
Sources: Andy Van Loan, Black Scout Survival Youtube
February 21st, 2017 by jhines
Originally published at americanshootingjournal.com on February 21, 2017.