While most break-ins occur between 10am and 3pm, it’s important to keep in mind that they can happen at any time, and it’s important to be prepared. With that in mind, we recommend taking the time to select a flashlight configuration and practice with it in case a real lowlight emergency occurs. So, should you select handheld or weapon mounted flashlights? Let’s go over the pros and cons of each choice to help you make the right call.

Weapon Mounted Flashlights Pros and Cons

The most obvious advantage of weapon mounted flashlights is that you can keep both hands on the firearm to assume your proper grip while maintaining the ability to activate the light. You can also easily switch to a one-handed grip if the situation calls for it, without losing the ability to keep a target illuminated. That means if you need to move a child to safety, keep up the fight even if one arm is injured, open doors, or reach for objects, you will have the flexibility to do so.

The biggest drawback of choosing weapon mounted flashlights exclusively should not be glossed over. One of the four firearm safety rules is to never point a firearm at anything you are not willing to destroy. Anything you point your weapon light at, you are also pointing a firearm at, which could potentially cause you to flag loved ones if this is your only option.

Handheld Flashlights Pros and Cons

With handheld flashlights, you can safely point the light at anything without risk. Pointing a flashlight at someone does not require you to operate within the legal guidelines of use of force, while pointing a firearm does require you to. Ideally, you will be able to keep your gun holstered in an emergency situation and use light as its own deterrent for criminals.

The only notable drawback of choosing handheld flashlights is that it only leaves one hand free for your firearm. The best way to overcome this drawback is to put in time at the range perfecting your pistol and flashlight grip.

Our Recommendation for Your Tactical Flashlight

The unique combination of pros and cons for each tactical light setup really suggest that it’s reasonable to own both of them. However, if you can only choose one, it must be a handheld light. This way, you never risk breaking the firearm safety rules. If you only own a weapon mounted light right now, we implore you to purchase a handheld light to supplement it. If you store it in the same place as your firearm, you can grab them both at once and use them in tandem in the event of an emergency. If you are in the market, we highly advise an option with a tail mounted on/ off switch and a strobe option to disorient a threat and instantly change their behavior. 

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