Light-Based Weapons
Part 3: Shine some light on a defensive situation.
You can project the flashlight beam at an attacker's face to temporarily disorient him or her. click for large image
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• Part 1: Laser Dazzlers
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• Part 4: Impact Techniques

In practice, I found this hard to do when reacting to a "fight" signal, like my partner stepping toward me menacingly. The time required to draw the flashlight, orient it in my hand, and aim the beam at my assailant took too long, despite the convenient pocket clip carry method used.

Far better, in my opinion, to have your light ready in your hand whenever you are in the proverbial dark alley or dimly-lit parking garage. If you see someone who's acting suspicious, you can "light 'em up" right away if needed.

One big advantage of the flashlight in this tactical scenario is that if you do use it on someone, the effects are very temporary, lasting a second or so at most. Rather than gassing someone with pepper spray, this might be a safer alternative, should you accidently tag your son or brother-in-law, for example. Yet, that second of additional response time might give you the edge to fight or flee in a real situation.

Disclaimer: Just as your mom warned you not to stare at the sun, don't shine these high-intensity flashlights in someone's eyes if it's not warranted. I advocate using light weapons--or any weapons, for that matter--only in situations where you are in mortal danger and have a legal, justifiable reason to defend yourself with near-lethal force.

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