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Home Defense Tips: How to Use a Tactical Flashlight

Updated on September 25, 2013

Introduction to Tactical Flashlights

Have you ever woke up in the night and instinctively knew that something wasn’t right?

You hear noises that aren’t just the usual sounds of the home settling or the family pets moving around. Your fear is taken to the next level when you start to hear whispered voices talking about where to go and what to take. You have the choice of calling 911 or grabbing your gun and flashlight, assuming of course there is time to do either.

It’s scary to think that an emergency situation where you need a light all often comes down to hoping that the batteries are full, or that no wires are crossed.
What kind of light is the best?

5.11 Tactical ATAC Tactical Flashlight
5.11 Tactical ATAC Tactical Flashlight

Sizing the Right Flashlight

Size is another thing that should be considered, as it’s much easier to carry around a small LED flashlight than it is an older, more cumbersome model. Professionals that regularly use flashlights in their line of work tend to go with a flashlight that is 5-6 inches in length. This is the optimum length for it to be stores in a pocket, mounted on a firearm, or carried around effortlessly.

Rely On the Brightness of the Flashlight

The first thing you should be looking for is a light that is as bright as can be so that intruders will be blinded and disoriented when they fall in its beam. A strobe feature on your light is a great way to do that. The best tactical flashlight that is available today come with incredibly bright LED lights and lithium batteries that ensure long life.

The brightness of the bulbs will completely blind an intruder, and the newest battery technology ensure that the flashlight will work without a problem, even if it has been sitting on a shelf for an extended period of time.

The Defensive Flashlight Option

Use the Flashlight the Most Effective Way

A flashlight does not make an effective striking weapon, and carrying a larger light increases the temptation of using it that way. If the flashlight becomes a weapon, it loses the ability to blind and disorientate, which is how it should be used. There is also the possibility of the bulb breaking, leaving you in the dark at the mercy of an intruder with a real weapon.

If you ever get the opportunity to talk to a professional, such as a member of a SWAT team, who frequently use flashlights, there are a few things they will recommend. One of the first pieces of advice you will hear is about how you should have different kinds of lights in many areas of the home, so that you have access to a flashlight, no matter where an emergency begins.

Checklist to Use When Shopping

Here are some things to consider when shopping for a tactical flashlight:

  • All of your flashlights should have super-bright LED lights and a Lithium 123 battery that will give it a life of up to 7 years.
  • Be prepared to invest a decent amount of money for a good light, with the average price of around $100.
  • A strobe light feature is the best if you want to blind or disorient the enemy, and it may even help in the event of an animal attack.
  • Flashlights should not simply be reserved for the home. Get in the habit of carrying a light with you everywhere you go.
  • If you hear any unexpected movement in your home, don’t hesitate to call 911.
  • Remember that it’s better to have a flashlight you will never use than be in a situation where you don’t have one at all.


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