SHOP Talk: All About Flashlights

All about flashlights. In this episode of SHOP Talk, Riley goes into much depth on the different kinds of EDC flashlights, weapon mounted lights, the batteries they use, and other flashlight goodness.

Like what? For one, Riley debunks the thought that the brighter the flashlight the better. While the ultra high lumen flashlights may take away more darkness, they can also hurt your vision in a low light self-defense scenario.

Imagine using a light indoors and coming up on a mirror with it or even a white wall inside your house. You can temporarily blind yourself in the darkness if you do that, so having the brightest light, as you can see, isn't always the best, as some assume.

Also discussed in this video are weapons mounted lights and their uses, the effectiveness of a strobe light on your EDC flashlight, and the different types of batteries and battery life associated with them.

You can watch the video, here:

Even though some of the different kinds of lights he spoke about may have different levels of usefulness, I think it's safe for us to say that we can agree on one thing: That you should be carrying at least a small flashlight on your person.

The number of reasons why you should have a light are tremendous–if for no other reason than you'll use a flashlight way more often than you will just about anything else. Let's think about this for a second.

You're only going to use your gun if you need to defend yourself and you should only ever pull your gun out if you need to defend yourself, period (unless doing something administrative like cleaning).

Under no circumstances should you mount a light on your gun and then pull your gun out to light up the room.

That's never a good idea. Nor is it a good idea to just pull your gun out unless you're doing so for a reason.

Do you carry an IFAK (individual first aid kit)? If so, that's great. I hope you never have to use it, and it is not an everyday use sort of thing.

Do you carry a knife? Okay, I'll be the first to admit that I use my knife a lot. I'm always having to cut something open or slice up some zip ties or whatever. But, do you know what else I use just as much? I'm also always using my EDC flashlight.

In fact, my flashlight use is usually on par with my knife use depending on the situation.

My kids are always losing stuff under their bed, or outside while catching fireflies, etc. And, they can be used in defensive situations.

If you don't carry an EDC flashlight, we highly recommend you do so and can even help you with a sale we have running until June 16, 2019. Stick any flashlight from this page into your cart and use the code FlashTalk at checkout to take 15% off. There are some great options in there, and you'll see just how often you use your light.

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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About Joshua Gillem

Josh is a lifelong practitioner and student of the gun. He grew up shooting/hunting with his dad, and was given his first gun, a 12 gauge shotgun, when just a small boy. After high school, he joined the Marines where his love for firearms blossomed as he qualified with an M16A2, an M9, and a 240G. Josh has been writing about firearms and tactics for several years, owns the blog Gunners Den, is a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment, and believes that each individual person has the right to self-defense by any means necessary. Currently residing in gun-friendly NC, he carries a concealed gun on a daily basis, even in his own house.

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