phil_in_cs wrote:I've done low light and no light training. Even a 600 lumen light will not stun or even significantly dazzle me. Even when I've been in total darkness for 10 minutes and my pupils are totally dilated. When he flashed the big light at me I dumped a mag in that general direction. He was moving swiftly, so I only hit him twice in the shotgun type pattern my pistol made. Any disorientation it caused only made me shoot faster. Yes, I wasn't very accurate but at the ranges we're talking about here that isn't too important. Don't count on a light to dazzle anyone.
As far as the spikey ends, that's all well and good, but remember the guy you're smashing likely has HIV and/or Hep C, so showering his blood everywhere in a superficial face cut is more trouble than it is worth. Smashing him w/ something is a good idea, superficial cuts are not. If I am going to carry something to smash with, I'd prefer something more substantial that a light.
I carry a 4sevens quark single123 light. The Fenix PD20 is about as good - I just like the switch on the quark better. "Real", meaning surefire 123s make any of those light much brighter than the cheapo batteries sold by most dealers.
I missed this post. All your points are very valid, so no point to argue with that
. But I wanted to point out that at a distance the light may make u a obvious target, but in a toe to toe scuffle it does not need to dazzle any one. The simple cover you create with the shroud of light someone cant see past is a huge advantage when hand to hand. Also, the exchange of hazardous body fluid is very likely if you are in a melee fight for your life. If it comes down to "do I want to be beat to death or possibly contract Hep C saving myself", I know for certain I aint going to let getting messy get in the way of me breathing.
I think its good you pointed out the disease contraction though, something most people don't consider, and if excessive lascerations on you or you attacker can be avoided it is certainly for the best. You also pointed out that pointing a bright light at someone isnt necessarily going to make them cover their eyes or turn away, which really brings reality to the fact that your bright light isn't going to scare off people. But with proper knowledge and know how, it can be used rather effectively.