I have been debating having Robar put a light rail on my Glock 19 (1st Gen.)so I can have a light on it beside the bed at night and such. I think they are useful but don't like the rails on a 1911 because it takes away the classic look.
I used to think so too. That was until one night when I was chasing an armed robber.Hi there,
I don't passionately dislike them, but feel that they are unnecessary for those properly trained to use a flashlight.
That is an interesting statement on the distinction between military usage of a firearm and police use of a firearm.I can't stand them. I'm with SOCKMAN on the sinfulness of their application to any creation of JMB. I've also referred to them as bullet magnets myself, and demonstrated an international understanding of such with soldiers from the Georgian Army here on FOB Warhorse. In the best slow broken english I could, I asked if they were approached by someone with a bright light on their weapon, and they were armed, what would they do. They all motioned with their AK's that they'd unload in the general direction of the light. That said, would I want that light directly in front of my face? Probably not.
I suppose if you are absolutely paranoid about low light target identification, such that you're willing to hang a target in front of your face, you may be willing to invest in a set of AN/PVS-14's, and an ACH to mount them on.
No, not if properly applied to situations where the target is to be taken at gunpoint in a low light environment anyway. It does not replace the normal flashlight, only replaces it in situations where 3 hands would be required to do all of the necessary actions (such as holding a light, weapon and loudspeaker mic at a felony stop).You know. I was always taught that you didn't use a rifle scope to take the place of binoculars, or a spotting scope because it forced you to break the first rule of gun handling, and that is to never point your gun at something you aren't going to shoot. Don't those pistol mounted flashlights make you do the same thing?
I don't see my own use of a rail mounted light as inconsistent with safe handling techniques. Quite simply put, the use of the light is to identify potential targets, i.e. anything or anyone who is not supposed to be on my premises. Thus, I'm intending to shoot, only the light makes it easier and faster for me to identify a shoot or no shoot situation. It's similar in a police encounter, in that an officer will only draw his/her weapon if there is a potential threat, and when an actual threat is identified, the officer will aim that weapon at the threatening party until (a) the threat is proved to be non-threatening or (b) the threat is neutralized or removed.You know. I was always taught that you didn't use a rifle scope to take the place of binoculars, or a spotting scope because it forced you to break the first rule of gun handling, and that is to never point your gun at something you aren't going to shoot. Don't those pistol mounted flashlights make you do the same thing?
Then there is that bullet magnet issue.