Thursday, January 10, 2013

Self-Defense With a Tactical Flashlight

Tactical FlashlightIt used to be that a flashlight was just a portable means of lighting up the night, but not anymore.

Today's tactical flashlights still vaporize the darkness, but in skilled hands they also serve as effective close-quarters defensive weapons.

Take the SureFire E2D for example. This is a compact, dual-output flashlight with self-defense enhancements. It features a virtually indestructible power-regulated LED emitter and a Total Internal Reflection (TIR) lens. The E2D LED's pushbutton tailcap click switch lets you activate the flashlight and select output level: press or click for a 200-lumen high beam (ten times the light of a big two-D-cell flashlight), more than enough to overwhelm an aggressor's night-adapted vision; release or click off and press or click again for a 5-lumen ultra long-runtime low beam that's suitable for navigating around a dark room or parking lot. The Defender's crenellated Strike Bezel® and scalloped tailcap provide further defensive options should the need arise.

To use it in a defensive situation, grip the barrel of the light in your preferred fist, with your thumb positioned over the tailcap switch. Raise your arm and aim the light beam at your attacker's eyes, then hit the switch with your thumb. The bad guy will be momentarily blinded by the brilliant light.

The next step is your choice. You can either take that opportunity to escape, or you can proceed to impact the assailant's face (concentrate on eyes and nose) with the sharply scalloped bezel and/or tailcap. You can do a lot of damage in a hurry, if you think of your fist as a hammer, with the flashlight serving as the hammer head.

This is, unmistakably, close quarters combat — a hand-to-hand situation that requires steady nerves and a focussed approach to the situation. When you're this close to an attacker, you must seize the moment to overwhelm him with unexpected explosive violence. If you do it right, you'll have the element of surprise on your side. And don't stop to examine your work until the enemy is down and out — I mean REALLY out. There's nothing worse than stopping before the job is done, then facing the wrath of an injured enemy.


  1. I read a while back about a light that really confuses attackers cuz it's constantly tossing out different light colors and spectrims, or something like that. Don't recall much about it, there is so much out there anymore.

  2. So I was talking about guns to a lady on another blog, she said her BF had a 380, I told her that was only one step above my .25 and that if he ever had to use it on anyone he had better pull the trigger six times and hope it stops the aggressor, the aggressor may well live through six shots from a 380 but at least it should stop him from screwing with you. Save the last and 7th shot for a shot into a temple or eyeball if you have to have to stop the son of a bitch.

  3. Wow this is really intense - survival really is about the fittest.