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The Harries Flashlight Technique
« on: August 04, 2016, 06:30:45 PM »
I've just written a new article about how to manage the combination of pistol and flashlight while doing both searches and defensive shooting in low-light conditions.

Read it here: http://guntoters.com/blog/2016/08/04/through-darkest-interiors-with-gun-and-flashlight/

Please tell me what you think about it.
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Re: The Harries Flashlight Technique
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2016, 12:23:50 AM »
Excellent article, Steve!

I point out, though, that if you're a tuck-your-shirt-in kind of a guy (like me), what you suggest in the 5th paragraph from the end (getting your weak-side hand onto your flashlight first, before you draw) won't work.  You need to use that weak side hand to pull up your shirt tail for the draw.  It's only free to hold the light after the gun is out of the holster.

Also, you might want to strengthen the excellent suggestion in the third to last paragraph, where you tell the reader to use the light sparingly.  Every time you turn the light on you sear away your visual purple and reduce your ability to see in the dark -- you handicap yourself.  In many/most tactical situations, having no light is better than using a flashlight. If one MUST turn on a flashlight, one might compensate for loss of visual purple by closing one eye while the light is on.  Then at least one has one eye that he can still see with after the light is off again.

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Re: The Harries Flashlight Technique
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2016, 01:58:31 AM »
Good suggestion, Tom. Thanks.
I'll not add it to this piece, but I'll use it (with an attribution) at some later time.
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Re: The Harries Flashlight Technique
« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2016, 06:00:24 PM »
I have added Sap's comments about low-light shooting in an additional short article.
His ideas are valuable because they come from real-world combat experience.

Read them at: http://guntoters.com/blog/2016/08/05/through-darkest-interiors-continued/
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Re: The Harries Flashlight Technique
« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2016, 10:53:09 PM »
Previous thoughts on flashlights were posted here:  http://www.myccamerica.com/index.php/topic,112.msg598.html#msg598

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Sap