Low sun - lighting

Low sun - lighting

This is a discussion on Low sun - lighting within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Statistically I know it is reckoned that majority of encounters are low light or even dark. I did wonder tho today, as walking back to ...

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    Low sun - lighting

    Statistically I know it is reckoned that majority of encounters are low light or even dark.

    I did wonder tho today, as walking back to house from office and scanning - just how darned difficult it is seeing well against the sun. Makes me think of fighter pilots attack methods - come out of the sun! Gets easier of course as sun gets higher towards summer - tho evening sun still problematic at times.

    Obviously if something goes down, chances are we have zero choice about positions - lighting etc. Even strong street lamps can be tricky if in your eyes and a potential threat is in shadows - they have an advantage and our ability to identify threat could be well compromized.

    So, really just acknowledging something that could work against us quite badly - even if a good yellow maintained. I'd much rather have the strong light/sun behind me!!
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    I think this situation calls for a "tactical" baseball cap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian45
    I think this situation calls for a "tactical" baseball cap.
    I'll go along with that
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    Maybe we could "group" order and get a quantity discount - I'm in.

    Actually, that's one reason I wear a baseball cap; to help with shading eyes from the sun.

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    I forgot to mention - me too re a cap - most of every day.

    Thing I was noticing tho was, with sun so low and yet still dazzling, even the cap was not giving enough protection - the glare was quite profound and certainly enough to prejudice easy vision in that direction.

    This degree of extreme back-lighting is not too common but certainly has a most undesirable effect - I could envisage too at night - something like a low placed tungsten-halogen lamp producing some problems.
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    P95,
    I know what you're saying. I didn't mean that a BB cap would solve the problem you described, just that they can help in a lot of lighting situations. Well, if you don't wear them backwards.

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    Well, if you don't wear them backwards.
    <cringe> - gahhh - horror!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by P95Carry
    <cringe> - gahhh - horror!!!
    Me too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tangle
    Me too!
    But it looks so cool!
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    Add a quality pair of polarized sunglasses to the (forward facing) BB cap and it is amazing how much glare is reduced. Good polarized sunglasses alone do a lot. BTW $20 gas station sunglasses are not quality.
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    Valid point Brian - problem is I don't wear them all the time - and Murphy would dictate that just when I had not got any - trouble!
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    And a lighting situation that obscures your target will often highlight you. Lighting is a definite tactical consideration, when time permits.
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