Flashlights and Safe Rooms
The current flashlights thread talks quite a bit about using a weapon mounted flashlight when clearing a house. It got me thinking about how to best use a light if you decide to respond to a possible intruder by holeing up in a safe room, rather than going out to play.
If you're bunkered up in one spot, rather than clearing a house, it seems best to take advantage of your stationary position. Rather than using a light in your hand or attached to your weapon, why not but the light somewhere else? You could use the room lights, but that would probably illuminate both you and the BG, as well as giving up the blinding effects of a nice tight, bright flashlight beam in a dark room. Instead, take a flashlight, turn it on, and set it on the nightstand or dresser pointed at the door (preferably pointed so it hits the door at about face level). Then ensconce yourself in a good position as far from the light as possible.
This has several advantages compared to hand held or weapon mounted lights: You don't have to either use a hand for the light or point your weapon at someting you want to identify. It should keep the BG from seeing anything in the room except the flashlight pointed at him. If he decides to shoot randomly at the light in hopes of hitting you, you're nowhere near the light. It also allows you to use a bigger/heavier light than you'd want to use with a weapon (like one of the D-cell maglights or a spotlight the plugs into the wall)
Of course, it would be a good idea to have another flashlight close at hand or attached to your weapon in case the BG ducks out of the fixed light's beam.
Something New Here Also...
Gainesville, FL has experienced this during the last few months and I know that this has been happening in other parts of the State...
Originally Posted by SIXTO
Sad days...it's why I am always armed...IN the home!
Stay armed...stay safe!