Night IDPA match with lasers and lights
Nighttime shootout in Pickens County - Atlanta Firearms | Examiner.com
Deliverance IDPA held a nighttime International Defensive Pistol Association match last Saturday [evening]. ....
As an exception to regular IDPA rules, lasers and weapon mounted flashlights were permitted in the match. Shooters who did not have a holster compatible with their laser or light were allowed to place the pistol on a barrel and pick it up to start.
It was pretty clear that lasers and weapon mounted lights convey a significant shooting advantage. I.e., dominant tactical advantage.
As a test, I shot the match wearing tactical gloves. As I used to tell the students at Rogers, while gloves have value in a broad sense, even good ones are a significant disadvantage when shooting.
For those who use hand held lights, you need to work with them regularly. Even the shooters who had been trained in correct usage did not use them very well during the match. Generally, regardless of technique, the light ended up pointing way low. Note the picture in the slide show of the light pointing at the base of the target. That was almost universal among people using hand held lights. And that target was only about 5 yards away. When using a small light, the Harries is horrible in this respect. A lot of people think it's an easy and somewhat instinctive technique to use but it's not. I've observed this weakness many times from the catwalk of a shoothouse.
My own experience was that the M3 light on my Vertec was more difficult to use quickly and efficiently than I anticipated. I may go back to the Safariland RLS for bedside use instead.