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I may not always need to point my firearm where I point my light. I prefer to work with them seperate.
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I am a huge fan of WML's and use one on my daily carry gun. Having done so for a few years now, I really see no disadvantage, other than the additional cost.
The additional weight goes unnoticed. My light weighs less than 4 ounces. However, that few extra ounces near the muzzle shaved a few hundreths of a second off my splits.
I generally carry OWB with an unbuttoned shirt as a cover garment and I do not find it any harder to conceal the gun with the light mounted than without. On those rare occasions where I need to carry IWB, I simply remove the light since I do not own an IWB holster that accomodates the gun with the light mounted. The additional bulk might be an issue for me if I typically carried IWB
Finding a holster was a non-issue. Of course, I prefer Kydex. I am sure leather would be more of a challenge.
Since I consider the WML a part of the weapon and not a flashlight, I carry a seperate handheld light. Were I inclined to do so, I could work my handheld light independantly of my handgun.
Having had a handgun with a WML as part of of my daily carry gear for a couple of years now, I can honestly say that I do not find it to be inconvenient at all. While I do not consider it to be an indispensible piece of equipment, I do appreciate the advantages it offers.
TOO bulky for me, as I do carry IWB mostly. I've got my Surefire in my pocket and I use it often for other things, but not yet needed it for a night time defensive shooting, but I've got it, if the need arises. The negatives outweigh the positives for me to mount a light on EDC. My at home gun does have a weapon light / laser, as does my shotgun. At home bulk is not an issue.
I a big fan of the WML when used properly... but I dont think its a needed item at all for a typical ccw.
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I think that a WML would add too much bulk and make it hard to conceal. As others have mentioned, for a nightstand gun it would be fine.
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As a medic for a tactical team, I use weapon mounted lights all the time. They definitely have a place and they work very well.
However I do not carry a light mounted to my weapon for my everyday ccw for same reasons already stated by others.
For my night stand gun, I always keep my Insight M3 on my Glock 23.
I do have an Aker Night Hawk Concealment holster for my light mounted Glock, but I only wear it when I am doing ride alongs with the deputies or if we are doing court room security on high profile trials or other tac team activities where we are in street clothes instead of a uniform.
"The gun is the great equalizer... For it is the gun, that allows the meek to repel the monsters; Whom are bigger, stronger and without conscience, prey on those who without one, would surely perish."
My Sig has night sights on it and when I get home and take it off I put on an Streamlight M-6 flashlight/laser on it and have it stuck to a magnet next to my easy chair. I like it for country living and being able to shoot skunks, cats or feral dogs at night but wouldn't think of carrying it daily.
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I carry a Colt Delta Elite 10mm in Milt Sparks VM2 with 2 extra magazines on my belt. This is normally worn on a belt under my bib overalls and works great for me. My wife carries a Walther PPS .40 w/Crossbreed holster.
No for all the reasons already stated. I might reconsider if traveled a lot at night though.
If I could find a concealable holster for a pistol with a weapons light I think I would probably would
"[T]he people are not to be disarmed of their weapons.
They are left in full possession of them."
Zacharia Johnson (speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention,25 June 1778)"The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed." ~Alexander Hamilton
I like my light in my weak hand, I don't want to point my gun at something, just to see it in the dark! Clark
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WML for home defense I can justify, but carrying one all the time might not look good in court and I carry other stuff anyway. Plus to use the WML to light up somebody that would not be a threat would be awkward because you just pointed a gun at them. that can get you in trouble.
Glock 19/FEG/FM HiPowers/Keltec P32 for me. When I can't use my 870,N98 or Marlin .30-30 of course...