Low-Light Shooting Tactics and Self-Defense

Low-lighting shooting tactics, which are often more required for self-defense than “complete illumination” tactics, are a skillset unto themselves. Here’s one take on some aspects of them, courtesy of Guns & Ammo. Breach-Bang-Clear

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Low-Light Shooting Tactics and Self-Defense

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Low-Light Shooting Tactics and Self-Defense are complicated; there are however tools and practices you can use to alleviate this. A flashlight is an essential tool that offers several uses; it can illuminate the environment for identification of potential threats and hazards, provide a momentary advantage by blinding an assailant, and serve as an impact weapon. A flashlight can also be used efficiently as a headlight for a handgun. A recent Guns and Ammo article discusses the difference between flashlight shooting technique training for on-duty situations and using a flashlight in civilian self-defense.

Low light shooting tactics for self defense
You should listen to your professor, especially when it comes to low-light shooting tactics (link below).

“Like many diligent shooters, the student had spent a lot of time and effort agonizing over the best flashlight shooting technique and the most effective low-light tactics. Although I certainly respected his efforts, as a civilian CCW permit holder, I feel that there was very little correlation between what he had trained to do and what he would actually need to do in a defensive shooting situation.”

Low light tactics for self defense.
COWAN! working an angle. Low-light tactics are important, which is why we so often write about them, and from so many different perspectives.

“I always make a point of remembering that I am a civilian and the most likely application of my skills will be in a self-defense context. That means that my decision-making process should also be rooted in the logic of self-defense, not an excuse to apply my training.”

Read the rest of the article on Guns & Ammo here:

Low-Light Shooting Tactics and Self-Defense

Additionally, we published Tactical Professor’s article on flashlight shooting last July. You can read that here:

Friday Fundamentals 04 | Shooting With a Flashlight


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