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REALITYCHECK TM FIrst-PersoN tHoUGHts oN sUrvIvING IN tHe reAL WorLD cLINt sMItH Photos: Heidi Smith Light On, Light Off? i Handheld techiques thebigfourtechniqueshavebeenaround forawhileandtheyarethebasicfoundation forhandheldlighttechniques.the“crosswrist” technique(Harries)favorsWeaver-styleshooters, butistiringuntillearnedwellanditsuckson hardrightcornerclearancebecausemuchofthe gunandshooterclearthecornerbeforethelight comescleartoilluminatethethreatarea. Uncrossedistheresponsetothehardright cornerissue,butkeepthethumbsincontactso theslidemovement,ortherevolvercylindergap/ flashdoesn’tgettoshooter’shandswhilefiring. theSyringefavorsisoscelesshootersand thekeyissueistokeepthethumbstogether addressingthefunctionofthehandgunduring firing.Insyringe-mode,bothhandsaretogether andforward,andmoreupperbodyleaning isrequiredtogetthelightspotintothearea SureFire x300 can go from gun to gun. run 15 to 35 tactical runs a week with students, week after week, month after month. An average of two thirds of these runs are in low/ altered/failing or no-light environments. I’ve learned a few things. The vast majority of new handguns today have some sort of rail attachment. Yet, about 85 percent of my students do not have a rail-light system attached, and rely on handheld lights. I would avoid buying a gun requiring a special adaptor to mount the attachment to the rail. It complicates things. Most serious defensive pistols today have a rail readily accepting lights, and that’s the best approach. Syringe-supported technique. note how the hands support both the gun and light. on-Gun technique theon-gunlightsare bestastheyonlyrequirethe shooterknowhowtoturn thelighton/off.Allother manipulationsofthepistol staythesame.Ifyouusea raillight—especiallyona polymerframe—shootthe the Supertac Streamlight can be pistolquiteabitwithyour weapon-mounted as well as handheld. defensiveloadstoconfirm thepistolwillfunction.the Whenquestioned,it’salwaysthesameanswer, weightmaychangetheslide-cyclepulseandcause “Itreallymessedupmyeyeswhilefiring.”Make malfunctions.IhaveseenthismostoftenonGlocks. yourowndecision. Anylightwillcreatethespot(thebright,center part)andthebigcircle(wecallthearc).keepin mindyourextendedhandsandarmsblockthe lowerpartofthearc.thespotshouldbe choreographedwiththemuzzle,whilethe arcwilloftenilluminatemuchofthearea beingaddressed.traintousethespotasa clocksystem3,12,6and9and“cut”the lightoncornerstodrivethespotintothe areabeingaddressed. spots And Arcs smart Lights Asimplelightisbest,somethingyoupush onandoff.Idon’tneedalightwithteethand strikingclaws.Ifyouwantalight,getalight.If youwantaclub,getaclub. Doubling Up Evenifyouuseaweapon-mounted light,Iencourageyoutotraintousethe gunlightandanadditionalhandheld.It allowsyoutodouble-lightanarea,tohave animmediatebackup,ortousethesecond lightto“bounce”lightofftheceilingor offsetdoorwaysortodirectbothstraightforward. beingcleared.Syringe-supportedisapersonal favorite,asgoodcontrolofthelightand handgungenerallyresultsfromitsuse.thelight hand’slowertwoorthreefingersareopenand createa“pocket”forthegun-handtofitinto, givingmore2-handsupportforboththegun andthelight. stupid Lights Ithinkstrobesaredumbandjackyoureyes upreallybad.Ihavehadpeoplemissthebullet trap—notthetarget,butthe24"x36"entire targettrap—atdistancesoflessthaneightfeet. or most people, a light should be used to find the light switch on the wall, and to absolutely confirm what you’re shooting at. When I turn the light on I can get killed and I know it. But without the light, I might kill my partner or family member. Remember, when you turn the light on, you do so to fight — seeing is just a residual benefit. Understand weapon-mounted and handheld lights and techniques — and train for both. F On Or OFF? * For more info: www.americanhandgunner.com/product-index and click on the company name. 36 WWW.AMERICANHANDGUNNER.COM • MARCH/APRIL2013

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