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Do you guys use a light on your Glocks ??

Discussion in 'Sights, Optics and Lasers' started by vyper005, May 11, 2013.

  1. vyper005


    Apr 7, 2000
    Dela-Where ??
    If so, what brand ?? any problems/complaints etc ?? I recently ordered an Insight M3X Led for my 21SF. I think it said it puts out around 150 lumens....
  2. Glockdude1

    Glockdude1 Federal Member CLM

    May 24, 2000

  3. No. A light can give away your location and I don't want any metal projectiles traveling at a high rate of speed, aimed at my gun light.

    Anyway, it's a totally personal choice to make.
  4. G19ftw


    Dec 28, 2009
    Wake Forest, NC
    M3X is a good light, you will like it.
  5. cmr287


    Jan 21, 2013
    Harris county GA
    I use a Insight Technology Light with my 19 or 22.

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  6. Rev.357


    Jan 14, 2012
    Heath Springs SC
    100% correct Bro!!
  7. ChicagoZman


    Jun 29, 2010
    Personal choice. I do use a light (surefire), just not on my gun as I don't want to be pointing my gun at anything until I know it is a threat.
  8. FiremanMike

    FiremanMike Way too busy

    Jul 26, 2007
    The interwebs
    I respect your opinion and I hear this line of thinking a lot, but I disagree. Ideally your light should not be "always on" (quick bursts to help you find your way while moving) unless you are on target. At which point the disorienting and blinding nature of quality WMLs shined at someone's face will give you enough of an advantage to stop your threat before they can take action.
  9. FiremanMike

    FiremanMike Way too busy

    Jul 26, 2007
    The interwebs
    It should be noted that when I say "quick bursts" I mean with the weapon pointed at an angle down and at hard ready. And by quick I mean under a second, enough to give me a mental image of the next several feet I'll be covering.
  10. Arnold Kuhl

    Arnold Kuhl

    Apr 15, 2013
    NE Tennessee
    I am of the school of thought that a light on my weapon is bad for at least two reasons: 1. It could very well give away my location to the bad guy; 2. It adds unwanted bulk and weight to the firearm. It also incurs (to me) an extra expense, which funds could be applied more judiciously towards other defensive means (e.g., a case of ammo, a tomahawk, baseball bat, foghorn, grizzly bear pepper spray, etc.).

    Just my opinion.

  11. Yes, streamlight TLR-1, Surefire x200, insight. In that order IMO. The TLR locking system is the best if you are carrying in a kydex type holster. I've had the other come off my Glock when drawing out of certain kydex (custom made) holsters. However if I am using one of the other two I have holter specifically for that light combo. My Surefire has been on one of my many guns (multiple ARs, Glocks, Sigs, 1911s, shotgun) everyday for the last 4years and I've never changed the battery. All are amazing


  12. Gents, I'm not trying to argue tactics here, there is a down side to everything. But the "the light will give away my position" statement makes no sense. Unless you are in a pitch black setting wearing NVGs and the bad guy isn't in which case you wouldn't need the light or you don't use at that time.

    I don't know of any ninjas running around on GT that have to shoot a bad guy that can't see the ninja in first place. I don't know if you've ever trained to shoot a threat with 150lumens shining at you but its pretty freaking hard.

    Last every military, LEO entering an objective with little or no light present has a weapon light attached or a hand held ready to go and they aren't all dead. When was the last time you heard a navy seal dying in a late night raid because he used his weapon light?

    Just IMO, thank you for sharing yours. I'll stop now
  13. yubakram


    Apr 9, 2013
    SE Georgia
    My line of thought on weapon attached lights:

    1. Quickly identify friend or foe if in a position where either is not identified.... Oops doesn't work once the trigger is pulled.

    2. Target and location acquisition... in complete or near darkness tripping over a toy, flower pot, stump, etc.. would still expose location and you would have a severe disadvantage.

    3. Allows weak hand access to other devices... grabbing or holding cell phone, door knobs...etc..

    4. Just because its there doesn't mean you have to use it.... but I would hate to be in a position where I am wishing I had a flashlight with gun drawn.... I want all the advantage if it comes down to a dark engagement.

    5. Makes me buy more stuff!!

  14. :agree: I agree with all of your points.
    its mighty hard to look into the beam of a bright tac light without being blinded, it even hurts.
  15. SCmasterblaster

    SCmasterblaster Millennium Member

    Sep 24, 1999
    Hartford, Vermont
  16. up1911fan


    Mar 12, 2009
    Upper Michigan
    My bedside gun is a G19 with an X300. Theres a G2X sitting next to it.
  17. Fire_Medic

    Fire_Medic Polymer Butcher CLM

    May 19, 2008
    The Gunshine State
    To add to what Infidel4life11 stated, here's some of my $0.02.

    I agree 100% with everything he stated, and I will just add my perspective now that I am older and have a family. I have (2) kids in the house (and one on the way), my girls are 5 and 20 months. The 5 year old is always getting up in the middle of the night because she had a bad dream, heard a noise that scared her etc. My 20 month old, she doesn't climb out of bed because we raised the rails on the crib, lol, but soon she will be in a regular bed and doing as her big sister I am sure. My point is, there are people in my house, (big and little) that get thirsty in the middle of the night, get scared, whatever, but they're up and moving. The BIGGEST factor for me to have a light is to NOT shoot a loved one, not TO shoot a bad guy. The target needs to be identified, period, whether good or bad. And in MY house the chances of something moving around in the dark being "friendly" are much greater than it being the other way around. I have spoken with LE from various parts of the country and almost all of them have stories about someone's Dad shooting one of their kids who had snuck out and come back home, or a loved one snooping around downstairs, etc.

    While many of us might have pre conceived notions of what really happens with a light in the dark, getting training doing a night shoot, especially in a shoot house really opens your eyes to things.

    To demonstrate a point the other day at the shop to a customer (he just bought an X-300 Ultra, when he was clicking his light on in the shop which was well lit, the owner came up beside him un noticed and blocked the light with his hand, which momentarily blinded the customer. And this was in a well lit area. There are many scenarios that could take place, and people can theorize about whatever they want, there is no substitute for training (experience).

    "For Me" I first want to make sure what I might think is a bad guy, is not my wife or one of my kids.


  18. Arc Angel

    Arc Angel Deus Vult!

    Sep 20, 2003
    Penn's Woods
    :) I like the way you think!

    My personal opinion is that attached tac lights are both useful and entirely acceptable to use IF you are part of a multi-member team; or if you have someone else, there, to immediately back your movements up (like a sniper on the periphery). Otherwise if you don't catch the bad guy(s) in the beam on your first flash then he/they are going to know exactly where you are, and in which direction your pistol is pointing!

    (Ouch!) ;)
  19. jokon

    jokon Cold Infidel

    Mar 27, 2006
    NE Pa.
    Armed bad guys aren't constricted by laws or policy and will generally shoot at a target whether it's identified to them or not. Good guys must id a potential threat before they can shoot or decide not to. Proper training shows with WML, good guys can id threats and make proper lawful decisions before bad guys can "shoot the light". Remember training isn't you going to the range a popping some paper targets and calling it a day.

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  20. fifthward

    fifthward Drifter

    Jan 14, 2013
    A weapon mounted light is a flashlight, conveniently located on your weapon....

    Just to state the obvious.

    I see it in a more simple fashion. It's there to use, if you need light. Whether it's a WML or a hand held flashlight - it's turned on when needed, and turned off when needed. Either one will disclose your location.

    I'd rather go with the one that frees my other hand up. weapon doesn't have to be pointed at someone, to determine threat.