Just received this article on 'Flashlight Teqnique' in an E-Mail Blast - made me wonder- how do you prefer to 'see in the dark' and why? Skill Set: Modified Flashlight Technique by Rich Grassi When I find a better way to do something, I generally adopt it. In the realm of flashlight techniques, we can go from the original (as far as I knew) FBI technique, to the Harries, to the Chapman and the Ayoob variant that followed, to the Surefire syringe-cigar-Z Combatlight hold . . . uh, to a gunmounted light. (It can be hard to keep track . . .) <table align="right"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="margin: 0px; font-family: arial,sans-serif;"> Neck index around right side cover has the flashlight shining onto the cover item and back into your face. </td></tr></tbody></table>One of my instructors at the job took a class from Surefire's training division back when and he came back with another technique - the neck index is the name by which I knew it. Basically, the nongun hand has the flashlight and actually anchors the light at about the level of the jaw while you manage the shooting problem one-handed. While I'm a fan of the neck index, especially in conjunction with the modern modification of the FBI technique. Still, you don't want to be one trick pony. It's important to have a few tools in the tool box. For example, if you're right handed and you approach a corner you'd peer around from the right, the neck index flashlight technique serves to light up the wall and, by extension, you without going into the target area. The flashlight is on your left side and it's blocked by the wall. No biggie. Approach that corner and slip into the Harries technique. It plants the light on the right side of the gun (assuming a right handed shooter) and puts light where you need it. <table align="right"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="margin: 0px; font-family: arial,sans-serif;"> Mike Seeklander shows head index with light shifted to go around cover item. With light at eye level, it's more in line with the eyes and sights. </td></tr></tbody></table>Last fall, I found myself at the U.S. Shooting Academy, Tulsa OK - a place I should have attended long ago! I met Mike Seeklander there. Mike is a nationally ranked action pistol shooter and Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Shooting Academy. He has quite a past, as he's a Desert Shield/Desert Storm combat veteran, former police officer and SORT member, Branch Chief and lead instructor for the Firearms division, and an instructor for the Tactics and Physical Training divisions at the Federal Air Marshal Training Division in Atlantic City, NJ. Mike modified the neck index technique and demonstrated it for us. He brings the light up about the level of his temple/eye. As the flashlight is at about eye level instead of along the jaw, we're closer to lighting up what the eye sees. Instead of lighting up your hand and back of the gun, the light goes onto and over the sights. In our earlier neck index example, if light would end up behind cover, you go to Harries - but why? Using a "wrong side" neck index, you have to fold the wrist to get light on sights - and it still lights up the back of gun. Hold light to strong side temple, back of hand, not the knuckle, against your nugget. <table align="right"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="margin: 0px; font-family: arial,sans-serif;"> A view of the head index with light on the gun side of the user out in the open. </td></tr></tbody></table>If knuckle is contact, the light goes out to the right side for a right handed person shooter. With the back of the hand against the temple, the light tracks closer to the eye. We want to thank Mike Seeklander for explaining and demonstrating the technique for our readers. I believe there is improvement in using a head index over the neck index, but like anything else its effectiveness will depend on the user's practice.