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    Rail Light Or Not - Your Opinion For A Home Defense Handgun

    Can you guys/gals share your opinions on whether a rail mounted light, from a tactical standpoint, is...

    a) BETTER than a hand-held light

    b) Either one - doesn't matter

    c) NOT as good as a hand-held light


    This would apply ANY handgun you might have experience with, Taurus or not. Also, is the contention that a mounted light can cause malfunctions in cycling an "old wife's tale" or is it based in fact? (I enter this on the PT92 thread because that's the gun I'm seriously considering next, but again, your experience with any handgun with a light leading to a malfunction, or not causing a malfunction, would be good.)

    The malfunction issue is new to me, I just stumbled on a couple articles about it (it's always something, right? ) If there is anything to this, it would make me rethink the necessity of my next gun HAVING to have a light, which is where I am at right now...
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    None of my firearms have any rail lights. I don't even own a light I could put on the rail, well without using duct tape that is.

    I can see just fine in my house at night the vast majority of the time between ambient light from outside and the multitude of lights inside (clocks, DVR's, electronics etc). For those rare occurrences, maybe a power outage in a thunderstorm I have a handheld flashlight. Speaking form a purely tactical calculation as Sun Tsu would say, in my home I have the advantage over the terrain which gives me an edge from the start. In my opinion I loose some of that advantage with a light shining.

    If I was going into somewhere unknown that would change the calculus. But for home defence I never saw the need for a light beyond a handheld one in those rare instances I mentioned above.

    I would go with handheld over rail mounted for home. It gives you more versatility in my opinion.

    Just my 2¢.
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    I have a rail light on a tactical-length 12 gauge shotgun. I also have a small-but-powerful handheld light on my nightstand; that is my primary. The rail light is either a backup, or else when I need both hands on the 12 gauge but I need a light, too. Remember the adage, "Two is one, and one is none." Ol' Man Murphy is always standing at your shoulder when things get tense.

    Or when the cattle and horses get out at 2:00 AM, and that flashlight you grabbed decides to fry the filament in a brief flash as you head out the door in boots and pajamas.
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    No rail on any of my firearms.
    I don't need to give the intruder a nice bright target to shoot at.
    Plus I know my house and where everything is in the dark.
    If I need to see I just flip a light switch.
    There are only two options as I see it.
    Either I'm right, or there is a sinister
    conspiracy to conceal the fact that I'm right.





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    I'm used to a hand held light, my father was a LEO and taught me to use one that way. I have thought of using one on my bedside gun a XD-9 but I know the layout of my house and have nightlights in all the right places. Inside my house I doubt I would need a flashlight anyway. Even though I have a very bright bedside light.

    I did have one on a tactical 12 gauge for a bit but found the batteries were always dead. It's not like it gets a lot of use. My home is protected by very bright motion sensor lights on the four corners and they light up everything out back to the field. The front is triggered by anyone walking in the street or by my car.

    Plus I carry a small but powerful 600 Lumen light in my pocket that has bright, turbo holy crap bright and strobe. It's made by Protech and is called the Pro600RC rechargeable task light and it comes with a head strap. I got one for my dad, it is highly recommended. It recharges by a small magnetic USB cable and last forever on a charge.
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    Handheld - more versatile.

    The first light an intruder would see would be muzzle flash wouldn't it?

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    I don't see a problem with putting a good light on your rail, if you feel like doing so. At the very least, it would free up a hand to do other things. Having said that, I don't currently own a rail light. I had a TLR-1 a long time ago but sold it because I really didn't use it all that much. I think if I bought another one, I would mount it on my bedroom gun, just in case I needed it.
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    I put a light on my HD gun....never used it yet. ......but I do believe a hand held light would be better.
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    No lights on any of my home defensive weapons. I am also of the opinion that >I< know my house (inside and out) better than any intruder so in a defensive situation why light up your position and tell your attacker "Hey, I'm over here!!!" when you have the tactical advantage of positional awareness. I do have a handheld flashlight with a bazillion lumens if I need to do a simple (non life threatening) interior or perimeter search.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 45 Forever View Post
    I'm used to a hand held light, my father was a LEO and taught me to use one that way. I have thought of using one on my bedside gun a XD-9 but I know the layout of my house and have nightlights in all the right places. Inside my house I doubt I would need a flashlight anyway. Even though I have a very bright bedside light.

    I did have one on a tactical 12 gauge for a bit but found the batteries were always dead. It's not like it gets a lot of use. My home is protected by very bright motion sensor lights on the four corners and they light up everything out back to the field. The front is triggered by anyone walking in the street or by my car.

    Plus I carry a small but powerful 600 Lumen light in my pocket that has bright, turbo holy crap bright and strobe. It's made by Protech and is called the Pro600RC rechargeable task light and it comes with a head strap. I got one for my dad, it is highly recommended. It recharges by a small magnetic USB cable and last forever on a charge.


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