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If you you have a rail, would you use a "flashlight" or a laser? In my thinking, it seems to me that a light illuminating the entire target area, i.e. the bad guy, would be better than a bead on a target I may or may not see all that well. Maybe I'm missing something about the laser thing, but for me it would be identify the threat as real (illumination) and then start shooting for center of mass. Thoughts?
 

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I'm thinking hi powered strobe light, It will totally blind anyone in its path, and if you have good night sights, u can still take pretty good aim

and you can also do some paper punching with the light on, see where the light focuses on the target and where the bullet goes compared to flash light, which could be just as good as a laser

If you want a laser, you still need a flash light or turn the lights on before you shoot, to make sure u aren't hitting a family member or just some drunk guy who thought it was his house

and trying I believe trying to find a laser on someone will take longer then getting your sight picture. but for car carry a laser might be better to Intimidate the bad guy for when a flash light isn't necessary
 

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Didn't know about the strobe option. Actually, having been on the receiving end of a strobe light (not firearms... the 70's, yea I'm old) I can see how that would be very effective. If the BG is prone to migraines, I might headache him to death!! Great in between option! Checking out the Streamlight after the typing.
 

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And in the middle of the night, I'd rather keep darkness behind me than turn on lights and let mister bad guy get a fix on me.
 

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My house has night lights in those few places that get dark. I mounted a Laserlyte on my PT-92. I don't need to see the gun sights in a darkened room. Theoretically, if I have to block a punch with my off-hand I will still know where the muzzle is pointed. Where the dot is, the hole goes.
YMMV
 

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Japan. Explain the Streamline to me, if you would.
Hre ya go..... I got mine from optics planet for $105 I think it was.... The light is friggin blinding!! It will definitely get someones attention and the laser is fully adjustable, no strobe option is the only drawback.
Streamlight TLR4 Compact Weaponlight w/Laser
By the way, the 5th picture on that page shows it mounted to a PT145...
 

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Hre ya go..... I got mine from optics planet for $105 I think it was.... The light is friggin blinding!! It will definitely get someones attention and the laser is fully adjustable, no strobe option is the only drawback.
Streamlight TLR4 Compact Weaponlight w/Laser
By the way, the 5th picture on that page shows it mounted to a PT145...
This might be a good addition to my second PT145. I can use it at night to keep by my bed.
 

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I have switched my primary HD gun from CT laser to rail mounted light. Did a few walk through scenarios and decided the variables of laser made me uneasy compared to the more simplistic approach of "if it's lit it's hit" - with the laser I always trained with a flashlight available for weak hand and to shoot strong hand. The light alone may give away my position ( rather than held off far left to distract) now I see that a good light is ( early on) blinding and I have a great sight picture. If I TCB quickly I do feel that I have the advantage AND. I can always f go dark any time I think it aids me in the situation. I'm betting that BGs probably do not have lights equal to mine. hoping I only think about this until I die of natural causes.
 

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This might be a good addition to my second PT145. I can use it at night to keep by my bed.
That's exactly what I do, I also use it to patrol the yard at night if I hear any noises that are out of the ordinary.... It has the option to switch between laser, light or both. Pretty nice little unit and not a bad price compared to some of the others out there.
 

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I don't have to worry about family members being in the line of fire as the only other person that should be in the house will be right beside me when TSHTF!
 

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...just my wife and me as well. "the Glocks come out at night" - one hopes not.
 

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I picked up a Centerpoint laser/light combo from Walmart for $40 a couple weeks back, mounted it on a tri-rail I put on my Mossberg 500 for home defense. The light has a flip up red filter in case I ever need to use it on coyotes or something of the type. If I'm clearing the house in the dark, I think it's good to be able to identify the target before I send a hot load of bird shot through the air. Plus the disorientation associated with being blinded by a 90 lumens light should hide the fact that I'm carrying a weapon and not just a flashlight. The laser is good for slugs though, if I decide to shoot them for some ungodly reason other than at the range.
 

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My bedside home defense firearms both have tactical lights.

If my home is ever invaded during the hours of darkness, I want to be certain I can identify the threat before pulling the trigger.
 

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I vote for light. Getting ready for work one day, when somebody appeared in the doorway. Almost grabbed gun but my wife said something. I had thought she was still in bed.
 
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