Carrying Light With Firearms


This is an older picture and some EDC items have changed but the concept remains a constant.

There seems to be a misconception that a weapon mounted light is mandatory for edc. I do require them on my in-uniform duty weapons, but there is a difference in tasks and expectations between an on duty police officer and edc person running errands. The mandatory part is carrying artificial light. A handheld provides far more utility than a wml – but it does require a degree more of proficiency with your weapon to use compared to using a wml.

A handheld allows shining directly on a potential threat without putting your muzzle on it. Handhelds additionally allow the use of some more advanced techniques that just aren’t practical with a wml. Again- pointing a weaponlight at something or someone is also pointing the gun at them. Despite what the internet says, pointing guns at unknowns is normally not a good idea.

I’m not saying don’t use a wml, if you do- make sure you also have a handheld. Additionally, training is very much needed if you want to use a weapon mounted light. There are concepts people naturally do not seem to figure out for some reason that training can address. Putting a light on a gun needs a little more deliberate control.

(Yes there is no medical pictured, this post is focusing on the concept of lights)

Matt Landfair
Lead Editor/Contributor at Primary & Secondary
Active Law Enforcement background since before the turn of the century in the middle of no where. Firearms instructor, armorer, has attended numerous training courses including DARC, Follow Through Consulting, EAG, TMacs, and more boring mandatory popo training you can shake a stick at. Has died a million deaths by powerpoint. He has written for RECOIL Magazine, Breach Bang Clear, Soldier Systems Daily and Monderno. Enjoys long walks on the beach, blah blah blah… Known as Matt Prime or Riafdnal in some circles.
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