How to Use a Tactical Flashlight for Self-Defense

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How to Use a Tactical Flashlight for Self-Defense

How to Use a Tactical Flashlight for Self-Defense

How to Use a Tactical Flashlight for Self-Defense

For those not in the know, a tactical flashlight can be the best self-defense tool in your arsenal. Here’s how to use a tactical flashlight for self-defense.

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And you thought it was just a flashlight.

Here’s the thing: It is not even primarily a flashlight. It’s a weapon.

In the right situation when deployed correctly, it can be the difference between getting out alive, and being just another statistic.

As defensive weapons go, a tactical flashlight is among the best you can have if for no other reason than it is the one you can have with you at all times. 

You never have to worry about a right-to-carry permit. You can keep it on you in all public situations. You don’t have to register it. And you don’t have to acquire a special license to use it. 

You can buy one today without any waiting period, from most any store. You can get them for about $20. And you can get really good ones for about $50. 

But all those great flashlight options mean nothing if you don’t know how to use a tactical flashlight. First, you have to know how to choose a flashlight

How to Choose a Tactical Flashlight

This is the easiest part because any tactical flashlight is better than no tactical flashlight, and they are all pretty good.

Your biggest decision is probably the battery.

You can choose from a rechargeable lithium ion, or you can get one with replaceable batteries. This is the same decision you make for an electric razor. Whatever you have chosen there will probably carry over.

It is also a matter of fit. And there is no way to know how a flashlight will fit in your hand other than trying it. If you have a larger hand, you know you are going to need a larger light. 

The rest is lumens and buttons and features. Don’t lose sight of the fact that this is a defensive weapon. The bells and whistles are not as important as you might think.


How to Use a Tactical Flashlight

One of the most obvious uses of a tactical flashlight for self-defense is as a striking weapon.

If you bash an attacker in the face with one of these things, they will very likely stop attacking long enough for you to get away.

When learning how to use a tactical flashlight in a tactical situation, you will want to note the kind of head your flashlight has.

Many have toothed bezels for inflicting maximum damage. Some have smooth edges. Either way, you might find that a backhand strike gives you more power and control

Just be aware that the toothed flashlights are more likely to be confiscated at the airport. You will likely not have to relinquish a smooth headed light. It still strikes just fine.

Photon Torpedoes

A hundred lumens is enough to temporarily blind an assailant.

But the really good ones start at 1,000 lumens. When you shine 1,000+ lumens into someone’s eyes, you are essentially firing a photon torpedo.

That is often enough to frighten away an attacker. It will definitely blind and disorient them. 

At the end of the day, the biggest thing is not knowing how to use a tactical flashlight. It’s having a tactical flashlight on you. Even a poor use of it can save your life if you manage to deploy it at all. 

Once you turn that light on, remember these five words: 

  • Eyes
  • Nose
  • Teeth
  • Throat
  • Groin

In a tactical situation, don’t be coy. Aim for everything.

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