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Handheld or Gun-Mounted Light?

Handheld or Gun-Mounted Light?

Here’s a concealed carry conundrum: Whether to carry a handheld or gun-mounted light. We’ve all been over this a few times in our minds, I’m sure. Let’s run through it again and see where you land on the matter.

First, the issue of whether to carry a light. Really a good idea to do so. Just the “know your target” rule should be more than enough to settle this one.

Second, now that you know carrying a light is a really good idea, here are some pro’s and con’s of carrying a handheld light…

Pro:

  • You can use your light when you all you need is just a light. Take this Viridian V100 out of a pocket or carrier and the worst people will think is you’re hyper-prepared for just about anything.
  • A handheld light can be a deterrent to a would-be attacker. The light itself can be pointed in the eyes or, with some lights, the case or bezel of the light can be used as a strike weapon.

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Con:

  • A handheld light requires an extra hand and an extra motion to put it into action.

Okay, now that you’ve started a bit of mental wrestling with whole handheld light concept, here are some pro’s and con’s of a gun-mounted light…

Pro:

  • Light comes out when the gun comes out — one unit, one motion. Very efficient.
  • A gun-mounted light may be more powerful and effective than a handheld light. This TruGlo Tru-Point laser/light combo puts the unit’s on/off switch right at your extended trigger finger and, when turned on, not only emits a room-filling bright white light, but also a green laser to aid in aiming.
  • Whatever you’re aiming at with your gun, you’re already aiming at with your light. But…

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Con:

  • Whatever you’re aiming at with your gun, you’re already aiming at with your light. So this light is only coming out if there’s a threat needing the attention of your gun; you shouldn’t use it for any other purpose.
  • Adding a gun-mounted light adds some challenges to carry and concealment: Not only is there more gun and gear to conceal but also holster options, while increasing, are still fewer than standard holsters.

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While we’re discussing this (in the comments below), I’m going to put this TruGlo Tru-Point through its paces. So check back later for a full review. In the meantime, let me know your thoughts on handheld versus gun-mounted lights and lasers…

— Mark Kakkuri

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