Sunday, October 10, 2010

Every Day Carry Flashlight Thoughts

I just thought I'd put a post up about the idea of every day carry (EDC) flashlights. I've often seen people carrying pocket knives, multi-tools, and even firearms as part of their EDC gear. Personally, I don't think that I've ever seen anybody carry a flashlight as part of their EDC gear. I have heard of people who carry them through internet communities, but I haven't seen random people pull a flashlight out of their pocket when a situation called for it. I think that this stems either from an idea of not seeing a flashlight as a necessary tool, not finding a flashlight of acceptable brightness, or not finding a flashlight that is easily carried.

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These people, however, are living in the past. Nowadays, the advancements in flashlight and LED technologies have been so drastic that you actually can have a small and powerful light, with a decent runtime that doesn't cost a fortune. Some examples that you can find are flashlights that I've previously reviewed such as the FOURSEVENS Maelstrom MMS, the FOURSEVENS Preon P1 and the FOURSEVENS Preon P2. These are just a few, among many many others, that can be found on the market today.

Nowadays, if you plan on being prepared for an even broader spectrum of unexpected situations, whether emergency or not, a flashlight should definitely be part of your EDC tool kit.

Just to stir up your imagination, here are some possibilities of situation that would be greatly aided through the use of a simple flashlight, ranging from the simple task to the extreme emergency. See if you can think of any other situations. By the way, most people would just use their cell phones as a light source for the less extreme examples; I know because I'm guilty of that too.

- Attaching an A/V cable to the back of your television
- Lighting up a keyhole to more easily put your keys in your front door
- Finding your keys after dropping them in a dark movie theater
- Looking under the hood of your car at night
- Investigating a suspicious noise that you heard while taking out the trash
- Shining a light in your friends eye to check for pupil dilation after he hit his
   head (no dilation = concussion)
- Temporarily blinding an attacker while walking home at night
- Searching a car wreck at night for survivors after witnessing a severe traffic

Like I said, these are just a few situations where having a flashlight would be beneficial, some being more serious than others. As you can see, not all of these situations were even at night. Even in the day, a flashlight can be beneficial and even life-saving.

I hope that I have at least got you thinking a little bit about the idea of carrying a flashlight with you everywhere. Throwing a small flashlight in your pocket when you get dressed in the morning is definitely something that you should consider. With the size, brightness and even price of lights nowadays, there is little reason not to.


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  2. I'm an NRA certified pistol instructor who teaches classes designed to qualify a person to obtain a Colorado Concealed Carry License. There is little point in having and knowing how to use a handgun to defend yourself our your family if you aren't prepared to use it. Part of being prepared to use it is being able to accurately identify a potential threat and what (if anything is behind it). If you are in a dark place that means you are probably going to need a flashlight to be able to effectively and responsibly use your handgun. The preferred means of dealing with a dangerous situation is to avoid it in the first place. The next best is to defuse and deescalate the situation. But if all else has failed, you need to identify your assailant and what is near them. As an added benefit, a bright flashlight might temporarily blind and assailant and give you a couple of precious additional seconds to react. If you EDC a handgun, you need to EDC a good quality flashlight.

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