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        How to Use your Tactical Flashlight

        How to Use your Tactical Flashlight

        What is a Tactical Flashlight?

        A tactical flashlight is neither the plastic AA battery-powered light you get from a gas station, nor the large, bulky spotlight used for search and rescue operations. Rather, it is a high-performance, rugged, and reliable tool designed for combat, law enforcement, and survival situations. Built from durable materials like aircraft-grade aluminum, it is meant to withstand harsh conditions and rough handling. It delivers a powerful beam, often with multiple brightness settings, and usually includes features like strobe mode for disorienting adversaries and a bezel for self-defense. In other words, the tactical flashlight is a multi-purpose tool that isn’t used solely for illumination. Unlike an ordinary flashlight, a good tactical light can be used to gain a tactical advantage in either low-light scenarios or in broad daylight.

        Your typical tactical flashlights offer features and capabilities designed for high-stakes situations that ordinary flashlights do not such as:

        1. Blinding Brightness: Tactical flashlights emit an intensely powerful beam, capable of temporarily blinding and disorienting threats.
        2. Strobe Mode: This feature can disorient attackers, giving you the upper hand in a confrontation.
        3. Durability: Constructed from tough materials like aircraft-grade aluminum, they can take a beating and keep working in harsh conditions.
        4. Multiple Modes: Beyond just on and off, they offer various brightness levels and special modes like SOS signaling.
        5. Weapon Mounting: Many tactical flashlights can be mounted on firearms, providing illumination while keeping your hands free.

        These capabilities make tactical flashlights indispensable for military, law enforcement, and survival situations.

         

        Self-Defense (Flash Blindness)

        Flash blindness is a critical self-defense technique that leverages the sheer power of a tactical flashlight's beam. When activated, a tactical flashlight can emit a blindingly bright light. The INFORCE TFx, for example, has a peak beam intensity of 12,000 candelas, which overwhelms an attacker's vision. This intense burst of light causes temporary blindness even in broad daylight, rendering the threat unable to see for several seconds to even a minute, buying you crucial time to act. Along with blindness, the attacker experiences disorientation; their sense of direction and balance is disrupted, making it difficult for them to move or react effectively. The unexpected and overwhelming light can also induce panic or hesitation, further incapacitating the attacker. This technique creates an opportunity for escape, counterattack, or gaining a superior tactical position. Employing flash blindness is about using your environment and equipment to dominate the situation. It's a powerful non-lethal option that can turn the tide in a confrontation, providing you the critical edge needed for survival and control.

        Compared to other non-lethal self-defense methods such as pepper spray or tasers, flash blindness offers the advantage of instant effect and a greater range, allowing it to be deployed from a distance without needing to get into punching range of your assailant. Additionally, tactical flashlights can be used repeatedly without the need for recharging or refilling, making them reliable in prolonged encounters. They are also versatile in various environments and weather conditions, unlike pepper spray, which can be affected by wind, and tasers, which may be less effective on thick clothing, assailants on drugs, or in wet conditions.

        However, flash blindness has some limitations. The effect is temporary, lasting only seconds to a minute, whereas pepper spray and tasers can incapacitate an attacker for a longer duration. Flash blindness requires precise targeting, directing the beam into the attacker's eyes, which can be challenging under stress. While still effective in daylight, its effectiveness is also drastically reduced. Furthermore, while flash blindness disorients an attacker, it does not physically incapacitate them as effectively as a taser, which can immobilize, or pepper spray, which causes intense pain and respiratory distress.

         

        Strike Bezel

        The strike or crenelated bezel on a tactical flashlight is characterized by its jagged or serrated edges. The concept behind a strike bezel is straightforward: it can be used to deliver powerful, focused strikes to vulnerable areas like the face or hands, potentially causing pain and discouraging further aggression.

        However, striking with your bezel should not be your primary self-defense method when using a tactical flashlight. The reality is that doing so means you have allowed an attacker to get dangerously close, which contradicts the tactical advantage provided by the flashlight’s powerful beam. The flashlight's primary function is to disorient and temporarily blind an attacker from a distance, creating an opportunity for escape or further defensive actions without physical confrontation.

        Another myth is that a bezel strike is a guaranteed way to incapacitate an attacker. In practice, delivering an effective strike with a bezel requires precision, strength, and training—all of which can be compromised under the stress of a real-life encounter. Additionally, striking with a bezel can escalate the situation, potentially provoking more aggressive behavior from the attacker.

        Rather, a more practical use of the crenelated bezel is for function checking your light in scenarios where you do not want the full beam pointed toward objects or individuals. By placing the bezel against a flat surface and activating the light, the user will be able to check if it’s working and if the battery power appears to be at a usable level. When leaving the light unattended in the bezel-down position, the user can assess whether the light has been powered off by the absence of light bleeding through the gaps in the crenelated bezel. This means the user can quickly ensure their light will not be draining power when they are not using it.

        While a strike bezel adds a layer of versatility to a tactical flashlight, the real strength of a tactical flashlight remains in its ability to prevent close encounters by using its powerful beam to disorient and blind threats from a safe distance.

         

        Using your light as a kubotan

        Using your tactical flashlight as a makeshift kubotan—a small pencil-like rod used for self-defense—is a possibility, but it comes with significant risks that demand caution and careful consideration. A kubotan typically serves as a close-quarters striking tool, designed to deliver focused strikes to pressure points, joints, or sensitive areas of an attacker's body.

        However, repurposing your flashlight in this manner is not without drawbacks. Firstly, striking with a flashlight can potentially damage the device, compromising its functionality when you might need it most. Secondly, relying on a flashlight as a kubotan means sacrificing its primary function as a disorienting and blinding tool. This could leave you at a disadvantage in low-light situations where visibility is critical for survival.

        Furthermore, using any object as a self-defense tool requires training and practice to be effective. Without proper training, attempting to use a flashlight as a kubotan could result in ineffective strikes or even injury to yourself.

        Therefore, while using your flashlight as a kubotan is technically feasible, it is neither the most efficient nor the most practical use for a tactical flashlight in a self-defense scenario. Instead, prioritize utilizing the flashlight's primary function to disorient and blind potential threats from a safe distance. If physical confrontation becomes unavoidable, it's essential to have dedicated self-defense tools and training to handle such situations effectively. Remember, the goal is always to ensure your safety and well-being while minimizing risks.

         

        A tactical flashlight is a versatile and indispensable tool for self-defense, offering a range of features and capabilities designed to empower users in high-stakes situations. From blinding beams and strobe modes to durable construction and strike bezels, these flashlights provide a tactical advantage when navigating low-light environments or confronting potential threats. However, it's essential to understand the limitations and risks associated with certain techniques, such as relying on a flashlight as striking weapon. By prioritizing proper training, situational awareness, and the strategic use of their flashlight's features, users can maximize their effectiveness in self-defense scenarios while minimizing unnecessary risks. Ultimately, the goal remains the same: to ensure personal safety and security in any situation, using the right tools and techniques for the job.

         

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        5 YouTubers Review INFORCE Tactical Flashlights

        5 YouTubers Review INFORCE Tactical Flashlights

        INFORCE is known for innovation, durability, and performance in the tactical flashlight world. But don't just take our word for it—sometimes it's best to hear from unbiased voices. That's why we turned to five well-known YouTubers who took a close look at our various rifle and pistol-mounted lights. Here's what they had to say based on their hands-on experiences:

         

        Rainier Arms Media on the INFORCE WMLx Gen 3 White/IR Rifle-Mounted Tactical Light

        Rainier Arms Media praised the INFORCE WMLx Gen 3 White/IR for its significant improvements over its predecessor. This new model boasts twice the light intensity of the Gen 2 model, with a powerful output of 900 lumens and 10,000 candelas. The dual-functionality white/IR light in a compact package stood out, making it versatile for various tactical scenarios.

        The ergonomic angular activation switch, designed to contour to fit the shape of the human thumb, makes activation feel natural and easy, while the switch between white light and IR is smooth and intuitive. The safety switch is another notable feature, preventing accidental discharge of white light, which is crucial during stealth operations. The glass-reinforced nylon lens adds a layer of durability, setting it apart from competitors.

         

        Gray Man Operations Reviews the Wild 2 Pistol Light

        Gray Man Operations highlighted the INFORCE Wild 2 pistol light for its exceptional candela output. While it offers a standard 1000 lumens, its 25,000 candelas outperform several leading brands, creating a disorienting cool white light beam for potential aggressors.

        They also acknowledged the INFORCE Wild 2’s two activation paddles, allowing for momentary-on with a press and hold, and constant-on with a single tap. This design enhances control and usability. Its modern, angular design not only makes it visually appealing but also aids in recoil mitigation. Compatible with Alpha Tactics holsters and offering excellent value for its price, the Wild 2 is a top contender in the market.

         

        Shutter and Scope on the Wild 1 Pistol Light

        Shutter and Scope’s review of the Wild 1 pistol light emphasized its suitability for everyday carry (EDC). With a weight of just 2.9oz and a 500-lumen output, it strikes a good balance between power and portability. The aircraft-grade aluminum construction ensures durability, and its compatibility with any picatinny rail adds to its versatility.

        The ambidextrous switch system is praised for being the most intuitive activation setup available, providing ergonomic operation for both left and right-handed users. The cool white light is also easier on the eyes than the warm yellowish light from some competitors, offering clear visibility without as much harshness.

         

        Raptor Corp Reviews Both the Wild 2 and WMLx White (Gen 2)

        Raptor Corp’s dual review covered the Wild 2 pistol light and the WMLx White Gen 2 rifle flashlight. For the Wild 2, they reiterated its compact size, ambidextrous switch, and impressive 1000 lumens output. The light’s 300-350 yard range and 6061-T6 aluminum construction underscore its durability and performance, even in aquatic environments up to 66 feet deep.

        The WMLx White Gen 2, with its firm but toolless attachment, offers 800 lumens and a range of 200 yards. Features like the battery-saving safety lever, white/IR toggle switch, and strobe mode enhance its tactical utility. Its robust aluminum construction ensures it can withstand rigorous use.

         

        Rated Red on the TFx Handheld Flashlight

        Rated Red’s Alabama Boss shared an anecdote that highlighted the ruggedness of the TFx handheld flashlight. After losing the light during an armadillo chase, he found it months later, only to discover it had survived being run over multiple times by his side-by-side. Remarkably, the flashlight still performed as powerfully as when it was new, showcasing its extreme durability.

        INFORCE’s reputation for high-quality tactical lights is clearly supported by these thorough reviews. Each YouTuber highlighted unique features and benefits, from the ergonomic design and powerful output to the rugged durability and innovative controls. Whether you need a reliable rifle-mounted light or a compact pistol light, INFORCE offers options that stand up to real-world demands. These reviews affirm that when it comes to tactical lighting, INFORCE is a brand you can trust.

        The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Right Weapon Lights

        The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Right Weapon Lights

        Choosing the right weapon light is a critical decision for any firearm enthusiast or professional. There is more to the selection process than just choosing the brightest light available; factors such as compatibility, ease of use, and durability are crucial for a well-rounded and practical weapon light. This guide will walk you through the essential aspects to consider when selecting a light for your firearm of choice, ensuring you make an informed decision that enhances your tactical capability without compromising on practicality.

        The foremost consideration in choosing a weapon light is its compatibility with your firearm. Whether you have a pistol or a rifle, the light must fit securely and function reliably. Equally important is its compatibility with your carrying method. An unwieldy light can impede your ability to draw and maneuver your weapon effectively, turning a potential asset into a liability. Ensure the light integrates well with your setup, providing easy activation without hindering your movements.

        Mounting Considerations

        A weapon mounted light must be, as the name states, mountable. The type of firearm, its length, grip style, location of the charging handle, and additional accessories like foregrips or optics, all influence the ideal placement of the light. For example, the INFORCE WILD2, designed primarily for pistols, can also be effectively used on short-barrel PDWs like the Uzi Pro or APC9K, as well as certain PDW conversion kits. Firearms without traditional rails or attachment systems such as vintage rifles should be considered last for weapon light integration unless they have special adapters.

        Rail Style

        The rail system of your firearm plays a significant role in determining the appropriate weapon light for you. Common rail types include Picatinny and Weaver, but newer systems like M-LOK and KeyMod are also prevalent. For these negative space rail options, the light's compatibility with adapters is crucial. Many adapters convert M-LOK or KeyMod to Picatinny, but there are also models that fit flashlight bodies directly. It's important to measure your flashlight's body diameter, as sizes can vary, with most hovering around one inch.

        Holster Options

        When mounting a weapon light on a pistol, especially for everyday carry (EDC), it's essential to consider holster compatibility. Not all lights have readily available holster options, so check with holster manufacturers before making a purchase. If standard options are unavailable, a custom Kydex holster tailored to your specific light and pistol may be necessary.

        Lumen and Candela Output

        When evaluating the brightness of a weapon light, consider both lumens and candelas. Lumens measure the total light output, or how much the light illuminates an area, while candelas measure the light's intensity and focus. A high lumen count is beneficial for general visibility, but a high candela count is crucial for projecting a powerful, focused beam that can temporarily blind an opponent. For instance, the INFORCE WML Gen 3 boasts 10,000 candelas, making it highly effective for tasks like room clearing and self-defense.

        Ergonomics

        Effective ergonomics are vital for a weapon light. The activation mechanism should be easily accessible and intuitive under stress. A light mounted near the muzzle is impractical if it requires activation via a push-button end cap. Instead, options like pressure pad switches or thumb pads positioned near the support hand enhance usability. In high-stress situations, fine motor skills deteriorate, so a simple, reliable activation method is essential.

        Durability

        A tactical light must endure harsh conditions and the recoil of your firearm. High-caliber weapons, such as the SCAR-H firing .308 rounds, demand robust lights that remain functional after intense use. Additionally, the light should offer long battery life and solid construction, ensuring reliability as part of your emergency equipment, alongside your first aid kit and bug-out bag, assuming you already have those.

         

        Selecting the right weapon light involves careful consideration of multiple factors, including compatibility, mounting options, brightness, ergonomics, and durability. By evaluating each of these elements, you can choose a light that enhances your tactical effectiveness without compromising on practicality. Whether for professional use or personal defense, the right weapon light can provide critical illumination, enhance your situational awareness, and ultimately, increase your safety and effectiveness in high-stress scenarios.

         

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        Room Clearing with Momentary On and the Quick Peek

        Room Clearing with Momentary On and the Quick Peek

        When it comes to tactical flashlights, every operator knows the importance of precision and stealth. In the dimly lit corridors of a hostile environment, the "quick peek" technique becomes more than just a tactic – it's a lifeline. This technique involves a momentarily illumination of your flashlight briefly illuminating the darkness with a burst of light before either engaging the threat or retreating back into the shadows. The quick peek allows operators to assess threats without revealing their position to potential adversaries.

        In most cases, a quick peek will be performed in a room clearing scenario, where a home defender armed with a weapon and a weapon-mounted light will slowly and deliberately move around corners, using those corners as cover.

        But room clearing isn't just about what you see – it's about what you sense. Listen for any unnatural sounds, take note of any unnatural smells like cigarette smoke, weed, or unfamiliar body odor. If you hear a large number of people inside, you are most likely not going to successfully clear the room by yourself, and you would be better off preparing an ambush for them outside the hallway while calling for backup (911).

        In most home defense situations, the operator will be alone, and must therefore clear rooms alone. This is slightly different from doing dynamic room clearing.

        Always remember this principle: you want to fight what you can see without letting them see you. Entering a room without conducting the pie slice method could very quickly lead into an ambush situation where the room clearer is attacked from a slice of the pie he failed to check.

        With that in mind, it’s always important to compress your firearm as close as possible to your body when you’re not actively aiming to make sure the muzzle of your weapon isn’t sticking out into the room. If you’re not aiming down your sights, you also have a better field of view, allowing you to see more of the room you’re trying to clear.

        Unlike a team-based dynamic room entry, there is no reason for the room clearer to rush into the room. In a normal, dynamic room entry, there will be several teammates working in conjunction to cover all possible angles for attack. When clearing a room, no one is covering you, so a quick but cautious pie slicing technique while allowing yourself room to retreat is the most logical solution.

        The goal of the quick peek with your flashlight is to allow you to see into a threat area without giving the threat enough time to attack you.

        INFORCE lights are tailor-made for the quick peek technique. Take, for instance, our WILD1 and WILD2 pistol-mounted lights – activating momentary-on mode is as simple as pressing and holding the activation switches. For rifle-mounted lights like the WML White, it's a matter of toggling the LED lever to the rearward position to activate momentary-on mode. Keep it forward, and you've got constant-on mode at your fingertips. Now, for the WML White/IR variant, that same LED lever does double duty – toggling between white and IR modes. For momentary-on Just hold the light's activator. For constant-on, a single press will do the trick. Keep the LED lever forward for white mode, and rearward for IR mode. It's that straightforward.

        The "quick peek" isn't just a flashlight technique – it's a lifeline in the darkness. Whether it's a room-clearing scenario or a lone operator defending their home, room clearing demands acute senses and strategic finesse, and when used in conjunction with the pie slice method, ensures you maintain the upper hand. The principle of fighting what you can see underscores the importance of caution, and with INFORCE lights, purpose-built for the quick peek, operators have the tools they need to navigate darkness with confidence. From pistol-mounted WILD1 and WILD2 lights to rifle-mounted WML White variants, operators stay in control, no matter the mission – illuminating the path to success, one tactical maneuver at a time.

         

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        What kinds of flashlights do SOCOM operators use?

        What kinds of flashlights do SOCOM operators use?

        A SOCOM operator, short for Special Operations Command operator, embodies the pinnacle of elite military capability. These individuals are the tip of the spear, honed through rigorous training and battle-hardened experience. They operate with unparalleled precision, adaptability, and resolve in the most challenging and hostile environments imaginable. SOCOM operators are masters of their craft, integrating cutting-edge tactics, advanced weaponry, and unwavering determination to accomplish the most demanding missions with unmatched efficiency. They epitomize professionalism, courage, and commitment, serving as the vanguard of national security and the embodiment of excellence in modern warfare.

        When it comes to gear, Tier One or SOCOM operators don't settle for anything less than the absolute best. They demand equipment that's as tough as they are, reliable in the most extreme conditions, and optimized for peak performance. This is true for all their equipment, but especially for mission critical items such as weapons, armor, communications devices, and illuminating devices.

        Every operator knows that when the sun goes down or they're navigating through dark, hostile territory, they need a flashlight they can trust with their lives. Flashlights and night vision devices are vital for missions done under the cover of darkness such as infiltration, room clearing, hostage rescue, and others which require a degree of stealth.

        That's where INFORCE comes in. Our tactical flashlights are purpose-built for the harshest environments, delivering blindingly bright light precisely where it's needed, giving operators the advantage in any situation.

        Our tactical flashlights are the go-to choice for elite units across the globe. Utilized by United States Tier One personnel across four branches, our products are also in the inventories of elite foreign operators like the British SAS, the Australian SASR, French special forces, and Canadian SOF, who all rely on our gear to get the job done right.

        SOCOM personnel choose their gear based on durability, reliability, effectiveness, and versatility. INFORCE has all four of these attributes. For example, operators know that when it comes to clearing rooms and navigating tight spaces, every advantage counts. That's why they've adapted our WML Gen 3s to serve a dual purpose – not just mounted on their firearms, but also affixed to their helmets.

        When a team breaches a door and enter a darkened room, some operators angle their helmet-mounted lights upward, casting a soft glow across the ceiling which illuminates the entire room. This clever tactic, known as "umbrella" or "shower" lighting, allows them to illuminate their surroundings without giving away their position. By avoiding the telltale beam of light down the hallway, they maintain the element of surprise, staying one step ahead of their adversaries.

        INFORCE lights are also fit for use by Navy frogmen. When Navy frogmen slip beneath the surface, their gear must perform flawlessly under pressure. Thanks to their high depth tolerance, INFORCE lights remain fully functional. Whether it's conducting covert underwater missions or navigating murky waters, INFORCE lights are trusted to perform both on land and at sea. The INFORCE WML Gen 3, for example, is engineered with double gaskets and Teflon seals, ensuring it can withstand depths of up to 66 feet slightly beyond the limit for PADI-certified Open Water divers.

        As operators move through the shadows, their night vision devices rely on amplifying existing light for them to see, which is where INFORCE WML Gen 3 White/IR lights come into play. Designed to seamlessly integrate with night vision devices, the WML Gen 3 White/IR can seamlessly toggle between visible white light to invisible infrared with the flick of a switch. provide a clear view of the terrain ahead. But in the absence of light, navigating hazards can be treacherous. That's where the INFORCE WML White/IR steps in, casting a covert infrared beam that illuminates their path without giving away their position to the enemy.

        Elite units worldwide trust INFORCE to illuminate their path through the shadows of the most critical missions. From the fierce battlegrounds patrolled by US Special Operations Forces to the distant theaters where our foreign allies operate, our lights ensure operators possess the crucial advantage needed for success in low light environments. Whether affixed to weapons or helmets, whether breaching doors or infiltrating enemy lines, INFORCE lights empower warfighters to confront danger with unwavering confidence and surgical precision.

         

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