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        Why Every Home Defense Plan Needs a Flashlight

        Why Every Home Defense Plan Needs a Flashlight

        For many Americans, the choice to keep a firearm close at hand for home defense is a deeply personal decision based on an individual’s conviction to protecting himself and his loved ones from potential threats. What's interesting is that even though most people assume that the highest risk of encountering a home intruder occurs under the cover of night, there is still a debate of whether or not to equip one's firearm with a mounted flashlight.

        There's a diversity of perspectives on this matter. Some opt for a handheld flashlight, since they want to avoid inadvertently flagging a family member or pet with a firearm's muzzle. Conversely, there are those who forego any form of additional illumination, relying mainly on the idea that flipping a light switch will cause an intruder to run.

        However, the reality of home invasion scenarios can be far more complex. Merely illuminating a room may not scare away a determined intruder. In fact, it could potentially provide them with an advantage, alerting them to your presence and allowing them to prepare a defensive or offensive response which could result in a gunfight. Consider a scenario where an intruder is already inside your home, armed and intent on confrontation. In such dire circumstances, relying solely on the flick of a light switch may prove insufficient, if not outright hazardous, since it would alert the home intruder of your presence, which could lead to an ambush situation in your own home.

        This is where it becomes important to recognize the benefits of using a flashlight with a with a home defense firearm. Even if its primary function is to illuminate your surroundings and identify potential threats, a flashlight serves as a crucial tool for navigating high-stress situations in low-light environments. It's a matter of practicality and preparedness, ensuring that one doesn't stumble blindly into danger or inadvertently tip off an intruder.

        As mentioned earlier, one of the chief concerns of people who refuse to mount flashlights to their weapons is accidentally flagging their wives and children. However, modern lights like the INFORCE WML White Gen 3, attached to – for example, a pistol caliber carbine – don’t need to be pointed “down range” to illuminate a room.

        With its impressive output of 400 lumens on high mode and a beam intensity of 10,000 candelas, this tactical light boasts the capability to effectively illuminate a room without the need to direct it towards potential threats. By simply pointing it towards the ceiling, the space can be flooded with light, aiding in target identification while minimizing the risk of accidental muzzle sweeping.

        Moreover, statistical data from the FBI underscores the importance of being prepared for nocturnal threats. While burglary rates may exhibit a near-even split between day and night, violent crimes such as aggravated assault, manslaughter/murder, and rape significantly peak during nighttime hours. These sobering statistics underscore the necessity of being equipped to defend oneself effectively, particularly in low-light scenarios where visibility is compromised.

        Ultimately, the decision to integrate a flashlight with a home defense firearm transcends mere preference; it's a matter of prudence and readiness in the face of potential danger. By acknowledging the complexities of home invasion scenarios and embracing modern advancements in tactical illumination, individuals can empower themselves to navigate such situations with greater confidence and effectiveness.

        How Good are INFORCE lights?

        How Good are INFORCE lights?

        INFORCE lights are used by thousands of elite law enforcement and special operations personnel around the world. However, there are some naysayers online who claim that INFORCE products are poorly constructed and undeserving of their label as “tactical lights.” The issue is that those who complain are likely just a vocal minority who got unlucky with a dud product.

        The fact of the matter is INFORCE lights go through brutal government tests to make sure they're tough, reliable, and built to last. In this article, we'll tackle some common gripes and set the record straight on how INFORCE lights are really built.

        Issue # 1: They break very often

        Before an INFORCE product leaves the factory, they are subjected to a battery of tests until they meet or exceed the US Department of Defense’s MIL-STD-810H testing requirements, making sure that it survives in extreme conditions throughout its life cycle. They are also put through laboratory and live fire testing to ensure they can handle heavy recoil as well as drops, bumps, and adversarial field conditions. This is why thousands of cops and Tier One operators trust INFORCE for dangerous missions.

        Issue # 2: The battery drains even while the light is off

        Anyone who claims that their battery drains while the light is off has received a defective product. Contrary to what some might claim, customers do not need to “break the circuit” on their lights by loosening the front cap to extend the battery life. In fact, the battery drainage problem was only a problem with some early production lights, and the issue has been resolved with current production models.

        Issue # 3: Cannot be submerged

        The newest generation of INFORCE WML lights, the Gen 3s, are required to exceed basic military water testing (MIL-STD-810H) by surviving a dunk in 66 feet (20 meters) of water. Considering that the maximum depth of a certified PADI Open Water Diver is 60 feet (18 meters), that's some serious waterproofing, tough enough for even the most hardcore underwater missions by SOCOM operators. No matter if you're dealing with a sudden downpour, a kayaking trip gone wrong, or needing a light during a dive, INFORCE lights can handle it. They're built to survive the elements and keep shining bright, even in the wettest conditions.

        Issue # 4: Pressure pad lights are better

        While pressure pads are adequate for certain situations, INFORCE WML lights win out in terms of ergonomics.  The WML is wireless, so you don't need to worry about cords getting snagged or yanked loose in the heat of the moment.  It’s also equipped with a non-slip actuator for speedy activation at the top or side of your rail. Despite its toolless installation, the WML attaches itself securely to any MIL-STD-1918 or Weaver rail, making it a stable and dependable light.

        Don't let internet chatter cloud your judgement. INFORCE lights are battle-proven, trusted by law enforcement and special ops worldwide for a reason. They're tougher than nails, surviving brutal tests and real-world punishment. Plus, the WML series makes things user-friendly with a wireless design and easy mounting.

        Here at INFORCE, we're so confident in our lights that if you ever get a defective product, we will replace it, free of charge. Don't settle for rumors and see for yourself why INFORCE lights are some of the best tactical lights in the industry.

        INFORCE Tactical Lights Chosen by Elite French Special Operations Units

        INFORCE Tactical Lights Chosen by Elite French Special Operations Units

        Within the international military brotherhood, the French have some of the most well-trained and experienced operators on the European continent. With a history tracing all the way back to Charlemagne in the year 800, the French are the inheritors of a proud warrior tradition. Since the 1970s, French special operations forces have seen action everywhere from the deserts of North Africa and the palm-strewn island of Guadeloupe in the Caribbean to the streets of Paris.

        An elite fighting force is a combination of well-trained individuals and top-tier equipment, and INFORCE is proud to announce that its cutting-edge tactical lights have been handpicked by elite French special operations units. Among them are the fearless Air Parachute Commando No. 10 (CPA 10) and the dynamic RAID (Research Assistance, Intervention, Deterrence), who have both opted for INFORCE as their weapon light of choice for covert missions.

         

         

        Air Parachute Commando No. 10 (CPA 10)

        The CPA units, officially known as Commando parachutiste de l’air, are specialized air assault units operating under the French Air and Space Force. These units have a rich history, initially modeled after the Soviet airborne troops and molded to fit France’s specific strategic needs, the CPA is currently actively participating in conflicts such as counterinsurgency operations in North Africa and Afghanistan. CPA 10, one of the distinguished CPA units, focuses on reconnaissance, counterterrorism, and unconventional warfare. Notably, CPA 10 showcased its valor by defending the French embassy in Ouagadougou against a determined terrorist attack, demonstrating its competence and commitment to safeguarding national interests.

         

        RAID (Research, Assistance, Intervention, Deterrence)

        RAID, an elite tactical unit of the French National Police, was founded in 1985 with the primary mission to combat extremism and terrorism on French soil. Despite its relatively young age, RAID has earned a reputation for its exceptional performance in numerous high-risk operations against kidnappers, potential suicide bombers, and lone wolf terrorists. Operating with a consistent history of operational successes, RAID has maintained a remarkably low casualty count of only three since its inception. The unit has been actively involved in countering both foreign and domestic threats and collaborates closely with other renowned counterterrorist forces, such as the GIGN. In 2023, RAID units were deployed all over France to assist local police in dealing with nationwide riots after the killing of a North African teenager by police.

         

        Both CPA 10 and RAID have chosen the INFORCE WML White/IR tactical light for its exceptional durability and tactical versatility, making it an ideal companion for their missions. Specifically designed for low-light engagements, this tactical light boasts a peak intensity of 3800 candelas within a concentrated 400 lumen beam. Additionally, it features 100mW of infrared (IR) power, catering to the units' requirements for seamless integration with night vision optics. The INFORCE WML White/IR has proven to be a reliable tool, meeting the stringent demands of these elite units during their critical operations.

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        The use of INFORCE lights by French special operations forces is a testament to the quality engineering utilized in INFORCE lights and underscores the company's commitment to providing cutting-edge solutions for military and law enforcement professionals. As these elite units continue to operate in complex and high-stakes environments, their endorsement of INFORCE tactical lights reflects their trust in the brand's reliability, durability, and tactical effectiveness. INFORCE's collaboration with these esteemed units showcases its dedication to supporting those who safeguard national security all over the world, setting a standard for excellence.

        Your Home Defense Setup and You

        Your Home Defense Setup and You

        There’s a man I know who wants to get enough tactical equipment to hold off a small army by his lonesome. That includes a helmet mounted night vision monocular, two different types of bulletproof vests with deltoid and groin protectors, several types of knives for close quarters combat, and a spear.

        Now, realistically, in a home invasion scenario, one would hear – at most – a window shattering as a sign of an intruder. Many times, that’s the only form of early warning someone will have. There will be little to no time to don body armor, prepare night vision, and pick and choose weapons from one’s personal armory.

        Things like body armor, multiple weapons, and a bug out bag are great for when you have a large crisis such as a citywide riot or a natural disaster, ergo when you have time to prepare before “bugging out” to safety. However, defending your home when you’re caught by surprise is a different animal altogether.

        A person’s home defense response should involve him grabbing his self-defense items quickly and easily to respond to the crisis as swiftly as possible. For practical purposes, a home defense setup should consist of little more than a light and a gun.

        In a middle-of-the-night encounter, a home defender will most likely be facing his opponent wearing nothing but his pajamas and bunny slippers. There will be time for little else other than grabbing whatever is closest and running to investigate the disturbance.

        The common maxim goes that “the best defense is a good offense” and this is true even for defending your home. Walls can be scaled, windows can be broken into, and security cameras can be destroyed, but to take out a homeowner with a gun, any intruder will have to deal with the gun.

        One of the great advantages of a home defense gun is that it doesn’t always have to be compact. A shotgun or rifle allows more power than a handgun, but frequently has greater penetration. It should go without saying that one’s firearm of choice should be simple, ergonomic, and accurate (A 50 inch long bolt action rifle is a terrible choice for a home defense weapon). Semi-automatic is the way to go, since pump action or lever action guns can fall victim to short strokes and fail to fire in the middle of an adrenaline-fueled encounter.

        A light source is the second most item one must have for home defense. The vast majority of break-ins happen at night, and target identification is extremely important if you don’t want to shoot at a loved one who’s sneaking back in after a hard night of partying.

        For weapon mounted lights, an ideal addition to one's home defense arsenal is the INFORCE WML Gen 3. With an impressive 10,000 candelas of brightness packed into its powerful 900 lumen beam, this flashlight is designed to provide exceptional illumination in low-light situations. The concentrated brightness ensures clear visibility for target identification, an essential factor in preventing accidental harm during a home defense scenario.

        Crafted for durability, the INFORCE WML Gen 3 is built to withstand rugged conditions outdoors, making it a reliable choice for home defense purposes. Its resistance to dirt and sand, coupled with a waterproof rating of up to 66ft, ensures that it remains operational in various challenging environments.

        The flashlight's ergonomic design, featuring a nonslip button, contributes to ease of operation, allowing homeowners to quickly and confidently access illumination in a moment of crisis. By incorporating the INFORCE WML Gen 3 into one's home defense setup, individuals can enhance their ability to identify potential threats and take informed actions, aligning with the article's emphasis on practicality and quick response times.

        Handheld solutions may sometimes be safer, since they don’t require you to aim your weapon at whatever you’re illuminating the flashlight with. A pistol of your choice combined with the 700 lumen INFORCE TFx is also a viable choice for home defense.

        The essence of effective home defense lies in a pragmatic and swift response that prioritizes simplicity and functionality. While the initial inclination may be to amass an extensive array of tactical equipment, the reality of a home invasion scenario demands practicality. Quick decision-making becomes paramount, prompting the recommendation for a streamlined setup comprising a reliable light and firearm.

        The spotlight on the INFORCE WML Gen 3 underscores the importance of advanced yet user-friendly tools in enhancing one's home defense capabilities. With its remarkable 10,000 candelas of brightness and durable design, this weapon-mounted flashlight proves to be a valuable asset for clear target identification in low-light conditions. Moreover, acknowledging the need for versatility, handheld solutions like the INFORCE TFx present a compelling alternative, providing an additional layer of safety without the necessity of aiming a weapon during illumination.

        In navigating the realm of home defense, the key takeaway is the convergence of simplicity, quick response times, and advanced yet accessible tools. By adopting a practical approach and incorporating reliable equipment into our defense strategy, we empower ourselves to effectively safeguard our homes and loved ones in the face of unforeseen threats.

        Why Weapon-Mounted Flashlights are Important

        Why Weapon-Mounted Flashlights are Important

        Home defense is a serious matter, and when faced with the unexpected threat of a home invasion, having the right tools at your disposal can make all the difference. While your trusty shotgun or rifle might be your first line of defense, neglecting one crucial aspect can put you and your loved ones at risk: illumination. 

        Unlike shooting skeet, hunting, or other daytime outdoor shooting scenarios, home invasions most often occur under cover of darkness. This gives the home defender the unique challenge of identifying his target before pulling the trigger. After all, you can’t shoot what you can’t see. Without proper lighting, you're operating blind, risking misidentification and potentially harming innocent family members or pets. This is where a weapon light like the INFORCE WML Gen 3 becomes an invaluable asset for home defense. 

         

        Here's why a weapon-mounted light (WML) should be a cornerstone of your home defense strategy: 

        Positive Identification: Be aware of your target and what is beyond it. This core rule of firearm safety applies even more at night. A WML cuts through the darkness, allowing you to clearly see who or what you're aiming at thanks to its 900 lumens of lighting power and its 200m range. This not only protects innocent bystanders but also prevents legal ramifications from mistaken identity shootings. 

        Disorientation and Deterrence: A high-intensity light like the INFORCE WML Gen 3 series with its 10,000-candela beam can act as a powerful deterrent. The sudden flash of blinding light can disorient and confuse intruders and is capable of causing flash blindness even in broad daylight. This can give you precious seconds to assess the situation and take appropriate action. In some cases, this disorientation alone might be enough to send intruders fleeing. 

        Tactical Advantage: A WML enhances your tactical capabilities in low-light situations. It allows you to maintain situational awareness by illuminating potential threats in your surroundings and giving you a clearer picture of the environment. This newfound awareness can help you navigate your home safely and make informed decisions during a critical situation. 

        Beyond Home Defense: While a WML shines brightest in home defense scenarios, its utility extends beyond that. It can be a valuable tool for camping trips, wildlife encounters, or even everyday situations like checking on a strange noise outside your house. 

        Choosing the Right WML: Not all weapon mounted lights are created equal. When choosing one for home defense, consider factors like: 

        • Light intensity: Consider a light with a high-candela output for maximum disorientation and visibility. As previously mentioned, the INFORCE WML has 900 lumens and 10,000 candelas of concentrated intensity, making it ideal for a home defense scenario. 
        • Durability: Your home defense light should be built to withstand the rigors of recoil and potential drops. Made from glass reinforced nylon, the INFORCE WML is meant for the rugged outdoors and is meant to withstand dirt and sand while also being waterproof up to 66ft. 
        • Ease of activation: A switch that can be easily operated with one hand is crucial for quick deployment. On the INFORCE WML, this comes in the form of its ergonomic nonslip button, contoured to the shape of the human thumb, which ensures smooth, natural activation. 

         

        Owning a WML is only half the equation. Familiarize yourself with its operation, practice safe handling and aiming techniques, and consider seeking professional training to maximize its effectiveness in a high-stress situation. 

        By equipping your home defense firearm with a WML, you're not just adding a light source; you're adding a layer of safety, security, and tactical advantage. In the darkest of moments, a well-chosen WML can be the difference between fear and control or between life and death. Make sure you're prepared to shine a light on any threat that may come your way. 

         

        Additional Tips: 

        • Store your loaded home defense firearm and WML in a secure location, but one that is readily accessible in an emergency. 
        • Regularly test your WML's functionality and battery life. 
        • Never point your WML at anyone, even in jest, as it can cause temporary or even permanent eye damage. 

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