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Old 08-05-2020, 05:24 AM
Rwehavinfunyet Rwehavinfunyet is offline
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Flashlights and new to IDPA.....

A dedicated attached flashlight is best IF weight and bulk is not problem.
The above quote was a response from a member answering the thread regarding using flashlights for IDPA competition. Since the OP is new, he may not know the rules of IDPA.... And unless the rules have changed recently, flashlights attached to a pistol are not legal.

Flashlights attached to the frame of a pistol are good for LE and Military, but not legal for IDPA competition......

I used a small Streamlight Ion flashlight as a Deputy Sheriff. I did not like the flashlight attached to the gun, since when in use, it gives away the position of the Deputy when searching/clearing a building. I preferred the Harries technique, and kept the flashlight relatively high in my weak hand....with my strong hand holding my firearm at low-ready and tucked into my chest.... Plus, a quick push on the back of the flashlight tube with my thumb would cause a strobe effect if desired, and a second push turned the flashlight off..... I never used my strobe function in LE, but it might be a good option to distract a suspect with a weapon in their hand....
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Old 08-05-2020, 11:04 AM
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Only if the shooter has the use of a single arm, is an attached light allowed.

I bought a Surefire, 15+ years ago, I'm sure it's old-tech now, but it works fine. It has the then-standard on/off switch in the cap, which can be screwed-in for continuous on.

The last match I shot with a low-light stage, required a light if you didn't have night sights, but the latter are rarely on "competition" pistols.
I've packed my light for this weekend's match, just in case.
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