When it comes to home defense, it’s safe to say that the vast majority of gun owners plan to confront trouble with their trusty sidearm. And why not?
Today’s handguns pack a whole lot of value into a very small, potent, and even economical package. We’ve dedicated many words to that effect here on Patriot Caller.
However, there’s one serious blindspot in this strategy that often goes unaddressed. And it has as much to do with effectiveness as it does protecting your loved ones.
This “blindspot,” as we’re very intentionally calling it, is a little thing we call “the dark.”
And while, yes, the problem is pretty self explanatory, overcoming the problem is more complicated than it seems.
For starters, it’s often been said that the majority of burglaries happen at night. This is actually incorrect. The vast majority of burglaries occur between the hours of 9am and 3pm (when people are likely to be at work). Nevertheless, it doesn’t have to be nighttime to be dark indoors.
Low light conditions are hard to simulate at the gun range, but if you run any in-home simulations, you’ll quickly learn how hard it is to get a good sight picture in a dim hallway or room.
Not only can you not see your target with clarity, you almost certainly won’t be able to see your weapon’s sights properly. Just as problematic, many indoors scenarios don’t allow the space or time to take a proper shooting stance.
Even if you could see your sights, you may not have the time or space to bring the weapon up to your line of sight. The two main solutions are, of course, to use either a laser sight or a rail mounted flashlight.
Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of each on the NEXT PAGE…