Thread: The torch thread.
10/04/2010 7:03pm, #11
Overseas, 80% or more of my work is at night, so I rarely am without a headlamp. Though I actually wear it around my neck. Much more convenient, and less prone to blinding people.
The current one I have:
I've had other models, but this is the one that has lasted the longest without being stolen or misplaced. Probably due to the fact that it's not particularly tacticool."No. Listen to me because I know what I'm talking about here." -- Hannibal
10/05/2010 7:30am, #12
Torches are good because they can sit in cars(in case of breakdowns) or pulled out if you hear a noise in the dark. Security guards for example never carry maglights because you can hit somone with them. They are carried because they are durable, will fit on a belt and produce a lot of light.
10/05/2010 10:18am, #13
First you say maglites never carried, but then say they are carried because they are durable ?
A torch isn't a weapon PERIOD.. it's a torch, that's what it was made and intended for. What the person does with it makes it a weapon (or not) don't confuse the two issues."To sin by silence when one should protest makes cowards out of men".
10/05/2010 1:48pm, #14
As for myself, I keep a Surefire 6p in my messenger bag. I also have a Streamlight TLR-1 that I put on my 9mm or my AR15 as needed.
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10/05/2010 2:28pm, #15
Carry 2 flashlights if you remotely think you might have to use one as a club.Best Vietnam War music video I've ever seen put together by a vet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDY8raKsdfg
10/05/2010 11:07pm, #16
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Anyone have any experience with those strobing high lumen lights? I would imagine that they are extremely effective hippie mace but have no evidence.
10/06/2010 7:17am, #17
I am just not a fan for a whole heap of reasons.
one of which is you cannot see the guy you are trying to hit when you take your torchlight off him and have a chance of blinding yourself.
I go through a couple of buildings that tend to scare the **** out of me and will usually go through with big torch and little torch.
I am not alowed to carry a bat though.
10/06/2010 3:37pm, #18
A torch isn't a weapon by any definition therefore if you're carrying a torch justifiably - because it's dark or, because you may work within a low level light environment, later using the torch as a means of self defence because it was in your hands or, about your persons isn't an issue.
Regardless of intent, (unless you are stupid enough to advertise the fact) carrying a torch with the intent of possibly having to use it as a means other than illumination would be a very difficult thing to prove in a court of law.
Say I was carrying a men's fitness magazine from the mess hall and got jumped on my way back to work, am I not allowed to defend myself using reasonable force to do so ? Therefore using the rolled up magazine (because that's how I'm carrying it) and smashing it in the face of the perp as part of my "reasonable force" defence is quite justifiable.
When I'm asked why I was carrying said magazine, I have a perfectly acceptable defence.
Carrying a large, well built and somewhat reliable torch on duty at night etc is likewise just as a "reasonable" defence. There doesn't need to be any deniability.
Why were you carrying that torch ?
Because I work in the dark and needed to see what I was doing
Why did you crack the skull of the person who assaulted you using the torch ?
Because it was in my hand at the time and I had no other course of action available to me as I feared for my life. I only hit the perp enough to stop the attack.
Last edited by Rock Ape; 10/06/2010 3:41pm at ."To sin by silence when one should protest makes cowards out of men".
10/06/2010 10:24pm, #19
Move out of Australia.
Get a "tactical" pen.
Just carry a bigger goddamned flashlight. I've got a stinger, with a $30 dollar LED bulb upgrade and rechargable batteries. Thing is as solid as my cock, and bright as ****. Why do I carry such a big ass flashlight? Because it is bright, reliable and comes with a warranty.
...and its heavy and solid enough I can beat the **** out of people with it.
But seriously, killer, its not like you light up someone with the beam, the you take it off them to hit them, and all of a sudden they're wearing harry potter's fucking invisibility cloak. You'll be goddamn fine.
10/06/2010 10:24pm, #20
Also, move out of australia. Seriously. It has been scientifically proven to house 500% of the world's most deadly animals, and you can't even carry **** to defend yourself.