Versatility in an important quality for all survival equipment and skills. That goes for your pistol as well, and your defensive shooting skills and strategy. One of the major considerations for versatility in defensive pistol shooting is low light shooting and target acquisition in low light. Three pieces of gear that help with this are night sights, laser sights, and white lights (mounted on your pistol or in your weak hand). This is a look at the strengths and weaknesses of each of these items.
Night sights will allow you to get sight alignment in low light or even no light situations. This will mean that you can accurately predict where your shots will impact, but without a source of light, you will not always know what your shots will impact on. If you are responding to a suspicious sound in your home at night, you will not be able to find a potential intruder that might be hiding in the dark.
Laser sights can provide greater accuracy than night sights. Targets can be acquired almost instantly, and there is a definite intimidation factor when using a laser sight. If your adversary sees a laser on a firearm that is aimed at them, they know that you will put shots on target, which is a great deterrent for them to attempt to fire on you. But, like night sights, a laser will not help you to identify a target in low light or no light. A laser will also give your location away to anyone that is hiding in the dark.
If a white light is mounted on your pistol it will give illuminate the area that your shots will impact, it will allow you to search a dark area, and it also provides an intimidation factor like a laser. It will also make your pistol slightly more difficult to conceal by adding some weight and bulk to it, though this isn’t a significant difference. If the light is not mounted, it will require you to use your weak hand which will reduce your shot accuracy and will require that you have to draw two items in a high-stress situation.
Regardless of which option, or combination that you chose to use, make sure that you do not neglect preparing for defensive shooting in low light or no light situations.
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