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Low-light HD gun challenge.

Discussion in 'Handguns: Accessories, Holsters, and Optics' started by Armored farmer, Sep 22, 2019.

  1. Armored farmer

    Armored farmer Member

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    With all the recent threads, and conflicting opinions in weapon lights, night sights, handhelds, I thought a little challenge might prove to be....enlightening.

    Not a contest, but a simple challenge to get out and shoot your hd gun in low light/no light situations. I dont care if it is handgun, shotgun, carbine....or whatever.
    Grab your bedside or hd gun and light combo, and find somewhere to safely shoot in the dark. I know that may not be so easy for some as it is for me in my location.
    My weapon and light both functioned perfectly. I was quite pleased with my gear. My shooting, however, not so much. I forgot that my SR9C shoots behind the front sight instead of my usual 6 o'clock hold.

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    Ruger SR9C
    Synderay rail mounted compact light (not recommended)

    15yds
    Offhand
    10 shots
    In the dark.
    Post a pic of your gun/light combo, whatever it may be.
    If you can get out and shoot, post a pic of your target too.
     
  2. jmorris

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    I built a special device that held a normally rail mounted light and had extended thumb switch I also incorporated to it. IDPA had rules against firearm mounted lights, so I looked at that as an opportunity.

    After quite a bit of practice I hauled it 6 hours to the low/no light West Texas Regionals in 2007 and shooting SSP I finished 120.04 seconds faster than the average and 12.15 seconds over 2nd overall in 8 stages (they droped one no light stage due to time constraints on the over crowded attendance). Never remember having been that far ahead of everyone, overall, at sanctioned match’s in the light. Just remember that one because it was the first one and I had the advantage.

    No targets but still have the wood.

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    I would post a photo of it but I loaned it to a friend years ago for him to copy and it was never returned. Looked like an open brass knuckle made from Hyvar that had an adjustable rail and spring steel for the switch. It didn’t effect dexterity reloading or tactical reloading. Actually almost had to shoot a stage twice because the RO said, “You couldn’t have shot that that fast.” I asked him how many shots the timer had recorded so he and the score keeper checked and said it was correct.

    Funny the details one remembers on things that are somewhat insignificant in life, I remember almost every stage of that match like I was watching a video of it.

    All that said, It’s going to be hard to beat a gun mounted light with an efficient switching device.
     
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  3. Armored farmer

    Armored farmer Member

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    A great story, and congrats for bringing home the bacon. That's a great feeling.
     
  4. FL-NC

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    I won't be doing any shooting for a bit due to some upcoming surgeries- jaw and right hand. But here's my 2 light equipped guns. The top one is a G19C with a TLR1 light/laser. A friend cerakoted it for me. That and the surefire 6P live in the nightstand. The lower one I call a Glock 19L. Another friend chopped it to take G19 mags, then undercut the trigger guard and did dragon scale type texturing. That one has a insight light and lives in the coffee table in the living room.It really is an awesome pistol, and is the basic design that I think the 19X should have been. Both have night sights.
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  5. herrwalther

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    Both carry guns have lights. No recent test targets. I am a believer to their advantage. Makes no sense to me when one of the rules is "know our target" why you would not want every foreseeable advantage in properly identifying said target.
     

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