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    Quote Originally Posted by Treo View Post
    I think it’s situation dependent. I happen to have better night vision than Dracula and I almost never use a flashlight no matter where I’m at. In my home I can step out the bedroom door and cover 2/3 of the house. And the lights from the car port would backlight anyone in that space.

    That said, a flashlight can also be used to blind an intruder and I would consider it for that.
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    I keep my house as dark as possible during the night. (This means no night lights or any other type lighting inside.) The lighting outside makes it difficult for anyone to see into the house from outside; while strategically opened blinds allow me to see outside from a darkened house. I do have a flashlight. But, it's only to help me gain the advantage and not for lighting the way.


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    For me the main use for a flashlight is to identify your target. Is it the neighbor kid that has snuck in to see one of your kids? Your kid sneaking in late? The spouse tripping over the rug on the way back from the fridge? The normal night light in my house would tell that I had an intruder but probably not who it was. Also if you have a light shined in your eyes you will find that your night vision goes to hell fast ever if you are Dracula.

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    Remember, if you can see inside your house from the available ambient light, so can an intruder. By spotlighting the intruder, you take away his current ability to focus on you in the ambient light. His chances of hitting you with any weapon is reduced, since he cannot readily focus his eyes to the change in light. By holding your light in one hand and your weapon in the other, you are able to hold your light at arms length away from your position. Should he shoot at the light source, you have minimized his chance of hitting you, while giving yourself full opportunity to drop him where he stands. Have a family member shine a light at you once your eyes have adjusted to the ambient light for a second, and then turn it off, and you will see exactly what I mean. My vote - flashlight. Almost forgot, don't wear white to sleep in, if you wear anything. Always sleep in dark colored t-shirts or pajamas, for the same reason - harder to see you in the dark using ambient light.
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    Because of the light coming through the windows and it is just my wife and me I would not use a flashlight.

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    It's only my wife and I and if shes not in bed when I get woken up, I would be even more careful than usual to identify my target before firing.

    My reasoning on the flashlight making you a target is this...if I were a bad guy, and not really concerned with "collateral damage" I might be inclined to just send a lot of lead flying in the direction of the flashlight. As the homeowner, I am going to be a little more concerned with what/who I'm shooting at, the location of loved ones or animals, and what's behind my target. I would imagine bad guys don't care so much about those things.

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    I use the flashlight on the end of my shotgun. I have kids, and while its rare that they move around at night, it happens and will continue to happen. We have an emergency plan in effect and they know to move to the designated area.

    Still gurgling treo? Funny how the "man" with a picture of a cartoon preteen girl as his avatar is calling other people names. How manly. Does you mommy know you're on the internet?

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    What does "TCD" stand for in this context? (Thanks!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpiritUSA View Post
    What does "TCD" stand for in this context? (Thanks!)
    He's too lazy to type my name. He is a coward though. He will tell you this day in and day out under the guise of being an "anti sheepdog."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lakeland Man View Post
    This came to my mind after reading an article about "things that go bump in the night". The author heard something in the middle of the night. He grabbed his gun and flashlight and went to the top of the stairs.

    Now, I only speak for myself. But in the middle of the night, when I've been awakened by a noise, I don't even consider getting a flashlight. Here's why...

    Between streetlights, nightlights, appliance lights, and the occasional accent light, my house has enough light to enable me to see quite well when my eyes have adjusted to the dark.

    I am intimately familiar with the layout of my house and the placement of the furniture. I don't need a flashlight to navigate in the house.

    Because of my familiarity with the environment, I feel that a flashlight "gives my position away" to a potential intruder. If armed, they only need to shoot at the light to improve their chance of hitting me.

    If I were in unfamiliar territory, I would (and have) relied on a flashlight to make my way. I have cleared buildings with a flashlight and a pistol in the past, but those were different circumstances.

    I invite you all to chime in on this topic. Please try to keep the "what if" scenarios to a minimum. You could introduce kids, pets, house guests and who knows what else into the situation. There is no single correct answer that fits every possibility.

    What say you?
    I absolutely agree with everything you said. My only known advantage in my house is the fact that it is my house. My only other advantage is my strategy that keeps my bedroom door locked and backed up with a door stopper and the door will not be opened by me to "clear" the house (only my wife and I and no children or others, which makes for more difficult decisions). Everything in my house is insured and replaceable--I am also insured but I am not replaceable should the BGs be better at this gun stuff than me; I will not leave my bedroom but go through a prescribed set of procedures that include calling 911, opening garage doors and activating car alarms, going to a defensive position in my bedroom with sight to the door but not from the door to me--all of this while I obtain my semi auto FN 5.7 with its 21 shots and my shotgun with #1 buckshot. I am not about to have a flashlight tell anyone where I am. They will take what they can if 1. they do it before LEOs arrive or 2. they do not try to come into the bedroom. If they try the bedroom and defeat the lock, my only concerns after the fact will be my need to replace the door jam and replace the carpet after the appropriate authorities remove the garbage from my bedroom.

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