EDC Flashlight Tactics & Technique
In the The Myth of the EDC Flashlight as a Self Defense Weapon article, we discussed that the primary role of an EDC personal security flashlight is for the detection and assessment of threats. We also discussed how a small EDC flashlight should not be considered a weapon, but how it can be used to create a photonic barrier to evade and escape an assault.
In the What I Learned about Flashlights at a Low Light Pistol Class article, we discussed how an EDC flashlight should be configured for self defense use. The key take-away is there are certain features that are desirable and some that should be avoided.
Understanding the role an EDC flashlight can play in self protection, and how the flashlight should be configured for this purpose, this article will focus on the tactics and techniques that can be used to enhance our situational awareness and better protect ourselves from criminal activity.
The Low Light Setting
The photos used in this article are meant to depict this kind of setting, which most of us encounter on a regular basis - especially in the winter months. We use a cardboard silhouette target to represent other people we might encounter in a low light setting.
When entering a low light environment, the flashlight should be “pre-deployed” and already in-hand. This is a habit that is easily established as part of our daily routine, and is key to effectively using an EDC flashlight for self protection.
For the purpose of situational awareness and self protection, the bursts of light should be made randomly in a wide arc, and with longer light-off intervals in between. The light should NOT be left on constantly! Doing so will only serve as a beacon for others to track our step-by-step movement.
The goal is to use just enough light to maintain situational awareness while also blending into the low light setting ourselves.
In the vast majority of cases, non-threats will adjust their course of travel to avoid coming any closer. Alternatively, we can adjust our own course of travel to accomplish the same thing - those who pose no threat will simply continue on their way.
By itself, our EDC flashlight can be used to create a photonic barrier by shining the light directly into the eyes of the threat. This will temporarily blind the threat and provide a window of opportunity to evade and escape. Though it cannot be depended on, it might also deter the threat from advancing any further.