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02-22-2011, 20:27
There is a great niche in handheld lights for civilians. I grabbed a few models, myself, over the past weekend.

Aside from lighting the path when in dimly lit areas, are there any roles in self defense? Temporarily blinding assailant. Using strobe to disorient?

Mas Ayoob
02-23-2011, 08:06
The strobe doesn't disorient them to where they fall down and go into convulsions or anything, but they do seem less able to see your partner moving in on their flank. Bear in mind that strobe effect works in both directions: you see in "freeze frame snapshots" and won't be able to recognize an opponent's weapon or threatening movements as quickly.

Alone, I prefer solid beam. Two people working together, one with strobe in threatening individual's face and the other watching the hands with solid beam seems to work best.

Sweeping strong light into the eyes can cause them to involuntarily close and move their head, but don't be expecting too much.