quote:Originally posted by rykyard:quote:Originally posted by rykyard:
The same light orientation holds true for reloads and type I malfunctions. For tactical reloads (and to a lesser degree with emergency reloads) I have a tendency to bring the barrel of the weapon up, this comes from (I think) an exaggeration of the “bringing the weapon into my workspace”. It becomes very apparent that during lowlight conditions it makes me project a bright target indicating beam out into the night sky and completely out of there zone where the threat might be.
I've been thinking about this and in retrospect I'm fairly sure I would usually have the light off during these types of situations, especially if I had a partner to cover me. My stating that the instructor's recommended weapon orientation (flat and on directly towards the threat) while performing these operations doesn't necessarily mean that John was advocating the light being on (I just don't recall).
I prefer to keep the weapon pointed at the target with my eyes on them the entire time during reloads if I can swing it. I want to be sure I can see where they are moving and what they are up to. I'd definitely try to keep the light on them so I can see where they are moving for my follow-up shots. Otherwise, when my light comes back on after the reload, I may not know where they went. Of course this would also depend on whether they are firing back at me during the reload.