Handgun Radio 250 - Lights & Lasers


Hello and welcome to Handgun Radio! I’m your host Ryan Michad from the wild woods of Central Maine, and this is your home for all the news, information and discussion in the handgunning world.

This week, we talk lights & lasers!

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Week in Review:

Ryan: -Ryan Pizza Oven

Weerd:  Was in Vermont all week at a camp.    Lots of gun and Second Amendment talk,  not much guns.

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Main Topic: Lights & Lasers!

Listener Manuel suggested this topic


  • Lumens

  • Features (Flash/Strobe/Steady)

  • What about guns without a rail?

  • Mounted light vs handheld

  • Durability 






- Different mounting options (Grip/Underrail/Rear sight base)

- Still need to train with sights

- Lasers need to be calibrated

- Difficulty seeing the dot during varying light conditions

-           Lazer Color,  Red V Green



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HGR 032 - Flashlights, Lasers & Gadgets

HGR 032 - Flashlights, Lasers & Gadgets

This week, Ryan and guest Steve from Gun Guy Radio and the Firearms Radio Network’s LE Consultant discuss the various flashlight techniques with handguns, the different lights & lasers you can put on your handgun, and some of the advantages and disadvantages of them!

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Week in Review:


  • Worked on videos for FRN and my own YouTube channel be sure to go check them both out!
  • I know it isn’t a handgun, but I have been reading up on the Vulcan/Hesse/Blackthorne products ever since I watched a video and read some posts regarding the quality of these firearms. It seems this company changes it’s name every time sometime happens to one of their products. In the above link, a shooter using a .50 BMG Vulcan Bolt Action had the gun let go upon firing and the bolt lodged in the shooters neck. Yet another Vulcan shooter lost several fingers and some eyesight in a similar situation. These unfortunate incidents has led me to start work on a topic for an upcoming show: Guns we wish we hadn’t bought. Email me with the guns you wish you hadn’t bought at ryan@handgunradio.com
  • Did my We Like Shooting Shootout Challenge Redemption today.  Did MUCH better than I did last time, and I used the 1851 Pietta Colt Navy blackpowder revolver too!


  • Completely disassembled my model 640 and managed to get it all back together.  Going to move on to my model 66 next.  Found a great deal on some 38 spl +p ammo so I bought it and thinking of going back for more.  Renewed interest in revolvers.

Main Topic: Flashlights, Lasers & Gadgets

Why do we need a flashlight?

What makes a good flashlight?:

  • Durability
  • Multi-use design (utility and defensive)
  • Long battery life
  • Lumens
  • Easily accessed and positive on-off switch

Weapon-mounted or independent?:

  • Weapon mounted lights (typically mounted on the rail) allow the user to have one hand free when operating the handgun. This can be useful for performing other tasks with the non-dominant hand.
  • Weapon mounted lights do force you to point your handgun in the direction of what you want to illuminate. Illuminating non-targets with a weapon mounted light does violate safe gun handling techniques.
  • Independent lights can be used without having the firearm drawn.

Flashlight Techniques:



-Neck/Head Index/FBI Hold:


Rail Mounted or Grip Laser?:

  • Rail Mounted is easily removable, and can also incorporate a flashlight/laser combo in one unit.
  • Grip mounted units typically are turned on by gripping the gun in a normal fashion, thereby requiring no extra movement to operate.
  • Many times the grip laser units replace the entire grip on the handgun, so if you desire a specific type of grip and don’t like the laser unit, you are left with the rail mounted options.
  • There are some options that allow you to attach a laser to the sideplate, but you risk adding additional snag-points.


  • Allows you to make hits in awkward/non-typical positions


- Can create a dependence that may not always work; distracts from proper aiming technique; don’t work during the day; may not be able to see your target at night; weapon mounted flashlight is a better option

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