Mrs. Ahab’s place of gainful employment has a strict no weapons policy, which includes things like pepper spray and .25 ACP handguns. She and I spoke the other day about some sort of force multiplier that she could carry with her that would have some sort of distance deterrent effect, as well as be a viable last ditch striking weapon. We came to the conclusion that a good tactical flashlight with a strike cap on the end would be ideal for this.
One of the things they talk about a lot on The Best Defense is the “stand off” ability of a flashlight. While I’d personally prefer the the flashlight be backed up with 10 rounds of 147 grain JHP, we don’t live in a perfect world. However, being able to light a potential attacker up at a distance can serve as a deterrent in some cases, because it lets them know that you’re situationally aware, which means you’re not necessarily an ideal target.
The reason I want to get her a light that has a strike cap on the end is that my wife has tiny, tiny hands. Seriously, her index finger is the same size as my pinky finger, and I don’t exactly have big hands. I spent the better part of 15 years in competitive martial arts, and if there is one lesson I learned, it’s that striking a human being with your bare hand sucks real bad for your hand; so if Mrs. Ahab were to get in a worse case scenario, I’d want her to be able to have a decent striking weapon.
So let’s see, what are my criteria?
- Brightness: I want this light to straight up blind a person (read: BRIGHT)
- Size: Think “roll of quarters” for the size of the handle, something that a person with teeny tiny hands will be able to get a solid fighting grip on.
- It has to be activated by an end-cap switch
- Must be designed for striking, so shock resistant, with a cap on the end for hitting folk.
- Must be small enough to fit in a sexy Banana Republic purses.
Tam actually had a really good light at the last blogmeet, with some kind of wicked strike cap on it that was crenelated and nasty looking. But I forgot to write down the name of the thing.