As a police officer, I have been using a light mounted to my handgun for over a decade. The first weapon light itself dates back to 1902 but there were problems keeping the filament from breaking due to recoil. The next advancement came during a banner year in the firearms industry: 1911. That’s when George Seely filed a patent for a weapon-mounted light with rubber and springs to cushion the bulb.

Mounting a light source to a firearm became something manufacturers and the military tried unsuccessfully but many line level officers and soldiers found themselves rigging lights to their firearms. As a podcast host, I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing numerous law enforcement officers from all over the world about tactics and gear. I’ve even interviewed an ATF Agent who has been involved in many tactical operations including Ruby Ridge who described using the old school cop method, tape the light to the barrel.

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