I just finished several training sessions with a retired combat veteran Marine. Suffice it to say, these sessions have been awesome and the fact that he is willing to lend me his time and experience is humbling. One thing that he called out for me was the need for a WML on my handgun. Initially I thought this made sense, however after doing a little research and reading an article in the latest Conceal Carry magazine, I'm having second thoughts. The big thing is that in order to illuminate or positively identify a target, you have to have drawn and pointed your handgun at the "target" if your light is on your handgun. Now, if I'm clearing my house, drawing my pistol isn't a huge concern, but pointing it at an unknown target that could be a family member is troubling. In a combat situation I can see that this makes pretty good sense, but in a home defense situation, especially for those of us with children, it seems like a pretty risky venture both physically and legally. More than once I've heard a noise in the night and it turned out to be my kids. I can't imagine how I'd have felt if I lit them up with the light on my handgun, not to mention the legal trouble that could ensue should the wrong people find out. And, in a tense situation, the chance of a discharge increases if you are suddenly startled. We actually break one of the primary gun safety rules, don't point your firearm at something that you don't intend to destroy in the process. The more I think about it, the more I'm leaning towards sticking with a dedicated flashlight and then training in the proper way to grip both that and a handgun securely. The good news is that this decision saves me from replacing all of my holsters because none of them will accommodate a WML.
What do you all think?