The Malkoff Bodyguard does the Sig Sauer Academy

Lou Minescence

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Thank you for sharing your experience. I thought there was only a race track in Epping !
It would be interesting if the instructors defined ‘full power’ for a preferred light for their course. I would figure that is defined as around 500 lumens because that’s usually the max full power of a Surefire etc but times and lumens are changing. A flashlight with thousands of lumens gives off too much light for up close.
I am not a LEO but I do know a few. Most LEOs I know carry some multi mode Chinese light and are not too concerned about it. Possibly their training has not been at the advanced level you had at the Epping facility.
 

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It would be interesting if the instructors defined ‘full power’ for a preferred light for their course. I would figure that is defined as around 500 lumens because that’s usually the max full power of a Surefire etc but times and lumens are changing. A flashlight with thousands of lumens gives off too much light for up close.

The head instructor did allude to that - around 500 lumens being ideal. However, there are plenty of others who are squarely in the-more-the-better camp, especially for self defense purposes where the brighter the light (the higher the candela or lux), the more blinding and disorienting the light is.

Most LEOs I know carry some multi mode Chinese light and are not too concerned about it. Possibly their training has not been at the advanced level you had at the Epping facility.

That is probably part of it, but also consider that (1) lights are generally not department issue; (2) most LEOs may have limited interest investing their own resources in work related gear and (3) most LEOs are not flashlight nerds like us. Add the limited training on the use of lights on top of that and yes, that observation becomes easier to understand.
 
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