25 OCTOBER 2003



Shooter††††††††††††††††††††††††††† rank††††††††††††† time†††††††††††† % of accuracy

1†† Tom Janstrom†††††††††† 122.49††††††††††† 122.49††††††††††† 100%

2†† Aaron Goodfellow161.84††††††††††† 161.84††††††††††† 100%

3Dewey winstead†††††† 170.42††††††††††† 165.92†††††††††††††† 92%

4†† Lyle Mettler†††††††††††† 179.78††††††††††† 172.78†††††††††††††† 88%

5†† Ken Reed†††††††††††††††††††† 185.05†††††††††††† 176.05††††††††††††† 84%

6†† John Hart††††††††††††††††† 211.23††††† †††††††208.73††††††††††††† 96%

7†† John Anderson†††††††† 261.32††††††††††† 251.32††††††††††††† 82%

8†† Larry webster†††††††††† 78.34†††††††††††††† 78.34††††††††††† 100%


Struggling when handling a weapon is magnified in the dark. Things become even more difficult when trying to handle a weapon, a light and do simple drills that would at best present simple problems in the light of day. I hope all who shot this stage will take what they experienced and practice. How many of us would take a handgun into a know fight? After all isnít a handgun the weapon we have with us for defense against an unexpected attack?

The handling of a handgun and a light when practiced is relatively simple. Many of the positions used with a handgun wonít work or work well when using a shotgun or carbine. I would encourage all to seek out training that will give you more choices when handling weapons. After all should we not at least be prepared? Have we not been taught that most attacks will come during the hours of low light?


Free men own guns


Larry Webster






A simple study in Handgun and Flashlight Techniques.


There are basically 8 different techniques, and many variations!

The variations are where the problems begin.


Harries Technique; This technique is very popular and when preformed correctly does work very well.When using this technique you can use either a light activate with an on-off button at the rear of the light as well as a side mounted button. To execute this technique the flashlight is held in the support hand so the thumb or a finger can activate the on-off switch. The handgun in the strong hand is held along side the support hand, the backs of the hands pressed together. Pressing the backs of the hands together gives support to the strong hand, aiding is maintaining accuracy. Done correctly the light is automatically aligned with the muzzle of the handgun. However when the handgun is discharged the weapon and light need to be brought back into alignment, this can slow a follow up shot. The use of this technique needs to be practiced so as not to sweep ones hand with the weapon when using this technique. Also it can be very fatiguing.


Chapman Technique; this technique is also very popular and easy to us, and can be used in many situations. When employing the Chapman Technique the flashlight is held in the support hand and held against the strong hand with the weapon in it. This technique works well with either small of large lights. When using a large light you can hold the light in the support hand like a knife, with the light pointing forward. The on-off button can be activated with the thumb of the support hand. When using a small light with a rear mounted switch the light can be held between the fingers and activated by pulling the light to the rear with the fingers. This technique works well; the light beam and the weapon align automatically. It also gives good support to the firing hand. Care need to be taken so the weapon and light donít bang together either before firing or during firing. Be sure to keep your finger off the trigger when using this technique, when pressing the switch you may press the trigger.







Ayoob Technique; this technique was originally developed for flashlights with side mounted on and off switches. However with some work a rear activated light can be used. To use this technique one needs to take the light in the support hand, the support hand is then pressed up against the strong hand in so doing the light in the support hand is pressed up against the thumb of the strong hand. This technique also gives good support to the firing hand. Follow up shots do come easy with this technique, the fingers of the support hand depending on the size of your hand can be wrapped around the fingers of the strong hand. When held correctly the light automatically aligns with the muzzle.


Marine technique; This technique was developed by the Marine Corps for use by the Embassy Security Guards. This technique is limited to the use of flash lights with side mounted on and off switches. The larger the lens the better. When using this technique the light is held so the switch can be activated with the thumb of the support hand, the middle two finger of the strong hand are held against the lens of the flashlight. Doing this creates tension between the hands giving support to the firing of the weapon. This technique is stable and comfortable. The light and muzzle align automatically. Care must be taken not to put your finger on the trigger until you are ready to fire, the hands in such close proximity when pressing the on and off switch may cause a sympathetic response. In other words you may press the trigger at the same time when activation the light.


FBI Technique; this technique is considered obsolete by many. However this technique works well with either a small rear activated light or the large lights with side mounted switches. The light is held in the support hand away from the body at arms length. It can be held above or below the body in an attempt to confuse the bad guy as to where you are. The draw back to this position is that the support hand does not aid in the support of the strong hand when firing the weapon.










Keller Technique; this technique is similar to the Harries. This position is limited to the use of light with side mounted on and off switches. To use this technique one must take the light in the support hand so the button can be activated with the thumb. Your arms must be extended all the way forward, this position does not award itself to easy use. Complex motor skills are employed. To execute this technique the support hand is held over the strong hand and the backs of the hands are pressed together. When discharging the weapon if the arms are not fully extended alignment of the muzzle and light are lost. Time now must be taken to bring them back into alignment. This technique is not user friendly.


Hargreaves Technique; This technique aids in the use of rear switch activated lights. The technique is easy to use, but does not give much support to the strong hand. To employ this technique the light and weapon are drawn at the same time. The light in the support hand is brought up under the strong hand. The weak hand is below the strong hand. The light is activated when pressed against the knuckles of the strong hand. The light and muzzle align well, but alignment is disrupted when the weapon is discharged.


Neck Ė Index Technique; this technique is relatively new. To use this technique the light is held in the support hand. This is a hands-apart technique. It is held against the jaw below the ear against the head. The light now moves with the head. This technique can be used with either a side mounted or rear activated light. Large flashlights can be rested on the shoulder. Using this technique does not give any support to the strong hand when firing the weapon. Also the shooters peripheral vision is affected little with the use on the neck Ė index technique. When using this technique be sure to hold the lens of the light ahead of the face so as not to illuminate yourself or ruin your vision.


Additional Considerations; Do these techniques aid in the different positions used when cornering or what is required to make a mag change? Can I use the technique with my support hand? Is it easy to use? Can I shoot and move easily with it? There are differing thought when using a light, should I leave it on at all times or just when searching or looking over a potential target? What will the bad guy shoot at, maybe the light? Does the light align with my center? Is my light bright enough that if shined in the eyes of the bad guy, can he see me?Circumstance dictate tactics.