Shepard’s Tactical Flashlight EDC Finger Ring Search-Light is ready for orders! ORDER NOW!
A huge thanks to our fans that have been patiently waiting for us to complete our development stage!
Production on the first units is in progress, and because they are each unit is slightly different as we hone our manufacturing process, we would love to offer them to you at a steep 40% discount if you will give us your word that you will be in touch quickly with feedback!
Why Do I Need This Light?
I never thought of myself as a flashlight inventor, heck I have never invented any product or been involved in manufacturing, distribution or retail sales. I spend 10 years as a cop in California and Wyoming, including getting to play on the SWAT team for a while. Meanwhile, I have provided executive protection, security services and safety consultation and own a successful shooting experience firm.
In my career for the government and in the private sector, I have had the opportunity to search a few buildings and to shoot my pistol a little bit. 😉
I realized that there were some problems
- Tactical lights were too bright. (Pupillary light reflex)
- Weapon-mounted lights required me to point my gun at everything I wanted to illuminate. (Sometimes these are not one and the same)
- When shooting a pistol while holding a flashlight, I practiced all of the various grip styles, however none allowed me to have the proper grip strength ratio of 70% support hand grip. My accuracy and precision suffered from this semi-one-handed shooting.
- My support hand was “occupied” and could not be used for other tasks like grabbing door knobs etc.
- I might drop my flashlight.
Shepard’s Tactical Flashlight EDC Finger Ring Search-Light
After searching the market, I realized that only one design was somewhat similar, however it was awkward and really didn’t solve the above problems as well as I wanted.
I decided to use an existing simple little Chinese flashlight, build some attachments and construct a cool little device.
Who this light is NOT right for
- “1960’s Grip Style” (cup & saucer) shooters
- Many revolver shooters say that it is OK and they will use it, but it isn’t perfect.
- Anyone who wants to only own ONE light. This light is a supplemental light, designed to be used in addition to a weapon-mounted light and a “super-bright” little EDC.
- People who think is is the same as THIS light or THIS light. It ain’t.
This invention utilizes a small flashlight with a pressure switch attached to the proximal phalanx of the users off-hand forefinger. The pad of the same hand’s thumb activates the light with a pressure switch. This configuration allows an operator to prevent the small light from falling out of the user’s hand, automatically orients the beam direction forward and allows the hand to still be used for other tasks. It is similar to a keychain light that is attached to the finger using a multitude of “ring types.” This light is well suited to searching in low light conditions while maintaining a grip on a pistol.
Honor system. There are some dishonorable folks in the word. I am hoping that you are honest & fair. I ask only that you send me $1 for each unit you produce. Feel welcome to use my designs, improve upon them and make an even better unit! Please just track what you make, and pay me $1 per unit within 90 days of making it.
Tracking, Legal & Accounting system for Licencees:
If you sleep well at night, knowing you treated me fairly, that should cover things. 🙂
Wait, what? No official signatures on legal docs? Nope, I trust you. I am not going to hire people to use force against you if you appreciate my invention and want to copy it. (Patent / Intellectual property) Nope, I wouldn’t do that to you neighbor.
BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
This invention relates to artificial lights and, more particularly, to an improved tactical light particularly adapted for use by armed civilians, it being understood that the present invention is also applicable for use by others.
As is well known in the art, when a person is searching for violent human opponents in dim light or darkness, the chances of survival for the searching person are greatly increased with the use of artificial light. The artificial lights most often used are the common barrel-style flashlight or special, specific purpose combat lights often referred to in the art as tactical lights. A common feature of a tactical light is a very bright concentrated light beam produced by a pre-focused incandescent lamp or Light Emitting Diode assembly. The present invention is embodied in a combat search light utilizing a Light Emitting Diode.
The primary purposes of a combat search light are searching and identification of a threat. The main problem with current flashlight and tactical light techniques is the inability to use a full combat grip on a semi-auto handgun while holding the light in conjunction with a weapon thereby leading to problems recovering from recoil for both the light and the handgun. This creates a delay until the next shot can be fired. Another prevailing problem lies in the brightness of existing tactical lights. Due to the high level of brightness of the artificial light, the pupil constricts, and when the artificial light is turned off, there is a delayed time wherein the pupil must re-adjust to the ambient lower light environment.
Heretofore, the most popular way to use a flashlight with a weapon while using a full combat grip on the weapon is with a firearm mounted flashlight. Firearm mounted flashlights require that the search with the flashlight and the identification of the threat be done while the barrel of the loaded weapon sweeps over the area. Many prudent students of armed martial art consider it inappropriate and undesirable to sweep and search with a loaded gun. Doing so may lead to the psychological problem, especially under stress, of confusing the gun with a “light.” Frequently it is unsafe to point a handgun where a flashlight is pointing.
As is well known in the art, the current flashlight/weapon techniques are known as the Harris Technique, the Chapman Technique, the FBI Technique and the Rogers (Surefire) Technique. None of these techniques allow a full combat grip on a pistol while using the flashlight. Some persons attempt a body-adjustment technique to approximate, as close as possible, a limited full combat grip on the weapon.
The full combat grip on the weapon is a tactical shooting technique taught by many training schools. The reason it is taught is because it is the foundation of accurate shot placement and recoil control of a handgun. The hand which holds the gun is called the strong hand, while the hand which wraps around the strong hand is called the support hand. From 1918 to 2018, there have been many improvements in best practices for gripping a handgun.
Support Hand Grip Strength
It is well known in the art that the “support hand” should be wrapped around the strong hand. The support hand provides 51% to 80% of the strength needed for proper recoil control.
The present invention addresses, inter alia, two main problems of existing flashlight techniques: (1) the inability to allow a full combat grip on a pistol which in turn causes a support hand loss of control when the handgun recoils, and since the light is held in the support hand, this in turn causes the light to be pointed away from the threat; (2) the potentially dangerous method of sweeping with the loaded gun with the gun-mounted systems.
The present invention is embodied in a combat search light and its use is primarily combat confrontation. Tactical combat search lights embodying the present invention can be easily carried in a pocket or clipped to a waistband or belt and do not require a different firearms holster. When in use on the support hand index finger, tactical combat search lights embodying the present invention stay on the finger thereby allowing the support hand and the fingers thereof to open doors, for example, as well as to complete other minor tasks without having to tuck the flashlight under the arm, set it down, or put it in a holster.
Tactical combat search lights embodying the present invention have a light control switch which is pressure activated by the support hand thumb for intermittent use. This is well known in prior art that intermittent artificial light activation is the best method of activating and deactivating an artificial light in a combat search environment. The light is turned on for only a moment to illuminate a particular area. The operator then moves from their physical location to another physical location in darkness, then momentarily illuminates another area.
When employed with a full combat grip, the present invention keeps the light beam axis parallel with the axis of the gun barrel and since the tactical light is beside the gun, it also allows for a partial illumination of and/or silhouetting of the gun’s front sight.
EDC Tactical Flashlight
The shape of tactical combat search light is improved from prior art in that it is easily stored and it is available for everyday illumination needs, known as “every day carry” (EDC). It is not intended to be the primary light or the only light a combat operator uses. It is specifically designed as a secondary light whose primary use is searching for a combatant. It is well known in prior art that the moment an assailant is identified and a need is determined to fire the gun, two illumination needs exist. One is to see the target and the front sight so that the shot can be accurate. Secondly, it is beneficial to concentrate the light beam in the opponent’s eyes so as to impair his vision and make it more difficult to shoot back. The prior art solutions for these two needs has been to have two brightness options on a flashlight and sometimes an additional strobe. This is excellent in theory however it ignores human psychology and actual combat facts.
The physiological effects of armed conflict almost always cause the person to have diminished fine motor skills. Aside from 5,000 or so of the world’s most elite professional soldiers, the common person does not train enough to inoculate themselves from the physiological symptoms of combat. Prior art assumes unrealistic and superhuman performance, and thus does not adequately solve the problem. This invention was specifically designed with human psychology and physiology in mind.
Another object of the present invention is to provide an improved tactical combat search light which enables the user thereof to open doors, for example, or to subdue a person without letting go of the light.
Another object of the present invention is to provide an improved tactical combat search light which can be used with one hand or with a two hand full combat grip.
Another object of the present invention is to provide for the well known physiological “clutching” reaction to keep the light activated. When the operator is surprised, the natural reaction is to “clutch” and thereby to activate the light.
Another object of the present invention is to provide an improved tactical combat search light which eliminates the need for a flashlight holster.
Another object of the present invention is to provide an improved tactical combat search light which eliminates the need for a different firearm holster specifically designed to hold a gun mounted light.
Another object of the present invention is to provide an improved tactical combat search light which does not require the user thereof to change or disrupt grips or require the user thereof to cross wrists.
Another object of the present invention is to provide an improved tactical light which uses standard batteries and which is liquid resistant thereby enabling the light to be easily cleaned and disinfected.
Another object of the present invention is to provide an improved tactical light which does not require the user thereof to change “draw stroke” drawing techniques in low light conditions and which enables the support hand to meet the gun hand whereby both the tactical light and the gun are pushed toward the target at the same time.
Another object of the present invention is to provide an improved tactical light which can be easily turned on and off simply by pressing the support hand index finger to engage a pressure switch so that the tactical light is only on when it is desired or necessary.
Another object of the present invention is to provide an improved tactical light which enables the user thereof to climb, push, pull, restrain or perform other tasks without releasing the tactical light.
Another object of the present invention is to provide an improved tactical search light light which enables the user thereof to speedily reload an associated gun without removing the light from the user’s hand, and to automatically do so with the light off.
Another object of the present invention is to provide an improved tactical combat search light which facilitates fast shut-off of the light so as to avoid mirror or reflective surface flashback while clearing a premise, for example.
Another object of the present invention is to provide an improved tactical light wherein in use the light beam is on an axis parallel with the axis of the barrel of an associated pistol, revolver or other gun.
Another object of the present invention is to provide an improved tactical light which is economical to manufacture and assemble, durable, efficient and reliable in operation.