View Full Version : Weak hand flashlight, Bezel up or down?

April 10, 2009, 05:49 PM
Hello all,
N00b here. Been reading too many threads to mention. Have not found what I was looking for. I need to carry my tactical flashlight in my weak hand pocket. I've been trying to practice which is safest and most efficient.
Do you carry "bezel up" or "bezel down"? If I carry bezel up, I have to swivel the light to position my thumb on the end cap clickie. There seems to be a risk of dropping it. Also, if you draw it from the bezel down position it feels a little awkward. Any thoughts?

April 10, 2009, 10:33 PM

April 11, 2009, 07:32 AM
I carry my Surefire flashlights bezel down.

April 11, 2009, 09:19 AM
I would put it in my pocket bezel down so that when I put my hand in normally, I can pull the light out so that the light is facing down in my hand (thumb can reach the on button).

Practice it until it doesn't feel awkward anymore.

April 11, 2009, 11:44 AM
Carry it bezel up. You will have to reposition it for use, but it is much easier to get a handle on the fat end in a stressful situation, and you have better control of it if you hold it at the business end. Also, this way you can use your hand to modulate the amount of light coming out, and it is better positioned for use as a club.
For reference my duty light is a 2C steel mag light, I carry it on a belt loop if I am wearing a gun belt or in my left back hip pocket if I am just out walking the dog. It makes a great off hand weapon in a knife fight and throws a lot of light.

April 11, 2009, 06:50 PM
I clip my light bezel-up, finding it faster and more certain from the pocket. (Support side front pocket.)

Lost Sheep
April 11, 2009, 08:51 PM
From your description, it appears you have the on-off switch in the end cap, away from the bezel with the light. Simplisticly worded, just to be clear.

The following advice applies only if you carry it on the same side (and at waist level) as the hand with which you will use it. If you carry it in an upper jacket pocket or sleeve pocket, it is bezel down all the way.

I recommend staying away from having to reposition the light in any way.

There are two ways you could draw the light from your pocket or a holster and not have to reverse your grasp.

If the bezel is up, start with your palm facing toward the flashlight, your wrist closer to your front and your fingers facing rearward. Awkward, yes, but you will get used to it. Put your little finger on the bezel and start forcing the light upward, gripping it with your entire little finger as it comes up, then each finger as the shaft of the flashlight is exposed.

If the bezel is down, start with your palm facing toward the flashlight, your wrist and elbow closer to your rear (hanging naturally) and your fingers facing forward. Grasp the end of the flashlight with your thumb and forefinger and draw.

After you have practised both, pick the one which is more reliable for you.

Lost Sheep

Caveat: The foregoing is not from any tactical training I have had. This is just the logic I apply. A trained LEO will probably be able to give more thoroughly vetted advice, but remember, different jurisdictions have developed different methods and some of the differences are completely arbitrary. My Maglights (3 and 4 D cells) have their on-off switches on the side.

Remember, only believe half of what you see and one quarter of what you hear. That goes double for what you get from the internet. Even this post. Maybe especially this post.

Do your own research when ANYONE gives you new facts on the web.

Also remember, even the idiotic stuff might have a kernel of truth buried in there somewhere.

Lost Sheep

April 15, 2009, 10:48 PM
Bezel down in left pocket, so when I draw it my thumb is near the switch on the back end and my little finger is near the bezel, and it's ready for a hammerfist to somebody's face. Or to shine down to light my path.

deputy tom
April 16, 2009, 05:41 PM
Old school training kicks in.We carried Maglights on our belts with the bezel up.That caused my preference for bezel up for off duty as well as nowadays retired pocket carry of smaller Surefires,etc.I would say it's personal preference but this is what works for me.YMMV.tom.:cool:

April 16, 2009, 05:47 PM
I have a surefire with a clip on it (much like a pocket knife) it is carried bezel up and it is very easy to deploy with my thumb on the tail switch.