New for 2008 is the T100, which is a smaller version of the full-sized light and handles a half-ounce OC canister, and is powered by one CR123. This hand-sized light (think pistol-grip size for reference) is once again carried in reverse grip (bulb end down) with trigger finger resting on the bright Luxeon K2 bulb button and the middle finger resting on the button that operates the LED lights. The main bulb can kick out 100 lumens of light and can be used in strobe mode by pressing and holding both buttons. The middle finger operates the LED’s. The first press turns on a singe red LED, which can be used for illuminating key holes in cars and houses without destroying your night vision. A second press on this button turns on two white LED’s at a dim setting for general illumination. A third press brightens these two LED’s. The thumb is once again resting near the OC spray level at the top of the unit. The T100 makes a lot of sense for plainclothes officerst100sprays.gif or detectives who want to combine two worthwhile items, pepper spray and a high quality flashlight, in one package.

The TigerLight T100 is also an excellent design for civilian self-defense. Walking to your car late at night in a parking garage, you can gain some measure of comfort with the T100 in your hand ready to illuminate the darkness and give you a ready-in-hand self-defense tool. If a suspect is sprayed, the citizen should make every attempt to vacate the area while the suspect is temporarily incapacitated.

What Pepper Sprays Do
Pepper Sprays are classified as irritant sprays. With average sprays at 6 feet or less, the officer fires the spray of OC directly into the suspect’s eyes. Pepper sprays cause an immediate and involuntarily closing of the suspect’s eyes. If the spray is inhaled, irritation of the throat and lungs causes coughing and respiratory distress. The mucous membranes of the nose and lips swell and the nose begins to run profusely. Effects of pepper spray usually subside within 20 to 45 minutes.

tl-1.gifOC Sprays and the OODA Loop
Col. John Boyd was a fighter pilot during the Korean War. Undefeated in aerial combat, he went on to become a fighter pilot instructor for the Air Force. Dubbed “Forty Second Boyd” for his standing bet that he could begin in a position of disadvantage and beat any student in 40 seconds, he developed the decision-making or “OODA” loop to explain the decision making process. Boyd believed that each of us (including LE officers, civilians and suspects) go through a process to take action: We observe, orient, decide and act. Based on training, officers and civilians can reduce their OODA loop so that they can take action before a suspect does. We can also interfere with our opponent’s ability to observe and orient themselves by spraying them in the face/eyes with OC pepper products. This gives the officer a time advantage, and helps seize the initiative.

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