"I've had access to the First-Light USA Liberator for test and evaluation and am enamored with its enormous potential. For years firearms instructors have been saddled with trying to teach officers counter-intuitive flashlight techniques simply because most flashlights were never designed for tactical applications and/or shooting. In addition, we've been saddled with the "Lowest Common Denominator" phenomenon. Yes, we've had to assess every light and every light technique from the perspective of the smallest statured officers. Talk about endless frustration!!! Smaller officers have traditionally been told that it was in their best interests to adopt smaller flashlights. This was largely true since lights with a smaller circumference were more manageable with smaller hands. The trade-off in going to a smaller light was generally (1) less light output and/or (2) less light burn-time due to a smaller battery pack.
The First-Light USA Liberator enables virtually any officer to deploy a flashlight in an intuitive manner AND it doesn't encumber the support hand to the extent that traditional tube-lights do. So, you can drive your cruiser with it on, enter data into your MDT with it on, frisk subjects with it on, handcuff subjects with it on, etc. In addition, regardless of hand-size, the Liberator is affording ANY officer 120 lumens of peak output along with the run-time longevity afforded by cutting-edge LED technology.
I'd like to get a forum discussion going about what this product might mean to police trainers who've been saddled with addressing low light training with inadequate resources. Thus far, it appears that this product is greatly increasing low light hit ratios with a minimal investment of training time."
Thomas J. Aveni, M.S.
The Police Policy Studies Council