When did people start holding flashlights in an underhand grip?

When I was a kid everyone held flashlights with the bright end closer to your thumb and forefinger, pointing forward at about chest level. Now everyone holds them up above their shoulder with the bright end closer to the pinky finger of the fist.

When did the way to hold flashlights change and why? Do people do it because they see cops on TV holding flashlights like this and they think it's cool? Why do cops do it?

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  • paul h
    Lv 7
    6 months ago
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    There are several reasons why police or military personnel use the different grip method...newer flashlight designs with the light switch on the rear of the light vs the front of the light near the lens, better light control/stability with the gun hand, ability to use the flashlight as a weapon in a quicker manner, etc.. Civilians may copy the hold method if the flashlight they use has a rear mounted switch.

    Or from watching too many cop/military TV shows and movies.

    https://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/showthread.ph...

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  • 6 months ago

    Everyone?

    I've never held a flashlight the way you show.

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  • 6 months ago

    Some flashlights have the switch mounted in the base of the light - and holding it underhand makes it easier to switch on and off.

    The underhand position also puts a large maglite in position to use it as a weapon if necessary.

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  • Cogito
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    You say "everyone". Everyone doesn't. A few people might. What does it matter anyway?

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