"I am delighted to say that I received my Liberator on Friday. I spent the weekend in Las Vegas and had some time to shoot with it both with Carbine and Pistol. I would highly endorse it to any law enforcement agency or special operations unit.
Not only does the Liberator offer economy of motion, it also virtually eliminates liability for the police agencies in many ways:
- Many large city police departments have been sued for police officers using the large rechargeable flashlights as a baton, causing head trauma to suspects. The Liberator will prevent massive trauma because of its weight and design.
- More importantly... the user will have the ability to fight and use the hand he would normally give up by grasping the flashlight with his support hand.
- Safety Rule # 2, "Never Point the muzzle at anything you are not willing to destroy." Weapons with lights attached are excellent tools for SWAT or special operations personnel. However, many police agencies lack the training and discipline required for this technique. The end result is that officers find themselves pointing guns at people during searches because they have no choice. Again, The Liberator allows the operator to search and scan with one hand and if the threat dictates the operator could easily come to a normal two-handed shooting grip and apply the necessary force. Additionally, with training the operator can use the light for entries using the prescribed positions noted on pages 12 and 13. Both work excellently. This gives the department and operator the flexibility to use the technique most appropriate for the situation at hand. "Training is the key."
- You cannot shoot Harries technique in the prone position, and it is very difficult to use Harries in kneeling. The Liberator allows you to use both these fighting positions seamlessly. Officers often use cover and kneel using the corners of buildings or their patrol vehicle as cover. Going to these positions without the ability to use a flashlight decreases survivability. The Liberator allows you to use all fighting positions seamlessly.
- Bike patrol and canine would truly benefit from the Liberator as well.
TRAINING IS KEY.
Operators need to understand that grip changes slightly, speed loads, tactical loads and clearing malfunctions changes slightly from the normal. This is why a night course with the appropriate drills and neuromuscular conditioning should take place before placing into service. The Liberator will allow that transition to happen a lot faster than teaching other flashlight techniques."
Adjunct Instructor, Gunsite