Originally Posted by They Call Me Rain
I don't understand the point of flashlights. they can see you coming...
There are different tactics with regards to being outside or clearing a house, but in general, you light the area for a second, and then immediately move. If you just flash the light for a short duration, you have time to see what's going on, and whoever is there probably doesn't have time to immediately realize where the light came from. Move, light on, and either shoot or quickly observe, and then light off.
I will say though, that inside a house, if someone is there, you won't be quiet enough to use any scanning techniques effectively, so really the light is only there to positively ID whoever is there, more than it is for searching. Plus, at least in my house, there's always some light so you can get around and see shapes, but if I see a person, I want more than the LED stove clock lighting them up lol.