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Handheld Flashlights: Their Role in Your Personal Defense Plan - Presented by Jeff Gonzales

11:45am - 12:45pm on Aug 26, 2017, Saturday|Room 101B|Add To Calendar

Handheld Flashlights: Their Role in Your Personal Defense Plan - Presented by Jeff Gonzales

From an all-purpose point of view, one of the most versatile items you can carry is a handheld light. Using a handheld light for defensive purposes is possible, using a handheld light for other non-defensive purposes is far more likely. Advances in technology have brought to market many new products, but understanding their benefits can be confusing for the average consumer. Learning how to carry, deploy and if necessary use as an impact weapon require training and practice. Working with handheld lights effectively requires knowledge on multiple techniques on searching, identifying and if necessary engaging a threat.


  • Understanding handheld light features best suited for defensive use.
  • Learning how to properly carry and deploy a handheld light both expeditiously and surreptitiously.
  • Practicing movement and search techniques in various environments and terrain.
  • Practicing various shooting techniques as well as weapon manipulations.
  • Understanding the effects of a bright light to disrupt or alter behavior and movement.

About Jeff L. Gonzales

U.S. Navy SEAL and modern warfare professional Jeff L. Gonzales serves as president of Trident Concepts, LLC and director of training for The Range at Austin.

Jeff’s background is in naval special warfare. He served as a decorated and respected U.S. Navy SEAL, having participated in numerous combat operations throughout the globe. His duties involved a wide variety of operational and instructional assignments on both the East and West coasts.

Through Trident Concepts, Jeff pioneered new advances in weapons and tactics instruction. His unique understanding of adult learning, detailed curriculum development, and rigorous adherence to performance standards continue to set him apart from an increasingly crowded field.

In recent years, Jeff has increased his focus on concealed carry. Leveraging his experience operating in non-permissive environments all over the world, Jeff has unique knowledge to share with members of law enforcement, the military and responsible armed citizens.

Passionate and dynamic, Jeff is highly sought after not only as an instructor, but as a public speaker on a wide variety of topics including firearms and self-defense.

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NRA’s Carry Guard Expo will feature a wide array of companies showcasing the latest and greatest guns, gear and services dedicated to personal protection and defense, concealed carry and home defense. 

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Show tickets are valid for the entire weekend, so come for 1, 2, or all 3 days. Your show ticket includes full access to the Exhibit Hall and all of the free educational seminars!

“I Will Never Carry A Gun Without Carrying This.”

- Dana Loesch, Gold NRA Carry Guard Member

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NRA Carry Guard Expo

A 3-day educational and interactive experience dedicated to Individuals interested in increasing their knowledge and skills within personal protection, concealed carry and defense tactics.