An article in today's edition of the Wall Street Journal ("'Tactical' Flashlights Emerge Into the Spotlight") discusses the new breed of tactical flashlights with an emphasis on the pocket-stick-sized ones. They discuss the military applications and the decision to market to civilians; in fact, it says that when th emilitary didn't but SureFire's "The Beast" (an early version), the company sold 80 of them to consumers at $2,999 (yes, that's nearly three thousand dollars) each. Self-defense instructor James William is quoted as saying "Small flashlights are one of the single best things you can have with you" and that "The ability to control light--prevent someone from seeing you--that's a huge thing". I bought a cheap Smith&Wesson version a few months ago. It's surprisingly bright--it's too bright to look into. I'd like the handgrip to be about a half an inch longer, but apart from that it's an interesting pocket stick.