Yep, our tax dollars are part of the reason that support the high price. At the same time...they are built to be tough enough for the LEOs, fire fighters, and other First Responders that depend on a bright light to save someone's life and protect public safety. But there is also a market for collectors and flashlight geeks. There is something empowering to controling a light source. I surfed over to another forum once and saw a thread that was entitled something like "What's the best light to buy if you want just want one good light?" The response was...there's no such thing as buying just one. Some of the anecdotes were pretty funny, as a few of the posters started talking about what got them in to flashlight collecting. One fellow was a pilot. "Originally I just needed a light to use in the cockpit..." Although...if this light was used to strike someone...at 20 ounces, that would certainly get my attention. But sheesh....that becomes a pretty darn expensive baton.