Tactical flashlights vs self-defense flashlights - Any difference?

Are there any difference between tactical flashlights and self-defense flashlights? The answer is YES. Although we have seen lot of places where the two terms are used interchangeably, the two are actually categorically different from each other that an explanation is warranted at this point.

Tactical Flashlight

So, first of all, what is a tactical flashlight?
Wikipedia says,

A tactical light is a flashlight used in conjunction with a firearm to aid low light target identification, allowing the marksman to simultaneously aim and illuminate the target.

So, that is very clear: a tactical flashlight is an accessory to be used with a firearm. It will have features that enable it to be held easily with a firearm, or even be attached to the firearm through use of suitable hooks, rails or attachments.

Beretta90TWO fitted with a SureFire X300 flashlight

A Beretta90TWO fitted with a SureFire X300 tactical flashlight. Source: Wikimedia Commons – Praiyachat

You can read about different features on, and how to use a tactical flashlight. Whether it is in locating the target at night, illuminating the target for inspection, or even momentarily disorienting the target for decision making, a tactical flashlight offers many benefits. We will soon publish a review of some tactical flashlights.

Self-Defense Flashlight

Then, what is a self-defense flashlight? A flashlight that can be used as a self-defense weapon could be called as a self-defense flashlight. Nowadays, manufacturers of flashlights, design the flashlights to be used as a self-defense weapon by incorporating many features into them. The intense beam, strong build, weight and bezel corners, etc aid in disorienting or momentary incapacitating your adversary, in an emergency, if need be.

A self-defense flashlight. Source: Malaysia Portals

Read on how to use a flashlight as a self-defense weapon to gain more insight on how you can use a flashlight to defend yourselves, or teach others how to defend themselves with an appropriate flashlight. We say, appropriate flashlight, because pen flashlights or mini flashlights may not be effective other than in poking the assailant deeply in a soft/sensitive area to make some impact. We will soon publish a review of some flashlights designed for better usability in a self-defense scenario also.

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