Recommend a Flashlight Checklist: (Don't worry about all the questions, just the ones you feel strongly about!) Please mark "x" inside the [ ] to indicate your choice. 1) Short Essay Question: What do you intend to use this light for? As title implies, I need a flashlight to go with my CCW, which is either a Glock 27 or a Taurus snub-nose. 2) What Region/Country/State will the light be purchased in? [x ] I will be mail-ordering or buying online, so this doesn't matter. 3) Price Range: An easy question, but you may change your mind after answering the rest! [ ] $1-15 [ ] $15-30 [X] $40-60 [ ] $80-$120 [ ] I have no limit! PART B Length: [ ] 1-2 inches. (Keychain sized) [X] 2-4 inches. (Pocket carry) [ ] 4-9 inches. (Holster carry) PART C Width: [X] I prefer a long narrow light. [ ] I prefer a short wide light. [ ] Doesn't matter. 5) What kind of "bulb". [X] LED - more rugged, unlikely to burn out in your lifetime, less accurate color rendition, in general less output but more efficient (longer runtimes) [ ] Incandescent - can be very bright, more accurate color rendition, burn out or can be damaged more easily, shorter runtimes, very noticeable dimming as batteries deplete [ ] HID - like new car headlights in color, very, very bright, can be had in lights as small as a Mag 2 D cell but generally larger spotlight sized lights, no dimming turns off when battery depletes [ ] Don't care, just want the best fit for my needs. 7) How much light do you want? Sometimes you can have too much light (trying to read up close up with a 100 lumen light is impossible). [ ] I want to read a map, find a light switch/keyhole, or get around the house at w/o disturbing anyone. (5-10 lumens) [ ] I want to walk around a generally paved area. (15-20 lumens) [ ] I want to walk unpaved trails. (40 lumens) [ ] I want to do Caving or Search & Rescue operations. (60+ lumens) [X ] I want to light an entire campground or dazzle an intruder. (100+ lumens) 9) Runtime: Not over-inflated manufacturer runtime claims (like some LED lights). but usable brightness measured from first activation to 50% with new batteries. Understand that runtime is a function of brightness and capacity of your batteries. If you want 6 hours you'll either have big batteries or dimmer light, they haven't made a setup yet that lights up like the sun, runs all night, and fits in your watch pocket. [ ] 20 min. (I want the brightest light for brief periods) [X] 60-240 min. (1-2 hours) [ ] 240-360 min. (4-6 hours) [ ] 360+ min. (More than 6 hours) 10) Durability: Generally the old phrase “you get what you pay for” is very accurate for flashlights. [ ] Not Important (A “night-stand” light.) [ ] Slightly Important (Walks around the neighborhood.) [ ] Very Important (Camping, Backpacking, Car Glove-box.) [X] Critical (Police, Fire, Search & Rescue, Self-defense, Survival.) 11) Switch Type: [ ] I don't care. [ ] sliding switch (Stays on until slid back.) [X] clickie switch. (Stays on until pressed again.) [ ] momentary switch. (Only stays on while held down.) [ ] rotating switch 12) Switch Location: [ ] I don't care. [ ] I want a push or sliding switch on the body near the head. [X] I want a push switch on the back end of the body. [ ] I want a rotating head switch. [ ] I want a rotating end-cap switch. [ ] I want a remote control. I left off all the criteria which was not very important to me. Just for background, my EDC light is a single CR 123 from Deal Extreme, and for $15, it's pretty good. However, for a CCW companion, I'd like something a bit different. Regarding the switch, I'd like a simple clickie with momentary function + constant on (that rules out the Surefire G2), and I deffinetely don't want more than one function. I like the light to be right around 3", which would work well with a Harris technique.