I was reading a very enlightening post in a flashlight forum that describes what "tactical" for them means. The guy was a Law Enforcement Officer and from years of data gathered he made the argument that a flashlight is considered to be tactical if it had certain functions, etc. Obviously, those included strobe, momentary, etc. it also made sense why those with raised buttons can be considered "tactical" because of the ease of use in high pressure situations - and again this was solely through the lens of law enforcment. Which got me thinking, the whole concept of tactical surely is easy enough to grasp in context of the use of a flashlight. But what about other objects? Are there general standards for each object to be considered as "tactical"? Like can a bag be considered as tactical if it's merely got lots of pockets and thingies you can attach stuff to - or does it depend on how easily it secures/deploys the objects it carries? What about a pen? I've been seeing "tactical pens" but all they usually really are are bad military-looking pens. Is it about the durability, the size, the grip? Should the ink be waterproof? Etc. And knives I would imagine would be deployment speed. So is an assisted blade more tactical than a manual folder? Or will it depend on the use - in that case aren't all knives tactical to the purpose they are made for - or is it specific to military-oriented use? It seems that the word has been thrown a lot for marketing hype - I wonder if anyone really bothered qualifying WHY the object was called "tactical" in the first place.