When it comes to flashlights, I see many lights labeled "tactical" when they are the furthest thing from it. So what, exactly, defines a tactical flashlight? What are the features and benefits a particular flashlight provides that deems it "tactical?"
For some time, tactical flashlights or tactical lights were any light mounted to a weapon. However, over the years, these lights have fallen into their own category of "weapon mounted lights." So that leaves us to flashlights one holds in their hand.
Making a flashlight small and black does not make it a tactical light, contrary to what many companies would like you to believe. So let's go over some of the features you should look for when considering purchasing a true tactical flashlight.