I use flashlights a lot. They can be used with a handgun or by themselves as a way of temporarily blinding an assailant, giving you time to take other action. Modern flashlights can be small and very powerful. Some say they can be used for self defence, and within their limitations, the more powerful ones can. I use Surefire and own a couple. I still carry one every day and night when out and about. I even attach a tritium fob to it in case it's dropped in the dark! Do any others share my thoughts about a good flashlight being a vital part of a defensive package? And if you do, how?