As a civilian I don't plan on doing any house clearings; I will call 911 if a problem. But on the street I may want to identify people near or approaching me, see if they are carrying weapons, ascertain if any people in the shadow and maybe blind or disorient them with light. For these uses I like a surefire I can draw with my weak hand. If it comes to shooting I figure the dark is my friend and with tritium night sight I really don't need a flashlight to shot accurately. Besides I doubt if I will be in a situation where it is totally dark, so once I ID people as hostile I should be able to keep track of their location. But I don't want to give them a bright, steady light to shoot at.