Olight M2R Warrior.
It's been a while since I've changed up from my old Maglite AAx2 and various small cheap chinese AAAx3 lights, but I've recently had a lifestyle change which requires a more capable light. In retrospect, I'm sorry I put off stepping up to a tactical style EDC for so long.
My 86yr old mother has Dimentia and it's progressing fast, so I've recently "moved in" to keep an eye on things. My house is about 3 miles away and I find myself stopping by my place in the wee hours to visit my cats and that sort of thing. Being rural, things are dark and I often have 4 legged critters about my property.
Anyway, after some research here and about the interwebs, I decided the Olight M2R was worth a try.
It's a great light, with enough power to drive off intruders, both 4 and 2 legged varieties, greatly reducing the chances of having to deploy more lethal force. That alone is a huge benefit, and I have tried it at night on my 22yr old son. He agrees, even on the lower settings, it delivers quite a disorienting shock, even at 4-5 yards and beyond. Additionally, it makes a great impact enhancer, despite being outfitted with minimal "DNA sample extractors" (we didn't test that feature). While the strobe feature is very disorienting and easy to deploy once programmed, I find it more than adequate set to deliver 'turbo' (1500 lumens) at 1/2 press momentary and full press latching of the rear button. It works well with my pistol handling techniques, and greatly reduces the chances of needing the pistol, a huge plus for all concerned.
I find it more than worth it's weight and size constantly entering dark houses and loading/unloading a truck full of stuff in the dark. It also finds lost items around my mothers house. For example, I put reflective tape on her remote controls and other frequently misplaced items. A quick search of the room on high usually locates the misplaced items even in daylight.
I fly freestyle quads, and have found it great for finding them in a hedgerow or field (they are also equipped with DOT reflective tape).
In any case, the M2R is a great all around light, well worth the hundred bucks they ask. It charges quickly for such a large battery and has significantly better than advertised battery life in all modes.
With the supplied reversible carrying clip in the reversed position, it hangs flush in the rear part of my left pocket behind my wallet and spare mag. It's easy to draw left handed, but a little more practice is in order to do well under pressure. I believe it's going to be a year 'rounder for me, but I am looking at the smaller model non-tactical style light they offer as a possible addition to the fleet.
The positive experience with the Olight has rekindled my interest in hobby flashlights and the forum.
If you're on the fence about adding a tactical light, especially to other self-defense tools, just do it, you won't be sorry you did.