Read his take, but in short, using the flashlight in the manner in which Kel-Tec suggests in concert with a pistol significantly increases the chance of a ND during use, especially under stress.
I also do not mean to pick on Erin specifically (again!), she’s an excellent writer and enthusiastic advocate for the second amendment in areas we might not be reaching ourselves. But with the slow death of the traditional gun print industry and the rise of the hobbyist blogger reviewer, this has been happening a lot everywhere and will happen more in the future.
I am not immune. I have received more than a few industry freebies in the past and been entranced at the idea of basically getting free stuff in exchange to shoot and write, things I normally do for free! But I’ve given up on seeking out more opportunities like this. It is essentially a conflict of interest and I felt my blog was slowly morphing into a means to acquire loot, rather than to entertain and enhance the hive mind. I do not wish the fear of jeopardizing future loot to decrease the odds of delivering an accurate, if harsh, review.
But that’s not even the biggest problem here. The real question is, what qualifies the reviewer to make a judgement on the object? Erin is not qualified to review this flashlight. It may be harsh, but it is true: Paul spotted the flaw, she did not.
I am also not saying that there is no value in hobbyist reviews. People who use these things because they enjoy them — not because they have a deadline to meet or product to sell — will give a different view than the manufacturer, and their perspective will be valuable to others. But do seek out more than one source for these things, especially if it is something you may use to defend your life or the lives of others. If you are reading about the item on forums, make sure it isn’t a forum dedicated to that item! The 1911 forum will always find something nice to say about any 1911, no matter how cast or Philippine or Taurus crappy it is.
Please bear in mind the qualifications of the reviewer and how it relates to the item in question. If there is a significant mismatch between A and B, proceed with caution. And above all: Don’t buy Kel-Tec stuff.