I was first exposed to the Mini-Maglight while OPERATING OPERATIONALLY in the Jungles of Panama. Small, nearly indestructible, and seemingly waterproof, the mini-mag (with tactical red-lens filter, naturally) was the tool for any night OPERATION.
Since then, the flashlight game seems to have become all about LEDs. I'm no Luddite, and I thought about getting the LED maglight, but It didn't come with the same lanyard and clip mechanism as the original. I didn't see the point in supporting this kind of one-step forward, one-step back engineering, so I went the classic, incandescent mag.
When I want a more serious flashlight I will probably go with something LED, with all the variable lumen settings, an SOS mode, shark-deflector, and whatever else the ultra-deluxe tactical lights all seem to have. But for the money, and because I knew what the product stands for, I chose this basic piece of engineering near-perfection.