Those who have carried and used handguns for
serious purposes know that next to the weapon itself, having
a good light is at the top of the list of importance. You
must be able to see your target to effectively be in the fight.
You must also be able to identify your target. Shooting at
shadows or sounds in the dark is not good enough. A reliable,
powerful light is as important as having a reliable, powerful
handgun. For this reason, many fighting handguns come equipped
with an accessory rail for the attachment of a light. Having the
light on the weapon frees one hand from not having to hold a
flashlight. I still recommend having a separate flashlight such
as a good SureFire or Leupold handy, but having a light on the
weapon is also a good idea.
Most weapon lights on the market today, while
effective, are bulky and heavy. Crimson Trace, the industry
leader in quality laser sights for firearms, has now introduced
a weapon light that is slim, lightweight, affordable, and
powerful. Putting out 100 lumens from its LED white light, the
Lightguard for the Glock auto pistol
is just barely wider than the trigger guard. The light housing
is only three-quarters of an inch wide. The Lightguard works
with full-size and compact Glock models, with or without an
accessory rail. Currently, the LTG-736 shown here is listed to
fit Models 17,19,22,23, 34, and 35 Generation 3 and 4 pistols,
but it works perfectly on my first generation Glock 17 as well.
I tried it on my 20SF, and it does not
fit that larger Glock, but more models of the Lightguard are on
the way. As of this writing, Lightguards are available for the Smith
& Wesson M&P and Springfield
XD and XD(m) pistols as well.
The Crimson Trace Lightguard is the best
weapon light that I have tried to date on a handgun. It adds
almost nothing to the weight, is thin, and puts out a powerful
light. Most importantly, there are no switches to flip, and no
external wires with stick-on activation switches, as can be
found on some other designs. The activation button is located
just under the trigger guard, to be activated instantly and
naturally as the pistol is gripped. The Lightguard attaches
quickly and easily with the Allen wrench provided with the
light. The Lightguard also comes supplied with a CR2 battery,
which reportedly gives the light a run time of two hours.
Already, there are holsters from Cross
Breed, Galco, and
DeSantis that will accommodate a handgun with the Lightguard
attached. Also, adding the Lightguard does not mean that the
Crimson Trace Lasergrip has to go. One does not interfere with
the other, and both are welcome and very useful additions to a
Check out the Crimson Trace Lightguard and
other products online at www.crimsontrace.com.