Crimson Trace LTG-736 Lightguard LED White Light for Glock Pistols

by Jeff Quinn

photography by Jeff Quinn & Boge Quinn

December 23rd, 2011




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ON/OFF switch.



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 fighting handgun.

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Jeff Quinn

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Activation switch falls right under the middle finger, and is quick, easy, and natural to activate.