If you are one of the lucky few who shooters who have snagged an M&P Shield, your wait for an affordable laser to mount on it is over. Laserlyte has released the model UTA-SH, which secures to the Shield’s trigger guard and fits flush with its dust cover. A switch on either side activates the unit, which can be programmed to either emit a solid red beam or a pulsing beam. After 5 minutes of continuous use, the beam pulses in a unique pattern to notify the shooter that it is about to turn off, and at 6 minutes it will automatically shut off unless the activation switch is pressed again.
Laserlyte makes quality products, and the MSRP on this one is just $99.95. The only real competitor for an M&P Shield laser is Crimson Trace’s LG-489 at an MSRP of $219.00. The Crimson Trace unit features a switch located on the front of the Shield’s grip, activating its laser automatically as soon as the firearm is grasped. In any case, the market for quality integrated lasers for this gun is certainly high enough to keep both companies busy.
Here are the specifications for the Laserlyte UTA-SH.
Compatible Firearms: Smith & Wesson M&P Shield pistol: 9mm and .40 S&W
Power Output: Class IIIA, 5mw
Programmable: Constant On, Pulse Mode
Auto-Off Feature: Display flash after 5-min operation, turns unit off after 6 minutes.
Batteries: 4 x 377
Battery Life: 5 hrs. constant on, 10 hrs. pulse mode (normal usage*)
Weight: 0.63 oz. /18 g
Material: 30% glass filled nylon and steel mounting hardware
Length: 2.25 inches/57.24 mm
Width: .69 inches/17.64mm
Height: 1.54 inches/39.22mm
*Normal usage is defined as one minute on and one minute off. This test mimics actual usage where the unit is turned on and off and the battery is given time to automatically regenerate.