LaserMax Guide Rod Laser for GLOCK Goes Green

Photo courtesy of LaserMax.

LaserMax have developed a nifty laser for the Glock that sits inside a guide rod. A replacement slide lock lever acts as the lasers on/off switch. Very clever! From the press release …

August 16, 2013 (Rochester, NY) – LaserMax® today announced the official debut of the world’s first green Guide Rod Laser™ for GLOCK® Safe Action™ pistols.

“The Guide Rod Laser is the smallest and most robust laser to enter the market,” commented Kurt Worden, LaserMax VP of Commercial Sales. “Now, with the enhanced visibility of green over red paired with native green’s stability over a broad range of temperatures and maximized battery life, there is no better laser sight available today.”

At one with the gun,™ the LaserMax Guide Rod Laser sight system replaces the factory spring guide and recoil spring with a ruggedized laser assembly that incorporates the diode, electronics and battery source.  Because it is housed completely within the firearm, installation of the sight does not restrict holster choice or effect grip ergonomics in any way.

Unlike lasers that turn on automatically, a modified slide lock lever serves as LaserMax’s signature Controlled Activation™ switch, allowing the shooter to operate from concealment without risking a potentially dangerous reveal of his or her position. Placement of the laser and switch also reinforce the NRA’s rules for safe handling of firearms and prevent any potential blocking of the beam, which projects from immediately under the bore for the highest accuracy.

The first green Guide Rod models offered will be compatible with GLOCK models 17, 17L, 17 Gen4, 18, 19, 19 Gen4, 20, 20SF, 21, 21SF, 22, 22 Gen4, 23, 24, 31, 32, 34, 35, 37 and 38.  Like all LaserMax products, the green Guide Rod Laser will be covered by an industry-leading 5 year warranty. First shipments are expected to hit retail shelves mid to late September at a suggested retail price of $449.

Chris Cheng

Chris Cheng is History Channel’s Top Shot Season 4 champion and author of “Shoot to Win,” a book for beginning shooters. A self-taught amateur turned pro through his Top Shot win, Cheng very much still considers himself an amateur who parachuted into this new career.

He is a professional marksman for Bass Pro Shops who shares his thoughts and experiences from the perspective of a newbie to the shooting community. He resides in San Francisco, CA and works in Silicon Valley.


  • Lance

    Seen the red laser version for years very nice to see green.

  • sauerquint

    So, the only thing new is the color? These have been around, with the same switch, for more than a decade. Mr. Cheng might not be aware of it, being a young guy.

    • Ash

      “Mr. Cheng might not be aware of it, being a young guy.”

      Unnecessary comment. Also, the new color (as you dismissively noted) is a significant upgrade. Mr. Cheng may not know every detail of every gadget available for over the past decade (guess you have to be “old” for that?), but I’m pretty sure he knows more about shooting in general than most of us Keyboard Kommandos.

    • The green ones in general have a stronger beam than the red variety.

  • Tackleberry

    laser cost more than the gun at $449!!!

    • Mark

      Yep. They lost me with that.

    • Steve (TFB Editor)

      WOW! I missed that. I could not afford to spend that on a laser. It would be to tempting to spend that money on a new gun instead.

  • jpcmt

    The red one was already stupid expensive, is delicate despite the ‘ruggedized’ design, people are wary of using this delicate guide rod as a major performance component of their glock…now GREEN? So now with this new color, a bad guy can directly know where you are where they couldn’t before when using red (which does not produce a line from A to B). Also, the energy used by a green laser uses way more juice so you get to change batteries more often in a component that isn’t easy or durable for frequent battery changes. Oh, and of course this won’t work in cold for you duty cops allowed to use a laser in your gun in northern states. Otherwise, it’s a cool toy for the toy collector who has to have the best whiz-bang add-ons for their glock!

    • MrSatyre

      Green lasers don’t create lines to follow any more than red laser do. Both require smoke or other particulate matter in the air to draw a line. I have several green lasers on my various hand guns and rifles and none of them draw lines.

  • MrSatyre

    My only concern with this being green (which is my preferred color), is that green lasers typically don’t like cold weather. Maybe for a gun that never leaves the house this would be ideal, but not for every day open or concealed carry during the winter.

  • st4

    I ditched mine because of how smoked the lens got after a few rounds.