LaserMax Guide Rod Now Available for Uber-Compact Glocks

While I can understand why Glock chose to not put a rail on their single-stack firearms, does not mean that I agree with the decision. Frankly, its an oversight given the huge variety of company lights and lasers meant to augment the small handguns. For the pocket-rockets, I personally feel that the laser is the most effective. With the grip often too small for all the fingers and palm to find purchase and the sights being what they are, a laser will help someone get on target faster.

To meet this need, LaserMax has released their next-generation guide-rod laser for the pocket-Glocks, the model 42 and 43 in .380 and 9mm, respectively. The new LMS-G42 and LMS-G43 are claimed to be “the most technologically advanced, ruggedized laser sighting system ever developed”. Tall words that assuredly need some testing. (We tested the G42 a bit ago and liked it…)

The new lasers do not add any weight to the handguns, coming in at only .6 ounces. The laser is listed as “bright red”.

The new laser systems are scheduled for shipping before Christmas, so this may not be the stocking-stuffer for you are looking for, especially considering the price. Coming in over half the cost of the base gun, the lasers are listed at a $269 retail. Yikes. If a laser is must, make sure to budget for it.

Still, coupled with another of LaserMax’s product the CenterFire weapon-light, you can get a full laser light combo on the mouse-guns without too much trouble. Its one of many products recently released for the handgun. 


Full Press Release Below:

LaserMax Releases Next-Gen Guide Rod Laser for Glock 42/43

Rochester, NY – LaserMax proudly announces that its newest generation of Guide Rod Laser™ technology will soon be available for top-selling Glock 42 and 43 subcompact handguns. The most technologically-advanced, ruggedized laser sighting system ever developed, the LMS-G42 and LMS-G43 pack LaserMax’s advanced electronics into the smallest internal space ever attempted by a laser manufacturer.

Weighing in at only 0.6 ounces, the Glock 42 and 43 models neither add mass to the firearm nor interfere with holster selection, important advantages for concealed carriers. The laser’s bright red aiming point enables faster and more accurate shots on target, even when firing around obstacles or from unconventional defensive positions. Scheduled to begin shipping before Christmas, the new generation Guide Rod Lasers feature an automatic 10-minute timeout to prevent inadvertent battery drain and a user-programmable pulse/no-pulse selection.

For over a quarter century, LaserMax’s pioneering laser sighting systems have provided a decisive combat advantage to professional operators and armed Americans at home and abroad. LMS-G42 and LMS-G43 will arrive to retailers this winter with an everyday selling price of $269, the lowest cost Guide Rod Laser ever offered to the consumer public. The sight may be coupled with a LaserMax CenterFire WeaponLight to create the perfect subcompact defensive pistol, befitting law enforcement back-up, concealed carry and home protection needs.

Complete information on LaserMax products is available at or by phone at (800) 527-3703. For the latest LaserMax news, follow LaserMax on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

About LaserMax
Now in its 26th year, LaserMax is a leading innovator of premium laser systems with a growing portfolio of significant patents. Specializing in the design and manufacture of rugged and innovative firearm sighting solutions for military, law enforcement and commercial markets worldwide, the company also delivers premium laser products and optical systems for the semiconductor, aerospace, biomedical and telecommunications industries. LaserMax is an ISO 9001:2008 certified and WOSB 8(m) certified Women-Owned Small Business and was recently recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in the U.S. by Inc. 500 | 5000.

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Nathan S

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


  • Heretical Politik

    I can’t figure out how these work. Guide rods aren’t pinned in place or anything, Isn’t it going to shift slightly each time the pistol cycles and throw off zero?

    • Alex Agius

      Perhaps but it isn’t a long range weapon, it’s a sub 25 yard pistol

    • Eric S

      I would use the sights beyond 15 yards. If the laser is within 2 inches of POI at 15 yards I’d be relatively satisfied. Laser-aiming would be best employed within 7 yards.

    • Sianmink

      I’ve handled a few. It mounts in tighter than a normal guide rod. So far as I can tell, it’s pretty dead nuts on for < 20yd work

    • I have one and it’s very, very accurate. By far the most accurate laser out there for distance shooting because it’s mounted so close to the bore, whereas most under rail/ grip lasers are mounted either lower or offset.

      The problem is that red lasers just don’t work well during the day, and mine had a tendency to turn on accidentally when firing at the range… which I wouldn’t know because it was daylight and the dot was invisible.

      If they came out with a green one that would be worth looking into. For now I’ve transitioned to the Green CMR-206 from CT.

  • Sulaco

    I remember seeing these advertised back in the 1980’s when I was a working cop. For my Dept I tried to get in touch with the company, can’t remember if it was LM, but they never responded. The adds for this kind of laser add on keeps popping up year after year but never seems to be really available. Maybe this time, I would think the stresses would kill most electronics mounted in a guide rod pretty fast…

  • MR

    I figured MSRP would be higher. Sure, as mentioned, it’s half the price of the base gun, but I’ve always been told you’re better off spending more on the optic than the gun. Not that I’ve ever followed that advise…
    Anyway, that seems to be the price range for quality lasers and lights. Cheaper ones are available, but reliability often suffers.

    • Twilight sparkle

      I think the rule about spending more on the optic was from 30+ years ago, when I got into shooting about 13 years ago I was told half as much as the gun or about the same as the gun with a few exceptions, I think that rule is still fairly accurate today especiay considering how cheap guns have gotten.

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  • Michael R. Zupcak

    Coolest laser mod I have ever seen. Note the tiny red button on the backstrap. A groove seems to have been cut in the trigger guard and frame and then covered with some type of grip tape but it’s the cleanest laser mod ever. I want to see a green guide rod laser that’s activated by a backstrap button like in this picture.