Finally – Laser / Light Combo for Micro Handguns from Crimson Trace

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Considering the popularity of laser / light combination illuminators in the market, I was always perplexed with the various laser manufacturers opted to to only release lasers for the sub-compact and non-railed handguns in the market. With the cost of LEDs being near nothing, it was boggling, especially with common handgun usage being in low-light situations.

Finally stepping in with their own molded laser/light combination is Crimson Trace. The newly announced Laserguard Pro series is launched with a single model for the Smith & Wesson Shield handgun in 9mm and .40 Smith & Wesson. The Laserguard Pro incorporates either a red (Model LL-801) or green (Model LL-801G) laser and 150 lumen LED white light.

The Laserguard Pro is activated with the companies exclusive “Instinctive Activation” pressure pad, with the mold running from the pad, along the trigger guard, to the emitter. For storage or other activities, the Pro can be turned off with a master power switch.

Blade-Tech is on-board with holsters coming soon for the Pro-equipped Shields. The Press Release does not mention future models, but Crimson Trace has placeholders for the Glock 42/43 and the Springfield XD-S.

Retail pricing is set at $279 for the red laser version and $370 for the green laser, which is consistent across all the handgun models. 

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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.

Nathan can be reached at Nathan.S@TheFirearmBlog.com

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


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  • Nolan

    Finally I can feel like solid snake!

    • Sianmink

      Remember the fundamentals of CQC!

      • Anonymoose

        Naked Snake didn’t have a light on his gun until MGS5. :

  • Nicholas C

    Viridian C5L is a light laser combo already out on the market.

    • A Fascist Corgi

      Mine drained batteries like crazy even when it was in storage. And it still needs a rail in order to attach to a firearm.

      • Peeholestinger

        The Reactor 5 series from Viridian mounts to the trigger guard. I like that Viridian lasers automatically turn on once removed from the holster. One less thing for me to have to think about if I need to draw my weapon.

  • FLdeepdiver

    Streamlight TLR-6 (for Shield, G26/27, Sig 938/238, & Kahr) has been out for some time now, and supported by many holster manufacturers.

    • TennTexan

      I have a TLR-6 on my P938 and love it. I carry it in a Black Arch IWB holster.

    • gunsandrockets

      I’ll say this in favor of the Crimson Trace, unlike the Streamlight it places the laser emitter above the flashlight, and thereby puts the laser beam that much closer to the barrel bore-line.

  • gunsandrockets

    “… was always perplexed with the various laser manufacturers opted to to only release lasers for the sub-compact and non-railed handguns in the market.”

    “to to only”? huh?

    I suspect you meant to write,

    ‘… was always perplexed when the various laser manufactures opted not to release lasers for the sub-compact and non-railed handguns in the market’

  • gunsandrockets

    Anyone care to make a laser recommendation for the Walther P22? Or should I stick with the Walther laser module?

    • Get the CMR-206 green laser from Crimson Trace. Excellent and compact, about $165 on eBay.

  • Harrison Jones

    I’ll stick with my TLR6. I don’t like the Crimson trace design that make the trigger guard smaller and enlarges the bottom of the trigger guard.

  • I’m not sure why you would want a flashlight on a CCW pistol. Weapons lights are for target ID- but a CCW cannot be drawn from the holster until there is a clear and present danger to your life, meaning there has already been a target ID.

    Meanwhile if you are walking around in an area that is so dark that you can’t distinguish friend from foe, wouldn’t you already have your EDC flashlight out and on?

    I think just a green laser and EDC flashlight is a better option.

    • gunsandrockets

      That’s logical for CCW. But for home defense, I can also see the sense of a combo unit.

      One thing for certain, the need for manipulating multiple gadgets at the same time, whether that is a flashlight, or a telephone, or a door handle, just reinforces the necessity of training to use a handgun one-handed.

      • Twilight sparkle

        Lights make sense for home defense but these are lights for compact pistols, if you want a pistol for home defence you may as well step into something full sized.

        If a laser doesn’t come on as soon as I grip a gun then I really don’t want it because in the time it takes me to turn a laser on I should have already shot the bad guy twice, a flashlight on a gun is something I’d turn on as soon as I pick it up when something goes bump in the night.

        • AD

          I see what you’re saying, but I guess not everyone want to own, maintain, buy ammo and accessories for, and train with two different weapon systems?

          • Twilight sparkle

            That’s true but I’ve got a lot of different systems so it makes sense for me to use the ones that fit each situation best. I don’t even use a handgun for home defence, I’ve got a mossberg 500 for that.

        • Ben Pottinger

          Because all CCW/self defense shootings are a high speed drawdown? A light like the TLR6 doesn’t slow your draw or add much of any weight to the gun. If I don’t need a light in the SD situation I’m in, no problem, no issue. If I *do* need a light now I have it. The TLR6 is all of 90$ online and performs great. The laser is essentially a “freebie” to me, I was buying the device for the light. the little glock doesn’t really need a laser (not like some of the extra tiny pocket pistols do).

          • Twilight sparkle

            Not all are high speed, but if I’m drawing a concealed gun then it’s going to be necessary to use it and I’d rather get out of that situation as fast as possible without trying to fiddle with a fine motor skill to hit a small button for a laser, if there’s going to be a laser on my gun it needs to come on when I grip that firearm.

            If I’m in my own home and I’m grabbing a gun for self defence then I probably still need to identify the threat so I’d have time to turn on a light in that situation

            This is a picture of the type of laser I’m opposed to

      • John Yossarian

        I don’t even see the sense in having a flashlight on a home defense firearm. My home is illuminated by nightlights – Some that come on when the room is dark and others which come on in response to motion. I also happen to know what my family members look like, as well as their particular movements and voices. Using a flashlight would just give the invader(s) something to shoot at, and I’d rather blind them with lead than with photons.

  • Jason

    So who makes one that fits the Glock 29/30 frame? Looking for one that doesn’t extend past the barrel. Plenty of mini ones for the little pewpew guns, but I’d like one on my G29.