Crimson Trace Light-Laser Combos for G42/43, XD-S

Crimson Trace Laserguard Pro

The Crimson Trace Corporation announced the release of new Laserguard Pro modules for the following subcompact pistols: Glock 42, Glock 43 and the Springfield Armory XD-S line. This extends the company’s Pro line for small pistols that currently fit the extremely popular Smith & Wesson Shield handguns.

The new Laserguard Pro units are equipped with both a supplemental aiming laser and a white light in a relatively small package. All of the units can be had with either a red or green laser. The green lasers carry a $100 premium over the red lasers, but are much more visible to the human eye – especially in bright light.

I’ve tested red and green lasers on my pistols and found that the red are often unusable in bright daylight conditions, while the green typically are usable. Green lasers can be washed out depending on the ambient light and reflectiveness of the target, but I have found there is a significant improvement over red in the same conditions.

Crimson Trace Laserguard Pro

Crimson Trace uses a LED light that throws 150 lumens of total output. The company does not offer any additional information about the light’s output or beam characteristics such as peak beam intensity or beam distance.

These units are powered by a single CR2 battery. The red laser will run for more than two hours on a fresh cell. The light will run for two hours on the same battery. Even though green lasers traditionally use more power, Crimson Trace rates the green laser units at the same runtimes.

The MSRP for red units is $279 while green versions will retail for $379.

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  • Harry’s Holsters

    I have a streamlight TLR6 and love it! The biggest thing that keeps me from buying one of these is the fact they are mounted all the way under the triggerguard. These are already small guns and I want as much of my hands on their as possible.

    I like the fact that the laser is closer to the bore than the TLR6. I don’t use the laser except randomly during dry firing to confirm my trigger press. The laser on the streamlight is useless during the day so if I planned to use it I’d get the crimson trace in green.

    The price is also higher than streamlight by over double. I’d pay that for surefire but I’m unsure about streamlight.

  • Always spring for the Green CT lasers, way brighter than the red. I have a bunch of Green CT lasers and now consider them mandatory for any of my guns that can mount one.

    Ebay is the best place to buy, often $60+ cheaper than amazon or elsewhere in my experience.

  • Gorilla Biscuit

    Any holster makers in the game yet for these?

  • Sianmink

    And unlike pretty much everyone else, CT does it right. laser close to the bore where it’s most useful, Light offset because that hurts nothing. Why do so many laser/light combos get this backwards?

    • mig1nc

      I agree 100000%!!!

      • mig1nc

        That said, My Streamlight TLR-2G has the beam inside the bezel instead of below it, and the Veridians have the laser above, but offset from the bezel.

        I don’t understand why Surefire doesn’t offer an X-series like this.