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 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.