Crimson Trace’s “No Duh” Press Release for Glock Gen5 Lasers

If one were falling for the marketing hype, they might seem to believe that the release of the Generation 5 Glock is a big deal… Sadly, its not just Glock trying to push removal of maligned finger grooves and flared magazine well as a basically new handgun, other companies are piling on as well.

As the irony is hard to miss with Crimson Trace being owned by Smith & Wesson (or rather its renamed parent – American Outdoor Companies), Crimson Trace has released a Press Release that continues the hype for the Generation 5 through the hyping of its compatibility with the handguns.

In short, the presser is touting that the previous Generation 4 compatible Laserguard wrap-around grips are compatible with the Gen 5, as Glock did not change the geometries of their grip. Of course, Crimson Trace fails to mention this, implying that their offerings are all-new like the “newly released” Gen5 handguns.

Sometimes, I just have to hang my head in bewilderment.

For those curious and looking for wrap-around laser adapters for their Gen 5 handguns, they are available from Crimson Trace’s dealer network. Pricing begins at $249 for the wrap-around options. Crimson Trace does have other picatinny-rail mounting options including integral light & laser units.


TFB’s FNG. Completely irreverent of all things marketing but a passionate lover of new ideas and old ones well executed. Enjoys musing on all things firearms, shooting 3-gun, and attempting to be both tacticool AND tactical.


  • Patrick Reginald

    Why don’t they release something useful, like ir laser grips?

    • Scott Tx

      liability for all the fires they would cause

    • Anonymoose

      Because Lasermax already has IR laser guide rods, and CT made IR lasergrips at one point but I think they discontinued them.

  • Pokes at Glocks and Glock fanboys ranting in 3, 2, 1….


  • PK

    I’m still using my CT grips from, I think, Gen2 pistols… they work on Gen3 and Gen4 just fine, and obviously they’d work on Gen5.

  • Hyasuma

    no thanks, my iron sights will do better job than a laser

    • FightFireJay

      Unless you’re focusing on the threat, or can’t get a conventional shooting position.

      • Hyasuma

        that is why we learn hip firing techniques instead of letting ppl know where the laser is coming from…

      • Hyasuma

        Lasers in my opinion are gimmicks , they are harder to see on certain objects/colors/lighting
        they can fail/run out of battery power/lose zero
        they are a good dry fire training aid, and that is about it.

  • FightFireJay

    Isn’t the grip listed as being wider than the Gen 4?

    And to be fair, the Gen 4 DID cause compatability issues.

  • jpcmt

    I’m of the opinion that lasers are about the most useless feel-good accessory for a handgun…at least for 99% of the people that buy them so they can ‘make that bad guy think twice about robbing me.’ I think lasers are good for dry fire practice to see how much movement my trigger press is causing by the shake of the dot on the wall across the room. Otherwise, it’s a good way to screw up a new/intermediate shooter into slowing down their target acquisition by using a laser to aim. And most of the time I see folks with lasers but no light…so double stupid right there.

    • Risky

      Lasers can fill an adequate gap in low-light conditions such as dusk/dawn/indoors. Bright enough to see your target, dark enough slow down with your sights but not dark enough that your night sights really pop out.

      I do agree that probably 99% of the users don’t train adequately with them, that most folks do buy them because they think it makes their gun “bad-ass” or something. I don’t use them… but I could see myself using a laser sight on something like a micro .380 if I ever went with something that small.