Crimson Trace Laserguard Pro for Glock 42/43

Most gun people acknowledge the utility of a weapon mounted light, especially on a defensive firearm. Whether you have one or not, most agree that it’s a good thing. But lasers are more debatable. Light/laser combos are becoming more popular as they offer the best of both, usually with the option to go with one or the other or both at once. The Crimson Trace Laserguard Pro does just that.

Crimson Trace Laserguard Pro
Karl says the Crimson Trace Laserguard Pro changed his mind about lasers.

In the video below, Karl from Tactical Rifleman gives us a brief review of the Laserguard Pro for his Glock 42 and 43. Karl likes lights on his pistols, though he admits holster options are limited. His solution has always been a quick-attach light carried on his belt. But his light of choice is too big for the slimline Glock 42 and 43 pistols.

Crimson Trace Laserguard Pro

Crimson Trace suggested he try the Laserguard Pro, with its 150-lumen light coupled with a green laser. Red lasers are also available. Karl says he has never been a laser guy. He believes shooters can get too dependent on lasers at the expense of iron sight proficiency. Like anything else, lasers can and do fail. But they have their uses in the proper context.

Crimson trace Laserguard Pro

Crimson Trace Laserguard Pro Specs

  • Activation Location: Front
  • Activation Type: Proprietary Front “Instinctive Activation” button
  • Laser Beam Intensity: 5MW Peak, 532 NM, Class 3R Green Laser
  • Lumens: 150 Lumen LED White Light
  • Master On/Off Switch for Range Use
  • Side-mounted Mode Selector Switch
  • Modes of Operation: Light Only; Laser Only; Light + Laser; Light Strobe + Laser
  • Seamless Integration with Glock 42, 43, 43X, and 48
  • Elevation and Windage Adjustable
  • Included in the Crimson Trace Battery for Life Program
  • Will NOT fit variants with accessory rails
  • MSRP: $449.00

“A Home Run Hit”

Karl says the Laserguard Pro changed his mind on lasers. He still preaches iron sight proficiency, but he says he quickly learned how the laser can assist in training and lend itself to shooting in less-than-ideal situations.

Laser for training
A laser can show the steadiness of a grip or tell an instructor how a student flinches from recoil. the green laser is visible in bright sunlight.

The laser can show how steady or unsteady a shooter’s grip is. It can also show an instructor whether or not a student is flinching from the gun’s recoil. The green laser is bright enough for easy visibility in sunlight.

Laser sighting
Lasers can help a shooter’s aim in awkward situations. Note the green dot on the target’s head.

Lasers also facilitate accurate shooting in awkward situations where the shooter cannot line up the sights. Shooting around furniture is not unlikely in a home defense scenario. Nor is having to shoot low and tight from the draw against a sudden assailant. The laser can put the shooter on target in bad situations.

Laser sighting from awkward positions
Again, note how the shooter can put the gun on target in less-than-ideal situations.

Karl now believes that lasers are useful tools when properly employed. He likes the Crimson Trace Laserguard Pro combo so much that he bought several for his family members. That’s a solid endorsement. Karl says the Laserguard Pro is “a home run hit by Crimson Trace. This light/laser combo is awesome.”

Karl from Tactical Rifleman
Karl likes the Laserguard Pro so much he bought several for his family members.

What do you think? Do you like lasers? If not, does Karl’s assessment change your mind? Let us know in the comments.


William "Bucky" Lawson is a self-described "typical Appalachian-American gun enthusiast". He is a military historian specializing in World War II and has written a few things, as he says, "here and there". A featured contributor for Strategy & Tactics, he likes dogs, range time, and a good cigar - preferably with an Old Fashioned that has an extra orange slice.

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