Shortly after posting my review of carrying a G19 with a Streamlight TLR-1 flashlight concealed, Iain Harrison of Crimson Trace emailed me and asked if I wanted to have a look at a new pistol light they were developing. After he promised not to lick my head, I agreed, and my copy arrived a couple weeks ago. I’ve been messing with it since, and here are my initial impressions. Part 2 will be the shooting review, then Part 3 will be after I have a holster built for the G19 wearing the light and have carried it for a bit.
Anyway, the Light Guard is a super slim pistol light that assembles around the trigger guard and is activated with a momentary contact pressure switch that sits under your middle finger when you grip the pistol. It’s made out of a durable plastic and assembles onto the gun with a couple of super tiny screws that thread into steel inserts that are molded into the plastic. There’s also a master on/off slide switch at the front of the light so you can store it without the light getting inadvertently activated.
The light itself is a LED that’s powered by a CR2 lithium cell. It’s impressively bright, and casts more of a wide angle flood than the focused beam of the TLR-1:
The light took some fiddling to get onto the gun, but once on it is pretty secure. It should really be thought of as a semi-permanent addition to the gun, not an accessory that you’re going to be putting on and taking off a lot. I’m still skeptical about the durability of the tiny screws, because you’ll want to take the light off to replace the battery once a year at least. But I was unable to make the light budge on the gun either by grabbing it and twisting. I also banged the light on the kitchen counter hard enough to leave marks on the plastic, and it was still functional and securely mounted.
As you can see, the light is very narrow, even more narrow than the Glock’s slide. It is a LOT smaller than the TLR-1 and should be much easier to carry.
The Light Guard should MSRP at $149 when it becomes available.
So far, my only misgivings are the mounting screws and the light activation. Since the light is turned on every time you grip the gun properly, you either have to become accustomed to the light being on every time you draw, or get good at using your middle finger to control the light. This seems possible after dry firing at home, but I’ll know more after a long range session with it.
Which should be shortly! Stay tuned.