|Activation Location||Front Activation|
|Battery Type||One CR2 Lithium Battery|
|Master On/Off Switch||Yes|
|Warranty||Three Year Full Warranty|
|Light Specs||100 Lumen LED|
Lumens, Lumens, Lumens! Review by BillyWee
The biggest complaint I keep reading is about the lack of Lumens. This review is not about this specific model, it's about the Lightguard in general, (which they all seem to be 100 Lumens). We've become a society of "Supersize me please" where with almost everything, bigger is better. Maybe in a few cases that's true, but usually it's just the mentality that's been drilled into our heads.
Have you ever tried this light on yourself? If you have, I'm sure all you saw was a big blinding light that was uncomfortable to look at, & after you stopped looking, you still could barely see as you'd have bright spots blurring your vision. Try this sometime, with the light NOT on your gun, (sad that I even need to say that), shine the light in your eyes & right after pickup your (UNLOADED) gun, & try to aim using the sights. If your like me, you will think your eyes are purposely toying with you, as when you try to line up the sights, that's exactly where a bright light is obscuring your vision. Sort of like the burn in older computer monitors (which is why screensavers were invented, to keep it from developing a "Burn" by constantly changing the colors.) Also, keep track of how long this last, it's more than just a few seconds. Even worse, try rapidly flashing it on and off like a strobe, albeit much slower. This will definitely give you a distinct advantage, as they'll be blinded for a short period & are at best shooting in your general direction (which still can't be fun) but not aiming as you will be able to do. As to "Shooting at the light" this means looking at the light, which is no fun & actually somewhat painful after a few seconds. Maybe in a long range outdoor situation more Lumens would be better, but inside a house or at close range outdoors, which is usually where you'd need it, that's not an issue.
Also, bear in mind, you probably did this with your eyes adjusted to regular room lighting. Generally, someone breaking into a house is going to try & find the darkest place possible, so their eyes are adjusted for dark or very low light, making the light all the more effective.
Long story short, (if it's not to late for that:-), 100 Lumens is plenty for what your using it for, & it was a good call by Crimson Trace as it's bright enough for the job, but the lower the Lumens, the longer the battery will last. So in my opinion (at 1st I also thought 100 Lumens was way to low), CT did a great job by going with 100 Lumens & making the light effective for its intended purpose(s), not just blinding the bad guy but lighting up an area well, while maximizing its battery life.
There's a reason these guys are considered "The best in the business" & that's because they are!
p.s. So why 4 and not 5 stars? Because as I've read from many others, & unfortunately experienced myself, its way to easy to strip the screws.
p.p.s. No, I don't work for them nor have any relationship to them whatsoever, I just have their LaserGrips & LightGuard installed on my main "goto" gun & feel these both give me a clear advantage, should I ever come to the unfortunate point of having to use them for real. (Posted on 11/24/14)
Right until you need it. Review by Sommervold
Living in my off body messenger bag, it's not getting a lot of side to side abuse. Comes out to play a few times a week. Only time I've ever needed it to work, the screws stripped their threads and the whole works clattered to the floor. Still in the dark. Bad situation.
It was beautiful. Looked as though it was part of the XD. beauty doesn't help in the dark.
Failed when needed. (Posted on 10/29/14)
bright Review by glenn
Great light but wish it was more than 100 lumens. (Posted on 7/19/14)
This One's A NO BRAINER!!!! Review by alko
I went back and forth between a tactical light vs. a laser. After realizing you can't determine a friendly in the room with a laser, I went with this tactical light for my Springfield XMD 9mm 4.5 and I'm glad I did. Sure...it's a bit pricey for a tactical light but you'll quickly get over that after you've installed it on your firearm. It's a nice sold build and with the XDM it looks like it was factory built. The light is very bright. At 100 lumens LED it is bright enough to light up any room in a dark house. The light has a great focus beam with residual flooding. The main selling point for this product, for me, was the fact that I don't have to mess around with any toggle switches or pressure straps. Bottom line...I'm sold on Crimson Trace products! (Posted on 10/5/13)
excellent product Review by cs
I added this product to my Springfield XD9 4". It installs and removes in about 90 seconds and looks like it came with the gun. The match as far as color, proportions and fit are top notch.The light is bright, the unit does not add much noticeable weight to the weapon and the instinctive grip activation is tremendous. There is also an on/off switch at the front of the unit beneath the light housing where you can turn the light off. I remove the unit before practicing at the range and therefore can't speak to the true durability, but I can't imaging it being an issue - it feels like it is made of the same poly as the gun.
All in all, I'd strongly recommend this product. In a middle-of-the-night situation, you only have to grip your weapon the same as you always do and you have an automatic advantage in any situation where you would need to use your weapon.
Some will always say the bad guy will just aim for the light. But the fact remains: you will see what he is doing and he WILL NOT BE ABLE TO SEE WHAT YOU'RE DOING - advantage you.
My only gripe is that the battery used for this light is excluded from CTC's "batteries for life" promotion. I wish this policy would cover this light. (Posted on 9/16/12)
Excellent product for XD(m) 40S&W Full-size 3.8" Barrel Review by ctbeiser
Low profile, bright light. Ergonomic and easy to install. Well engineered case, which fits the trigger guard flawlessly. Fits well in CrossBreed Snap Slide holster with Lightguard provisions. (Posted on 8/20/12)
Love this light Review by evoEddie
I absolutely love this light. It looks like it came with the gun straight from springfield. Had a few friends check it out and they didn't even notice it. I have it on my 5.25 and it looks sexy (Posted on 5/11/12)