Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Lightguard Now Available For The 1911

Crimson Trace has just released their Lightguard weapon-mounted light for 1911s that don't have accessory rails. At this time, it is only for 1911s from either Kimber or Smith & Wesson.

Here are the details from Crimson Trace:
Crimson Trace today announced the release of their eagerly-anticipated addition to their Lightguard™ platform for Kimber and S&W 1911 pattern pistols. The new weapon mounted light features an incredible 130 lumen output and the patented instinctive activation that made Crimson Trace the industry leader in laser sighting systems – simply hold the pistol in a normal firing grip to activate the light, with no additional buttons or switches to press. Available through their regular dealer network or from, the unit will retail at an MSRP of $199.

Whereas previously, 1911 owners would have required the services of a gunsmith to install a light on their non-railed pistols, the new 1911 Lightguard requires no gunsmithing and fits seamlessly over the trigger guard for snag-free operation. Operating on one, easily sourced CR2 lithium battery (included), the unit boasts an impressive 2 hour run time. With its narrow profile the Lightguard extends no wider than the slide, or longer than the dust cover on compact guns, holstering is a non-issue.

“Although the 1911 is justifiably the most popular handgun in the USA, it’s always lacked the ability to easily mount a light and, if you did, the options were large, encumbering choices that detract from both the function and look that 1911 fans crave,” said Kent Thomas, Director of Marketing for Crimson Trace. “Now, 1911 owners can take advantage of this life-saving self defense tool without permanently altering their guns in a slim, intelligent and highly functional way that befits the classic and trusted 1911 frame.” As an added bonus, the engineers at Crimson Trace designed the Lightguard to be fully compatible with their existing Lasergrips® including the hugely popular Master Series™ line.


  1. It's interesting that this will apparently only work on S&W and Kimber models. Are the trigger guard/dust cover areas really so different on different 1911s that they needed to make completely separate models? I'm assuming the answer must be 'yes' given the fact that Crimson Trace is specifically limiting their potential market with this initial release, but I am curious as to what the specific differences are.

  2. @MonteG: I'm not sure. I contacted them before I posted this to confirm that only S&W and Kimber models would work. It may have something to do with the shape of the trigger guard.

  3. I think it's the trigger guard undercut on the grip. Kimber and Smith (per a quick Google image search) seem to come with that done stock, older Colt's and mil-specs are going to have the curve at the joining.

    That's going to affect the activation button placement if the piece is rigid. I assume someone will slap one on a 'smithed Colt (et al.) and find it works just fine.

    1. I think you're right. Holding my Springfield up in comparison with the S&W pics I found, I didn't notice any difference, but comparing pics of each, the S&W does look to have a much less-curved, more squared cut a the back of the guard. Thanks for pointing that out!

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