Laser sighting technology seems to be
constantly improving as laser sights get more popular. Today’s
shooters demand better, more reliable laser sights, and the
manufacturers are providing what shooters want. Make no mistake,
there are still plenty of cheap, junk laser sights on the
market, but the best manufacturers like Crimson Trace and
LaserLyte are building rugged, reliable, and accurate sights.
The one shown here is the new unit from LaserLyte that replaces
the rear sight on a Glock pistol. Unlike lasers that mount
beneath the barrel in front of the trigger guard, the Rear Sight
Laser has no effect on holstering the weapon. Nothing on the
pistol is changed, except the rear sight. The unit is totally
self-contained. There are no switches or wires running anywhere
on or in the pistol. There are no touch pads. Nothing. Just
drift out the rear sight using a mallet and the brass punch
provided by LaserLyte, drift in the LaserLyte rear sight,
tighten the set screw, and the installation is complete. The
unit is adjustable for windage and elevation correction, and an
Allen wrench is provided to make that adjustment. The whole
process might take five minutes if you are slow.
The laser is activated by a push button on
the rear of the unit. There are three settings; constant
“ON”, pulse, and “OFF”. LaserLyte claims a full hour of
run time in the constant on position, and double that in pulse
mode. Batteries are included, and the unit comes with an extra
set of four batteries as well. The batteries are small, hearing
aid type batteries, and are commonly available.
I am a proponent
of laser sights on fighting handguns. There are times when
there is not enough room to look over top of the pistol without
compromising your cover. With a laser, you can aim around a
barricade and still place your shots on the target. Also, the
thugs come out at night. Darkness provides concealment for their
evil deeds, and you are much more likely to need to defend
yourself in the dark than at noon. If you are attacked, I
guarantee that your attention will be focused upon the attacker,
and you might never see your sights, even if they were visible.
Placing the bright red dot upon the attacker places the sight
picture and the target on the same plane.
The LaserLyte Rear Sight laser is a very good
idea, well made, and easy to install. It will fit the rear sight
dovetail of any Glock pistol, and sights to fit other popular
pistols are on the way.
Check them out online at www.laserlyte.com.
Update: LaserLyte now has these sights in
production to fit the Springfield XD pistols, as well as the
The sight is adjustable for both windage and
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