Wilsonville, Ore. – October 13, 2011 Crimson Trace today announced the availability of three exciting new LIGHTGUARD™ tactical lights for Glock, Springfield XDM and Smith & Wesson M&P pistols. The LIGHTGUARD 100-lumen LED tactical lights mark the first entry into the handgun tactical light market for the manufacturer of industry-leading LASERGRIPS® and LASERGUARD® laser sighting systems. All three products utilize Crimson Trace’s hallmark instinctive activation™ pressure pad, which turns on the light when the gun is held in a normal firing grip. MSRP is $149.

“Customers told us that they wanted a bright tactical light that was lighter, slimmer and easier to turn on and off,” said Fred Karl, director of product development at Crimson Trace. “They also wanted a light that fit in a CCW holster and looked like it was designed for their gun,” he added. Crimson Trace responded with a small package size that’s no wider than the slide, no longer than the muzzle of a sub-compact, and weighs only XX oz. Unlike most rail-mounted tactical lights, the LIGHTGUARD is small enough to fit in most popular concealed carry holsters. The Glock and M&P models are compatible with CTC’s rear-activated laser systems, creating the ultimate personal defense package.

Small size doesn’t mean weak performance, however. The LIGHTGUARD is powered by a CR2 battery which drives the 100-lumen, Cree LED diode for over two hours of illumination. There is a master on / off switch to completely shut down the unit for daytime use. The lens and reflector system in the light head were specifically designed to cast a wide beam with a high-intensity center spot for quick and positive target identification. Like all Crimson Trace products, the LIGHTGUARD is water-resistant, and was designed and tested to withstand recoil from the hottest personal defense loads.

The LIGHTGUARD was the winner of the prestigious FMG Publications’ 2011 Academy of Excellence Award for Self Defense Product of the year. Units are available for Glock full size and compact models, the full-size Smith & Wesson M&P and Springfield’s XD and XDm. Further details can be found at www.ctclightguard.com.

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