Crimson Trace announced plans for the introduction of a powerful, 100-lumen weaponlight for the 1911 handgun, available through normal distribution channels in May. Building on the success of its innovative Lightguard platform for polymer handguns, CTC's engineers designed the new light to fit America's most popular pistol, while offering the same benefits of instinctive activation and seamless integration to the frame without needing the services of a gunsmith.
Offering a blinding output in a compact package, the 1911 Lightguard is no wider than the pistol it fits and is shorter than the dust cover, resulting in a form factor that is easy to holster, conceal and carry. The Lightguard operates either as a standalone unit or may be used in conjunction with Crimson Trace Lasergrips for the ultimate combination of low-light defensive tools. Simply pick up the pistol in a firing grip and the target is illuminated with blinding white light, while a bright laser dot shows exactly where the bullet will land.
The new Lightguard squeezes an incredible 2-hour run time from one CR2 battery and features a master on/off switch to disable the unit for range practice. Crimson Trace is currently working with major holster manufacturers to ensure that users have a number of leather and kydex options available to carry their Lightguard-equipped pistol. At an MSRP of $199, the new 1911 Lightguard will be shown at the NRA Annual Meetings in St Louis, April 13-15.