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Guide Rod Lasers

Discussion in 'Sights, Optics and Lasers' started by MikeG21, May 12, 2013.

  1. MikeG21

    MikeG21 Not a doctor

    May 8, 2013
    I'm looking to equip my Gen4 G21 with an internal laser but do not have a lot of knowledge of their efficiency and durability. The only brand I can seem to find research on is LaserMax, but have come across a lot of bad reviews.

    What are y'all thoughts/opinions/complaints/praises for guide rod lasers? What brands do you recommend? What brands should I stay away from?
  2. wlkjr


    Apr 9, 2012
    I have one on my G19 but haven't shot it that much since installation. I haven't had any failures of any type. Mine is a Lasermax.

  3. Dalton Wayne

    Dalton Wayne Epic mustache Millennium Member

    Apr 5, 1999
    Central Florida
    Haters gonna hate.
    I like em think they work great..
  4. NavyMSU


    Oct 26, 2011
    Houston, TX
    Do they make hem with the dual recoil spring assemblies? Gen4 models were designed to use those to improve accuracy.

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  5. MikeG21

    MikeG21 Not a doctor

    May 8, 2013
    I'm not sure....That's a good question. Anybody know?
  6. RayB

    RayB Retired Member

    Dec 2, 2005

    It doesn't look like it... :dunno:

    They make them for the Gen 4 Models, but they don't show them as having dual spring assemblies:

  7. yubakram


    Apr 9, 2013
    SE Georgia
    Talked to LaserMax this morning and they are working on products for Glocks with the Dual Spring recoil rod assembly and should be available within the next two quarters...
  8. Citadel15L


    Jan 8, 2013
    Central Florida
    Last edited: May 15, 2013
  9. GlocksterJeff

    GlocksterJeff Glock Armorer

    Jun 29, 2003
    'Sunny' Oregon
    Guide rod lasers are subjected to an awful lot of heat, vibration, and stress. This is not a good thing when it comes to the longevity of electronic components.

    Whether they work well or not, guide rod lasers are not adjustable for point of impact. That makes them pretty much usable only at very close range.
  10. tenforme


    Feb 14, 2013
    Agreed, this is the key drawback. In addition there is no green laser version and red lasers only work in the dark or very low light.
  11. PghJim


    Apr 21, 2005
    I do not necessarily agree, but I take the laser out if I am going to be doing a lot of practice shooting. There are a couple of problems. I have 5 of them and the dual springs ones do not work very well as far as adjustment and brightness. The single spring ones work really well if you have the stock barrel and they will garrantee it to be within 2" at 20 yards and adjust it under warranty. But an aftermarket barrel and you are screwed.

    I sent my G29 laser back because I bought a longer barrel, which did not match POI and POA. I did not hear anything for a month, so I called and they had lost it, after I paid $80. They sent me a new one, which did not match and I had to pay another $80.

    For me the real advantage is rapid targeting at relatively close range. Put the dot on and squeeze the trigger. If the target is more than 20 yards, I am going to use the sights anyway. I will tell you that none of mine have broke. If you are sighted in, you are good.