Red lasers like the one in my G20 are plenty visible in low light/no light and indoors, but in bright sunlight they can be difficult to see against some backgrounds out past knife-fighting range. The new Native Green Guide Rod laser, on the other hand, is every bit as visible as a red laser in low light/no light conditions, but it stands out prominently in bright sunlight against every real world background I’ve tried. And the pulsating beam makes it fast and easy to find. Since I don’t hunt or fish indoors or in the dark, the Native Green laser would’ve also been a better choice for the G20’s specific application: dangerous game defense, outdoors and in bright daylight. Other advantages of Native Green vs. red include stability over a broad range of temperatures and significantly enhanced battery life.
LaserMax currently offers Native Green Guide Rod lasers for Glock models 17, 17L, 17 Gen4, 18, 19, 19 Gen4, 20, 20SF, 21, 21SF, 22, 22 Gen4, 23, 24, 31, 32, 34, 35, 37 and 38, all priced at $449. And like all LaserMax products, they’re covered by a 5-year factory warranty. Additional models of the Native Green Guide Rod laser are currently under development for a variety of pistols from Springfield Armory, SIG Sauer, Beretta and Taurus.
We recently received an evaluation unit for the Glock 19, and I installed it in one of the several staff-owned G19s we have on hand. The most challenging part of the process was opening the box, with the whole deal done and running in two minutes flat. The batteries are factory installed, so you don’t even have to fool with that.
With the laser installed, we fired a couple hundred rounds of mixed 9mm ammunition and the pistol ran just like it always has . . . perfectly. And as advertised, the green aiming dot was dead on at 10 yards with almost every brand of ammo and bullet weight we tested.