Friday, June 12, 2015

LaserLyte TGL Glock Small Format Pistol Laser Sight Review

LaserLyte TGL Glock Small Format Pistol Laser Sight Review

Now that the Glock has a host of small format pistols in their lineup, LaserLyte has made their G42 clamp on TGL trigger guard laser sight more adaptable to also fit the Glock G42 G26 G27 G43 pistols. The G42 for example is one of the most popular pistols of 2014 and now the G43 single stack 9mm is also now flying off the shelves in record numbers... and you know the G26 and G27s are still extremely popular.  LaserLyte's original TGL laser sight was intended for the G42 and G26/27 with swappable clamp on adapters all in one kit, however how they have tested that it will also fit the G27 and G43 as well.

The LaserLyte TGL UTA-YY Glock laser sight deserves pages of editorial to tell the arduous journey of how hard LaserLyte worked to introduce this sight and how difficult it was to create simple elegance in a user friendly interface. Well unfortunately for LaserLyte, people are more interested in the end result than the development process which due to non-disclosure agreements we cannot talk about anyway. That noted, the Glock TGL UTA-YY LaserLyte is gloriously simple and quality made from 55% Glass Filled Nylon and Aircraft Grade 6061 aluminum.

Installation is simple and only requires users to bolt the sight onto the front of the trigger guard using the appropriate clamp on adapter included in the package; the internals can be swapped between either included clam shell. Once locked onto the handguard there is no perceptible wiggle or movement and from my experience handles all the daily bumps and knocks without fulling out of zero. I had originally installed one of the TGL Laser Sights on my first G42 .380 pistols, however I was anxious to test the laser on the newest G43 single stack 9mm pistol. LaserLyte noted that the small G42 adapter could work on the G43 with some fitting, however all I needed to do was just wiggle the sight on and screw it down and I love it on this slim little pistol. The larger included adapters fit the G26/G27 so you can own the sight once and move it to any of the compatible models.

The owner of LaserLyte jokingly noted during an editors conference that the sight is FOPS operated - Finger Operated Pressure Switch. Jokes aside, FOPS is the perfect way to describe the operation of the LaserLyte Sight. The user basically clicks the sight on and off as needed via the ambidextrous buttons on each side of the sight - it really could not be more simple or reliable. The buttons are placed intelligently where your finger naturally rests when you finger is not on the trigger. It becomes a simple and natural ergonomic movement to touch either button to turn the laser sight on or off. Programing the LaserLyte laser sight can be done with just simple click and hold operations to cycle through either a "constant on" mode or a battery saving "pulse" mode. I generally like the pulse mode as my eye seems to pick it up faster.

Run time will likely last users a year of use unless they train extensively with the laser. Runtimes are 5 hours with the constant on mode and 10 hours in pulse mode, however there is an auto-off function after 6 minutes. Most Glocks are sights are set to a 25-yard zero, however for the uses of this laser I choose a 10-yard zero. Keeping in mind that the laser beam is approximately 2” lower than the bore line, very close 2-5 yards shots will deliver bullet impact about 1”-2” above the laser dot.  This is just something to train with to assure you know the differences of where the dot vs bullet impact will be and what decisions you might make on zeroing the LaserLyte TGl Glock laser sight.

One of the most amazing psychological aspects of laser sights are as an effective defensive deterrent. In many cases situations where a person is required to use deadly force to defend themselves happens in seconds where drawing and firing seems to happen almost instantaneously. In other situations, the gun is draw and you are either investigating that bump in the night or have drawn and have the luxury of offering verbal commands. In these less later situations where a LaserLyte sight can be a huge psychological advantage for you and a defensive deterrent for attackers. You can see exactly where the bullet will hit and can concentrate on the dynamics of the situation instead of the sights and on the attacker side, no one wants to have a floating red dot on their chest which could easily be followed by a bullet.

The unanimous verdict between the Mrs and I after testing was that the LaserLyte on the Glock G42 and G43 pistols is an awesome tool which is worth the  investment to make the small format Glocks even better.

The LaserLyte® GLOCK Pistol Laser
When the laser is mounted it matches the gun’s dust cover and trigger guard with perfect fit.
Each TGL package comes with two housings per model and will fit two guns for the price of just one laser. Simply use a Philips head screwdriver to remove the single screw to swap out the laser housings. A laser swap can easily be made in under a minute. Initial installation onto the gun will take less than five minutes and the laser does not require removal in order to change out batteries.
LaserLyte® UTA-YY Specifications:
- Compatible Firearms: GLOCK G42, G43, G26, G27
- Power Output: 650NM, 5MW, Class IIIA
- Programmable: Dual mode constant on and pulse, auto-off in 6 minutes
- Batteries: 3 x 392
- Battery Life: Actual usage 5 hours constant on, 10 hours pulse mode
- Weight: .75 ounces/0.0213 kg
- Material: 55% Glass Filled Nylon and Aircraft Grade 6061 aluminum
- Length: 1.52 inches/3.86 cm
- Width: .76 inches/ 1.93 cm
- Height: 1.70 inches/4.32 cm      
- MSRP: $104.95


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