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Efficient green laser sights are among the best recent innovations in weapon-mounted lights and lasers.

August 31, 2010  |  by Dave Douglas

Elzetta Design Weapons Lights

Lexington, Ky.-based Elzetta Design was founded in 2007 by two mechanical engineers who wanted to produce American made weapon lights and accessories that were innovative and high quality. To that end, all Elzetta products are designed, engineered, and manufactured in the USA using American tooling and materials. (In case you were wondering, Elzetta Design is named after the grandmother of one of the company's founders.)

The Elzetta ZFL-M60 Weapon-Grade LED Flashlight produces 235 out-the-front lumens. It features optical beam projection (not a mere reflector), creating an intense light pattern with a "soft edge" that minimizes the tunnel-vision effect common with other lights. Made from hard anodized 6061-T6 aluminum, the ZFL-M60 features fully-potted electronics to withstand harsh recoil and severe impact. 

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Insight Technology Laser Lights

A few years back Insight Technology changed its name to Insight Tech Gear for the non-military side of the house. Now it's changed it back. In any case it's the same great military grade equipment. This year, the company teamed up with Smith & Wesson on the new Bodyguard series guns. Both the Bodyguard 38 and the Bodyguard 380 have built-in Insight Technologies lasers.

These are not add-ons; they are integral to the Smith & Wesson frame. Engineers at both S&W and Insight worked together on the gun/laser system to make it ergonomically pleasing and the activation intuitive. The activation button on the .38 caliber +P rated revolver is on top and the button on the .380 autoloader is forward of the trigger on the frame. Each can be used in constant on or pulse mode. They also have a built-in five-minute auto-off timer. Battery life provides three hours of continuous operation. The units are user adjustable for windage and elevation.

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LaserMax Laser Sights

LaserMax has long been known for its great guide rod replacement laser systems and this year it didn't disappoint on that front. The company recently introduced the new guide rod laser system for the full-size Smith & Wesson M&P in 9mm, .40 S&W, and .357 SIG calibers. Once activated, the guide rod laser for the M&P provides pinpoint accuracy to two inches at 20 yards. Alignment of the laser is set at the factory and so there's no need for windage or elevation adjustment after changing batteries or accidentally dropping your firearm.

Additionally, LaserMax introduced its new Rifle Value Pack. It includes the company's Uni-Max laser combined with a momentary activation pressure switch and the MantaRail Cord Control System. The Uni-Max Red laser weighs no more than one round of ammo-including batteries. It's been drop tested on concrete, submerged to 66 feet, and baked to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Oh by the way, it still worked. The Uni-Max is .76 inches thick, 1.4 inches wide, and 2.27 inches long and will fit on a 1.75-inch rail.

The pressure switch combines with the MantaRail Cord Control System and solves the issue of cords hanging off the rifle because the adhesive got wet, old, or lost its adhesion. It houses the pressure pad and clamps to the rail, eliminating the need for hook-and-loop, tape, or even messy glues. It also comes with three MantaClips that keep the cord from dangling, catching on things, and ripping the gun out of your hands.

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