I’m with cayton. A CT Lightguard with lasergrips would be a good combination for a carry gun without adding significant weight or a lot of bulk. There are some non-CT rail mount laser/light combo units out there too, if you can’t get CT accessories for your particular gun (like mine), and they aren’t noticeably larger or heavier than just a plain laser, so there’s no disadvantage there.
Now CT just needs to make a Lightguard with a laser.
The crimson trace lightguard weighs 1.2oz, doesn’t increase the length or width of the pistol, and allows you to see the profile of your sights in low light. There is no reason not to have one on your compact or larger handgun (other than they don’t make one for it yet).
If your carrying a sub-compact a laser is going to be more use.
If you think the light adds too much bulk… you have the wrong light.
I just bought a Glock 19 for use as a carry gun (I am/have been carrying a Browning Hi-Power: excellent gun with serious logistical problems). Almost the first things I bought for it were CT Lasergrips and a CT Lightguard. The laser speeds up target acquisition, the light makes target recognition possible in the dark. Seems like a good combo, to me.
Maybe I’m old fashioned but i’m with Lou and Sheriff Jim. I haven’t been able to reconsile Rule 2 (Never point the weapon at anything you’re not willing to shoot) with a light on the pistol. You’re pointing the pistol at someone or something before you have decided it is a shootable threat.
Mike V: 100 lumens in a dark room is a pretty fair amount of light. Not as much as a 60-watt light bulb, but it’s easily the difference between not being able to see anything and being able to see almost everything, when bounced off the floor or ceiling.
Exactly, David. If they can range on and deliver accurate fire faster on 100 lumens at, say, 5 Hertz than you can on a target being illuminated (and shillouetting your sights for extra contrast) by that same light, they’re fast enough and good (or lucky) enough they would have killed you without any light.