Shooting Gear

Glock 42 Light from LaserMax

Glock 42 light

LaserMax is now offering the CenterFire Tactical Light for the Glock 42 pistol. These new weapon lights mount to the front of the G42 frame similar to some of the laser aiming devices that are on the market.

These LED lights are a welcome solution for anyone who has been searching for a pistol light to use on these small .380 handguns. I have reviewed and the Glock 42 and adding a light to the gun is a real advantage.

Let’s take a closer look at what the new CenterFire is…


The LaserMax unit uses a LED that throws 100 lumens of light. In the age of the lumen race – where everyone is rushing for bigger numbers – 100 lumens may not sound like a lot. However, it is more than enough to illuminate the room of a house or to positively identify a potential threat on the street.

LED lights are generally very rugged and reliable. Compared to the older incandescent bulbs, I’ve had relatively few problems with them regardless of manufacturer. This is important as the light is attached to a gun. Recoil can really beat up a light.


LaserMax opted for a single CR2 battery. CR2 batteries are similar to the CR123 batteries, but smaller in size and charge capacity. This gives LaserMax the ability to make the weapon light compact, which is one of the main selling points of the Glock 42 to being with.

Fortunately, LED lights are miserly when it comes to power consumption. LaserMax states the light has a constant run time of about one hour. With normal use, I would expect a single battery should last you for a year or more.


This weapon mounted light has an ambidextrous on-off switch on the side of the housing. The shooter can tap it on and off from either side of the gun.

You can also set the light up for a strobe mode. I can attest to the fact that the strobing effect can have a disorienting effect on an assailant. Without good training, the strobe mode may not be terribly useful to many people. But, it is there if you need/want it.


  • model name: CenterFire Tactical Light
  • model number: CF-G42-LH
  • lumen output: 100
  • constant run time: 1 hour
  • weight: 1 ounce
  • batteries: single CR2
  • warranty: 5 years
  • MSRP: $175 (cheaper here)

If you are looking for a sight upgrade to your pistol, check out our list of sights for the Glock 42 here. Also, Streamlight is now selling the TLR-6 that combines a light and laser into one unit.

By Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson is a gun writer, amateur historian and - most importantly - a dad. He's done a lot of silly things in his life, but quitting police work to follow his passion of writing about guns was one of the smartest things he ever did. He founded this site and continues to manage its operation.