Not too long ago I had a package show up here at the Gunmart Blog Test Kitchen from the good people over at Laserlyte. Inside said package was one of their newest models, the Laserlyte SCV4 laser.
The Laserlyte SCV4 is the newest generation and the next evolution of what was Laserlyte’s V3 laser. With this new design they have changed the glass filled nylon body of the laser to make it more contoured and trim. This makes it less likely to snag when holstering or un-holstering a handgun with the laser attached.
The Laserlyte SCV4 is what would be designated as a sub-compact rail mounted laser – if we are categorizing them – and is ideally suited for mounting up on rail equipped handguns. In a word, this laser is tiny. It measures in at a length of 1.11 inches, a height of 0.76 inches, a width of 1.08 inches… and it weighs in at a measly 0.75 ounces – With the batteries!
The laser is honestly so small that until you pick it up and handle it you would think that it was just a cheap toy. Its not. Its rock solid and obviously very well made. After fondling it for a while I was actually very impressed with how well they could make this and have it be so gosh-darn small.
The Laserlyte SCV4 runs on 4 392 batteries (included) that can be very easily removed and replaced without having to remove the laser or have to worry about it losing its zero. There is a doorplate right there on the front of the unit that can just be unscrewed simple enough with a flat-head. Run time is 5 hours of constant on and Laserlyte even includes an extra set of batteries in the package.
Instillation is pretty simple and straight forward. The unit has a cross bar screw that is worked with the included Allen wrench. Simply slide it through the rail opening and secure it down tight. PRO TIP: DONT LOSE THE TINY NUT ON THE END OF THE SCREW – Laserlyte includes an extra nut just in case you lose it, but be warned… it will jump off and go rolling across the room. Use caution.
Not too long ago I reviewed another laser from Laserlyte which at the time I said may be one of the best solutions on the market for a long gun mounted laser. I stand by that statement. Its a great laser. However, if you are one of those people who loves to keep your rifle super light weight or you believe whole heartily in a K.I.S.S. approach to your rifle, then the SCV4 may in fact be the best solution out there for you.
On a rifle is really where I am smitten with this laser… its simply remarkable. The ridiculously low weight and small foot print (it only takes up one inch of rail space) is very hard to beat. It also has ambidextrous controls which lends itself nicely to rifle work. You can mount the SCV4 up just about anywhere on a rifle and tap it on/off with ease. I personally like both a bottom mount right in front of my vertical grip as well as a side mount for activation with a ‘thumbs-up’ grip.
And yes, it holds up to recoil without issue… even on a rifle.
If you need a stone-cold simple laser for your handgun or want a laser to put on a rifle that will be low-key then you should definitely give the SCV4 a look. I like it a lot. It has performed great since I have had in in-house, and I expect it to keep on ticking just fine. It can be had on the internet for about $80, and it is a great buy for anyone looking to go small with their choice in laser.
-Product Number: FSL-4
-Compatible Firearms: Handguns with at least one-inch Picatinny rail
-Power Output: 650NM, 5MW, Class IIIA
-Programmable: Dual mode, constant on and pulse mode.
-Body Housing: 55% Glass Filled Nylon for durability
-Interior Material: 6061 aluminum core for reliability
-Batteries: 4 x 392
-Battery Life: Actual usage 5 hours constant on, 10 hours pulse mode
-Body Color: Black
-Weight: .75 ounces/0.021 kg
-Length: 1.11 inches/2.8 cm
-Width: 1.08 inches/ 2.74 cm
-Height: .76 inches/1.93 cm