Tactical Tailor

4th District Federal Reserve Security Forces Adopt LaserMax Guide Rod Lasers For Duty Use

Rochester, NY – December 12, 2016 –LaserMax announced today that the 4th District Federal Reserve Security Force has purchased and is issuing LaserMax Guide Rod lasers for the use in the security force issued Glock G17 & G19.

The primary duty of uniformed division officers is to provide law enforcement and force protection services to Federal Reserve facilities. Other than administrative matters and violations of Federal Reserve Bank regulations, Federal Reserve Security Forces respond to police, fire, medical incidents and site security issues in and adjacent to their assigned facilities to protect life, render aid or assist other law enforcement.

In addition to providing product to the 4th District Federal Reserve Security Force LaserMax was afforded the opportunity to meet with tactics and training leadership to advice them on proper installation and tactics of use for firearm laser aiming devices in response situations.

“The adoption of the Guide Rod lasers from a security force of this prestige is an incredible testament to the trust and confidence these guys put in our product,” said Chris Gagliano, Director of Military Products for LaserMax. “Getting to work with the tactical response team at the Federal Reserve is a great honor and we have thrilled to have them utilizing our Guide Rod laser systems on their duty sidearms.”

“We are so happy that the 4th District Federal Security Force has joined the growing list of Federal and Local Law Enforcement agencies that recognize the tactical advantage that laser aiming devices provide officers,”said Chris Tinkle, Chief Sales Officer. “I have enormous respect for the job these officers do and providing the tools and training to increase their shooting proficiency is a wonderful achievement for LaserMax.”




14 Responses to “4th District Federal Reserve Security Forces Adopt LaserMax Guide Rod Lasers For Duty Use”

  1. Odie Tucker says:

    What benefit does a laser provide over adequate sights and a weapon light?

    • Hubb says:

      IMHO, visible lasers have some use as a secondary or tertiary aiming device; especially when you can’t aim the weapon conventionally like when seated and trying to fire behind you from the 4 o’clock to the 8 o’clock positions. Also, a visible laser may be useful if you want to paint a target or warn an evildoer; the problem with that is you are pointing a loaded weapon at a person or thing.

      In low light conditions, I prefer sights and a weapon light because as soon as I activate the light, the laser is lost in the flood of light. Also, it is harder for me to find the laser on the target when I and/or the target are moving. Visible lasers during daylight are not really useful because they are hard to see. When you have more than one person using the same laser color, it can get confusing on which laser is yours, it’s way too easy to cross the streams and we all know what can happen when that occurs. When using a red dot optic, a laser isn’t really needed at that point because it is easier to place the red dot on target than to chase a laser beam down range. In the infrared spectrum, an IR laser is very useful for targeting.

      • DAN III says:


        Your synopsis defining the pros/cons of a visible laser is quite complete IMO. I have a Crimson Trace (green) mounted on a Kimber Pro Carry. I have a difficult time picking up the tiny laser beam in all but darkness. My XS Big Dot works well as my primary sight.

        As you wrote “some use as a secondary or tertiary aiming device” is certainly valid. The laser gives the shooter another option. As with my Pro Carry one can use the laser or not. But honestly, would I invest more money in purchasing/mounting another pistol laser ? Probably not. For me that money is better spent on a good weapon light and/or holster.

      • Default.mp3 says:

        I have not had any issues with wash-out with my X400 and X400U-GN; the lasers are extremely easy to pick up, unless you’re shining it at a white wall at like 2 feet, at which then it takes a second.

        During the day, lasers can still be very useful indoors.

        As for the red dot, I’ve shot with lasers since I started shooting, and have been shooting with a red dot on my handgun for almost two years now. Perhaps its because I have a green laser, but I find that the laser compliments the red dot quite well, as given the small FOV of the RMR, should I ever have a bad presentation and don’t pick up the dot immediately, the laser acts as an excellent reference point. It also makes confirming zero/rezeroing a breeze.

      • PTMCCAIN says:

        Well said summary. I don’t know why some people nearly freak out at the thought of a laser sight on a handgun. It is another tool in the toolbox and simply gives you another option and extends your capabilities with a handgun. It’s no magic fix for poor fundamentals, nobody is saying that.

  2. Ed says:

    Wonderful concept, until after the first few rounds are fired and burnt gunpowder residue builds up on the lens, rendering the laser less useful than you really want for follow-up shots (first hand experience with a LaserMax guide rod red laser mounted on a SIG P228).

  3. Joe_momma says:

    Another shining example of a non gun person ordering gun equipment for their people. Some jackass thought these are very HSLD and halfassed convinced some even lesser knowing jackass they are HSLD….

  4. Not endorsing this or that brand, but I will say that a visible laser can act as another viable deterrent (escalation of force) when the normal “Let me see your hands” command seems to go unnoticed or the suspect is slow to act.

  5. PETE says:

    Not familiar with the Fourth District bank, but based on what I have seen at the police forces at other banks, there are some specialized use cases for laser aiming. Open source, The Federal Reserve takes security pretty seriously, as they hold millions on millions in cash and easily convertible assets. Not a place I would want to knock over.

  6. FAEX says:

    Non shooters make the false assumption that having a laser aiming device will make problem shooters into great shooters. A laser, which will show your point of aim once zeroed, does nothing to fix proper grip, trigger pull, shooting fundamentals, etc.

    Another issue is that you are replacing your guide rod and slide lock with aftermarket components, affecting Glock’s warranty service on agency issued weapons and also providing additional points of failure.

    Stick with the fundamentals to improve your shooters. Do not provide them with a crutch.

  7. Usual suspect says:

    1. This will be a complete crutch and shooters will become totally reliant on it. Inevitably the laser will turn on from handling and be on in the holster till the batteries die. Training will have to split the time 50/50 to a laser device and diminish sight training. When they hit the range and the batteries are dead they will see this.

    2. Lets be realistic, like Federal Reserve bank security will EVER draw their guns from the holster off the range. This is pointless money waste, from a fanboy purchasing agent.

  8. Jester says:

    If only these had been available to the guys when Simon Peter Gruber came knocking, the outcome would have been way different for sure!!