Author: Mike Schoby
Looking for a compact and accurate laser sighting system? Look no farther than Crimson Trace Lasergrips.
Lasers mounted on firearms have been around for the last twenty years or so years and over the years many different styles and configurations have evolved. While all laser sight systems project a red dot downrange, few do it without a trade off. For most the main trade off is size, bulk, and weight, but some models have even more serious drawbacks such as dangling wires with stick-on pressure switches, bulky mounts and less than consistent shot-to-shot performance. Most require a larger holster and extra care to prevent them from shifting point-of-aim. It is easy to see that a laser sight hanging underneath the barrel of your favorite sidearm is not the most secure place to have a sighting system - it is apt to get jarred and may not be working properly when you need it most.
These were my main complaints of most laser sighting systems until I tested a set of Crimson Trace Lasergrips on my Springfield 1911 .45 ACP. The laser (like all of Crimson Trace’s products) is built into the grip itself and is smaller than the diameter of a common ballpoint pen - other than this slight bulge on top of the grip, there is no indication there is a laser in place. By incorporating a laser sight in this manner, all disadvantages are removed. There is no significant increase in size or weight of the overall firearm, your favorite holster can still be used and there is little to no chance of the sight being jarred out of alignment. The flat, hearing aid-type batteries are located inside the grip panels and the pressure strip wraps discreetly around the front of the grip - perfectly located under your middle finger when the gun is gripped. The grips themselves are made from a super soft, almost tacky rubber with molded checkering that provides a solid, no-slip purchase. The state-of-the art, energy-saving electric circuitry provides a constant run time of four hours and a standby time of up to five years.
Testing in the Field
Sighting-in the laser was an exercise in simplicity. Since my iron sights are dead on at 25 yards I simply installed the grips, turned on the laser and used the micro allen screw windage and elevation adjustments to bring the red dot in line with the sights. Shooting the gun later at the range proved this initial "bore sighting" to be dead on and the laser needed no further adjustment.
As for the durability, I put over 200 rounds of .45’s through the gun with the Lasergrips installed and there was no point-of-impact shift whatsoever.
Unlike many lasers that only show up well in low light or darkness, the Crimson Trace unit was perfectly visible even in broad daylight out to 30 yards. Playing with it during dusk and in complete darkness, I could see the dot close to 500 yards away making it the brightest laser I have ever experimented with.
Aside from personal defense and hunting applications (where allowed) a laser equipped handgun makes an excellent training tool. When used with snap caps it is ideal for dry firing, and steadiness training. It is easy to see if you are "jerking" the trigger or see how much you are moving around the target - both of these detriments to accuracy are hard to see without the aid of a quality laser.
After testing the Crimson Trace Lasergrip on my 1911, I feel it is the best laser sighting system on the market. Compact, rugged and powerful - all the traits you desire.
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