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Lasers on Handguns... yes no?

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by glockguy, Mar 5, 2011.

  1. glockguy

    glockguy Albany Oregon Well-Known Member

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    So I have a few handguns that i have that I have been thinking about putting CT Lasers on... But for a price tag of about 300, im hesitant. I currently carry a G30, but I dont like the extra bulk in the grip a CT grip would give.. there is the laser max but still around 300...

    I also have an M&P .45c that id like to get CT grips on tho...

    But my question is... are the CT lasers really worth it?
  2. HappyRoman

    HappyRoman Sherwood Forest Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    For standard Daytime practice or shooting targets, probably no reason, since most lazers at 50' and beyond in daylite become hard to see. But in low lighting, or even at night an aimed , sighted lazer is very valuable. You point and shoot. Aiming at that time might be difficult and or you might just be nervous. They are a handy tool.. I like them alot. Practice with the lazer, and even a mirror in a long hallway, EMPTY GUN AND MAG AND DO A CENTER OF MASS SHOT (PRACTICE) AND THE MIRROR/lazer will make the gun your friend.
  3. jordanvraptor

    jordanvraptor Oregon City, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I thought they were a gimmick at first, then I bought one for the wife's .38 revolver. I see the value of a laser sight as you are looking at your target the entire time which would be natural in a stressful moment anyway. Granted, training can get you to the point where you instinctively focus on your front sight but with a laser you can still focus on your target. Identify the threat, move laser onto threat, press the trigger. Repeat as necessary. I have Crimson Trace lasers on a S&W 642, 386 and my Beretta M9. I also mount a light/laser combo on my shotgun. There are many other laser companies although for a handgun I like CT because there are no fine motor skill buttons you need to flip or press. Just grab the grip and its on. With finesse you can turn it on or off at will but with a firm grasp of your handgun it is on and telling you where your shot will go.
  4. Kimber Custom

    Kimber Custom Vancouver, WA Bronze Vendor Bronze Vendor

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    In a word: yes

    Keeps your eyes on the target (so you can see the hands) and your peripheral vision in tact
    15-20% faster target aquisition
    Excellent training aid for holster draws
    You have the potential to temporarily blind an agressor and give yourself an additional edge
    Just like there is something sobering about hearing the rack of a shotgun I think that little dot on your chest has the potential to deescalate a situation.

    Like a good holster I think CT grips are a worthwile investment.

    Also helps that CT is a local company.
  5. elsullo

    elsullo Portland Oregon New Member

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    Crimson Trace is the way to go. Simple instinctive activation---grab and go. LONG battery life. BRIGHT laser dot. You can get them for much less than list price! Watch ads and websites specials, and FORGET CABELA'S. Sometimes Crimson Trace will have a booth at gunshows with REAL price specials. Sometimes they have demo days at shooting ranges with REAL price specials. Wait and watch.........................elsullo
  6. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    I like them for belly/backup guns with no on/off switch (for up close use) as well as full size combat handguns with the on/off switch .. but my only real use for them on the latter is for firing round cover/concealment. For this they excel, allowing you to expose just one eye and the handgun, and get hits. My CT switch on my primary CCW is therefore normally off

    I suppose if it were some night time zombie situation and I needed to make long range hits I might use it that way, too, but the tritium nite sights would more likely get used

    Install tritium nite sights first, they are far more valuable and reliable
  7. Chipperxd

    Chipperxd Buffalo Active Member

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    Lasers are cool but I wouldn't put one on my gun. it's just not my thing. I do like them for dry fire practice with beginners to show them how much their muzzle moves when they squeeze that trigger.
  8. Burt Gummer

    Burt Gummer Portland Completely Out of Ammo

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    I disagree about not being able to see a laser in daylight. The red dot ones yes, but the green lasers (I forget the latest high-level rating) are a different beast. LaserMax makes a 200lumen/green laser combo for $150.00 that is a **** of a setup for HD. I agree with Kimber Custom's list, plus they are just plain fun. Because most of them are very weak in daylight, I'd never bother with a red laser though.
  9. jimwsea

    jimwsea Vancouver, Washington state Active Member

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    For a mousegun with minimal sights, I think it is a very useful accessory.
  10. Its a simple addition that is valuable in a bad situation, and it doesn't have the potential of disabling your weapon.
  11. Mason3379

    Mason3379 Oregon City Active Member

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    It was said(not sure if it is correct or not) that the DEA went to lasers and went from 20% to 80% first shot hits(in tactical TRAINING) after the laser was added. I have no experience personally but I could see the advantage as someone else mentioned to keep both eyes open and be focused on the target. But then do you focus on the laser instead of your sights? Could lead to bad habits?!

    Good luck on your decision!
  12. rickthecabbie

    rickthecabbie Beaverton Member

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    For those of us with less than perfect eye sight, I have to give a big thumbs up.
    With CT grips on my S&W 13-2 I can now hit the broad side of a barn
    without having to find my glasses first.
    I pity the first barn that breaks into my house at night.
  13. Ranger90

    Ranger90 Helvetia, Oregon Active Member

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    No, I personally don't find it to be a useful feature and would rather stick with standard night sights.
  14. EZLivin

    EZLivin SW of PDX Well-Known Member

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    Same here. I finally broke down and put one on my .38 snubbie. Figured I could always sell it at a decent price if I didn't like it. No way will I sell it. I love it. Besides adding to the accuracy it makes the gun a lot more fun to shoot. Can't really explain it, but I enjoy practicing with it where in the past I would always find a reason to shoot something else. I suppose it comes down to improved accuracy = more fun. It has become my primary carry gun now.
  15. bshnt2015

    bshnt2015 CA & WA Member

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    We can't us it at work, too much liabilities for a duty weapon. However my co-worker has it on a BUG 38 spl J frame, it works. Your speed is a bit quicker. A plus for a defense gun. As with anything training is first and then the added toys.
  16. i8asquirrel

    i8asquirrel Keizer, oregon Member

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    I have CT lasers on three weapons, They are great!
    Try shooting from on your back or reaching around cover with your sights and you might rethink it. Email crimson trace they wil send you a free DVD that is very cool......It will help you make up your mind!:thumbup:
  17. Shooter98

    Shooter98 McMinnville, Or. Member

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    The green lasers seem much better for daytime use.
  18. DoubleTapDrew

    DoubleTapDrew Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I have CT on my glock and love it. At first I was worried if the added thickness would be a problem but I don't really notice it. I had a houge hand-all on it before and it added about the same amount of girth as the CT.
    They are a local company and have excellent customer service so that's a big plus in my book.

    My Dad emailed CT a while back to see if they have plans to make a green laser and here is the reply:

    It seems like green lasers are much more expensive than red. I don't know if they cost more to make or if it's just the "new" factor.
  19. Iceberg

    Iceberg Washington County Active Member

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    I have one on my S&W Bodyguard 380 & like it. However, mine came standard w/ my pistol & I'm not sure I would pay for one since they aren't really needed for 10 yard point of aim defensive targets.
  20. WIRED tactical

    WIRED tactical Snohomish County, WA Member

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