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Old 09-15-2014, 09:34   #1
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Crimson Trace or not?

Hey good folks,
A friend of mine wants to do a Glock for Glock trade and his comes with a Crimson Trace laser. Never had a laser before. What are your thoughts on lasers?

~Thanks, John
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Old 09-15-2014, 10:12   #2
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Wife and I have nine total on various nightstand handguns and when one is available for my LC9S I'll make it ten. As I found out, the one that came on wife's LC9 does not fit my LC9S and CTC has now admitted that.

We have typical old fart eyes and I'll be facing cataract surgery in the not too distant future. In a darkened room, we like them: see spot; see hole. And even with my bad eyes, that spot is easily seen.

I just bought a Streamlight LTR-2 for one of my ARs but for the handguns we like CTC.
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Old 09-15-2014, 11:12   #3
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I have the Crimson Trace laser on my G37. It was a cool toy but I do not need it. It has become a nuisance as it comes on when you grip the handle - there is no on/off override and I have to block the laser if I don't want it trailing back to me.
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Old 09-15-2014, 11:14   #4
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I like the CT laser grip. Comfortable, reliable, and gets you on target fast.
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Old 09-15-2014, 11:27   #5
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My wife has a green CT on her 19, she doesn't shoot much and I think it's appropriate. I use Speed Sights (like big dots) for my old eyes, but I could never get the hang of training with two different sighting methods. I'm so used to looking at the sights I have a hard time moving my eyes to the target to look for the laser. And I hate the idea of training to something that could malfunction. For those of you who like lasers, is there anything to my point or have I just not given them a chance?
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Old 09-15-2014, 14:17   #6
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Personally I think laser grips on a handgun are useless. Don't waste your money.
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Old 09-15-2014, 16:27   #7
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If you get one I'd suggest one that attaches to your accessory rail. It turns on with a tap of your index finger. When you don't need it you can just ignore it
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Old 09-15-2014, 16:41   #8
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I've had both the CTC Laser Grip and the Laser Guard models for my subs G26 & G27. Sold them both

I didn't like the way they altered the grips and the Laser Grip had another problem. It made racking the slide (slingshot style) very difficult.

The Laser Guard model might have been better on the larger framed pistols.

However I got the Laser Guard for my Kel Tec P32 and I really like it (go figure). Mostly because the P32 has TERRIBLE sights and its a point and shoot pistol anyway. The laser really helps with that over 3-4 feet

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Old 09-15-2014, 17:31   #9
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Ever try dialing your cell phone and keeping your gun on target? For me it is a easier with a laser.
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Old 09-15-2014, 19:40   #10
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Although I don't use them my wife does. Family members in LE say they get quicker compliance from bad guys when the red dot hits them.
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Old 09-15-2014, 19:44   #11
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I have one on my SP101 it helps a lot, especially with the sleek sights on it.
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Old 09-15-2014, 20:58   #12
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If you want/like lasers, they are probably the best in my opinion. They do stay zeroed.

However, they just don't appeal to me. I took mine off my G17 and sold it. I don't miss it.
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Old 09-15-2014, 20:59   #13
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I have the grip on my 17 and really like it. At night it has enough spill to light up the area around the dot so you can see what you are getting ready to shoot. If you don't want it to come on there is a switch to cut it off.

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Old 09-15-2014, 22:57   #14
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Ever try dialing your cell phone and keeping your gun on target? For me it is a easier with a laser.
ummmm, hmmmm, nope, you got me there. That's one I've never tried.
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Old 09-16-2014, 11:06   #15
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I am getting ready to get back into Glocks after being away.

I don't like the look and design of the grip CTC's for Glocks. I think I would want the guide rod lasers.

But one thing for sure. I have a CTC on my 342PD J frame and it is awesome.

If not for anything else, they are invaluable as trigger training aids, you get great immediate feedback while you work the trigger.
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Old 09-18-2014, 02:27   #16
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I am getting ready to get back into Glocks after being away.

I don't like the look and design of the grip CTC's for Glocks. I think I would want the guide rod laser
I also don't like the grip options for Glocks. Just got one for my S&W M&P Compact and couldn't be happier. Also have one on a Beretta 92FS and really have fun with it, but it's not my carry piece.

It has an on/off overide button which eliminates previously mentioned problem with the Glock grip models.Sights, Optics and Lasers
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Old 09-18-2014, 05:15   #17
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The Crimson Trace grip I have on my Glock 17 has an override switch.
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Old 09-18-2014, 18:11   #18
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Best buy I ever made was the CMR-203 (rail mounted green laser) for my G-19 night-stand protection. I have TFO sights and in the dark without my glasses on they're hard to see, but turn that green laser on and then there's no problem seeing my target. So the reaction time is a lot quicker (don't have to put on glasses). You can actually use the laser in the daytime also but I only have them for use at night. If you're young and have good eyesight then maybe they're not needed, each to their own.
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Old 09-18-2014, 18:21   #19
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I have a CT laser grip on my primary CCW, a Gen4 19. I like the added aiming flexibility it provides but do not love the grip shape it creates. Fortunately my performance on drills does not appear to suffer from the changed grip geometry.
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Old 09-19-2014, 05:06   #20
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Hey good folks,
A friend of mine wants to do a Glock for Glock trade and his comes with a Crimson Trace laser. Never had a laser before. What are your thoughts on lasers?

~Thanks, John
I'm a firm believer in lasers and the best are Crimson Trace.
I also believe in training using both the laser and the sights
as well as instinctive shooting. I have CT lasers on all my
carry guns. Practice with your laser and with not engaging
the laser until you shoot. Soon, it becomes second nature.
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