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Well, when you are about five feet away from a guy who is drawing a gun on you, Crimson Trace laser grips on your favorite J-frame suddenly seem to be quite useful. When I drew from the pocket, there was precious little time. I saw the red dot on him and pulled the trigger. There was no time to acquire a proper hold and sight picture. When it comes time to react or die, you may not have time to even find your sights. A good laser that doesn't add bulk or slow your draw can do nothing but help. They can also help you diagnose bad trigger pull habits at the range. CTC doesn't make my favorite model anymore, but they have a similar one that I have not seen. Mine are the most compact and concealable version of the boot grip size and design, made of hard checkered plastic. I do not like rubber grips on carry guns because clothing clings to it, where it just slides off a less tacky grip. They have a new series that sounds similar to mine, but I have not seen it in person yet. The ones that they are shipping as factory on some S&W revolvers are the more expensive rubber overmolded ones that extend below the grip frame. Certainly more comfortable to hold and shoot, but not great for concealed carry.
 

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Re: re: Laser sights

killerb said:
Well, when you are about five feet away from a guy who is drawing a gun on you, Crimson Trace laser grips on your favorite J-frame suddenly seem to be quite useful. When I drew from the pocket, there was precious little time. I saw the red dot on him and pulled the trigger. There was no time to acquire a proper hold and sight picture. When it comes time to react or die, you may not have time to even find your sights. A good laser that doesn't add bulk or slow your draw can do nothing but help. They can also help you diagnose bad trigger pull habits at the range. CTC doesn't make my favorite model anymore, but they have a similar one that I have not seen. Mine are the most compact and concealable version of the boot grip size and design, made of hard checkered plastic. I do not like rubber grips on carry guns because clothing clings to it, where it just slides off a less tacky grip. They have a new series that sounds similar to mine, but I have not seen it in person yet. The ones that they are shipping as factory on some S&W revolvers are the more expensive rubber overmolded ones that extend below the grip frame. Certainly more comfortable to hold and shoot, but not great for concealed carry.
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I have CT's on my J frame and my 1911. I found they really help as a training aid in instinctive aiming. For close encounters they are great. I have hung lazers on a tactical shotgun and a AK clone, not as great.
If you want to try some, maybe you can rent a gun so equipped at your local range, or just buy one. If you don't like them, sell them on e-bay, you get most your money back. Better yet buy a used set off e-bay, my 1911 Crimson Trace grips cost me $165 shipped, as new in the box.
 
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