Anyone have a Crimson Trace Laser?


July 1, 2008, 08:24 PM
I think that I posted this in the wrong area of the form.

I have a Crimson Trace Laser on my Ruger KMKIII stainless, 4.5 inch barrel. I really like it. It is really great in low light settings. It is dead accuracte, however, the only thing that I don't like is the life of lithium batteries (approximately 4 hours of tatical use). I always make sure to turn in off when I'm done shooting and the batteries will go for a while, but not as long as I had expected.

But I sure due dig my Crimson Trace Laser. I'm thinking about getting a couple for my 2 CZ 75s.

What's your experience with the Crimson Trace Laser? I'd like to hear other's experience and opinion on this spiffy laser! Thanks.

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July 2, 2008, 10:32 AM
I have a set on a S&W 317 and the batterys last forever when not being used.

I would expect 4 hours is not all that unreasonable for tiny button-cells if the laser is actually on & projecting a beam most of that time.

This from CT website FAQ:
"How long will my batteries last? Where can I get them?
Almost all Crimson Trace Lasergrips use #2032 batteries. Batteries provide over four (4) hours of “ON” time. (LG-525 uses a 123 battery with up to 20 hours of “ON”.) These batteries are readily available and inexpensive."


July 2, 2008, 12:19 PM
I gave my B-I-L a set last Christmas for his 1911. I installed them for him as the ambi thumb safety had to be modified. Of course I had to test it out and sight it in for him. My wife went with me to the range for the test-fire session and enjoyed them so much that her wish list now includes a set for her BHP. I was very impressed with the accuracy and how practical they are. I will have a set on my house J-frame and my 3" truck N-frame as time and $ permit. If you haven't seen it email Crimson Trace for a copy of their CD. It's very enlightening.

July 7, 2008, 03:47 PM
How are the grips for controling recoil ?


July 10, 2008, 09:25 AM
Batteries last longer if you quit using the beam to confound the cat.

Get one of the cheap laser pointers for confounding the cat (never let up on your cat or one day it'll kill you).

If you have neighbors using the laser pointer instead of waving your pistol around like a maniac as you fluster your cat will be a great relief to them.

July 10, 2008, 09:58 AM
I have a set of CTGs on my CZ PO1, and they are awesome, very easy to use, POA dead on at 50 feet. No change in grip feel, and no problem with recoil.

July 10, 2008, 10:57 AM
I have a set on my XD9 and have had no problem.

They did not affect my holster and I now have more confidence in my wife's ability to hit something if the need arise.

Accurate, yes; but only to a point. Somewhere down the line you have to compensate horizontally because the laser is 'next to' the barrel instead of running underneath it. But this is usually not a problem in SD situations, and adds a little bit of fun at the range.

another okie
July 10, 2008, 01:21 PM
I have a set on my Taurus snubbie. Very helpful, and the grip is very well designed for ergonomics. I'm still on the original batteries after several years, but I have a separate laser for annoying the cat.

I also have a Lasermax for a Glock, which has been relegated to a training tool.

July 15, 2008, 03:33 AM
I have a my first set on my carry G26. I liked it so much, I bought them for my G17 and my Ruger gp100

July 15, 2008, 05:56 AM
Have a set on a 442 I got for my father, nice to know pops just has to put the red dot on target and pull the trigger. They are great! The only thing is I am not a big fan of the setup they have for glocks, they just dont seem like part of the firearm.

Fred Fuller
July 15, 2008, 12:58 PM
I've been using a set on my EDC S&W 642 for a couple of years now. I like 'em a lot.


July 15, 2008, 04:08 PM
CT came installed on my SW642.
I don't really use it but I think its a great addition to any carry piece.

July 27, 2008, 02:37 PM
I have them on the G 23 and they are nice.. This pistol is a nightstand gun so the dot is perfect for low light.. Because of recoil from use @ the range the pin that holds them in place tends to work its way out.. Just keep an eye on that and tap it back in.. As far as daylight shooting @ the range I don't even look for it..(If you look to hard it can be annoying)..I just use the Ghost ring sights..

August 15, 2008, 12:24 AM
i have the front-activated grips for my sw1911 (with an attractive black and white flame pattern), but i hardly ever shoot at night, and during the day, the beam is difficult to see. i've heard rumors about the future of green laser sights for crimson trace, but nothing concrete has ever been said yet (to the best of my knowledge). i'm eagerly awaiting something like that from them or maybe something like the guide rod laser from lasermax because the green beam is much easier to see in daylight. if anyone hears anything about that, i'd love to know too!

August 16, 2008, 02:06 PM
Ive used CT on just about all my carry guns - after years of use and a variety of weapons, I cant say anything bad about them.

In the beginning you figure out where you want them zero'd and your good to go. Most are set from the factory at 50 which is great - the offset from 20 to 50 is nothing when it comes to defensive shooting. To me the CT is as necessary as a good flashlight.

August 16, 2008, 03:45 PM
I didn't think I'd have much use for the things but took a good deal from a member of another forum for a 1911 CT setup.

Had to lower the beam a few inches at my backyard range of 15 yds. Once zeroed with the beam right on top of my front sight I got to where I trusted the light and now it's easier to shoot well without sights than it is using the sights.

I like!

Seems like it would be an ideal aiming system for a snubbie revolver and I sometimes carry a 642,'s been put on my list.

August 19, 2008, 10:32 AM
Being unable to see the sights on my Kel-Tec P3AT, I put CT's on it. Wow! Huge improvement in usability.

Another benefit I don't see mentioned much is with weak-side shooting. I recently broke a bone in my right (shooting) hand, and have had to practice with my left hand. The laser makes shooting with your non-dominant hand so much easier and so accurate that it's almost like cheating...

August 25, 2008, 05:59 AM
always laugh at the reasons folks poo-poo lasers. I'll give you input based on my experience actually USING them, as opposed to just dismissing them (and condemning anyone considering them) for all the reasons someone told me about.

I have had at one time or another 8 different handguns with the CTC laser grips. Currently my carry weapons (SW M&P9c and M&P340) and my wife’s (Ruger SP101) both wear them. My house gun carries a rail mounted light/laser combo (Streamlight TLR-2). The CTC grips hold their zero extremely well. Once set I have never had to make any adjustments, even though I remove them to clean my guns replace them afterwards. My experience is they are very durable and CTC has an outstanding reputation for customer service. Of the 8 sets I've owned, I had one problem that I can blame on them, and one problem that was my fault.

Here are the ones I've owned, the time, and the round counts with the laser grips installed. The P229, P226, P239 and Glock 33 have all been sold. Some with the laser, some I sold the lasers separate. For the lasers I sold, I generally got about 80%+ of what I paid for them. They hold their value well.

P229- My first set of CTC grips. I owned them for approximately 1 1/2 years, approx 2000 rounds fired with them- no problems, except the one I caused. I bought this gun used at a pawn shop and it had the laser grips on it. In fact the lasers are what interested me and made the gun such a bargain. After firing it the first time, I was cleaning it and stuffed a Q-tip in the aperture. I managed to pop the lens out which resulted in a crescent shaped beam that had about a 2-3" length when hitting an object 15' away. I was pretty pissed at myself and called CTC to see what repair would cost. I clearly explained to them what happened and that I bought these used and I had no idea of their history. CTC told me to send them down and they would be repaired at no charge. I sent them off and one week to the day later, I had a package from CTC. They did not repair them, they sent me a replacement set, additionally they included a user manual (which I did not have), adjustment tools, and cleaning swabs. All it cost me was the postage to send them in to CTC. CTC paid the postage to send me the replacement. My experience with this set made me a believer in both lasers and CTC.

Guns I no longer own:
P229- Owned for about 6 months, 500 rounds. These were my first and are what sold me on them.
P226- Owned for just under 2 years, 1200 rounds, no problems.
P239- Owned just under 1 year, 700 rounds, no problems.
Glock 33- Daily carry gun for over 2 years, 3500 rounds, 1 problem. This gun is .357Sig cal, a pretty violent round in such a small package. After about 18 months and 2000+ rounds, I noticed that the laser would go "off" as the gun fired, then come back on as I recovered from the recoil. As I tried to figure out what was going on I examined the grips and found that the switch mounting had failed. With the recoil, it moved and the contacts opened. Yes, a failure. I would like to note though, that they still worked, they just flicked off during recoil. I sent them off to CTC and they were repaired and returned in less than 10 days.

Guns currently owned:
Ruger SP101- Wife’s carry gun for 2+ years, 500+ rounds, no problems.

SW M&P9c- New carry gun to replace the Glock. 750 rounds, no problems. I am quickly becoming a fan of the M&P's, as ammo prices climb I decided to move back to 9mm instead of the pricey .357sig. After putting 700 rounds through my 9c without a single failure, It took over the carry duty from my Glock. Glock was sold with the laser attached and I picked up a set for the M&P as quick as I could. First trip to the range was 250 trouble free rounds.

Sig P229ST – 1 month, 150 rounds. No problems.

SW M&P340CT – Newest addition. Only had it for a couple weeks, 100 rounds so far. Works just as expected and has become a constant companion.

Add that all up and I have over 8 years and over 7000 rounds experience with them and just a single failure, which I note again, did not render them unusable. That is a pretty good track record as far as I am concerned. I replace the batteries twice a year (oh, and with the "free batteries for life" program I have never had to buy batteries for them).

Who am I ? I am a 9 year Marine Corps veteran with 30 years of shooting experience. I’ve helds a WA. State Concealed Pistol License for 17 years. I am an NRA for over 15 years (Endowment Life). I have attended defensive pistol training (Bruce Gray), and done a little IDPA. That said, I feel I am qualified to speak on the matter both as a shooter and someone with laser experience.

Do they replace iron sights? No, you need to be skilled in the basics first. Are they "right" for every situation? No, but if they aren't right, they also don't hinder regular sights or point shooting if you so desire. Can they be a benefit in some situations? SURE. Why not have one more tool in the box? I'll take every advantage I can get.

"Point shooting" can be very useful under the right circumstances and if you have had the ability to train and become proficient. That said, most people aren't able to practice to the point where they will become proficient. Few ranges allow drawing from a holster, let alone shooting from the hip. Even if you do become proficient, it will be useless to you in certain circumstances.

For the "average" person, your best chance of survival is to present a poor target to the threat while getting off some effective shots. In a street combat situation, you should be moving and going for cover/concealment. Standing in one place is the surest way to become a statistic. This ain't the old west where you face off and draw in the street. "Effective" doesn't necessarily mean good sight alignment/sight picture, it means you have a high level of confidence they are going to go where they need to. You might find yourself shooting from the hip, shooting from around an object, shooting while running, turning around and shooting over your shoulder. Regardless, chances are however you do it, you will be looking at the threat. As you look at the threat, seeing that red dot on his chest lets you know that you are on target.

In a combat situation you are going to focus on the threat. It is a physiological response. Contrary to another post, you don't look for the dot and then move it to the target. While you are focused on the target, with the tunnel vision that occurs, you naturally point your weapon to where you are looking. It is an almost automatic eye-hand coordination (which happens to also be the basis for point-shooting). As your weapon comes to bear, you will clearly see that dot when it is on target. It is a very positive feedback and provides the mental "green light" for trigger squeeze.

Lasers can also be extremely beneficial for dry fire and trigger control practice. The laser isn't dancing around on it's own, that is your twitchy hand and jerky trigger pull. You just get to see for a change how much your gun moves as you work the trigger. I love when someone complains about how much the dot jerks around, then when I hold the gun it moves less than my Aunt Ethel when Oprah is on.

Real world police gunfight data shows a huge improvement in the hit ratio of officers equipped with them. I haven't seen ANY data where they were determined to be a detriment or get someone "killed".

There is just something about technology that sets off grumpy old farts. In my motorcycle group they bitch about how they don't need a GPS and they are crap because maps still work, and how they'll break and then you're screwed. In the gun world they bitch about Lasers being crap and they aren't needed for any number of reasons. "They will fail" ****, any piece of machinery can fail. With that logic the old coots shouldn't be using maps OR guns, they should be using celestial navigation and throwing rocks.

My experience has been that folks who spout absolutes and wax nostalgic on the good ole days tend to be limited in their abilities to grow, evolve, learn, and understand new things. Funny how some of those most verbal against them have never even used them. My personal experience has been that 6 out of 8 "anti's" changed their mind once they actually used one, and the two that don't were just too stubborn to admit they were wrong.

Are they magic? No, do they have a use and purpose? Hell yes.

Admittedly I do not have actual combat experience. While we wait for my trial by fire, let see what the accredited experts have to say...

"If I were a police officer today, I wouldn't consider going on patrol or walking a beat without a Crimson Trace equipped firearm."
Jim Cirillo: LE Trainer, Author, Retired NYPD and US Customs, 17-0 Record Against Armed Felons

"I consider my Lasergrips a key advantage that I would not go into harm's way without."
Ernest Langdon: President, Langdon Tactical Technologies, IDPA Champion and USMC Sniper Instructor

"For low light and dark, Lasergrips are a tool that I don't want to be without. By the time I had 300-400 rounds down range, I got to the point where I could trust that wherever the dot was, the bullet would go."
Mike Dalton: IDPA Steel Challenge Champion, Police Officer and Director of International Shootists Institute

"In the past, I had a total disregard for lasers. But, after testing and evaluating them, I now have Crimson Trace Lasergrips on my personal guns. When searching or clearing a room, the sidearm often needs to be held in a 'retention' firing position. With Lasergrips, I can use the flashlight, protect my handgun and sight my pistol at the same time. There is no need to lead with the handgun as many popular flashlight firing techniques require."
Ken Hackathorn: International Small Arms Instructor and Consultant

"I know what the front sight looks like, but in a CQB environment you never see your front sight. Why not superimpose a laser on your threat. I'm 50% faster coming out on target and can outrun my tritium sights by at least 20% in speed and accuracy with Lasergrips."
Todd Jarrett: World Champion Shooter, International Military / LE Trainer

"In my opinion, the S & W J-Frame revolver equipped with this unit has to be considered as the ultimate in a police backup gun or civilian type weapon carried for defensive purposes."
Colonel Rex Applegate

"I have Lasergrips installed on all of my duty/defensive sidearms and consider them to be an essential accessory. Lasergrips can save lives and reduce liability exposure."
Eugene Nielsen: Tactical Consultant, Author, former Police Officer, Contributing Staff S.W.A.T. Magazine Editor

"I carry a Lasergripped Model 442 as a backup gun....."
Massad Ayoob: World Renowned Firearms Instructor / Self Defense Expert

Anyone with even limited exposure to shooting will recognize the names above, and all are held in high regard by the shooting/combat/competition/training communities.

green country shooter
August 25, 2008, 06:43 PM
I have them on a snubbie and love them. I have converted several people to enjoying handgun shooting by showing them to them.

I would like to have a set for my other carry gun, a Glock 26, but i"m worried that the gun won't fit my holsters any more. I have a lot of money invested in Glock 26 holsters.

August 25, 2008, 07:34 PM
green country shooter wrote:
I would like to have a set for my other carry gun, a Glock 26, but i"m worried that the gun won't fit my holsters any more. I have a lot of money invested in Glock 26 holsters.

Unless your holsters cover the rear of the slide, or the grip, they should be just fine.

I had one on my G33, never had a problem with any holster.

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