Ruger LCR 22 + TALO laser vs. LCR 22 Crimson Trace Laser


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Armchair Bronco
January 5, 2013, 03:16 AM
I'm really liking the Ruger LCR 22 as my first CCW, but I'd want to get something with a laser. There are two choices. What are the pros/cons of each one?

LCR 22 with TALO Laser

http://ruger.com/products/lcrDE/images/5416.jpg

LCR 22 with Crimson Trace Laser

http://ruger.com/products/lcr/images/5413.jpg

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Armchair Bronco
January 5, 2013, 05:03 AM
I'll add a few ideas of my own:

TALO:

- Con: Larger, bulkier
- Con: May not fit in all holsters
- Pro: Maintains softer grip
- Con: Laser must be turned on
- Pro: Laser is parallel to barrel

CRIMSON:

- Pro: Maintains overall size & shape
- Pro: Fits in all LCR 22 holsters
- Con: Replaces softer grips with hard, plastic grip
- Pro: Laser is grip activated
- Con: Laser is offset to barrel

22-rimfire
January 5, 2013, 09:39 AM
You might consider the upcoming 22 WMR version of the LCR.

Armchair Bronco
January 5, 2013, 04:00 PM
You might consider the upcoming 22 WMR version of the LCR.
The main appeal of 22LR is the cheap ammo. WMR will make this gun too expensive to shoot regularly.

rcmodel
January 5, 2013, 04:12 PM
It isn't a TALO laser.

It's a Laser-max laser.

Con: Laser is offset to barrel Pro: Laser is parallel to barrel
Thats immaterial.
The Lasser-Max laser is offset further under the bore then the CT laser is offset to the side.

And it doesn't matter anyway.

A red laser is only good for 25' or so in sunlight.

So if you zero it at that range, the bore and laser is never more then a little bit away from the POI.
Closer then you can hold standing on your hind legs anyway.

rc

cpileri
January 5, 2013, 06:19 PM
One more pro/con:
when holding the pistol with your finger "off" the trigger, resting parallel to the barrel not in the trigger guard, it will block the CT laser beam (i.e when holding the pistol to check out where the laser points) but not the under barrel version.

Minor perhaps, but finger discipline is important.

C-

Armchair Bronco
January 5, 2013, 07:34 PM
A pro for the TALO / Laser-Max is that it's easy to return the gun to stock. Looks like the laser kiss very easy to remove.

Armchair Bronco
January 6, 2013, 04:54 AM
Another viable option is to simply replace the front sight with an aftermarket XS tritium sight, like this one:

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_lNDPXjJ98ao/TBYkGKCHHgI/AAAAAAAAAzc/eXTWhFOi4IE/s1600/P1930785.jpg

http://www.amazon.com/Std-Dot-Tritium-Rug-Lcr/dp/B0035LVWN0/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

It's about $65 and takes 10-15 minutes to install with the right tools. Almost all of the reviews are have nothing but great things to say about these tritium sights. Not sure if the LCR will only accomodate the standard-sized sights (versus the big ones).

But the more I think about it, the more this seems like the way to go.

ulflyer
January 6, 2013, 09:07 AM
I have the CT on my LCR 38 and wouldnt' want anything I have to "turn on". Have had it for a couple years now and battery is still good. Takes only few moments to swap it back to original grip if I ever want to sell the gun, or put the CT on a 22 that I'm thinking of buying.

The Talo looks ugly to me. If that were the only option, I'd do without.

jmlpartners
January 6, 2013, 01:17 PM
I have a LCR 357 with the LaserMax and my wife has a LCR 22 with the Crimson Trace. We've shot both LCRs with each laser and we prefer the LaserMax. In fact, my wife wants to trade her LCR 22 with Crimson Trace for a LCR 22Mag with a LaserMax. For us, the Crimson Trace inevitably flashes on when least expected, like when drawing the gun from a holster, and, unless we take care to adjust our grip to activate the switch, it doesn't turn on at all, like during rapid fire drill.

The LaserMax is more direct: Turn it on only when needed. Some people claim that in the heat of the moment the shooter may forget of activate the laser. Perhaps, but the shooter may also forget to turn on his/her flashlight when needed and may even forget to pull the trigger.

The only downside to the LaserMax is there are no holsters for it, yet. Some generic Nylon holsters have sufficient clearance but the laser activation switch can snag on the stitching.

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