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Crimson Trace vs $5 air soft gun

Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by bender, Sep 25, 2006.

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  1. bender

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    I bought my son an air soft pistol at a gun show. It cost $5 (guy wanted $8 but took $5). The pistol has a laser thingie that mounts to a rail under the barrel. There's a short wire that you attach to the grip, and it has a little push button that you can use your finger to turn the laser on or off.

    I played around with it a little, putting the red dot on walls about 20 ft away, and even farther. The gun came with a "class III laser" warning sticker also.
    I've played with CT grips (mounted on plastic toy guns at gun stores) and honestly, I don't see a huge diff in the workings or the dot itself...

    I know CT's have adjustment screws, and molded rubber grips, but still...

    I just can't reconcile the fact that a $5 toy laser sight does about the same thing as a $299 CT grip. I think we are being ripped off royally. I'll admit that the molded grips themselves, and the adjustment screws, may allow a price of $69.95, but $300...???

    yes, I want some CT's. But I know the retail price is at least 10x what they cost to make, and probably even more.
     
  2. Avizpls

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    well, one could argue the following.

    a toy gun has very low recoil. CT lasers, and other "real" lasers are built to withstand the recoil of an actual gun.

    The only experience I personally have with this is three 15 dollar lasers getting toasted by a 12guage. Then I spent about 50 on one (still cheap) and its still tickin
     
  3. bender

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    ok, I didn't think of the recoil resistance factor...

    guess we can add a little more to my suggested $69.95 price.

    I'll go for $99.95 now.
     
  4. Coronach

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    Also, the general ruggedness factor. One of the nice things about the CT and Lasermax systems is that they are pretty hard to damage them from rough handling. I know, I know...we all handle our guns gently. I do, too, but I've never seen a video of a gun grab that looked gentle.

    No way would a el cheapo laser stand up to a wrestling match for a gun (to be fair, it would probably be superfluous at that range, anyway), or any sort of CQB fight where the user and his gun get knocked around.

    Mike
     
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    I have some experience with cheap lasers. Your $5 laser will.

    - not last as long
    - break faster
    - not hold zero
    - probably isn't as bright

    I'm not saying that CT laser grips aren't expensive. They are.

    So in the spirit of capitalists everywhere, if you think you can make a competitive product, and bring it to retail at $99.95, you should smoke Crimson Trace and become rich. :)
     
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    ok, yes, but... they are still outrageously marked up. I wonder who's making all the mark-up? from CT to the distributors, or from the distributors to the retailers, or from the retailers to us consumers...? Probably a large markup at each step.

    I mean, I'd like to have 2 or 3 sets of CT grips but... I just can't afford to cough-up almost $900 for 3 CT's. Between 3 sets of CT's, or a nice AR-15, well... give me the gun...
     
  7. Chris Rhines

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    I'd like to have a brand new TVR Tuscan convertible, but I just can't afford to cough up the hundred grand or so ... Either save up for them, buy a cheaper equivalent and accept the performance compromises, or do without.

    Sounds like you've made your choice. Why the complaining?

    - Chris
     
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    I guess it's human nature to complain...
     
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