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TLR-2 vs. Crimson Trace

Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by CTGunner, Jun 27, 2010.

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  1. CTGunner

    CTGunner Member

    May 31, 2009
    How do the lasers on the TLR-2 and Crimson Trace compare/differ? Is one or the other a hands down better option? My thoughts are that the laser/light combo is better for HD while the crimson trace grips offer a nice advantage for carry.
  2. Kingofthehill

    Kingofthehill Member

    Jun 25, 2009
    you see it how i see it.

    I have 2 guns with the crimson trace grips (Springfield Loaded and a glock 17) and i have the TLR-2 on my XD-45 (nightstand gun)

    im loving my viridian though :)
  3. Manco

    Manco Member

    Dec 28, 2009
    If you have the model with the light, how does it compare with the TLR-2? It's smaller and has a smaller power source, obviously, and seems to emphasize flood over throw, and I'm wondering how it compares from both points of view, the delivering and receiving end (the latter being tested while not mounted on a weapon, of course). I'd use a handheld light anyway, like I do now, but sometimes also having one on the weapon has its own advantages. In addition, how does the laser on the TLR-2 compare to the Crimson Trace lasers? Sorry for bugging you about this, but I haven't seen many direct comparisons done by people who own all three. :)
  4. M2 Carbine

    M2 Carbine Member

    May 29, 2003
    I have a number of Crimson Trace and Streamlight TLR-2 laser lights. (I don't know many, I have to count one day)

    The CT of course is just a laser that's activated by a switch on the grip. They are excellent lasers. Saturday I bought one for my Ruger LCP.

    The CT allows for very fast, very accurate low light shooting but there must be enough light to see the target.
    For instance, by the time I shot the 40 yard target it was so dark the target was a Gray blur but still tight COM hits were still easy using the CT laser.

    I am a big fan of the TLR-2 and have it on handguns, rifles and shotguns.
    The instant you identify the target with the light you also know, because of the laser, where the bullet will hit if you shoot.
    For instance,
    Here's the target.

    TLR-2 equipped AR. Shooting from the hip at 25 yards, using the light and laser.

    Plus with the TLR-2 you have the choice of using the laser. The laser/light or just the light and aiming with the iron sights.

    Pretty much how I use them.
    Last edited: Jun 28, 2010
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