Crimson Trace versus LaserMax

Crimson Trace versus LaserMax

This is a discussion on Crimson Trace versus LaserMax within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Anyone want to weigh in pros/cons between the two? Looking for my J frame and or XD45....

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    Crimson Trace versus LaserMax

    Anyone want to weigh in pros/cons between the two? Looking for my J frame and or XD45.


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    I'm lookin to put some CT grips on my J frame as well. Everything I've heard about the CT was good, so as soon as I get home from this trip, I'm pickin up a set.
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    which ones?

    Quote Originally Posted by HnKuspDude View Post
    I'm lookin to put some CT grips on my J frame as well. Everything I've heard about the CT was good, so as soon as I get home from this trip, I'm pickin up a set.
    They have three different styles now....which you thinking? I have only heard great things about crimson trace as well.

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    I am a CT fan - and did not like the idea of pulsing beam - which was what the Lasermax was when I was considering.

    May be other versions now but anyways - CT does it for me ..... ideally.
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    for the J frame, the CT grips.

    for the XD, LaserMax.

    can't sing the praises loud enough...

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    I seen the prototype CT (online) for the XD…have to tell ya, the lasermax is more appealing and I can say the opposite for the J frame. According to the LM website you can select pulse or constant now.

    No body gets their hand in the way of the CT on the J frame? Need to see one in person I guess.
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    No body gets their hand in the way of the CT on the J frame?
    I can block the beam on any of my CT's - semi or revo - if finger fully outstretched and high enough - off trigger in other words.

    In a shooting situation trigger finger in use falls well below - beam obstruction then ain't gonna happem.
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    I have the Lasermax for my XD-45 Service.

    I chose it over the Crimson Trace because I don't want anything extra on the grip of the weapon. I love the way the XD feels and think it is important to preserve that in the case of a hot situation. Also the reason I didnt get a compact, personal preference.

    Since the Lasermax is internal and the on/off switch replaced the take down lever, it is hardly noticeable that it is even there.
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    On my XD9 SC I went with the Insight X2 laser/light combo, I forget exactly what it cost but it was around $150.

    Works as well as my requirements dictate, I don't use it for carry although I have found one holster that will allow that, I just attach it at night and use it as my 'bump in the night' handgun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zero View Post
    They have three different styles now....which you thinking? I have only heard great things about crimson trace as well.
    I'm likin the LG-305 or the 405, either one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by P95Carry View Post
    I can block the beam on any of my CT's - semi or revo - if finger fully outstretched and high enough - off trigger in other words.

    In a shooting situation trigger finger in use falls well below - beam obstruction then ain't gonna happem.
    thats what I figured...thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by zero View Post
    I seen the prototype CT (online) for the XD…have to tell ya, the lasermax is more appealing and I can say the opposite for the J frame. According to the LM website you can select pulse or constant now.

    No body gets their hand in the way of the CT on the J frame? Need to see one in person I guess.
    Its really quite easy to get your finger in the way of the CT on a J-Frame. It doesnt take long to get use to it and it never happens to me anymore. I cant speak for the Lasermax, but I love my CT.

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    I have CT grips on three of my firearms. One on a 1 7/8" J frame, one on a compact Kimber .45 and another on a GM .45. They all work as advertized. None are good in bright daylight beyond 5 feet. Anything less than bright daylight, they rock. My eyesight aint what it used to be and I have some problems with iron sights. The CTs make it possible for me to shoot rapid fire with great accuracy, especially with the J frame and it's short sight radius.
    My only suggestion is to buy the CT grips that are made with the rubber, not the hard plastic, especially with the J frame.

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    Laser grips

    I have a Taurus 605 (357 with 2 inch barrel) that I have put Crimson Trace (CT) laser sight grips on and love it. I went with the "overmold" type grips and they helped tame the little puppy. The 605 with a full 357 hollow point load is quite a handful. I feel the CTs helped reduce the "felt" recoil over the factory grips.

    Accuracy is fantastic with the CTs. I now practice with the 605 at various distances up to 25 yards. Good groups at all distances. My BUG has now become my primary carry.

    Drawback is that you have to remove the grips to clean the pistol. CAUTION: make sure you have gun smith screw drivers not regulars ones to remove and replace the grips. The removal and replacement process is very simple and only takes a few seconds. CTs are somewhat water proof but not solvent proof. A plus is that the sights hold the "zero" when they are removed and replaced, so the accuracy stays the same.

    No experience with the lasermax. However, I strongly recommend the CTs. Little pricey. Shop around for your best deal.
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    CTs on my PO1. NOT waterproof, found out the hard way, but after drying for a few days, completely back to normal. Easy to use, and the feel of the CZ ergonomics didn't change.


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