Which Crimson Trace for S&W 638?

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    Which Crimson Trace for S&W 638?

    Trying to decide between the LG-205, LG-305 & LG-405.

    If I understand the differences correctly, the 205 is hard plastic without a master switch. In the pics it looks too small and round for my taste, like trying to hold on to a pole. It also looks as though it may take up a lot of room behind the trigger guard, pushing the second finger lower on the grip.

    The 305 and 405 are rubber overlay, have a master switch and also have some bulk on the backstrap area of the grip to absorb recoil. It looks like this may also improve hand position on this gun.

    The 305 appears to cover the bottom of the grip frame, making it longer than the 205 or 405.

    I am leaning toward the 305 due to grip shape but I plan to use it in a pocket holster so I am not sure that this is a good idea. Perhaps it is too long for best concealment. Another issue is the "always ready" laser vs. the master switch.

    Does anyone have any input on the relative merits or drawbacks of one design over the other?

    Nick

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    I totally forget the type I have on my SP-101 but would say that I personally will always go more for extra grip size - just me. My set has the master switch - it's under the grips - butt area.

    I do when carrying the gun leave switch on - always ready for use therefore - so in fact I rarely use the master switch on any of my CT grip guns - tho I have to be careful with the ones on SIG's leaving master switch on - as if laid on their side they can actuate the pressure pad. The revo types do not have that prob.


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    I just recieved a set of the CT 405s and I like them a lot. Good size for pocket carry (the 305s are big for that) and good pointability. Haven't shot it yet, but seems like it will be more comfortable than the 205s for sure.

    Its also nice to have a master switch to turn them off for non-laser sighted practice. You should always practice with the sights too -- in case of a failure.

    The 405s are a great compromise between the 205s and 305s.
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    Thanks guys... I decided to go with the 405's. The extra grip length of the 305's would be nice but I must consider the application here. The shorter 405's would be better for pocket carry.

    I was going to go with the 205's because I could get them for $170 but I think that I will really appreciate the extra thickness at the top of the backstrap that the 405 provides and the other features as well.

    Initially, I couldn't decide if a master switch was valuable to me, but I agree that it would make sighted practice much easier.

    Chris... your grips are essentially the 305 style, although they would have a different model number because they are for a Ruger. Nice pic!

    Duane... thanks for keeping me on track in regard to size for pocket carry and pointing out the practicality of the master switch.

    Nick

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