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Which best describes your experience with Crimson Trace lasers?

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    Votes: 33 27.0%
  • B

    Votes: 84 68.9%
  • C

    Votes: 5 4.1%
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Lots of debate on the "laser" thread, so I thought about doing a poll.

This is ONLY for folks who have actually bought, installed, zeroed, and trained with a Crimson Trace brand of handgun laser (ie; either a Lasergrip or Laserguard model).

Given your experience, how would you rate the Crimson Trace lasers?

A. They are essential pieces of gear; I have or will have them on all my defensive handguns; and I would not purchase a defensive handgun for which there was no Crimson Trace laser available.

B. They are great pieces of gear to have; I have them on some of my defensive handguns; but they are not essential.

C. I tried them and they did not work for me; I removed them and reverted my handgun back to stock configuration.
 

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I had to vote "A", with my middle aged eyes I can barely see the teeny sights on my Ruger LCP. The CTC laser guard is essential on this gun, for me anyways. My other ones have night sights and I can get along with those for awhile until I get Crimson Trace lasers for them later down the road.
 

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I have one on a S&W 637, but not essential...not even really a great piece of gear...more of a practice tool.:ticking:
It wouldn't really be used in a WW parking lot at night when one has 2 seconds to decide what to do_OMOYMV
 

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I nearly voted "A" but in reality, I point nearly always. Shooting wouldn't be as much fun without them.
I have a CT for my XD .45 Service, Elsie Pea and LCR. They are sighted in from 3 - 10 yards. They really help with QK training at home, and rapid target acquisition at the range.
 

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I voted "B". I have them on half of my carry guns and like them very much. Cash flow allowing they will eventually be on all of my carry guns. I don't think they are essential, but they are another tool in the box. I would rather have them and not need them, than need them and not have them.
And of course after stripping the slide off the frame they make an AWSOME cat toy!
 

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Ok, voted 'B'...
Before I purchased the LG-305’s for one of my j-frames, I rented a provisioned 642 at the indoor range. I was surprised and impressed with their performance. I ordered a set from S&W. They were $20.00 less than from CT or my dealer. I wouldn't teach newcomers to handguns to rely of them, but I can't ignore their value for those of us with aging eyesight.


Product: Crimson Trace J/E Frame Round Butt Laser Grip

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I voted "B". They are a great training aid for DRY FIRING. They will quickly show you what you are doing wrong with the trigger. I only have them on 1 of my J-Frame's.
 

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Hmmm...So far, of the folks who have actual experience with them, ~ 90% like 'em.:smile:

Keep the votes coming!

If you were on the fence about buying CT lasers, seems they are worth a try.:wink:
 

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I have one on my S&W J-frame and really like it-the aging eye syndrome. Have used one on a Kimber and it was very good also. I'd have more on all my pistols but $$ makes me narrow down which one/ones to put CT on. I don't think I would consider one on the LCP-just due to its intended use. But overall, +1 on the CTs!
 

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I voted "B" simply because the question was asked if I wouldn't buy a pistol w/o the CT grips as an option. If I like the gun I explore ALL the laser options available due to my firm belief that they are an essential tool in personal defense.
Not that I completely depend on them - I DON'T - but if I've got an option available to me to "get-on-target" that much faster - I'll take it.:comeandgetsome:
The CT grips on my XD9sc have been a valuble asset, even through they cost almost 3/4 the $$$$ of the actual pistol itself. I've had them for over a yr now and practice with them & the XD's combat sites everytime I'm at the range.

NP!:35:
 

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I voted for B over A only because I would buy a gun that CT has not made grips for (yet). They are very effective both for training and for shooting.
 

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(B) I got a set of CTC lasergrips for my wife and her Glock sub-compact carry. Personally, I wouldn't have them on my carry pistol(s).
 

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I've got one installed on a Glock 23. Like a few of the views here, it's a most wonderful training aid. I put mine on almost two years ago and it's held it 'center' great......I sighted it in at about 17 feet. I carry it plenty and it turns on every time I grip it. I like it a lot.

..........but on that note, I don't rely on it either. I think it'd be a great tool in some situations, but overall train to use your sights and mastering good point shooting. If you trust any laser too much you'll lose some ability (and time) when you (may) need it the most.

I've never seen an IDPA, or any compition shooter, with a laser. I know a whole grip of LEO's that have lasers but I'm not them......it does help them with what they do, but it might not be the best tool for what I (might) need.
 

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IDPA does not allow laser sights (or any type of red dots), I don't know about the other competition shooting sports.
 

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The issue of lazer sights is, for me, one of a set of aging eyes. At 72 my eyes are just not what they used to be. Recent cataract surgery on both eyes has helped a lot but I still welcome help for sighting. Particularly in low light situations I find that the lazer sights aid in picking up the sight quickly and getting off a more rapid, aimed shot. So, I find them to be a tremendous asset to assist me. FWIW!
 

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I am a Firearms Instructor and Lasers are GREAT teaching tools. I can teach sight alignment almost instantly with the Laser. As ya'll know not everyone grasps this concept easily.
I have CT grips on my wifes' Beretta 92 and my Mom's Kahr CW9, I prefer night sights and a weapon mounted flashlight.
I would definitely consider CT a first option on a gun that was incompatable with Night Sights like a Revolver or an auto with milled sights. CT Lasers give off a suprising amount of light in a dark area.
 

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Up to about a 95% satisfaction rate!

So, it would seem most naysayers have never used a CT laser.

If you're thinking about it, you can't ask for better odds of being a happy customer!:hand10:
 

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I would vote A (without the brand name), I own another brand so I didn't vote.

Bobo
 

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I like em, especially on my MP340. I dont like the extra bulk on some firearms models. Lasers in general are a good tool, but not a replacement for proper training. (old guys and gals get a pass on that for eye sight!)
 
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