Grip Activated Laser and Light Combo
Master Series Grips for Custom 1911s
Anything that gives you an edge in a gunfight is a good thing, as long as it doesn’t come at a price. And unfortunately, for a lot of lights and lasers, I have never felt that they provide the possibility for a genuine edge. Many of them are bulky. They catch on things. Many of them have cords wrapping around the grip, and often they come with a difficult and obtrusive switching system that doesn’t make any sense when seconds count.
Crimson Trace has of course been the Cadillac of laser devices since they first came into the market. They are a complete replacement grip for your gun and the laser is integrated into the grip. The switches are automatic, and the effectiveness of the Crimson Trace design has given them OEM status on several factory pistols and revolvers.
If you haven’t retrofitted your home defense or service weapon with a Crimson Trace but have wanted to, I think this is a pretty good time to do it. Crimson Trace has leapfrogged their own technology with an integral light and laser system for most of the polymer pistol class. The problem with lights is that you have to use them selectively. Otherwise you are a walking target, only able to see in front of what the light is illuminating but able to be easily seen by anyone from any angle. If you want a light on your handgun, you really need something that easily turns on and off, and that is not dependent on a cord staying put when you need it most.
Crimson Trace has miniaturized an LED light system for the front of their grip laser to work naturally and intuitively with an easy access integral switch in the front of the grip. So you put your hand on the gun, the laser comes on as with all CT grips, and if you want the light, you press it with your middle finger. You can maintain a constant grip on the gun and fire easily, without altering your grip, with the light either on or off.
The other new product is called the Master Series and it is for custom 1911s. If you have resisted putting a CT grip on your 1911 because you don’t like a rubberized grip feel, or you have an ambidextrous safety and don’t want to give it up, this Master Series has resolved both of these problems for the custom combat 1911. Miniaturization has come a long way with diodes in the past couple years and CT has figured out to make the laser smaller, allowing space for the ambi-safety. They have also gotten away from just making grips out of a rubberized material and can give you grips in just about any material you like, and for any size 1911.