Nothing completes the look of a 1911 like a pair of gorgeous custom grip panels. These exquisite rosewood grips actually house a Crimson Trace Lasergrip mechanism. 1911 shooters have been waiting for this product and it has arrived.
The two CR2025 lithium batteries that power the 5mW laser are hidden in the grip panels on the Made in USA Crimson Trace Master Series Lasergrip.
This STI Shadow is a compact 1911. There are other sizes of the Master Series available for full size and specialty 1911s.
This gun is not set up with an ambidextrous drop safety, but the Master Series is made to not impede the use of one.
The grip circumference is 5 and 5/8ths inches on this STI Shadow with Crimson Trace Master Series Lasergrips, just under what my double stack P14 1911 measures with standard grips.
Because the sight line of the Crimson Trace Lasergrip is close to and under the axis of the bore, once you zero the grips at 25 feet or so they will remain close to point of impact out to almost the effective range of the .45ACP cartridge.
Adjusting windage and elevation on the Master Series is simple with the included small allen wrench.
Crimson Trace Master Series
The idea of aesthetics is a bit of a strange concept for people who think of guns solely as tools to hunt with or protect yourself. But going all the way back to Sam Colt when he introduced his first revolver, the Colt Patterson, in 1836, the way a gun looks has always been almost as important to the owner as how well it can do its job.
If you are a fan of another famous Colt, the 1911, the aesthetics and look of the gun are part of what you love. Custom grips have always been a booming side industry in the 1911 community and everyone from rock stars to presidents to Nascar drivers have commissioned custom 1911s to both treasure and carry. Crimson Trace, maker of the world’s leading lasergrips, has recognized this market for some time and we have heard for a while that a custom, high-end series of grips was on its way for this classic 100 year old and still popular pistol, the 1911.
If you aren’t familiar with Crimson Trace Lasergrips, you have probably been hiding in a cave for ten years, but I guess you could also be new to guns and shooting and not have encountered them yet in your travels. The Crimson Trace system is the most unobtrusive and professional of all the handgun laser devices. A Crimson Trace replaces the factory grips of the gun, integrating a red laser on the side of the grip that is activated by your fingers around the front of the grip. Several firearm manufacturers now even offer Crimson Trace lasers standard in many of their models. Crimson Trace Lasergrips are pricey, but they are the choice of most professionals.
The Master Series from Crimson Trace, MRSP $399, was created so that you no longer have the choose between aesthetics and function with your favorite 1911. These gorgeous rosewood grips that you see here on an STI Shadow have a Crimson Trace laser in them. The two 2025 Lithium batteries for the laser fit into both sides of the replacement grips and are protected from electrical connection by plastic panels on the frame. For those who carry a 1911 this was a long time coming and it is no surprise that they are listed as “Out of Stock” on the Crimson Trace website at present. I’m sure if you look around you can find them, but you may have to wait in line.
There are great ideas, and there are great products. Execution is everything when it comes to the latter, and turning a great idea into a great product isn’t always possible. This was my first experience with Crimson Trace laser grips, and I have to say that these are great products. Don’t believe the mis-information from the green laser companies. Red lasers can be seen just fine on a target in broad daylight within normal handgun range, and certainly at average gunfight range. The Crimson Trace laser is a smart product with easy adjustments to get your laser on target with the provided tool, and the front switch activator is more intuitive and natural than any other laser product.
No gunsmith is required for these Master Series Lasergrips. The hole spacing for LG-902 model is 2 and 11/16ths inches apart, and other models if this series fit other size guns. The dot of the laser is about half an inch at 50 feet, and it is a very bright Class 3R 5mW laser. Crimson Trace warranties the internals of the grip for three years and the grip panels for a year.
I was able to adjust my the windage and elevation on this grip to the exact sight picture of the STI Shadow (that STI was kind enough to loan me) in about one minute. Jerking the gun back and forth and banging it on a (wooden) table did not throw off the adjustment whatsoever. The grip circumference with the grips on is 5 and 5/8ths inches, and fills the hand more fully than the “ridgy” feeling standard 1911 grip. The activator is cleanly under the top finger on the grip and can be turned on and off intuitively without altering your grip. There is also a manual on and off switch on the grip panel itself to guard against inadvertent battery drain. The two batteries last for 4 hours of illumination, but I was not able to test this for more than an hour before my cat lost interest.
As to the beauty of these Master Series grips, take a look at the pictures. They are sold out for a reason, but you might be able to find one at your favorite gun shop, big box store or internet retailer. If you love to carry the 1911 and on top of that, you just plain old love your 1911, treat it to some Crimson Trace Master Series Lasergrips. It will love you back.
Crimson Trace Master Series