By Scott Mayer
Even though there were little .380 pistols on the market before it, the introduction of Ruger’s LCP set off a .380 buying craze to such a degree that there were localized ammunition shortages. These guns are now so prevalent among the concealed carry crowd that shooting schools are, for the first time I can recall, teaching specialized little gun tactics and courses. There are a lot of benefits to such a compact defensive package, but as with many things in life, to get something you have to give up something.
With little guns, you get concealability, but you give up power and accuracy. Little guns are hardly inaccurate, but many handgunners don’t shoot well to begin with, and when you shorten a sight radius to just a couple of inches, the ability to shoot accurately gets worse. That being the case, one thing you’ll see emphasized in many of these little gun-specific classes is using a laser sight. With a quality laser, you simply put the dot where you want the bullet to strike and squeeze the trigger.
For 2012, LaserMax has a new line of CenterFire laser sights. The first models fit Ruger’s LCP and its “big” brother the LC9 and more models are planned for the future to fit other compact guns that don’t have accessory rails. The CenterFire slips onto the triggerguard where you lock it into place. There’s no need for any disassembly of the gun, and you don’t have to change any parts at all. Physically, the laser unit is centered under the front of the frame and doesn’t change the profile of the gun much so many holsters will continue to fit. Functionally,the CenterFire has a little “on demand” ambidextrous toggle switch and it’s user adjustable for windage and elevation. A single 1/3 N lithium battery provides four hours of run time.