Lasers: Instant Versus Control
While there is no doubt that lasers are great tools for self-defense, there is a bit of an argument about instant-on versus push-button control. Some shooters prefer Crimson Trace because the laser activates when you grip the handgun, while others favor more control over the activation of the laser like the control button on LaserMax lasers.
In meetings with a variety of laser producing companies, I have learned the validity of both sides of the argument, and have come to believe that for the most part, preference is determined by need.
The instant-on of Crimson Trace Lasergrips is fast and instinctive, without needing any additional motion to interfere with the use of the laser. This is good for situations where you need the laser immediately, such as when under attack on the street or in a store. In a surprise attack situation, the instant-on of the LaserGrips no thinking and naturally draws your eyes. I personally have a set on my Kimber 1911, as well as my Colt 1991. The downside of this type is if you grip the gun, the laser activates, which can give away your position if you’re trying to stay hidden. Now with a little bit of practice, you can grip the gun without activating the laser, or use your finger, which should be above the trigger, to cover the laser. However, in that situation, the laser could still be seen, and is where button-activated lasers shine, or rather don’t shine.
Inside of a home or business at night with bad guys roaming is when you want complete control over your laser. You might be able to call 911 and wait for the cavalry to arrive if they don’t know you’re there, or not know exactly where, but if your laser activates in the dark, your plan could quickly change.
Also, the activation button of lasers like the LaserMax Guide Rod is quick if you train with your gear, which all shooters should as if their lives depend on it, as it does. I have LaserMax products on two personal firearms, and just attached a Genesis Rechargeable Green laser to a gun I’m reviewing (you’ll see that later), and I even have a LaserLyte attached to my backup, which you’ll also learn about soon.
As you can probably tell, I like lasers, and have them on many of my firearms. They are a great tool for both training and self-defense, but you have to decide which features best serve your needs. I personally recommend push-button activation for home-defense firearms and other guns that you could use in a tactical type situation. But, I prefer instant-activation on my carry gun. Tell me what type of laser is you’re favorite and why, and one commenter will be chosen to receive either a laser/pen combo or a Zombie pistol bayonet, both from LaserLyte.