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EdwardH 09-30-2010 12:19 AM

I'm about to get a laser sight for one of my pistols and I'm wondering if I can mount it myself or if I need a gunsmith to do it. Thanks in advance for your advice.


NGIB 09-30-2010 12:21 AM

Does your gun have a rail and are you buying a rail mounted laser? If so, it's a few minute job at best (you'll have to dial it in though)...

Dillinger 09-30-2010 12:22 AM

Several questions:

What type of handgun do you have?

Do you want a below the barrel sight? Or have you looked into Crimson Trace grip replacements that do the same job?

Have you seen the guide rod replacement pieces that also double as a laser?

Now, the important question: Do you realize that lasers point two ways and by "lighting someone up" you are also telling them RIGHT where you are?

Not judging, I put a laser on two pistols I have had in the past and there was no talking me out of it. Just trying to impart a little been there wisdom. ;)


EdwardH 09-30-2010 01:40 AM

Thanks to you both for your quick responses. I'll probably mount it on one of my Sprinfields, either my XD sub compact or my XDM 3.8, both .40 cals and both have rails. I'll probably mount it under the barrel, on the rail. I've heard of the others laser types, but haven't looked into them yet. Yeah, I am aware it gives me away, which is a big consideration since I'm disabled and can't move very fast. I'm not wheel chair bound, just operate with a very bad back. I'm just looking for whatever edge I can get over the bad guys, in the event that ever happens. Thanks again for your input.

General_lee 09-30-2010 01:48 AM

For a rail mount, you can do that yourself.
The most time consuming thing will be "Dialing it in" (making the laser line up with where the bullet goes).
The laser will usually have two allen (hex) head set screws, one on the side of the laser for adjusting side to side, and one either on the top or bottom for adjusting up and down.

EdwardH 10-06-2010 01:06 AM

If I may ask, how come you're unhappy with the Crimson Trace on your XD Sub?

007BondJamesBond007 10-06-2010 02:13 AM

Are you going to conceal carry it? This is real nice.

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