Crimson Trace vs. Lasermax

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by Woody, Sep 26, 2009.

  1. Woody

    Woody New Member

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    Am going to be putting laser sights on my XD 45 compact
    at first I thought I would go with the Crimson Trace grip style
    but I have heard alot of people say they don't like the way they make the grip feel. So now I'm looking at the Lasermax Guide Rod style. Looks very promising but not sure about changing a steel guide rod to the lasermax. Even though my KelTec P3AT has a plastic guide rod and I know Glocks also have plastic guide rods with no issues

    Even though the XD has a rail. That type of mounted laser is not going to be an opition I'll go I may use the rail later for a flashlight. But even doubt that.

    Any opinions and reasons for the opinions on
    Crimson Trace LG-445 vs. Lasermax LMS-4XD45-ACP
    (grip) ( guiderod)
    would be definetly be appreciated because the cost of these things
    are definetly a down payment on another decent weapon
     
  2. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Maybe just me, but I am leery of replacing a part of my weapon that enables it to function. different folks have different hands. Try the lasermax, and see how they feel to YOU. I have small hands, but like the feel of most of their stuff.
     

  3. Woody

    Woody New Member

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    I will it may be close to Xmas done put it on my list to the OL
    Cost is pricey on both the best deals I've found are on eBay with the Crimson trace about $250 the Laser Max $290
    the only thing I do like about the lasermax is it internal
    it also has a pulsating beam I'm not sure about and the activation switch sounds cumbersom

    the crimson trace has the actvation switch I like and a solid beam
    decisions decisions
     
  4. layton

    layton New Member

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    It is not mentioned here, but does your XD have the ambidextrious thumb saftey on it, it is opitional, but mine has it and the Crimson Trace will not fit, had to send it back and get a laser max rail, I thought about the rod system, but did not know how it would hold up. So when in doubt, go with trised and true.

    Layton
     
  5. Woody

    Woody New Member

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    No it does not
    I opted against that option so Im good to go with either setup

    But thanks for mentioning that it maybe helpful to other readers Crimson trace does not yet make a grip laser for the ambi-saftey model
    also the Model LG-446 is for all xd's except the 45acp it takes the LG-445
    and I won't be going rail cause I use IWB carry and don't Want to deal with holster issues and want a permenent mounted laser
     
  6. Trocar

    Trocar New Member

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    I have a lasermax on my XD45 Tactical. It's ok. It was already installed when i purchased the pistol from a buddy, so i just let it stay. I'm just not a fan of lasers, but the lasermax is pretty handy. I put a set of CT grips on my fiancee's LCR, and they don't really help much unless your just a horrible shot.
     
  7. dnthmn2004

    dnthmn2004 New Member

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    Thats probably your best investment.

    But if your mind is stuck on a laser and possibly a light later, why not get a laser/light combo? Weapon Lights at CopsPlus
     
  8. Woody

    Woody New Member

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    the only combos I have found are rail mount and that is not a option I want for the laser maybe a part time use flashlight
     
  9. WDB

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    I've heard mostly good about Crimson trace, I haven't tried one because I shoot left hand so hard to operate or my grip may get in the way of the laser. Might be a thought to consider if you have to shoot lefty/off hand at any point. Laser max makes a good product, I have a low profile rail mount on a FNP-40 and a light/laser combo with a quick concect rail mount I use on S&W M&P 45. I like the idea of a guide rod mounted laser but wonder about the pulse beam over a steady beam and the battery life.
     
  10. Woody

    Woody New Member

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    I'm right handed but left eye dominant
    which was fun to overcome when learning to shoot handguns
    But beside the point why would a left handed grip interfere with laser I'm curious

    I'm really starting to lean toward the lasermax guiderod but it sure would be nice to test them both side by side
    no gunranges close to me with rentals but I may call bass pro in Springfield and see if they have anything to compare at their gun range
     
  11. WDB

    WDB New Member

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    Off trigger finger placemnt when holding left hand can block the laser, also on/off is set up for right hand use.

    Talk to the guys working the counter at your local range, ask them if they know of other shooter that have either set up that would share the good and bad about either laser or if the range has a bulliten board you can put up a note asking for experience. With luck you might get to meet some local shooters with the lasers, get there input and possibly shoot there set up. If nothing else it might be worth the drive to a range further away to get hands on before you buy.

    I bought the Lasermax low profile after seeing another shooter at the range with it. I asked him what brand it was, how he liked it and after talking awhile he let me shoot a few rounds using his pistol. When I bought the light/laser combo I saw the same shooter at the range and asked him if he wanted to check it out. Over the years I expect I have asked lots of question of other shooters at the range and had as many asked of me. Overall most range shooters are friendly people and like to talk about there guns and gear.

    Kinda like the people in the community just in real life:)
     
  12. Woody

    Woody New Member

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    Thanks for that info
    I'll have to check that out on the trace grips on the dummy gun at the gunshop No ranges local closest is probably 2-3 hr drive
    to the best of my knowledge both the crimson grip and LM guiderod are ambi
    but I do try to practice off hand shooting just in case
     
  13. WDB

    WDB New Member

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    I don't think the CT is ambi but if you know different please share.
     
  14. Woody

    Woody New Member

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    The Crimson Trace LG-445 grip laser for the Springfield XD completly goes around the polymer grip of the XD the activation button is on the forward part of grip directly below the trigger guard so no matter if your a south paw or a righty your third finger is going to lay directly on the switch when you grip the weapon

    all you have to do squeez your grip to activate the laser
     
  15. Woody

    Woody New Member

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    Well the decsion was made for me. And really I'm glad cause I would have second guessed myself forever on this. But anyway I picked up my XD yesterday and this morning took it down to give it it's outta of the box check and lube

    Well I discovered that this xd 45 compact has the new style barrel lug that matches tthe xdm. And the lasermax guide rod will not fit properly
    so crimson trace it will be. Done told the Mrs. its on the Xmas list
     
    Last edited: Oct 1, 2009
  16. Don Davis

    Don Davis New Member

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    I have a Crimson Trace laser grips on my Kimber Pro CDP II.

    I really like the setup for me.