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Optics and Sighting Systems

LaserMax Green Guide Rod Laser for Glock

LaserMax green guide rod

LaserMax officially introduced the green guide rod laser for Glock pistols on Friday.  The new guide rods uses a green laser for aiming instead of the traditional red laser the company used in the past.  LaserMax hinted to this announcement recently on the company’s website.

The new lasers are completely contained in a replacement guide rod assembly.  There are no external accessories attached to the gun.  The obvious benefit is that a Glock can be outfitted with one of these LaserMax devices and still fit in normal holsters.

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Crimson Trace CMR 203(G): Inexpensive Green Laser

Review of the Crimson Trace CM203 green laser

While at Media Day I stopped in and checked out the new offerings from Crimson Trace.  The CMR 203 (G – for green) immediately caught my eye for its ambidextrous controls, and ease of mount to a pistol or rifle rail.

UNIVERSAL MOUNT

Crimson Trace advises this laser system is designed to be universal to any M1913 Picatinny or Weaver Accessory rails, with (4) fit inserts included.  This laser can be mounted to pistols, rifles, or shotguns.  The CMR 203(G) easily mounts to the rail system and is secured by two retention screws.

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LaserLyte Kryptonyte Center Mass Shotgun Laser

LaserLyte Kryptonyte shotgun laser

The new LaserLyte Kryptonyte Center Mass shotgun laser is definitely a step away from traditional laser sighting systems.  The Center Mass system projects nine laser dots: eight in a circular pattern with the final dot in the center of the ring.  The idea is to provide the shooter a visual representation of where the shot will strike.

The farther away the target, the larger the circle.  The approximate spread is 1″ per yard of distance.  While not exact, this is a relatively decent approximation that has been taught to defensive shotgun shooters using traditional 00-buck loads in an 18″ barrel pump gun.

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Crimson Trace to Launch New Products at 2010 SHOT Show

crimsontrace_charterarmsIt would appear that Crimson Trace is preparing to launch several new products at the 2010 SHOT Show.  Michael Bane teased to this in his podcast, Down Range Radio, last week.

In addition to the Lasergrips introduced with new guns (as they did with the Ruger LCR at the 2009 SHOT Show), I think we may see green lasers from Crimson Trace.  A number of CT competitors, including Viridian and LaserMax, have been capitalizing on their green laser products.

If you have not used a green laser-equipped gun before, you may not recognize what a significant difference this is.  I have used various red laser products before, including Crimson Trace.  Frankly, I was never impressed by their capability in daylight or indoor lighting conditions.  In bright daylight, I found them to be completely unusable.  Green lasers, however, are different.

I’ve had the chance to play with various green lasers, and have found them to be much more visible in all lighting conditions.  I can easily see and use a green laser in full daylight.  The difference between green and red is profound.

Don’t be surprised to see Crimson Trace introduce a green laser product at the 2010 SHOT Show.  Blue and purple lasers are probably not terribly likely to be seen.  A green laser, though, is a possibility.

Update

There were no green lasers from Crimson Trace – just more red lasers.  It took Crimson Trace a couple of more years to bring out a viable green laser product for the consumers.  They were not the first to market with a green colored laser, but they did bring out a high-quality line of green lasers.

The 2010 SHOT Show was a good one for Crimson Trace, and for everyone in the shooting industry.  The show was held in Las Vegas, and it looks like it will stay in Vegas for a while.

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LaserMax Uni-Max Green Laser for Combat Firearms

LaserMax introduced a new laser aiming device using green light. The unit is capable of being used on both pistols and rifles. Due to its compact profile, it should work very well with even smaller handguns.