The Crimson Trace LaserGrip is a great addition to any pistol or revolver (and is actually available for a staggeringly high number of handguns). Although my favorite laser sight system is the LaserMax, the Crimson Trace LaserGrip is a solid product, and the price savings over the LaserMax make it a great choice. My review of the LaserGrips is below.
Unlike rail mounted sights, the Crimson Trace LaserGrip attaches to the grip of the pistol or revolver. This arrangement allows the gun to still fit into most holsters, doesn’t cause the handgun to become too front-heavy, and improves the accuracy of the laser. The accuracy improvement is the result of having the laser physically closer to the bore of the gun, and this will matter more as the range to the target increases.
The dot produced by the Crimson Trace LaserGrip is bright, much brighter than the standard red LED lasers I have around house for entertaining our dogs and cats. It uses two #2032 lithium batteries, which will provide more than 4 hours of use, plus a 5 year shelf life. That long shelf life is important, especially for a home defense or self defense gun that you just want to work in an emergency.
Unlike the LaserMax laser sight which does not require alignment, the Crimson Trace LaserGrip
does need to be aligned. It comes aligned from the factory, but since every gun is a little different, you will want to check and adjust the alignment as necessary. Simple adjustments can be made to correct the elevation and windage. I would recommend making these adjustments at about 30 feet, although since the laser and bore are so closely aligned, the difference between sighting in a 50 feet and 30 feet should not be substantial.
If you are looking for a high quality laser sight for your handgun, the Crimson Trace LaserGrip is worth considering. It costs a bit more than a rail mounted laser sight, but is more accurate and of better quality than most rail mounted lasers. It costs a bit less than the LaserMax laser sight but has many of the same benefits.