04/06/2015 - IWA 2015 / The Crimson Trace Corporation showcased its green-laser Lasergrips line, available for semiautomatic pistols and revolvers
Despite being often advised against (or at least against over-reliance over them) laser aiming devices often result quite useful when installed on self-defense oriented handguns, particularly when used on less than experienced shooters.
In extreme close-quarters engagements, laser sights can provide the necessary confidence to react and neutralize a threat swiftly, particularly if the situation doesn't allow the use of standard aiming techniques. Furthermore, a laser sight adds up to the general deterrence of the handgun itself, and can provide a fundamental aid even to skilled shooters when engaging moving targets or in low light conditions.
The Crimson Trace Corporation manufactures some of the best laser aiming devices currently available on the market, and this includes their Lasergrips line: not only those models provide long battery duration, an excellent range and a good dot visibility; the are also designed to be installed on the grip of the gun or its backstrap, so that the laser pointer itself will rest on the right side of the frame, minimizing added bulk and reducing the risk of any hindrance or snagging when drawing the gun. Last, the activation switch is located on the grip itself, which allows the shooter to turn the laser on instinctively when applying a correct grip on the pistol or revolver.
At the 2015 edition of the IWA OutdoorClassics expo, in Nuremberg (Germany), the Crimson Trace corporation showcased the Green Lasergrips line of products, basically a green light laser variant of the baseline Lasergrips design. Those are not a brand new product for the company, but are a brand new product for Europe, particularly since the export of green-light lasers from the United States of America is heavily restricted by the U.S. Department of State.
Green light lasers provide a considerable advantage over standard red light lasers; they are basically more visible at night or in low light conditions, and unlike red light lasers, they remain highly visible (and thus usable) even in broad daylight, outdoors, and in the best sunny weather or in otherwise excellent natural light conditions − which would normally make most red light lasers almost invisible after just a few steps.
The Crimson Trace Green Lasergrips are available in 1911 pistol versions for Government-sized, Commander-sized or compact-sized handguns; for Ruger LCR and Smith & Wesson J-Frame revolvers; and for Glock pistols. For a plethora of other pistol designs, the Crimson Trace Corporation offers other green light laser aiming devices, different from the Lasergrips design.
All the Crimson Trace Green Lasergrips variants are powered through four 3V #2016 "button" batteries, providing up to two hours of continuous runtime; the green light laser beam spotts a 5-milliwatt wavelenght, is visible up to 15 metres/50 feet of distance, and can be adjusted in windage and elevation.