During my recent trip to the Crimson Trace Midnight 3-Gun Invitational, I had the opportunity to sit down with Chris Cerino from the popular TV series, Top Shot. Chris is a genuine family man, but make no mistake: He’s lethal behind the trigger. Chris and I sat down to discuss the benefits of putting a Crimson Trace laser on your competition and personal defense guns. Watch this short video to hear what he had to say.
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My Personal Take On Gun Lasers
As a “digital editor dude,” part of my job is to embrace high-tech gadgets and see what they have to offer. I try my best to wade through any marketing B.S. and share my candid findings with you—my loyal audience. If something is a gimmick, I’ll either say so or simply not waste my time recommending it. If a gadget is great, I try to spread the good word.
To be honest, when it comes to my hunting and shooting gear, I generally prefer to keep things simple. I absolutely despise when a piece of equipment fails—and my anger only seems to intensify if the root of the problem is electronic. So, to be perfectly blunt, I was majorly skeptical about putting a battery-operated laser on my personal defense handgun. If someone busts into my house with ill intent or comes after me with a crowbar at the gas station, I need all the help I can get. If it’s a situation where I’m forced to use my handgun to stop a threat from bashing my bones into oblivion, my aim damn well better be true, and I have zero room for questionable toys to get in the way.
But here’s the thing: I usually keep a handgun within reach just in case all hell breaks loose and I’m forced to protect my life, or the life of a loved one. If that dreadful situation ever arises, I’m not totally confident that I’ll be able to maintain enough composure to stare down the iron sights of my handgun and hit what I’m aiming at. This presents some major problems. I could end up on the ground in a quivering pile or wrapped in a body bag. Or maybe I’ll face a lifetime of self blame for not being able to save someone I love. Or perhaps I’ll hit an innocent bystander with a stray bullet. These are all real possibilities. Some folks would say, “Then you shouldn’t carry a gun if you’re not confident in your ability to use it properly.” Well, I’ve made the conscious decision to say, “I’d rather take my chances than stand by idly as a defenseless victim.” And, of course, I’ll take every chance I can get to become more proficient with my personal defense gun. However, I’ll argue that no matter who you are, it’s impossible to predict how you’ll react when shit hits the fan.
Going back to the laser debate, I’ll sum up my stance. I’ve chosen to equip my Springfield XD .45 ACP with a Crimson Trace Lasergrip. To mimic the teachings of my handgunning mentor, Richard Mann: It’s tough to find a reason to not equip your personal defense handgun with Lasergrips. If the laser fails, I’ll still have my iron sights to work with. But if I maintain the Lasergrip with due diligence, odds are in my favor that it won’t fail. If my girlfriend is forced to protect herself when I’m not around, I’m certain she’ll handle a point-and-shoot laser setup much better than any fixed sighting system. Add darkness into a threat scenario and you can’t argue with the power of a laser. Any one of those reasons is enough for me to keep a Lasergrip on my handgun and never look back.
(Note: Crimson Trace gun lasers and lights are generally super easy to install. Click here to view videos with installation instructions for some of the most popular Crimson Trace products.)