You have no doubt heard about being over-gunned. Ever heard of being over-lasered? How many lasers can one gun have?
This Glock has four; Crimson Trace laser grips, a Laser-Max guide rod laser, a LaserLyte rear sight laser and a Viridian rail-mount laser. It’s ridiculous I know, no matter how much you believe in having a back-up or redundant sight systems on a fighting handgun.
However, for the test I was conducting, it was a perfect solution. I wanted to see which of these lasers were the most instinctive (easiest and fastest) to activate and the only real way to do this was put them all on the same handgun and let the same shooters try them.
The Glock model 22 was placed on a table in front of each shooter who had to pick it up, activate the laser and engage a target seven yards away. Each shooter did this three times for an average with each laser individually. (Results are shown below.) Surprisingly, the standard sights averaged out to be the fastest. I believe this was due to the close range to the target (You really did not need sights at all.) and that only one of the shooters was intimately familiar with handgun lasers. This also shows that if you are going to have a laser on your handgun, you need to practice with it.
An interesting test none the less. And, kind of a hoot to aim a handgun with four lasers on at once. The sad thing is that I know that somewhere, somebody has a gun set up just like this…and they are serious!
Sight/Laser Average Time
Handgun Sights 2.08
LaserLyte (rear sight laser) 4.31
LaserMax (guide rod laser) 3.87
Crimson Trace (laser grip) 2.15 (Fastest Laser)
Viridian (rail mount laser) 3.05