Like many readers, while rifles may
be my passion, I also enjoy anything and everything that goes bang - rifle, pistol or
shotgun, antique or modern for big game hunting, small game, target shooting, trap, skeet
or sporting clays. My favorite gun is usually the one I have in my hand at the time. I
have also been at it long enough to realize the truths in the old shooters axiom:
Rifle shooting is a science, shotguns an art and handguns a skill.
Foremost among the skills required
of any handgunner is sight alignment coupled with trigger control. While both are also a
prerequisite for rifle shooters, it is the matter of sight alignment, coupled with short
sight radius of handguns, that initially frustrates beginning (and aging) pistolieros.
Recently I attended an Alaskan concealed handgun carry course and was introduced to a new
form of handgun sighting devise.
CTC, Crimson Trace Corporation,
offers handgun grips for virtually any handgun with a tiny, battery operated laser light
contained completely within the grip. A small, unobtrusive button switch operates the
light when the pistol or revolver is grasped. The laser, adjustable for windage and
elevation with a minute Allen wrench, projects an extremely bright, highly visible red dot
upon the target, indicating the bullets impact. Even in bright sun light the dot is
visible at normal handgun range, and by twilight the dot is visible on a target well past
Under normal circumstances the light
is adjusted to place the bullet to the same point of impact as the sights, so if your
sight picture is correct a red dot is visible, superposed on the target, centered and
level with the top of the front sight. The company claims the new technology is meant to
supplement fixed sights when firing on the move, in defensive and low-light situations.
Under high-stress situations our natural reaction is to focus on the threat and under
these situations a laser can make all the difference. I also find the new devise a great
teaching aid as well as an inexpensive means of practicing point shooting and dry firing.
It offers positive proof exactly where your bullet would impact when the firing pin falls.
For more information contact: Crimson Trace
Corporation, 8089 SW Cirrus Dr., Beaverton OR 97008; or call toll-free 1-800-442-2406; or
go online and visit its web site at: www.crimsontrace.com.
- Phil Shoemaker