Pistol Grips Springfield IL
Local resource for pistol grips in Springfield. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to revolver grips, pistol handgun grips, gun handles, vintage gun grips, and other gun accessories, as well as advice and content on laser grips.
Bullet Express Indoor Shooting Range(800) 562-8841
4885 Industrial Dr.
Stults Scientific Engineering Corp217529372
3313 S 6Th St Hwy Frontage Rd W
Schwabe, Ronald R
14135 Fatima Dr
301 S Garden St
Mt Pulaski, IL
Mt Pulaski, IL
Heights Gun & Hunter Supply(309) 686-0312
1313 East Seiberling Avenue
Peoria Heights, IL
Peoria Heights, IL
Oglesby & Oglesby Gunmakers(217) 487-7100
744 West Andrew Road
Precision Gunsmithing(217) 585-1911
4769 Jeffory Street
Jim`s Gun & Coin Shop(618) 847-3101
410 South 1st Street
B B B Guns & Borebrites(815) 635-3018
405 East Walnut St
Hunting With Crimson Trace Laser Grips
Although laser grips have been out for some years, I never had an interest in them. My feelings were that they took the place of practice, which is never a good thing. Anyone who is serious about self defense for themselves and their family should practice and have all qualified members of the family, do the same. They are advertised as a sighting system for self defense guns. Admittedly I am old fashioned and any battery operated gadgets on a gun, I look at with a dubious eye. A handgun, especially a self defense type should feel like an extension of your hand and it should be accurately aimed even at night. This was my attitude when Travis Noteboom from Crimson Trace called me.
After some conversation I informed him that I have a boar hunt planned in a couple of months. He offered to send me a pair of grips for my Smith & Wesson model 629 in 44 magnum. Since I knew that some of the hunting would be at night, I thought there were some possibilities there. The grips came a few days afterward and I installed them with little problem. Included with the grips are 2 batteries, 2 tiny hex wrenches that adjust the sights and a pair of q-tips to clean the lens. Like any other sights they have to be adjusted to the load and expected distance to be shot. The grips feel similar to the set that I removed, which is good, because they are comfortable. There is a good set of instructions provided that you should read prior to installing.
The button on the front of the grips activates the sight and is conveniently located. Gripping the handgun normally will activate the light. There is a tiny switch on the bottom of the grips that can shut off the light if you don't want it on. The dot is about the size of a quarter and is very visible at various distances and backgrounds as long as sunlight isn't involved.
I found out that the laser does not work in bright sunlight. I tried on various targets including black backgrounds but it simply doesn't work in bright light. While this may be common knowledge with experienced users, this is a new gadget for me, so it's a learning experience. I tried from the shade, going through sunlight and putting the dot on a target in the shade. It worked some, but not as well as total shade or indoors. Since I plan on taking it hunting for hogs, I had to rethink how I was going to verify that my gun was hitting where the dot was. That meant that I would have to verify that during evening hours, and would have to hunt at night which I had planned on doing anyway. In the daylight I can use the regular sights as I normally would.
I shot it at 15 yards with a 240 grain cast bullet load that I know is accurate. It printed a little high but grouped well, considering that I was shooting offhand in the desert. The dot did help me shoot a good group,...