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Interesting light for handguns

breamfisherbreamfisher Senior MemberPosts: 13,877 Senior Member
Crimson Trace is now making a small light for handguns without a rail. Oddly, the only ones listed for 1911s are listed for "Ruger, Kimber, and Smith and Wesson." Odd that. I wonder if the triggerguards are more undercut?

But it's small, reasonably high output (130 lumens) and being Crimson Trace, should be good quality. Looks small enough to where it would be easy to modify a Kydex holster like a Crossbreed or something similar to hold it. Just use a heat gun on the triggerguard area and shove in the light, assuming you have enough Kydex.

I wonder if they're going to be adding a laser light to it, eventually?

http://www.crimsontrace.com/products/type/lightguard/01-7100

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  • breamfisherbreamfisher Senior Member Posts: 13,877 Senior Member
    It screws and clamps on with 3 small allen screws. Not sure if that's "easily removable" enough for you.

    http://mygunculture.com/2012/06/19/crimson-trace-enters-flash-light-saber-market-with-lightguard-for-1911s/
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  • breamfisherbreamfisher Senior Member Posts: 13,877 Senior Member
    Maybe. I think I could save my pennies and get one, then modify my IWB holster (the Chrisbreed Custom) to hold the lighted 1911.

    Or make another holster altogether.

    Either way, it would be less expensive than to get an add-on rail and a light, or an adapter and light, or a new frame. Plus, it's a little more holster-friendly than a Streamlight, and for most uses, the light output seems fine.
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  • jbp-ohiojbp-ohio Senior Member Posts: 10,663 Senior Member
    I'm not to sure about that switch location. I wonder how easy it turns on/off ? Wouldn't want the light to come on inadvertently when you draw from holster.
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  • breamfisherbreamfisher Senior Member Posts: 13,877 Senior Member
    Yeah, that's something to consider. I'd like to see one in person, or let it be out for a while before I bought one. Which will happen anyway, since I would need to save my shekels...
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  • breamfisherbreamfisher Senior Member Posts: 13,877 Senior Member
    I be responsible, and will only spend money I have.

    That's what State Government does. :tooth:
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  • MyGunCultureMyGunCulture New Member Posts: 2 New Member
    jbp-ohio wrote: »
    I'm not to sure about that switch location. I wonder how easy it turns on/off ? Wouldn't want the light to come on inadvertently when you draw from holster.

    Just to clarify, the switch is a master on/off while there is a pressure switch where the grip meets trigger guard. The master switch is tiny and somewhat recessed so I can't see a scenario where drawing from a holster would deactivate it. You have to be pretty intentional about things to turn the master switch on or off.
  • breamfisherbreamfisher Senior Member Posts: 13,877 Senior Member
    I think he's talking about when you grip the firearm to draw, the pressure switch may be activated. That could be a negative in some situations.
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  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,995 Senior Member
    $199 bucks, naw, I reckon not.
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  • breamfisherbreamfisher Senior Member Posts: 13,877 Senior Member
    Big Chief wrote: »
    $199 bucks, naw, I reckon not.
    You can pick them up for $149 online.

    Or you can get a Streamlight TLR-1 for $100, a Capsian or Novak rail for $54 to $60, plus pay a gunsmith to drill and tap and/or silver solder it to your frame, and be out $200 easily. And you'll have something that's harder to find an IWB holster for.
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  • breamfisherbreamfisher Senior Member Posts: 13,877 Senior Member
    Wambli Ska wrote: »
    Or you can sell me the series 70 back and use the money to start a gun fund for a Springfield TRP :devil:
    Let me think a minute.....


    No. That'll be a fun project.
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  • breamfisherbreamfisher Senior Member Posts: 13,877 Senior Member
    Hey, you should be happy I found this light. It'll allow me to mount a light to the Colt without using a Dawson rail or some other bolt-on rail.
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  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 25,126 Senior Member
    It looks to me that it just snaps on and the screws just hold the two halves together.

    Should be a snap to put on and off.
  • MyGunCultureMyGunCulture New Member Posts: 2 New Member
    I think he's talking about when you grip the firearm to draw, the pressure switch may be activated. That could be a negative in some situations.

    Gotcha - It will absolutely go on with the pressure switch. With practice, you can turn it on / off on demand but I wouldn't count on that with a draw motion under pressure.
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 25,126 Senior Member
    MyGunCulture:
    Welcome aboard
  • breamfisherbreamfisher Senior Member Posts: 13,877 Senior Member
    Gotcha - It will absolutely go on with the pressure switch. With practice, you can turn it on / off on demand but I wouldn't count on that with a draw motion under pressure.
    Well then, back to square one.

    Thanks for the info, and welcome!
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  • jbp-ohiojbp-ohio Senior Member Posts: 10,663 Senior Member
    By the size I imagine it takes a CR2 battery like my XD40SC light. They are more expensive than even a 123 lithium.
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  • breamfisherbreamfisher Senior Member Posts: 13,877 Senior Member
    They do. But considering the frequency of use and the size savings, I'd be willing to do that.

    But it looks like it may be a non-starter with the switch.
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  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,995 Senior Member
    Geez you guys, use yer noggins...just turn on the lights before you start shootin..............:guns::jester:
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  • LMLarsenLMLarsen Senior Member Posts: 8,337 Senior Member
    A few years back, I had a brief dalliance with an Israeli light mount on my Springfield 1911. It scuffed the finish on the dustcover and left a dimple on the triggerguard. After that, if it has a rail fine, it can take a light; if not, it do not.
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  • shotgunshooter3shotgunshooter3 Senior Member Posts: 5,970 Senior Member
    If I still used a 1911 for HD I would definitely consider that... I'm still considering the Crimson Trace Lightguard for my M&P.
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  • LMLarsenLMLarsen Senior Member Posts: 8,337 Senior Member
    OK, so just for the record: you like the M&P, after several years of me and Eli telling you you'd like the M&P, you *like* the M&P.

    Now if we could just get Zed on board...
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  • EliEli Senior Member Posts: 3,074 Senior Member
    LMLarsen wrote: »

    Now if we could just get Zed on board...

    I think the main reason Zed doesn't like them is the trigger. Smith is supposed to start putting the Shield trigger in the new M&Ps......after that happens, you'll probably have better luck getting one in his hands.
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 27,464 Senior Member
    Maybe.
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