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Laser max guide rod sights- anyone have experience ?

1965Jeff1965Jeff Posts: 1,650 Senior Member
Been considering one of these for my glock 21. Curious if anyone has shot with one and how they hold up over time.thanks

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  • breamfisherbreamfisher Posts: 14,104 Senior Member
    I've talked with folks who had them. You can't really calibrate the sight, and if it's off in its alignment, well, it's off from your sights. Don't really know anything else.
  • KENFU1911KENFU1911 Posts: 1,052 Senior Member
    Avoid.....I tried to align several....and had to rip others out that tied up guns.......unless they have really improved the product......I hate the damn things
  • NCFUBARNCFUBAR Posts: 4,324 Senior Member

    The ones from the late 90s did occasionally split and bind up the guns. To me in any handgun the guide rod needs to be rock solid and I also would steer clear of them.

    Now if you want to install a new guide rod, a tungsten guide rod to me does lessen felt recoil in a G20 so a G21 might like it too.
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  • Gene LGene L Posts: 12,817 Senior Member
    Put me down as a hater as well. First, they're really expensive. Second you have to do something to actuate the laser that doesn't seem natural. Third, it's something electrical you replace the recoil spring with that requires batteries, and Gaston Glock didn't engineer for it. Any thing you add inside a pistol is taking a chance, and here, an expensive chance.

    I've always had a prejudice against lasers on pistols, and especially on smaller self-defense pistols. They're short and intended for five yards or so, for which no one needs a laser. For past that, you're probably out of SD range anyway. Most egregious are those lasers on .380 pistols, IMO. Your max effective range will run out before your laser does.

    I've got a buddy who agrees with me when we say "Take the money and buy practice ammo." Don't rely on a battery.
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  • 1965Jeff1965Jeff Posts: 1,650 Senior Member
    Great info- thanks for all the feedback, it's disappointing that it doesn't function well. The concept seems to have merit, mainly I was thinking in low to no light it would be handy to have on the gun. I will look at night sights instead. Any thoughts on those?

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  • TeachTeach Posts: 18,428 Senior Member
    The one and only laser guide rod I remember working on turned a pretty reliable 9MM into a jam-o-matic. I don't remember the brand of laser, or even the gun it was in, but the problem went away once we reinstalled the original guide rod.
  • bisleybisley Posts: 10,815 Senior Member
    My one experiment with LaserMax was the one that fit on the rail of my G20. I didn't like it at all - wouldn't stay zeroed and turned itself on in the holster sometimes.

    On the other hand, I have used three different grip actuated Crimson Trace Laser Grips that I do like (one revolver, one all steel pistol, and the one that fits on an LCP under the barrel and clamps to the trigger guard) . I just don't like the ones made for polymer guns because they alter the feel of the grip.
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