One of the neat things at SHOT Show last month was the news that Crimson Trace will be coming out with a new line of entry-level laser grips in their Defender Series. At Media Day at the Range, they had the J-frame model available:
They're debuting this line later this year, and the MSRP is half of their traditional grip lasers ($149 for the Defender vs. $299 for the Lasergrip). It's not the instant-on of the Lasergrip, but it is Crimson Trace quality and reliability at a significantly lower entry point.They're also debuting a significant number of their new green lasers, for the 1911 (WANT), J-frame, and Glock among others.
I had limited opportunity to try the new Defender series at Range Day (they were running out of .38 Special ammo by the time we got to the Crimson Trace booth), so it was limited to dry-firing. The activation isn't as automatic as the Lasergrip, that's a given, but it's still simple to activate the laser with a two-handed grip (or by a slight modification of the grip if shooting left-handed). The Defender line of grips will allow folks to experience the benefits of adding Crimson Trace laser to a defensive handgun at a lower entry point.
Looking forward to seeing this line hitting the shelves - anything that gets good defensive products into the hands of the good guys is a win in my book!
That is all.