Crimson Trace Laser a necessity?
I know there are pros and cons for lasers on your handgun for self defense or home defense. I would like to share why I opted to have a Crimson Trace laser grip on my wife's 642 Smith and Wesson.
I normally consider myself a good shot with my 1911 which I carry. I practice about 200 to 300 rds per month. I can hit a paper plate 4 out of 7 times at 100 yds and 7 out of 7 at 50 yds.
Anyway, a few months ago I had abdominal surgery in which I developed some complications. My incision got infected and my wound would not heal. My wife had to nurse me to health by stuffing my wound with dressing twice a day. My incision was big enough where she could place both her hands to her wrist side by side inside of me. This went on for 5 months.
For the first time I felt helpless and vulnerable and it is a feeling I do not enjoy as I am a retired Army veteran. I realized that should someone come in to my home that it would be next to impossible for me to react fast enough to grab my 1911 and successfully stop the intruder or intruders with great accuracy. The pain was just intolerable in certain positions, which would make it difficult to aim properly. My solution was my wife's 38 with crimson trace grips.
I practiced daily, dry firing with both hands and successfully shooting every thing in the bedroom. The laser grips gave me back my confidence and let me feel that I was back in control. I could engage the intruders with very minimal movement on my part at the 38 was within arms reach with my 1911 as back up.
In summary there is use for laser grips on a pistol, because there will come a time that through no fault of our own when we will not be at our optimal peak physical condition, due to illness, injury, or plain old age.