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Old February 24th, 2012, 09:37 AM   #1
 
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Ruger SR22 Pistol Lasermax or Crimson

I cant decide between the laser max universal and the crimson trace railmaster which is just a little bit more.

From what Ive gleaned from the interwebs the lasermax has a more focused laser but the Crimson trace has a perfectly placed on/off switch that you can touch with your fingertip before covering the trigger during draw.

To me the Crimson looks like more fun because you can turn it on and off like that on the end of the trigger guard but I think I want the better of the two lasers whichever that is. Any opinions on the two?

What about green lasers? Any opinions there? I do shoot both inside and outside although most of my outdoor time seems to be taken by rifle shooting. Although some dueling tree fun with my dad is common.

I was hoping for a fitted laser like the one Crimson Trace has for the SR9 with the button on the grip. I wonder if that is coming for the SR22?

Anyhow, glad to be a member of the forum. Just got my first Ruger. Been spending most of my time over at Team Smith & Wesson/ Walther. Glad to be here though, my Ruger has been kicking the butt of my Walther.



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Old February 24th, 2012, 10:18 AM   #2
 
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I have a crimson trace on my LCP and its perfect for that! For the sr22 I would go with the Laser max probably. Ive seen some youtube videos comparing the two and like you said the laser max looks like a tighter beam for farther distances. If you wanted to save some money you could research some of the "cheaper" lasers on ebay. I wouldn't trust them staying accurate on a bigger caliber with a lot of recoil but for a 22 they might hold up?? If they did turn out to suck then you wouldn't be out of a lot of money.
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Thanks for the reply. I think I am going with the Lasermax but this one youtube video with the crimson trace on the SR22 it looks like a perfect match. The Lasermax uni-max micro looks almost too small and not as easily turned on and off. Im still not sure if the Lasermax Uni-max full size will fit. Gotta go home and measure I guess.

This is the video that makes me want the Crimson Trace. I like the way it fits on the gun and its on/off switch seems perfectly placed.
Crimson Trace "Rail Master" Universal Laser Sight for Rail-Equipped Firearms
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I just took my Lasermax Uni-Max Micro to the range this very day on my SR22P. Shot 240 rounds using the laser. I can truly say that I was 100% satisfied with both the pistol and the laser, and together they are all that you could ask for.

The laser stayed zeroed all through the 240 rounds and shows no signs of coming loose.

You can activate the Lasermax with your index finger when drawing too. Either hand (ambidextrous control.) I don't know if it is more or less ergonomic than the Crimson, which I have not used. But I am not a big guy and I can instinctively activate the lasermax with my right index finger.

One neat thing about the Uni-Max Micro is that you can easily toggle it between pulsed and steady-state beam. That is a neat feature. I usually like shooting with pulsed; plus the pulsed cuts power usage by 50%. I do like the beam on the Uni-Max micro either pulsed or steady.

FYI, you do not want the Uni-Max full sized on the SR22. It will hang on the rail, but it is really too big IMO. I tried it.

Really like the Uni-Max Micro. My guess is that the CT is very good too.

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I just took my Lasermax Uni-Max Micro to the range this very day on my SR22P. Shot 240 rounds using the laser. I can truly say that I was 100% satisfied with both the pistol and the laser, and together they are all that you could ask for.

The laser stayed zeroed all through the 240 rounds and shows no signs of coming loose.

You can activate the Lasermax with your index finger when drawing too. Either hand (ambidextrous control.) I don't know if it is more or less ergonomic than the Crimson, which I have not used. But I am not a big guy and I can instinctively activate the lasermax with my right index finger.

One neat thing about the Uni-Max Micro is that you can easily toggle it between pulsed and steady-state beam. That is a neat feature. I usually like shooting with pulsed; plus the pulsed cuts power usage by 50%. I do like the beam on the Uni-Max micro either pulsed or steady.

FYI, you do not want the Uni-Max full sized on the SR22. It will hang on the rail, but it is really too big IMO. I tried it.

Really like the Uni-Max Micro. My guess is that the CT is very good too.
Thank you sir, you really gave me all the info I was hoping for. From pics it was hard to tell how far the on off switch was and if it could be activated easily. I wasnt sure where the switch was even. I just didnt want to have to reach with my off hand to turn on or off. Plus I was really wondering about the unimax full size. Good to know that option is out without having to buy it and hope.

Im truly still on the fence between the two. I for whatever reason have a problem with looks over function. I know everyone says function is there top priority but honestly to me looks matter also. I love looking at guns, I think they are sexy in a manly way lol. So I think the Crimson looks slightly better in that it fills the rail space perfectly and the Lasermax is really small. Im starting to think that it wont matter and either choice will be fine. Sounds like the lasermax might be a better laser though. Anyhow, thanks so much for taking your time to respond. Im gonna buy one or the other today
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Im gonna buy one or the other today
Let is know which way you go. Either one is going to be fine, no doubt of that. Please post pictures and a range report, especially if you end up with the Crimson Trace.

My review on Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/review/R2DTCA5...tag=&linkCode=

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I am scheduled to get the Crimson Trace at my house 03/02/12, so thats tomorrow. Ill take a pic of it installed and will shoot most likely this weekend or Wednesday next week since that is the day I get time after work.

My finger just barely reaches past the trigger guard, so I thought the on off switch is more accessible on the crimson for me. Very small hands here.

Cant wait to test er out. Its a just for fun thing for me. I dont have any real purpose in putting the laser on my plinker other than for fun. Im hoping my wife will like it also since she seems to have trouble looking straight down the sights. Maybe this will make it more fun for her. She has only gone shooting with me once so far.

EDIT: Nice job on the review btw. Thanks for posting that. I always read amazon reviews. You can tell the ones from people like yourself compared to someone who really doesnt know the product as well. Im personally intimidated from typing reviews.

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Well, I got my Crimson Trace today and installed it and snapped a quick pic as promised.


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Looks fantastic. I have no doubt that you will be as satisfied with the CT as I am with the LaserMax. Out of curiosity, does the CT have a pulse option?

Be sure and give us a range report!
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No pulse mode. How does the pulse mode work exactly? Not sure I fully understand. Does it just flash on and off at a set duration?
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Does the CT need to be boar sighted or do you just mount it and your good to go?
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Should be good to go right out of the box but if not you can adjust it for elevation and windage with the supplied allen wrench.
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If anyone is interested, Natchez Shooters Supplies Spring 2012 catalog has the Lasermax Uni-Max-Micro for $99.95.
It says the prices sre good till 3/31/2012
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No pulse mode. How does the pulse mode work exactly? Not sure I fully understand. Does it just flash on and off at a set duration?
On pulse mode a Lasermax laser pulses at a 50% duty cycle at about 11 cycles per second (Hertz=cycles per second). This doubles battery life (halving battery drain) and also attracts the eye to the dot since the eye is attracted to motion.
So to answer your queston, yes, it flashes on and off 11 Hertz. On the Lasermax you can toggle between a steady beam and pulse mode.
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I have a crimson trace on my LCP and its perfect for that! For the sr22 I would go with the Laser max probably. Ive seen some youtube videos comparing the two and like you said the laser max looks like a tighter beam for farther distances. If you wanted to save some money you could research some of the "cheaper" lasers on ebay. I wouldn't trust them staying accurate on a bigger caliber with a lot of recoil but for a 22 they might hold up?? If they did turn out to suck then you wouldn't be out of a lot of money.
Does anyone have some name brands of the "cheaper" lasers that would mount onto a SR22 like the CT and LM lasers? I just bought a CT grip laser for my carry gun but want to put something on my SR22 for plinking and don't want to spend a fortune (the wife will have my butt!). Looking for some names of other lasers to research and spend about half as much as the CT or LM. Thanks for any input!
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