We’ve had a lot of zombie stuff going on at OpticsPlanet this week, and it’s a lot of fun to mess around with this stuff around Halloween, and many of these products share a green color palate. For whatever reason, green has come to be associated with zombies. Because of this, I worry some people will think green lasers are only for hunting zombies, and this is not the case. Crimson Trace has shown this. You should check out their new green laser sights.
Green lasers have real world tactical advantages over red lasers. Green shows up a lot better to your eye in broad daylight than red. Dependent on the laser, a red dot might not be visible past 20 or 30 yards, and that’s if you’re lucky. In the same conditions a green laser can be visible at 100 yards! The trade off has been that green lasers tend to be larger and not as tough as their red counterparts, and they often eat up batteries a lot quicker. Crimson Trace has been working on this and some of their latest green lasers are virtually identical in terms of size and durability to the same laser in red.
Check out the Crimson Trace Rail Master. That’s the red version, but there’s now a Green Rail Master! The green version may be a bit more expensive, but the battery life is fantastic, and it’s very nearly the same size and weight as the red version. That’s huge! I just got to take a look at the Rail Master, and it’s one of my favorite laser sights. Of course, one of the main selling points is that it’s a universal laser sight, so it’ll fit a ton of different handguns. It mounts really easily, and while I didn’t sight it in (I was in the office, so no real guns during this test) it seems like it’d be a breeze.
The one thing I really liked about the Rail Master is the activation. The button was right where my finger naturally rests, and it was no problem turning it on and off. I practiced my draw with a laser activation, and it was second nature in no time. That’s definitely a big plus when trying out a new laser. And there are buttons on both sides, so it’s ambidextrous. Good news for southpaws!
Activation was the big change between the Rail Master and the other Crimson Trace Green Laser I got to try out: the Green LaserGuard. That laser features Instinctive Activation, which places the button right beneath the trigger guard so that when you grip the pistol as usual it’ll turn on. I wasn’t a big fan at first, but after a few minutes it felt a bit more natural. I think I have a tendency to not hold our blue guns the same way I hold a real firearm, so I wasn’t gripping quite tightly enough at first. It soon felt better, but I still prefer the Rail Master’s activation button. The Laserguard does have a master on/off switch, so if you prefer it off when taking some shots at the range it’s a simple quick button press and you don’t have to worry about accidental activation.
That said, I was impressed by the LaserGuard. The construction was sturdy, and the button was easy to feel when you draw without being intrusive. It looks pretty cool (as you can tell from the photo) and the green laser was super easy to see.
Crimson Trace impressed a lot of people at SHOT Show when they first introduced the Rail Master, so for them to be able to introduce a green variation within the year is pretty darn cool. I was very excited to get my hands on the Crimson Trace Green Rail Master and Green Laserguard. If you want to see these awesome laser sights in action, check out the video at the top of the page!