I know what you are thinking. You are thinking, “this guy is sponsored by a laser company, so of course he is going to say, ‘lasers are awesome’.” Yes, it is true I am on the Crimson Trace Pro Team and you were right, I am going to tell you about how awesome lasers are. However, I am also going to tell you about how I came to discover their awesomeness and how I was also slightly skeptical in the beginning.
In 2013 I was a competitor in the 3Gun Nation Semi Pro points series. I took on the challenge to try and make it to the 3GN Pro Series in 2014. I finished the season pretty solid and was only a few points from winning the Semi Pro race, which earned me an invite to the 2014 Pro Qualifier. In December of 2013 Chuck Anderson, the Crimson Trace Team Captain, called me and discussed the possibility of me shooting on the team in 2014.
Before offering me a spot on the team, Chuck and I discussed my view of weapon mounted lasers. Obviously the company would like to have shooters on the team that support their product, and not someone who is completely against it. Like many good shooters that hadn’t really tested with lasers on their guns, I had always been slightly skeptical of using them. I explained to Chuck that I didn’t really have any experience with lasers, but I was willing to listen and try out some of the product. Chuck explained to me that he was of the same opinion as me, until he mounted one up and tried it. I always assumed lasers were for people who couldn’t aim a gun or hit the broad side of a barn… I was wrong.
Crimson Trace sent me out some lasers to play with and after just one night of shooting, I was sold. I had never shot so fast or accurate in my life. For comparison, I set up 10 mini pepper poppers and ran them from about 12 yards with a light on my pistol. After that, I ran them with a laser on my pistol. I did the same standing still, moving sideways, advancing and every thing else you could think to do. The laser was hands down faster and more accurate every time. I found that if I practiced good shooting fundamentals, and added a laser to the equation, things got crazy in a hurry…and when I say crazy, I mean a good crazy; Crazy Fast.
I joined the team and have been shooting Crimson Trace lights and lasers on everything I own, every chance I get. In 2014 I took 2nd place to Kalani Laker in the Walking Dead Multigun (Night Match), by only a couple of seconds. As a side note, I am fairly certain there wasn’t anyone who finished in the top 5 of that match, who wasn’t using a laser on at least one gun.
You may ask, “What guns are good to use with lasers?” The answer: All of them. I like to zero my laser on my rifle at 20 yards, my pistol at 10 and my shotgun at 40 with slugs. My laser of choice? The Crimson Trace RailMaster Pro (light/laser combo), in green. If you are ever going to shoot a night match that allows lasers, I can almost guarantee you won’t be competitive without one. Plus, I feel like guns with lasers is one step closer to sharks with lasers.