Lasermax - M&P Guide Rod Laser???

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Old February 9th, 2011, 03:59 PM   #1
 
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I am looking at maybe purchasing a Lasermax guide rod laser. Open to thoughts and/or experience's. Any insight would help.



Thanks in advance.
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Old February 10th, 2011, 03:24 AM   #2
 
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I am looking at maybe purchasing a Lasermax guide rod laser. Open to thoughts and/or experience's. Any insight would help.



Thanks in advance.


I haven't tried one for the M&P, but I do have one in a 5903 and like it a lot. Had a little trouble installing it (couldn't get the switch to work properly), but called Lasermax and they talked me through it in a few minutes; very helpful company.
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Old February 10th, 2011, 05:42 AM   #3
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WoodLark,

I've never had one of the guide rod lasers. I've been told that they get very dirty very quickly. Any truth to to that? The idea has always intrigued me. How do they stand up to the punishment that must be dealt out to the guide rod? Do they stay zeroed?



I just picked up a set of the LaserLyte rear sights for my 40c(my first foray into lasers), installed but not tested yet.
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Old February 10th, 2011, 06:08 AM   #4
 
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I've got one in my .40 full size. I love LaserMax products, and have used them for years on numerous different handguns.



To activate it on the M&P, the takedown lever is replaced with their unit that has another mini-lever on it. To activate, you have to flip this mini-lever down. The LaserMax may not be as instictive as the Crimson Trace products where you just have to grip the gun, but on the flip side, there may be instances where you don't want your laser on anyway. The thing I really like about the LaserMax laser is that it pulsates, which makes it much easier for the human eye to pick up, and is also said to help the batteries last longer. Also, being located directly underneath the barrel means that it will be much more in line with the entire bullet POA/POI. As you may have figured out, I'm a fan.



The one problem I did encounter with the unit is that the mini-lever activation switch does add width to the gun, and this makes it difficult to fit in holsters. Kydex holsters are the worst, because of their more rigid construction. I actually had to use a small rasp to make just a bit more room inside my Blackhawk SERPA Level 3 in order to get the M&P to fit in it after I'd installed the LaserMax. Just something to keep in mind.





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Old February 10th, 2011, 06:52 AM   #5
 
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The one problem I did encounter with the unit is that the mini-lever activation switch does add width to the gun, and this makes it difficult to fit in holsters. Kydex holsters are the worst, because of their more rigid construction. I actually had to use a small rasp to make just a bit more room inside my Blackhawk SERPA Level 3 in order to get the M&P to fit in it after I'd installed the LaserMax. Just something to keep in mind.





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That was one of my concerns w/ the extra width. Is it worth the price tag on the Lasermax? I got recently saw a rail mount laser that has the depth of a half an inch, or so. That wouldn't be too bad, price tag was about $200 cheaper, but I still have to get different holsters. GEMINI - If you could go back and do it over, would you still have purchased the Lasermax?
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Old February 10th, 2011, 06:48 PM   #6
 
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I would have waited. ----- I purchased one of the very first M&P guide rods, and had to send it back once as part of a recall they issued for the first batch. I am trying to teach myself to NEVER EVER AGAIN buy early, first production runs of anything. I've done this with a couple cars as well, and each & everytime I do it, there is some type of issue that pops up. "Let the other guy buy the first ones, and learn patience."



With that being said, now that the M&P units have been out for a while, I wouldn't hesitate to buy one now. Granted, the M&P design of their activation switch isn't anywhere near as nice as the GLOCK guide rods, but it isn't too hateful. LIke I said, a little rasp filing on kydex took care of that problem, so I'm happy with it.





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WoodLark,

I've never had one of the guide rod lasers. I've been told that they get very dirty very quickly. Any truth to to that? The idea has always intrigued me. How do they stand up to the punishment that must be dealt out to the guide rod? Do they stay zeroed?



I just picked up a set of the LaserLyte rear sights for my 40c(my first foray into lasers), installed but not tested yet.


If you shoot a lot of rounds, especially "dirty" ammo, it could become a problem. To my way of thinking a laser sight is not for target shooting; it is for close-up self defense shooting where the issue is going to be decided in too few shots to worry about whether or not the laser gets dirty.
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Check out the difference...



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That was one of my concerns w/ the extra width. Is it worth the price tag on the Lasermax? I got recently saw a rail mount laser that has the depth of a half an inch, or so. That wouldn't be too bad, price tag was about $200 cheaper, but I still have to get different holsters. GEMINI - If you could go back and do it over, would you still have purchased the Lasermax?


YGPM........
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I hate to bring an old thread back up, however in all these post there is not one in relationship to the reliability of the pistol. I like the idea of the laser's location an would like the piece of mind of being informed on the reliability such as, is there a specific ammunition the lasermax requires? What is the service life of the spring on the guide rod? Can the spring be changed?
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Old February 13th, 2014, 07:35 PM   #11
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Unfortunately LaserMax no longer seems to be making a guide rod laser for the M&P line.

Evidently one of the changes made on recent versions of the M&P, probably the newer barrels which have a different profile, won't let the laser fit.

Too bad, because I'd rather have the laser as close to in-line with the barrel as possible, not mounted on the rail, and the Crimson Trace grip mounted version makes the grip too big for my hand to hold comfortably.



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The guide rod laser can be found on fleabay. The spring should be changed every 5,000 cycles (rounds). The manual for guide rod laser does not include the info on how to change the captured spring, so who knows if it can be changed.
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Old February 16th, 2014, 09:09 AM   #13
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Thanks guys, for the replies I believe since my laser itch isn't going away. I'm going to go with a crimson trace. My apologies again for bringing up such an old thread.

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