My first concealed carry gun was a Smith & Wesson Model 640-1. That little 5-shot J-Frame in .357 Mag. was a dream to carry and really, really accurate, but it was a bitch to shoot. Let’s face it, snub-nose .357s kick hard and they’re tough to aim because of the short sight radius.
When Crimson Trace came along a few years later with a laser grip for the snubbie, any problems I had shooting it were instantly solved. It was softer than the factory grip, and I positively loved that I could put my shots on the laser’s dot, and turn the laser on just by squeezing the grip a little tighter. Plus, I still had the iron sights available.
At SHOT this year Crimson Trace showed its latest grip for J-Frames–the new ShockStop System. Like the early model laser grip I had, it incorporates a fully adjustable laser, but the grip is now made from a soft, anti-vibration material with a heel pocket to help further reduce felt recoil. If you have a snappy snubbie or just have a hard time aligning the sights, this is THE product to invest in.
“Shooting Guns & Having Fun”
In 2008, Mayer returned to the editorial side of publishing, this time in the digital field, as Editorial Director for Guns & Ammo, Shooting Times, Handguns and Rifleshooter online magazines. After a brief stint in 2011 as the Digital Media Director for an ABC TV affiliate, Mayer returned to the outdoors industry and Safari Club International where he is currently Assistant Publisher and Multi-Media Communications Editor.