a Laser to a Taurusģ 24/7
by Roy Seifert
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purchased a Taurusģ 24/7 compact in .45 ACP.
I wanted to add a laser to this pistol to help me
acquire a target in low-light conditions or in situations
where I canít get a good sight picture.
Also, I am now finding it difficult to focus on the
front sight with my tri-focal glasses!
currently a number of methods for mounting a laser to a
pistol. All are
equally effective in helping to guide a shot to the target,
but not every method is suitable for every gun; especially
mount - This gun does not have removable grips so a
grip-mounted laser would not work.
rod mount Ė This pistol uses a two-piece telescoping
guide rod which does not allow for a laser, nor does
anyone make one for this pistol.
mount - LaserLyteģ
manufactures a laser that replaces the rear sight so you
can use both the standard notch and post sighting as well
as the laser. Unfortunately,
they donít have a rear sight to fit this gun.
mount - The accessory rail for this compact gun is very
short so a standard rail-mounted laser would protrude too
far in front of the muzzle.
Also, I have found that most rail-mounted lasers
wonít lock into the notch on this short rail because the
lock is too far in front of the mount.
guard mount Ė Iíve never really liked this method of
laser sticks out too far in front of the muzzle and there
is nothing to support the laser vertically.
It just seems to me that it could be too easily
jarred out of position.
rail mount and round laser Ė Way too bulky and again,
canít be firmly attached to the rail and protrudes too
far forward of the muzzle and too far below the trigger
So, was my
search for the perfect laser for this pistol to be in vain?
Well, after doing a lot of research on the Internet, I
found the ArmaLaser
RSS built especially for this pistol.
Itís a bit more expensive than other rail-mounted
lasers, but only about half the price of a grip laser.
It is one of the smallest rail-mounted lasers I have
mounted, it is flush with the front of the gun and protrudes
below the front of the frame less than half of the length of
the trigger guard. This
has to be the perfect laser for this gun.
not really much gunsmithing involved here.
The ArmaLaser was packed in a foam-lined, cardboard
the earlier models came in a hard plastic case, but consumers
suggested that the ArmaLaser folks use a cheaper box and save
us a few bucks. Included
in the box were:
type 386 batteries
long trigger guard stabilization set screws; short set
screws were already installed
battery covers, one for steady beam, and one for pulsed
the instructions that came with the unit, I installed the four
type 386 batteries. These
batteries are common and are available pretty much anywhere.
In order to get the batteries installed I first had to
remove the barrel nut and screw.
This was not in the instructions.
The batteries all went in the same direction; positive
installed one of the two battery cover plates.
I prefer a pulsed beam so I installed the plate with
the P on it. I
would have preferred having an external switch to be able to
switch between a pulsed and steady beam, but thereís just
not enough room on this small laser for extra switches.
I slid the
unit over the rail and installed the barrel nut.
The unit fit on the rail tightly and I snugged the
barrel nut according to the instructions.
With the pistol unloaded and the laser turned on I adjusted
the windage and elevation set screws using one of the included
hex keys so the laser dot was on top of my front sight at 13
feet. It was nice
of the ArmaLaser folks to include two of these small hex keys
in case I lost one. The
set screws were stiff, which I believe helps keep the laser
was more than enough adjustment for both windage and
elevation; in fact each required less than 1/4 turn for my
Wow, this unit is really tiny and weighs practically nothing!
It is the same width as the slide, and is flush with
the end of the muzzle so nothing protrudes.
There are no sharp edges or corners, and it doesnít
get in the way of my trigger finger.
To activate the laser all I have to do is touch the
metal end with my straightened trigger finger.
This laser is bright enough that I can even see it in
there are a couple of things I donít like about this unit.
First of all, as mentioned before, to activate the
laser all I do is touch the metal coated end near the trigger
if I touch it again it turns off.
Iím going to have to train myself to keep my trigger
finger high along the frame to keep from deactivating the
interesting that the gun comes with an indentation on the side
of the frame specifically for the trigger finger.
thing I donít like is the fact that I canít completely
turn off the power when I store the gun in my gun safe.
The power is always on waiting for me to touch the
sensor. I can see
Iím going to have to keep some spare batteries on hand.
I thought about placing a piece of paper between the
battery cover and the batteries so there is no current flow,
but that required that I remove the unit from the gun, and I
found that every time I did that I would have to readjust it.
other than these issues, the ArmaLaser was a worthwhile
purchase and enhances the tactical use of this pistol.
Itís just going to take some practice to get used to
The biggest problem with the RSS was the fact that
it couldnít be shut off.
Although the laser was not illuminated, the logic was
always on waiting for me to touch the sensor, which used
battery power. I
donít always carry this pistol, but when I wanted to carry
it, the batteries in the laser were always dead.
I had to keep fresh batteries in it just to store it!
has an exchange program in place of which I decide to take
to ArmaLaser! A
couple of emails later I returned my model RSS with $35.00 and
requested a model Stingray
SR2-635 has a tactile switch that completely removes power
from the laser. It
can be activated by either hand and should allow the batteries
to last longer. It
took one month for the replacement laser to be delivered, but
the Stingray SR2-635 was in very high demand.
included an instruction manual, warranty card, and tool kit.
The tool kit included a small screwdriver for replacing
batteries, hex wrenches for adjusting windage and elevation,
spare mounting screws, cleaning swabs and cloth.
It also included a sticker.
the instructions I installed the laser.
Again, it was a simple matter of removing the screws,
installing the laser on the pistol, and tightening the screws.
I put a little blue thread-locker on the nuts to
prevent them from loosening up under fire.
As you can see from the above photo the laser is very
compact and fits the pistol perfectly.
Using one of the included hex wrenches it took me
about one minute to adjust the laser.
designed a concealed carry holster for this pistol (refer to
my article Making
a Custom Leather Holster for a Taurusģ 24/7).
gun with the new laser fit perfectly into the holster.
Some reviewers on the Internet stated that the switch
would hang up on the edge of a holster, but I didnít have
that problem. So
again, my CCW pistol is now armed with a laser that hopefully
will last much longer without having to change out the
batteries so often.
I want to
state again how pleased I am with ArmaLaser products and
especially with their exchange program.
One product did not fit my needs, but for a few dollars
I was able to exchange it for a product more suitable for me.
Thank you ArmaLaser.