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Did a search, didn't find anything - does anyone else have issues with the activation button? I wish it were a bit larger in diameter and half again to twice as thick. I sometimes have to reposition my finger to activate.

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Did a search, didn't find anything - does anyone else have issues with the activation button? I wish it were a bit larger in diameter and half again to twice as thick. I sometimes have to reposition my finger to activate.

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Others have mentioned the same problem on this forum as well as the Crimson Trace forum.
 

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You're not alone. This is a common complaint on this forum (to some degree) and other forums (to a greater extent). Some have modified their grip\hand-placement style to that of a small revolver. I tried that with some degree of success but the grip did not feel natural to me so I "engineered" my own solution to what I feel is a bad design.

As you can see, I trimmed a small Pachmayr grip and left a small tab of rubber sticking out over the CT switch. Using my normal grip, the tab acts as an "auxiliary" switch mechanism. It has the effect of an additional layer of fat on the finger that actuates the switch. The Pachmayr keeps my hand in the right place during recoil and combined with the tab... no more lost laser dot!

The only downside to this Rube Goldberg design is the fact that the tab will actuate the switch by itself if the grip is moved upward by recoil or careless "adjusting". After shooting, I'm always careful to check and\or adjust the Pachmayr so the laser is not held on by the tab.





 

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I had somewhat of a problem activating my CT, this is what I did....



I shortened the bottom end of the CT and beveled the edges, in effect making the button higher in profile...



I tried leaving the Houge grip as is but the button would stay on at times so I cut a hole in the grip, seems to work pretty well now....
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Mike- Did you use a Dremel tool? Did you leave the CT on the LCP when you filed it down?

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AdaShooter said:
Mike- Did you use a Dremel tool? Did you leave the CT on the LCP when you filed it down?

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I used a sharp razor knife, just kind of scraped off the sharp edges, then used sandpaper to smooth it up a bit. I did have the CT off the pistol at the time, but I think if you were careful you could do it with the laser in place...
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Or you can do what I did using the small Pachmayr which I find easier to trim than the Hogue Handall Jr and once trimmed less likely to tear.

 

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Or you can do what I did using the small Pachmayr which I find easier to trim than the Hogue Handall Jr and once trimmed less likely to tear.

"Trim-ability" was the reason I chose the Pachmayr as well. The rubber is softer and tends to stretch farther without tearing than Hogue products.
 

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The only downside to the Pachmayr is that it's harder to find but fortunately we sell 'em at the Elsie Pea Store. :) Overall, I do think it's a better bet with the CT. It also has a bit more "cushioning."
 

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Having a hard time getting registered on the Crimson Trace form, haven't received my confirmation email yet. Was gonna ask this ? there but will try it here. Anyway, I am wondering about Ooben's fix to the LG-431...



My buddy got his LG-431 and I like it quite a bit, the only problem is the lip at the base of the acivation button. I see here it was shaved/ground off. My question is if something was to go wrong with the laser, would they still honor the warranty after doing this. It seems CT added the lip after the original laser came out. Anybody from CT here or know the answer. Hate to make this change and then find I wasted a good warranty when something does go wrong with the laser.

BTW Thanks to Ooben for the pic. I stole it from his post... :eek:
 

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Didn't like the feel of the CT's lip on the button area and didn't want to grind it off. Put a Pachmayr on and cut it around the rectangular button. Super glued a bit on the edges near the switch to hold her down. Now the button seems to blend into the grip and works better for me.







BTW, for those that don't have the CT on their LCP, what are you waiting for? ;D

The pictures are before I glued 'er and I also trimmed the square edge near the mag release to match the rounded shape of the release indent on the grip.
 

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Didn't like the feel of the CT's lip on the button area and didn't want to grind it off. Put a Pachmayr on and cut it around the rectangular button. Super glued a bit on the edges near the switch to hold her down. Now the button seems to blend into the grip and works better for me.







BTW, for those that don't have the CT on their LCP, what are you waiting for? ;D

do you have any updated pics? thx.

The pictures are before I glued 'er and I also trimmed the square edge near the mag release to match the rounded shape of the release indent on the grip.
 

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GP, VERY nice job!!

That Superglue could be a mess to get off of though if you ever wanted to remove the grip but it sure looks nice on your gun - very professional! For those who don't want to go the Superglue route, cut the slit for the button narrower than you think is required. If you do it right, it will expand just enough to provide a border without being an obstruction.

 

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Have a picture in this link. Can't see it very well, but I cut and slipped a piece of bicycle inner tube over the whole grip, Pachmayr and all. Made the grip a bit (not much) bigger and now my activation button is quite sensitive but not overly so. Did this with a buddy of mine LCP, he has large hands and a heck of a time activating his laser light, now it comes on easier for him. I have smaller hands and really didn't have a problem but did it anyway since I had the tube and it work so well for him.

http://elsiepeaforum.com/forum/index.php?topic=2191.msg18851#msg18851
 

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That is a good idea, LL. I'm going to try that when I get home tonight!
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NOPE, not my handiwork! Thank Little Liver! I asked to see the updated pictures after the grip was glued.

kraigster414 said:
GP, VERY nice job!!

That Superglue could be a mess to get off of though if you ever wanted to remove the grip but it sure looks nice on your gun - very professional! For those who don't want to go the Superglue route, cut the slit for the button narrower than you think is required. If you do it right, it will expand just enough to provide a border without being an obstruction.

 
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