Accessories - Gun/Rifle
- Published on Sunday, 11 March 2012 01:43
- Written by Christine
Arma Laser Tactical Laser Systems
Model Kel-Tec P32/P3AT
Also available for Kel-Tec PF-9, Kel-Tec P11, Kahr, most Glocks, springfield XD and Taurus Millennium
The following review is the opinion of one person, me, and what I found by actually using the product over a period of time.
I picked up the Arma Laser tactical laser for my Kel-tec P32 at a gun show recently. I had been looking for one for a while and had seen advertisements for the Arma Laser in several gun magazines. I noticed this particular laser on a table with several other lasers but this one had the price just in my price range - right between cheap and not too expensive.
The list price for the Arma Laser for my Kel-Tec is between $119.00 - $159.00. At the gun show it was being offered new in the box for 80.00. That price made it impossible not to purchase. If it turned out not to be what I was looking for then I hadn't spend a huge amount on it.
I want to say up front that I recommend becoming a competent shooter without a laser and never being dependent upon a laser. Why? Because technology fails, batteries die and people freeze. Put any two of those together and you spell disaster.
Okay let's get down to the good and bad of the Arma Laser -
The price is awesome. Compared to the pricing of the Crimson Trace the price on this laser is great. It doesn't have the name recognition of the Crimson Trace but in a side by side comparison I much preferred the Arma Laser.
It's bright - That's the best way to put it. The Arma laser dot that is projected from the laser is awesomely bright. Even in daylight you can easily spot the laser. Now I will say that I was roughly 9:00 a.m. when I tested the laser that day. Also the day I was testing I was at a range that is partially outdoor but you are shooting into the side of a large hill (Just Glocks range in Copperas Cove TX).
The size of the laser dot - you know what I am talking about. The dot that when on a person brings fear....... Again when compared to the Crimson Trace the dot had a larger diameter. The diameter of the laser dot can be very important especially in a high stress situation where you are nervous and don't need to be distracted by looking for where your laser beam is.
I mentioned several times that I compared the Arma Laser side-by-side with the Crimson Trace. A friend of mine was kind enough to come to the range with her Smith and Wesson Body Guard that came with the Crimson Trace laser already on it.
The Arma Laser had several advantages over the crimson trace. As I noted already the Arma Laser is brighter, has a bigger diameter laser dot and the Arma Laser is touch sensitive. You do not have to push an on or off button, like the crimson trace. All you have to do is put your finger in the trigger guard and the laser comes on. The laser will remain on for 24 seconds if you keep your finger within the trigger guard or 14 seconds if you put your finger in the trigger guard and then remove it.
Saves on batteries - Because the Arma Laser is touch sensitive your laser batteries will not die from being left on accidentally or being left on continuously while at the range when not needed.
Easy to align with your sights. When you install the Arma Laser it is be relatively closely aligned to where you look through your sights. It may need some slight adjustment and that is easily accomplished with a simple turn of a screw and they even include the screwdriver.
Easy to install - For an after market laser it is amazingly easy to install the Arma Laser. The instructions are simple and easy to follow as well as well written with diagrams to assist with each step.
Excellent customer service - Since I purchased the Arma Laser at a gun show I was afraid when I found it was missing a bracket in the package that I would be out of luck. I figure I would give the company a try just to see if I could possible purchase the bracket that was missing. I emailed Arma Laser and explained the situation to them and they relpied within a day to say that the bracket would be mailed immediately at no charge to me. Less than a week later the missing bracket along with an extra and extra screws arrived at my door. The service was amazing. I installed the missing bracket and aligned the laser. It was that easy.
The Bad -
Well try as I might. At this time, I was unable to find anything bad about this laser. I have only used it at the range 3 times today and several times when practicing drawing at home and I have yet to have a failure of it to come on or turn off after the 12 or 24 second where it should .
I am very pleased with the Arma Laser to this point.