There has been a truly exciting
innovation about which I have
recently been made re-aware.
At SHOT Show 2007 I had a lot of
things on my mind. When the folks at
North American Arms showed me a
set of Crimson Trace Laser Grips
built for the larger of their two pocket
pistols-the Guardian in .380 ACP or
.32 NAA-I was impressed; however,
so many things happened just before
and right after the SHOT Show that I
had forgotten about this new product.
My old friend Sandy Chisholm, one
of the nicest guys in the world, is the
man behind NAA. Sandy telephoned
me to chat and mentioned that the
production version of those Crimson
Trace Grips had just started to arrive.
Normally, they are being shipped on
the larger NAA Guardians or are
available from Crimson Trace as
grips alone. I got another one of the
nicest guys in the world, Ken Friel,
NAA's General Manager, to get me
out a set to try on my Guardian .380.
What follows is not a shooting
test but an analysis of why this
combination could become one of the
most important personal
defense/police backup units ever
devised. And, yes, I really mean that.
The concept is that important.
Up until now, although some
laser-related attempts have been
made concerning the equipping of
pocket-size semi-automatics, nothing
has achieved the sublime simplicity
and utter reliability of the Crimson
Trace concept. The .380 ACP
cartridge has always been considered
a compromise in the quest for the
most powerful cartridge in the ultra
smallest package. Back in the 1970s,
pistoleros really in the know had
pre-GCA '68 Walther PPKs in .380
ACP slicked up to handle Super-Vel
Hollow Points, then sent the guns off
for refinishing in everything from the
truly superb Metalife SS Chromium
M finish to the ever-mysterious
"black chrome," which wasn't really
chrome, as far as I could determine.
The purpose of this exercise was to
have an automatic pistol that
combined the best qualities of small
size and effective caliber in as
durable as possible a package.
Let's get some perspective. For