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LaserLyte installation on Taurus 66 revolver.

September 24, 2012

Well, it seems the laser sight market is at last taking note of Taurus brand revolvers. {An important note here on Wiki’s page about revolvers. They show an INCORRECT grip in the first picture to the right at the top of the page. You can plainly see the blast venting between the cylinder and barrel about to blow the dude’s thumbnail off! Inspect closely! If you thumb comes anywhere NEAR the front of the cylinder, ALTER YOUR GRIP. This particular grip is fine for pistols, not revolvers. Curl your thumb down or grasp your entire right hand with your left as when shooting stubby guns.} There may have been one or two ‘grip style’ lasers on the market, but generally the price tag is a little steep for us low budget folks.

So, I was surprised to see this little gem. For less than $100, shipping included, you can strap a laser onto your favorite Taurus revolver or Smith & Wesson J-frame. Since I have both, I opted to slap it on my Taurus 66 B6, .357 magnum with 6” barrel. I figure the longer barrel with its greater potential of accuracy will be the best use of this accessory.

It’s for use on shootin’ irons with factory rubber grips or perhaps custom rubber grips with minor modification of the grips, fitting underneath the top of the grips. Wood or other custom grips would probably work, but require some tiny machining of the back side to accommodate the laser mounting plate. No need for a gunsmith if you can work with tools and trust yourself with taking off the grips of your weapon. If you prefer to have a gunsmith do the job, it would only take them about 10 minutes, and perhaps you could get them to ‘bore sight’ the new laser to your weapon. The laser sight screws  into the right side of the frame using the supplied custom mounting plates for various models. Batteries are pre-installed and the unit comes with a spare set of batteries. The dual mode, from steady light to pulsing light, is selected by holding down the ‘on’ switch for about 5 seconds.  The win dage and elevation of the sight are adjusted with tiny allen wrenches. The sole disadvantage of this sight over the ‘grip style’ fancier and more expensive unit is the need to thumb the switch to turn on the sight vs just squeezing the grip contact switch, so it might be a bit slower to bring into action than the fancier units. However, practice with either variety is the key to effective use.

Let’s get into it.

For starters, DON’T cut the package open just whacking across the ‘card’ inside the pegboard hanging type package with your favorite big scissors. The card is your INSTRUCTIONS! They will come in handy for mounting the sight.

The kit comes with all you’ll need for the job. Specialty screws, 4 custom mounting plates, batteries installed in the unit and 4 replacement batteries and the allen wrenches you’ll need for the complete job.

Starting out with your typical Taurus rubber grip revolver (or Smith & Wesson J frame), you remove them with the single screw on the right side.

The two screws marked here are to be removed, the sight mounting in this spot.

I was lucky in that the plate installed on the sight at the factory fitted my revolver. The instructions give you details on which of the 4 plates with the kit are for your specific weapon, along with the precise screws required.

Which are installed with the provided allen wrench.

Put the grips back on now. If you have custom rubber grips or fancy wood type grips, there may be a little bit of trimming on the backside to accommodate the plate.

Now you’re all set.

Getting the laser to beginning alignment with your iron sights will the the last step before going on to the range to really zero it in. Pick a nice light colored blank wall about 25′ away, turn on the laser and ‘aim’ the weapon. You’ll instantly see the laser dot probably way high and too far left. The instructions tell you how to compensate using the very tiny wrenches. Maybe I’m just old and confused, but it seemed to me that the elevation instruction was ‘backwards’ to the desired movement of the laser dot. But after finally just propping up the gun and turning the adjustment screws back and forth while I watched where the dot was moving. That worked fine, had the dot right on top of and centered on the front sight picture on the wall 25′ away. That should be pretty close to ‘on the paper’ when at the range for final zeroing.

A bad guy’s view of the situation!

A pleasant surprise, the holster doesn’t have to change, at least for me.

With this rig, I can start loaded and speed reload twice and almost another 3 times out of the belt. 7 shot revolver! More than 35 shots.

Definitely, a survival gun of choice, for me and other ‘old school’ revolver people. You’re a 9mm Glock fan? Well good for you. Everybody’s got their favorite. Got more’n one 9mm myself. But with 3 times the barrel length pushing the feet per second speed and the capability of firing 180 grain hollow points with the accuracy I’m hoping this gadget provides, this has you on everything except sheer ammo count. Your mileage may vary.


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