LaserMax produces two models of J-frame sized laser stocks; the LaserMax H (hammer) model and the LaserMax NH (no-hammer) model. The H model will fit any J-frame revolver with an exposed hammer and the NH model will fit the “hammerless” J-frames such as the Centennial. LaserMax ’s laser emitter is located high up on the elevated plastic panel of the right side stock. This elevated emitter position places the laser’s beam above the revolver’s cylinder and puts it closely inline with the revolver’s bore axis. Positioning the emitter close to the bore axis markedly reduces the sighting parallax between the shooter’s line of sight and the laser’s beam. Each LaserMax laser stock is fitted with a pair of slightly recessed on-off buttons one set on each side of the stocks. The rational for using slightly recessed on-off activation switches is to prevent the laser from accidentally being turned on when the stocks are handled. This design though requires that the laser be deliberately turned on prior to any expected shooting application.
A system that requires the shooter to manually engage an on-off switch prior to a lethal encounter also requires that the shooter have advanced knowledge of an impending attack. Additional trying to quickly locate a small, flat recessed switch with scared, trembling and/or possibly gloved hands is too optimistic to be practical. The sooner these recessed switches are replaced with more practical protruding on/off “dead-man” style switches the better.
The LaserMax laser beam comes factory set for a “pulse” beam but can be reset to “constant” on beam via a small switch located under the stock panel. There is some indication that a pulsing beam is faster for the shooter to place on a moving target. Range tests though indicate that once “on target” many shooters find the pulsing beam to be annoying at best and distracting at worst. The overwhelming majority of the student-shooters I work with prefer the laser’s beam set to “constant on” beam. The windage and elevation for the laser’s beam can be adjusted by inserted a factory supplied Allen wrench in one of the two ports on top of the laser emitter housing. LaserMax thoughtfully provides a storage receptor on the underside of the stock panel. While less than ideal as a self-defense laser I think that as currently designed the Laser Lax laser stocks excel as range instructional tools and a skill building demonstrator.