Approximately 1 year ago I posted a review of the LaserLyte CK-AMF side mount laser system for the Ruger LCP/KelTec P3AT (they’re the same gun after all remember? ). Since I didn’t have an LCP I had to get on my knees and beg my sister to let me use hers. It was of course in her best interest as she would receive a free laser for the ubiquitous LCP in her possession. ANYWAY last week she tells me that the whole unit is coming loose and it’s rattling something fierce.
Bear in mind that my sister does not have her concealed carry permit (yet), but with a limited amount of shooting and some jostling around the set screw/pin combo managed to get pretty loose. Early on this happening wasn’t a concern at all. The screws that hold the laser in place by mounting to the female threaded set-pins had some of that blue dry thread locker that a lot of products come with. Bearing that in mind, I didn’t see the need to add any Loctite (I use the blue. Clear is for sissies and the Red is for psychos) to the screws. I’ve since backed the screws all the way out, cleaned them with a bronze brush, reapplied my own blue thread locker then cinched them back down in hopes it won’t happen again.
Personal opinions about lasers aside, I’d hate for someone to be relying on this setup only to find that the screws have come loose and their sighting system has failed. Or WORSE, that the screws have backed out, followed by the threaded pins and the first shot results in the entire pistol coming apart. First impression says it’s not a big deal, but when taking the integrity of the pistol into consideration because of how the sight is mounted this could potentially be hazardous.
Go ahead and add your own thread locker for good measure when installing it the first time. And if you’re really feeling adventurous use the red (or cold dead fingers) kind. Based upon these findings, I would recommend checking the screws after shooting or every few weeks while carrying (close inspection of your carry rig should be a routine habit to begin with) just to be sure everything is nice and tight. Even better and to prevent this problem from happening at all, learn to shoot without a laser.
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