My Remington R1 Executive Ultralight 1911 is about as good as it gets in terms of a compact, lightweight and reliable .45 for concealed carry. Its bobtail frame design increases carry comfort and slightly reduces printing and the tendency to dig into car seats when I carry it in a hip holster.
However, the bobtail frame (which is such a plus) somewhat limits the availability of aftermarket grips. Even though a number of manufacturers make bobtail 1911s, it is still not as popular a frame style as the standard-pattern 1911 frame.
I wanted to add a laser sight to the R1 but was concerned that the limited popularity of the bobtail frame would mean I’d be unable to. Crimson Trace Lasergrips were my first choice. And fortunately, I found the LG-903 Green Master Series Lasergrips were available for 1911 bobtails. I was extremely pleased to find that the particular grip was constructed of Rosewood instead of the plain black. This would really add to the appearance of the R1.
About the Crimson Trace LG-903 Master Series Lasergrips
According to the Crimson Trace website, the Master Series of Lasergrips are “machined to fit seamlessly while bringing both artistry and rugged engineering to John Browning’s classic 1911 design.” I couldn’t agree more!
The foundation of the Master Series of Lasergrips is a compact laser diode set above the right panel. A smaller-than-standard laser-diode housing is used to accommodate 1911s with ambidextrous thumb safeties. The cut-down housing also allows for a better purchase from the weak-hand thumb when one is using the “slingshot” method of charging the pistol.
The activation pad on the Master Series Lasergrips is located on a connector that runs from grip panel to grip panel across the frontstrap of the frame. This eliminates the need for activation pads on both panels to accommodate left-handed shooters. The central pad — like the others found on CTC Lasergrips — is a momentary switching system. This makes it an ideal setup for clearing rooms and buildings.
Crimson Trace LG-903 Green Master Series Rosewood Lasergrips Specifications
Battery Type: 4 Lithium 2016 coin batteries
Battery Life: 2+ hours
Dot Size: 0.5 inches at 50 feet
Slight pressure from the middle finger activates the laser, which is factory-sighted for 50 feet. There is a master on/off switch located on the left panel. Power is delivered via four lithium 2016 coin batteries. Red CTC Lasergrips require only two lithium 2032 coin batteries. This is because a green laser light is more than a red laser with a green filter. It is an entirely different laser that requires more power to generate its light dot. Up until now, green laser sights have been significantly more expensive than red laser sights. However, the LG-903 Master Series Green Lasergrips are on sale from CTC for $309, while the red laser version is on sale for $359.
Aesthetically and Ergonomically Pleasing
The Rosewood Master Series Lasergrips don’t skimp on wood quality or finish. Equal care is given to both the production of the laser and the wood used to support it. The grip panels feature a stylized “MS” inside a carved circle in the middle of both panels. A crescent-shaped checkered area runs from the center of the panels to the forward edge of the grip. The edges of the panels are nicely rounded and, of course, the bottoms of the grips are curved at the corners to accommodate the bobtail frame. The Master Series grips really enhance the feel of the R1 Executive and effectively combine a fine set of custom wood grip panels with the state-of-the-art CTC laser-sighting system.
Installation and Final Thoughts
Installation and setup are easy. It simply requires removal of the existing panels, installation of batteries per instructions and then installation of the Lasergrip panels. I always adjust my handgun laser sights for approximately 20 feet, which is the longest unobstructed distance that I have in my home. The proper Allen wrenches are included for sight adjustment. To adjust for the desired distance, adjust windage and elevation until the laser dot is perched directly atop the front sight while it is aligned with the rear. Then you’re in business.
I have explained in many previous writings the advantages of laser-sighting systems — particularly those from Crimson Trace. Now you can have all the advantages of Lasergrips for your 1911 and a custom wood grip look!
Crimson Trace: CrimsonTrace.com
About Scott W. Wagner
Scott W. Wagner has been a law enforcement officer since 1980, working undercover in liquor and narcotics investigations and as a member, sniper and assistant team leader of a SWAT team. He currently works as a patrol sergeant. He is a police firearms instructor, certified to train revolver, semi-automatic pistol, shotgun, semi- and fully automatic patrol rifle, and submachine gun. Scott also works as a criminal justice professor and police academy commander.