On the home front, the 438 is a mighty nice little gun. I was going to put Crimson Laser sights on, then not, and then now that I’ve shot a few hundred rounds thru it, I think I will. Even at close range, it makes sense since the way I see it there won’t be a lot of time to “find” the sights in that situation. Would you tell me:
1) Do they make a CTC laser grip for the 438? I find two that fit J frames – but cannot tell which would work.
2) Does the grip on the [frame] lengthen the surface enough for the pinky to get a hold? That’s my only gripe with the gun.
Thank you for the great questions.
Crimson trace has currently three laser stocks that will fit your Smith and Wesson 438: The LG-405, the LG-305, and the LG-105. They discontinued a fourth, the LG-205 but if you were interested in it you should be ably to find one in the internet with little difficulty.
Here is a very short overview on the four styles:
The LG-205 (see above) had a hard polymer checkered shell and the smallest profile and featured the smallest on-off switch. Though it was discontinued in early 2006 is was my first choice for a deep concealment and remains my favorite on my back-up snubs.
The LG-305 is an overmold style stock with rubber covering both the backstrap and the butt of the frame. It also features a master on-off switch distinct from the activation button. The laser can be turned off of long term storage, transportation or for iron sight only training drills. It is the most comfortable of the various laser stocks and fine house gun for the average sized adult male hand.
The LG-405 is a cross between the LG-205 and the LG-305. It is nearly as small as the LG-205 with the butt exposed but with a small strip of rubber covering the top half of the backstrap. Called an air pocket by the manufacturer, its function is to reduce recoil into the web of the shooter’s hand. The sides of the stocks retain the LG-205’s polymer styling to reduce possible snagging in deep concealment locations.
The LG-105 is the newest Crimson Trace laser stock. The LG-105 is another boot grip style stock though wider than either of their original LG-205 or the air pocket featured LG-405. Like the original LG-205 it reintroduces both a hard polymer shell and checkered sides. Its features a larger activation button though with a less fist-filling concavity in front of the front strap.
Regarding you ‘little finger’ question, my experience is that the LG-205 will not, the LG-105 and LG-405 will … barely if at all, and the LG-305 will.
I hope this helps a little.
If you have any additional questions please let me know.
Michael de Bethencourt