Not too long ago I had a package show up here at the Gunmart Blog Test Kitchen from the good people over at Laserlyte. Inside of said package was Laserlyte’s newest offering… The Kryptonyte Center Mass Green Laser.
What Laserlyte has done with this new product is to take their already highly successful Laserlyte K15 Carbine Green Laser – which you will remember that I reviewed not too long ago – and modify it to be more uniquely suited to close quarters combat.
Really… its pretty much the exact same thing. Same specs all the way around. Same rock solid hex-screw mount. Same user controls and interface. Its the exact same thing. The only difference is that the Center Mass Laser has a refractive lens on the front of the unit to diffuse the laser into a very unique star-burst (My word; Not theirs) kind of pattern. Its actually pretty brilliant when you think about it. They took an already tried-and-true laser and with the simple addition of one little modification produced a completely brand new and innovative product.
At the range
To put this new laser through its paces, Laserlyte also sent me one of their Shotgun Tri-Rails to attach this to my shotgun for testing, but stupid me didnt realize that it wouldn’t work with my slide action Benelli. It fits on the magazine tube just fine, but my slide covers the entire magazine tube when locked and loaded. Thats a no go. I will point out though that the Tri-Rail mount is a solid looking unit, and it will get the job done just fine for most other shotguns out there. Perhaps I will be able to come back to it in the future to give it a full rundown for you all.
So because of that I was stuck running this laser on my carbine instead of my 12 ga. Its not a big deal however… this thing doesn’t mind recoil in the least… and this laser is just as handy on a rifle for doing short range work as it is on a shotgun.
Whats so unique and innovative about the Center Mass Laser is that it projects a ring of eight laser dots encircling one center dot. The projected pattern also spreads out as you get further away from the target. Think of it like a cone shaped beam from a flashlight… The closer to the target that you are the smaller the projected image will be. The further away you are from the target the larger the projected image will be. The circle grows and shrinks at one-inch per yard, and spreads out as it goes down range kind of like a shotgun pattern would. Pretty convenient since this thing is designed to primarily be used on shotguns. Who would have thunk it!
Here is what the pattern looks like at about 15 feet:
Here is what the pattern looks like at about 35 feet:
Out on the firing line this thing performed great. I was already very familiar with the K-15 laser so there was really no learning curve with this unit. Its the exact same interface and it gave me the same exact performance as the K-15… flawless. Its really quick too. I was astounded at how much faster your eye picks up the laser when you have more of a “reticle” pattern to look at as opposed to just one small dot. Its amazingly quick for initially finding the laser on the target and its incredibly useful for transitioning from one target to the next. Its truly a vast improvement over trying to fix your eye on just one individual dot, and I am very much looking forward to their pistol mounted versions that will be hitting the market soon. This entire concept is just absolutely perfect for personal defense no matter what platform its implemented on.
One draw back with the Center Mass Laser is that because the laser is being diffused it loses some of its intensity and its brightness. The launch of green lasers to the marketplace has been something that has turned the world of personal defense lasers upside down. Green lasers are a huge advantage over red lasers because they are so much more easily visible in the daylight… even on the brightest of days. The Center Mass laser however loses some of that usefulness in very bright conditions. Its still visible, but I would put it on the same par as what a red laser would be in bright daylight conditions. It also looses its spread pattern, and only the center laser point is really of any use. I was a little shocked at first since this was a high-intensity green laser, but it makes perfect sense once you think about it.
Another thing that I will point out is that the pressure switch that is included with this laser is the same one that comes with the K-15. Thats great for interchangeability, but as I pointed out in the K-15 review that I did a while back it can be a little difficult to get used to:
One thing that stands out is that the pressure switch which is supplied with the unit has a more difficult squeeze to it than some others that are on the market. I am not saying that this is bad… its just different. It seemed odd at first and it made me feel like I had to “think about it” more when I wanted to activate the unit, but after a few rounds down range it was much more intuitive.
This was one thing that I was hoping that Laserlyte would have improved on, but its certainly not a deal breaker in my mind.
One takeaway for Laserlyte…
Ok, so the Center Mass Laser is pretty darn awesome… and the K-15 Laser is pretty darn awesome. The only problem that I see is that if you want to have the versatility that both laser aiming devices bring to the table then you currently have to go out and buy both of them separately. What I want (and possibly other consumers out there will too) is the ability to get all of this functionality in one neat little package and for one low price. I would love to see the next evolution of this to be a standard K-15 laser with a refractive lens that I can simply screw onto the unit when ever I want to use it. That way you have the best of both world’s and its a whole heck of a lot of value-added for the end user.