Shortly after my wife and I moved into our new home, I was in the shower around 10:00 PM on a weeknight when my wife came in to tell me that somebody was banging on our front door. I rinsed the shampoo out of my hair, dried off, put on pants, grabbed my FNS 9 and Streamlight TLR-1 from the bedside table and headed downstairs to see what the commotion was about. Fortunately, the doorknocker had left, but I realized that I needed a better lighting situation as the TLR-1 that I have is the GameSpotter edition which is a bit large, and hard to mount to a pistol. I mentioned it to Nick and the next time we saw each other he tossed me a Rail Master Pro to try out…
With nearly every modern handgun sporting a section of rail under the barrel, it only makes sense to offer a universal fit light/laser combo that can fit a variety of platforms including pistols, rifles, and shotguns. For the purposes of my test, I mounted the RMP to my FNS-9 as well as my home defense AR. The RMP ships with a variety of different keys that fit in the top to allow near universal fit.
Mounting is fairly easily once you pick the right key, the manual gives a thorough overview of how to pick it, so very little thought is required. Mount it up, and use a thin straight bladed screwdriver to tighten it to the frame. The RMP is activated by either of two paddles that are situated near the trigger guard if mounted in the above configuration. Tap quickly for on, and then hold for a moment to turn off. The RMP has four modes, 1.) light only 2.) laser only 3.) light + laser and 4.) strobing light + laser. Adjusting the laser is very easy using the supplied tiny hex key. I found the easiest way was to rough it in using the existing sights, and then shoot it to finely tune it. I managed to sight my FNS-9 in using less than 10 rounds. If you have a sandbag rest, it can go ever faster.
The 100 lumen light is just about perfect. Bright enough to make target identification a snap, but no so bright as to sear the retinas. The strobing function is very disorienting from the operators perspective, and I image int to be seizure inducing from the muzzle side. In the dark, the laser casts a beam at least 100 yards, and in the bright daylight, the red laser that I tested could be seen at 10 yards. I think that’s more than enough in both situations. I was unable to the shake the RMP loose or otherwise break it during my testing. I did manage to kill a battery, but I’m pretty sure Leghorn handed over a nearly dead battery to start with. It did expose a nice piece of engineering in the built in low battery alert, the light and laser flash when activated. Once I replaced the battery, the flashing went away and I’ve been unable to kill a battery since.
- Material: Polymer
- Attachment: Rail Attachment
- Battery Type: One CR2 Lithium Battery
- Laser Output: 5mW Red Laser
- Activation Mode: Switch Activated
- Warranty: Three Year Full Warranty
- Color: Black
- Dot Size: Approx. 0.50″ at 50′
- Light Output: 100 Lumen LED White Light
- Price: $279.00 from Crimson Trace $225 from Amazon $199 from OpticsPlanet
Fit, Finish, Quality * * * * *
Simplicity is best, and the RMP delivers. Simple on/off activation, and easy installation means an easy to use piece of kit. I found it to be easy to sight in, though I’d prefer that Crimson Trace marked the body of the RMP with indicators to tell you which screw is windage and elevation. Once set, the RMP never lost zero.
Form * * * *
The problem with making a universal accessory is that it is universally not going to fit as well as something designed for that particular platform. I think that Crimson Trace has done an admirable job of building a laser/light combo that fits a lot of rifles, shotguns, and pistols without being too cumbersome. I did find that it was a bit of a bulky accessory for my AR 15 though. It just sort of hangs out awkwardly on your rifle of choice, but works well.
Accuracy * * * * *
The RMP doesn’t have a problem holding zero once set, but the one issue I had was setting it up on the FNS-9 which has always had POI below POA using a sights under bullseye hold. What this means using the RMP is that you can’t see the laser while using the irons. You need to pick up your head to see the laser which isn’t ideal. Other pistols might not have this problem.
Overall Rating * * * * *
I think this is an outstanding accessory for the shooter looking for a compact light/laser combo that they can attach to a variety of platforms. At $279 or less, it is a versatile purchase that can be used across multiple guns. I was unable to break it, or make it fail in any way whatsoever, and it has now become a permanent fixture on my home defense gun.