Is your laser tornado tuff?
Is your laser tornado tuff?

Is your laser tornado tuff?

Everyone knows the horrific power of a dark, monstrous tornado. When a powerful tornado (rated by the National Weather Service as an EF-4 with winds up to 200 MPH) ripped through central Oklahoma in May 2013, homeowner Pat Brand lost everything. He huddled along with 10 neighbors in a protective underground shelter as the violent storm roared overhead. When he emerged after the tornado passed, gone were his home, truck and a Smith &Wesson® handgun that was equipped with Crimson Trace Lasergrips.

“When I came out of that shelter, I was shocked to see everything I owned was completely gone,” stated Brand. “All I had then were the clothes and boots I wore when I went into that shelter. My home was gone down to the foundation, and so was my truck. Also gone was my Smith & Wesson handgun.”

That handgun—a S&W M&P® pistol chambered for .40 S&W—was later found more than 600 yards away from the site of Brand’s residence. The gun was so coated in mud that it was initially hard to recognize it as a handgun. The neighbor who discovered the pistol returned it to Brand who then took the questionable firearm to a local gun shop for cleaning. There gunsmiths began the cleaning process and were suddenly amazed to see the Crimson Trace Lasergrips activated when they grasped the firearm. The gun—and the Crimson Trace Lasergrips with Instinctive Activation—had survived the powerful tornado plus nearly a week outdoors in the rain and mud. Both passed the gun shop’s inspection and were determined to be fully functional—and the handgun was returned to Brand. The Lasergrips and handgun had survived a powerful tornado.

Pat, I am sorry for your loss. I’ll be sending you a copy of my book, Handgun Training for Personal Protection, for free; something to get that new library started.  RAM

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  1. Randy Turner

    Really nice RAM.Our daughter Tamara lives in Pryor Creek 1hr east of Tulsa.So far knock on wood they haven’t been struck like that in “tornado alley”.Keeps us on edge here in West Virginia with them out there…as three of four grand kids are there.

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  4. Matt in Oklahoma

    Good article and thanks for sending him that book you may
    not hear from him, not that they are ungrateful they are
    overwhelmed, so I will thank you for him. My brother/sister in law
    lost almost everything. The closet with the gun safe was intact and
    the guns/ammo and clothes survived. I went in early the next
    morning on foot and trash bagged everything until they got in later
    with a trailer. I managed to beat the rain by an hour in getting it
    done. The American Flag, I found 2, dunno whose they were but I
    hung them immediately and by the time I walked back out that
    afternoon they were everywhere. Tell me another place that would
    return a found handgun to a neighbor. The article really makes me
    think because the last laser I bought died from a bump in a doorway
    while working on clearing. After spending time working in ground
    zero there is no way anything but quality could have