When a powerful tornado ripped through central Oklahoma in May 2013, homeowner Pat Brand lost everything. When he and neighbors emerged from an underground shelter after the storm roared by, he learned his home, truck and handgun were gone.

AFTERMATH: Brand’s handgun—a S&W M&P40 equipped with a Crimson Trace Lasergrip—was later found more than 600 yards away from the site of his home. The neighbor who discovered the pistol returned it to Brand, who then took the questionable firearm to a local gun shop for cleaning. The gunsmiths began the cleaning process and were blown away to see the Crimson Trace Lasergrips fully activated when they grasped the firearm. The gun and the CT grips had survived the powerful tornado plus nearly a week in the rain and mud. Both passed the gun shop’s inspection and were determined to be fully functional.

CT TOUGH: “Our products are tested in extreme conditions, including intense range testing, before they become a part of the Crimson Trace family,” stated Fred Karl, Crimson Trace product development manager. “This is one test that we wished never happened, but surviving this terrible event only tells us we are developing the best product for the extremes of everyday carry and the toughest conditions that our loyal customers can throw at our products.”

LEND A HAND: The devastating Oklahoma tornado in May 2013 resulted in tragic loss of life and huge financial losses for many families.

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