Because if this is accurate isn't this entire debate kind of, well, over?
Most of the people on this site are dedicated shooters who know the value of practice. My wife on the other hand knows that she isn't that good (shes actually better than she thinks but lacks self confidence). She only gets to the range about twice a year, sometimes a lil more, but not enough. I think a laser would help her in most but not all home defense scenarios. If a laser gives her the confidence to deploy the weapon I say +1 to lasers.
"Home invasion" is a totally different story. Then the fight is on, no doubt. Unfortunately, it could be difficult to tell if it's a real "home invasion" or just a crazy and/or stupid burglar. Do you think the BG might be inclined to inform me, should I politely ask? :rolleyes:
Sixto, I see your point about being hung out to dry in questionable shooting with the language used. As the saying goes, you can't take the bullet back once it's fired. Just need to make sure you can explain why you felt the need to use deadly force. Lawyers have months and years to examine something that was over in under 5 seconds start to finish.
We use them a lot. Great for warning people to back down before you have to shoot them.
Let's be real for a minute and really address the pluses of using a laser sight.
1) As a shooting/training aid, it will help you to discover your weaknesses. It will clearly illustrate to you if you are slapping your trigger or sighting inproperly.
2) Makes recovering for second shot must faster.
3) Allows you to shoot weak-handed more accurately.
4) Allows you to pie your target more proficiently.
5) Aids in accuracy, especially when firing at moving targets as it allows you to track the target.
6) Builds confidence, especially when aquiring target that has limited exposure.
7) Aids in firing from off-hand and/or otherwise awkward positions
8) Increases first hit probability, especially in low-light situations and in conjuction with a mounted flashlight.
9) Increases first hit probability, especially in high stress situations. Point and shoot. Decreases checklist by lessening line-of-sight, proper sight picture, and other steps to a good first shot.
Note: It also serves as a warning that you have locked-in on your target and you are prepared to fire.