After years of putting it off I finally decided to get a concealed carry permit and took a concealed carry class recently. The gun I choose to take to the class was a sub compact 9mm equipped with a Crimson Trace grip laser, when I mentioned having it in the course of one of the question and answer session prior to the shooting portion of the class I was rather surprised at the rather negative reaction towards use of a laser I received from the course instructor, mostly dismissing lasers as useless gimmicks at best and dangerous at worst. So I am here asking how wide spread this feeling is in the community, particularly when talking about lasers like the Crimson Trace with grip mounted automatic activation?
Note I am not one of those that feels lasers are a substitute for proper aiming techniques, in fact only a couple of my handguns have lasers, and the vast majority of the rounds I have fired over the years have been without the use of a laser sighting system. As I explained in the class my main reason for choosing the laser grip is that my vision is not what it once was, and the ability to change focus with depth of field reduces with age, this makes using short radius handgun sights more difficult, and in a real world shooting situation nearly impossible to use if I were to loose my glasses (perhaps while diving for cover, etc.)
thanks for your thoughts on the subject