What is your take on laser sights on your EDC..
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What is your take on laser sights on your EDC..
Well, they do work on my aging eyes. Shooting on the retreat is its bet value. Still, I prefer to practice without them since its easy to get hooked on the laser and get lazy on the basics. So for me, it's a mixed bag.
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I think they are great for SD situations, if you can't use you sights... As long as you don't become lazy and rely on them 100%, you'll be okay...
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They have their place, but the problem with them can be that people become overly dependent on them and are no longer able to shoot well with iron sights or by point shooting.
As long as one remembers to practice other methods of hitting the target it's fine to have a laser on your EDC.
(for the record, none of my guns currently have a laser on them)
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I have a CT laser grip on my EDC (G23) which was primarly used as the 'bedside' gun until I 'put it in the carry rotation'. I learned more about trigger control at the range with the laser than all the teaching I had prior. I like 'em and it gives me an extra 'deminsion'. Lasers do have a purpose and application, it's just very limited in my case.
TX-JB said it first. Don't rely on a laser to take place of the sights, espically in a situation where you 'might' have to employ your sidearm. Under the sudden stress of fight, you won't look for the red dot anyway and if you do it'll cost you time you might not have.
A cop buddy put a laser on his issue sidearm right after he got on the SWAT/SRT team. He loved it because all of a sudden not nearly as many thugs took off running on him when they saw that red dot on them coming from his Glock vice his big yellow Dept. issue taser. He HATES runners!
I'm not a cop though and I ain't running after anybody if I don't have to. Practice point shooting under stress and I'll wager your chances of surviving a fight increase more than just relying on the laser.
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The only people I ever hear badmouthing lasers are people who don't have them. <G>
Last Christmas my wife upgraded my longtime EDC M36 to an airweight M638. Love the gun, hated the sights. I was reasonably accurate with the 36, but the 638 hits in the next county. With a sight radius of 3 inches you can't expect much.
The Crimson Trace laser gives you a sight radius of whatever the distance is to your target and is faster to acquire than iron sights. Easier on my creaky old near vision, too.
The thing about giving away your position is hokey, too. A green laser (or a muzzle flash) will pinpoint your position, but not a red laser unless you're in smoke or fog. The CT works fine in bright sunlight out to the realistic range of a J frame of about 50 feet or so.
They've been 100% reliable for me - I've never even heard of them failing on anyone as they gradually get dimmer so you know well in advance when the battery needs to be replaced.
My only complaint about CT is that they don't make one for my 908.
Get'em, you'll like'em.
Here's some of my thoughts on lasers:
Also, Pax has written a beautiful response in favor of lasers. I suggest that you search her post and try to find it. She may also have something on her site regarding lasers.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Laser Grips for the Hi Power are great, IMHO.
From a rest I never shot such a tight group in my life. What I have found is, at "normal" combat distance, out to 10 Yards or so, I'm quicker with the Laser Grips between shots and in getting the first shot off. After that, as the distance inreases, I prefer the traditional sight picture.
It took me forever to get my laser grips "dialed in", but once I did, I was very pleased with the result. At longer distances I find the "quivering" too much of a distraction. As Massad Ayoob says, "Unless you're Robo-Cop" nobody can hold the gun perfectly still." At closer distances this isn't a problem, but when I try to keep five shots on a 3" x 5" Index Card at 25 Yards, it's too distracting with the laser. By the way, When I shoot at 25 Yards, that's from a free-standing position with the gun in my hands, not resting on a table.
I have yet to try the Laser Grips under all light conditions, but I already know what I prefer in dim light with my glasses off. Without my glasses I'm better with a laser than trying to see my front Sight.
Take care and stay safe and I hope that helps.
Here's another post on the topic:
This subject has been beat to death, and I've even posted on it and started my own threads even.
That was a hint to use the Search feature by the way, as you will gain some great information to go with what is and will be posted here. My opinion will agree and differ from various posters, depending upon the poster.
I myself started years ago with Iron Sights and was slow to accept night sights. Finally, kicking and screaming I was brought forth in to the twentieth century. I came to accept night sights and was happy with that replacing the Liquid Paper I used to carefully apply to my Front Sight. Then, lo and behold, I decided to try a laser.
While lasers aren't for every situation, and I knowing what a perfect sight picture looks like, I would rather have the laser than the night sights if I could only have one. Each has their place and they are both on my EDC though.
Wearing glasses and being near sighted may tend to influence my choices. Also, having been in low light confrontations, all three of them were what one would describe as "not perfect lighting", I look for any advantage I can get and like my Tool Box to be bountiful. Therefore, if you can I recommend both. If you can only have one, get the laser and spend a lot of time shooting with your Iron Sights. You should be doing that anyway, as there is no short cut for "trigger time" IMO.
The laser just "helps" it doesn't replace. The same can be said for night sights, but I see greater assistance from the laser over the night sights.
+1 to having a good flashlight. When I carry a gun, which is daily, I always have some form of communication device and illumination device that is hand held. I've learned both lessons from the "School of Hard Knocks".
Take care and stay safe.
I hope that helps.
I have said this before but, I'll say it again.
There are real and genuine advantages to a laser for some folks with certain vision problems since in order to use the laser unit correctly - you do not look at (or focus on) your firearm or your firearm sights at all.
You only look at and focus on your intended target.
If you are wearing "corrective lenses" for nearsightedness - you'll probably not be able to focus on your front gun sight while still keeping your eyeglasses on.
So since your "far" vision is already corrected by your eyeglasses...that is the only place that you'll need to look while using a laser - because basically all a laser does is move your front sight out (in the form of a red dot) directly onto the intended target.
I could "go on" but, you get the idea I'm sure.
I tried them on two guns and hated them:
1. They give you tunnel vision; you start only concentrating on that little red dot and nothing else around or in front of you
2. Electronics/battery powered; can fail at the worst time
3. It's hard to switch back and forth from laser to fixed sights
4. Can possibly give away your location to the BG
As you can see, I'm a big fan of traditional sights and am even moving away from that to more of a defensive no sights, instinctive point-shooting method. IMO, they are expensive toys.
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Well, I've been carrying every day for almost 35 years and training in point shooting for about 40 and I got my first laser about a month ago...and love it.
I get a little irritated with people who say "they cause you to do...". They don't cause you to do anything...you can choose to misuse them and choose to ignore your training in other areas if you wish...or, as someone else said, you can just have another tool in the toolbox.
I wouldn't recommend someone who is new to carry training with them exclusively, or even primarily, but there are times when they certainly can be an advantage (especially when firing from cover).
They are also very good (again, as someone else has mentioned) for those of us who have reached an age where our eyesight is not exactly what it once was...especially those of us who wear bifocals or trifocals.
Used correctly, I can also see them being an invaluable tool in point-shoot training.
Like just about everything else, the trick is how they are used.
Last edited by pirate; December 19th, 2009 at 03:15 PM.
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You may wish to review this poll. ~95% of folks who have actually used Crimson Trace lasers seem to like them.