Laser for Home Defense Hand Gun?

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    Laser for Home Defense Hand Gun?

    My home set up is pretty simple, I have a glock 21 on my nightstand and a walk in closet in my bathroom in case I need to run and hunker down. In there, I have my 12 guage, a revolver and enough ammo to make a small European country envious.

    I have seen a lot of pros and cons on this, but would it make sense to get a night laser sight for the nightstand glock? My bedroom is VERY dark, and the potential BGs would be coming in from the media room which is pretty bright, even at night, due to the A/V equipment. Would the laser light give up any advantage I would have with me being in the dark and them in the light, or would the laser off set that?

    Curious what you all thought and appreciative of your comments.

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    what you want is a light, not a laser. A laser will do nothing to ID or illuminate your target.
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    With all due respect SIXTO, if I were a BG with a gun and bad intentions, I'd shoot at a flashlight? My thought is to not draw attention to myself while I put a bead on the BG?

    PSLOwner - I'm in the same thought process with you here; I also have ambient lighting throughout the first floor of my house, which is almost entirely visible from a floating hallway on the second floor. If some poor jerk breaks in, he's in the middle of a shooting gallery from upstairs.

    However, I'm not trained in this kind of thing, and would like to see what I'm missing here?
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    Lasers are a gimmick, yes they are accurate but if the battery dies or the laser dont work hope you have the gun pre sighted
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    Lasers are NOT a gimmick - they are a tool.

    The first rule of having a laser on any weapon is to be proficient WITHOUT the laser.

    But like a light, lasers are a tool. They allow you to do several things -
    1) you can fire with out looking at your sights - around barricades, that sort of thing.
    2) they back up your sights.
    3) they DO give of some illumination - I have used laser pointer pens to find stuff in the dark so I dont wake the wife or baby.
    4) people with aging eyes may find it easier to find a red or green glowing dot than thier sights.
    5) they make great training tools.

    Its better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.
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    that being said, I would get a good light before I got a laser.
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    Yep, gotta agree with most here: Light first, laser second.

    Remember, part of the rules before shooting: ID TARGET. A light makes this much easier.

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    Consider also that in a very dark room that laser will give away your position.
    I don't mind lasers, but I don't depend totally on them. My snubbie has one, and what I object to is that particular CT grip has no on/off switch. When I practice at the range, I'll often cover the laser with a piece of masking tape. I don't mind using it in certain situations, but I don't train with it.
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    I think I'm with Rugergirl on this one. I really do believe in the KISS principal, (which is also why I like Glocks & revolvers). The less moving parts on any solution, the better. I do keep a flashlight next to my G19 for noctournal adventures, in case I do need it.

    This is just my 'gut' feeling though. I'd love to hear some really convincing logic, otherwise?
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    i would agree with what most people have said here.
    1) dont rely on a laser for anything
    2) id your target
    ALWAYS have a flashlight handy. it belong on the night stand near your gun. Make sure you dont only train with the laser. Personally, I have a flashlight, night sights, and a laser. A good laser you can see in the light just fine, and can be very useful in emergency situations where you dont have time to line up your sites (so its an assist to point shooting), or shooting around objects, etc.
    I train with my sites 90% of the time. If I am going to train with my laser on, it will be point shooting / quick close attack type senario.
    As far as the battary goes, its always possible for it to suddonly go dead for some reason, but most laser batteries with do this slowly, and you can see it starting to die well before its gone. (though of course still dont assume it will ever work)
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    I suggest getting a Streamlight TLR-2. A light/laser combination that has a selector switch allowing you to choose light only, laser only, or both. You can find them around $200.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WHEC724 View Post
    With all due respect SIXTO, if I were a BG with a gun and bad intentions, I'd shoot at a flashlight? My thought is to not draw attention to myself while I put a bead on the BG?
    A WML is not a flashlight, and should not be used like one.
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    +1 for the TLR2. I am no more accurate at the range with sight shooting with the laser, but when I try point shooting it is a definite plus.

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    what you want is a light, not a laser. A laser will do nothing to ID or illuminate your target.
    AMEN, Brother! In today's litigious society, you better darn well be sure of your target and it's background. I have a house full of small children, and when something goes bump in the night I want to know what I am targeting. That is why I don't use night sights either. the light I use is a surefire 6P LED, which will absolutely blind you if it lights you up in a dark room.

    Besides, if you need a laser to hit a target 5 or 10 feet away from you with any firearm, you better rethink your gameplan.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIXTO View Post
    A WML is not a flashlight, and should not be used like one.
    +1...my Glock has a WML (Surefire X200), on the nightstand. Next to that is a Surefire E1L. Search with the flashlight...ID your target with the WML. A laser is a tool like usmc3169 says but should not be something you are dependent on for sighting your gun. That being said if you are behind good cover and can still get that laser on the BG chest...it may be enough deterrent to not fire a shot and allow LE to arrive. IMHO
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