The Difference Between a Red Dot and a Laser

The Difference Between a Red Dot and a Laser

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    The Difference Between a Red Dot and a Laser

    This is an example of what is commonly referred to as a red dot sight. It projects or has etched on its screen a dot or triangle which is used instead of the front and rear sights to align the muzzle with the target:

    https://www.leupold.com/hunting-shoo...eltapoint-pro/

    This is an example of a laser sight, which projects a visible laser beam to the target:

    Universal Laser Sight | Rail Master | Official Crimson Trace Lasergrips

    They are two completely different animals with completely different applications.
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    What about a Red Dot Laser? Do they make one of those? I want both so I can be totally ready.

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    It seems to me that even though they are technically different animals, I think from a practical perspective, red dots have some of the advantages of lasers and night sights combined without some of the downsides. I think they are ideal. I just wish I could afford one!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CalCarry View Post
    What about a Red Dot Laser? Do they make one of those? I want both so I can be totally ready.
    Then how about a red dot laser combined with night sights and a weapon light?
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    I have both, yet not...together! Different applications = different tools.
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    By the time I've found a laser beam on a perp, he's been shot several times with one of several threat focused skills. I'd guess a dozen of so avowed laser users have found the same results during the course of fire and have removed or shut them off in the first few hours of the first day.

    I have used dot for decades, and use dots on the Tavor and 22 pistol presently. One could say they are as different as night and day, and be accurate.
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    ^ that's been my experience as well. Maybe if I were sniping a guy on my back fence, from my front yard, I would find the laser effective.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hodad View Post
    Then how about a red dot laser combined with night sights and a weapon light?
    As long as it comes with a back scratcher.
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    Dots target targets. Lasers inform targets that they are now...targeted. I'm a sneaky ol' redneck & I do NOT inform targets of...ANYthing until, of course, they're a HIT!
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    Got a Remington 06 auto-loader, with an after market 10 rd magazine, installed a reddot in front of "deer rifle" iron sights...with a red laser emitter mounted, zeroed for 100ft, the Dot, 150 yrds....its MRS Smith bringing enough gun..not black, but beautiful oiled walnut
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    A red dot requires you to look thru the little window, a laser does not. A red dot will show up on pretty much any target, regardless of how far or bright it is. A laser can get washed out or be too faint at long distances. Different tools.
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    But lasers look soooo much cooler when the bg freezes and looks up at the red dot of light on his forehead (don't you look at your own forehead? ). The effect is even better when my entire QRF team saturate the target in a dozen swimming dots (sure, we can hold a steady bead. It just looks better when the dots swarm like angry bees!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by ghost tracker View Post
    Dots target targets. Lasers inform targets that they are now...targeted. I'm a sneaky ol' redneck & I do NOT inform targets of...ANYthing until, of course, they're a HIT!
    Gaining compliance is better than having to shoot someone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bubbatime View Post
    Gaining compliance is better than having to shoot someone.
    Maintaining the element of surprise is better than losing...that distinct advantage. HITS (usually) lead to "compliance".
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    I don't have much use for "laser sights". Due to astigmatism I have limited use of red dot sights. I prefer low power optics.
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