Red, definitely red.
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What are your opinions or preferences on the two colors of laser for CC or home defense?
Red or Green????
Red, definitely red.
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Green is more visible in daylight but either will work fine indoors.
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I have the best of both worlds: My carry guns have green fiber optic front sights and red lasers. I think it's a good combination. As has been said, red is more visible in the dark, green is more visible in the daytime.
Another difference is that according to Crimson Trace, red lasers have eight times the battery life than green. If you have a push-on, let-go-off switch on your laser, that probably doesn't make a lot of difference. But if you have a push-on-stay-on switch, I have encountered a laser getting accidentally activated on hostering, which means your battery is getting drained and you don't even know it. I've also read that green lasers can dim in extreme cold. Both of these effects, battery life and cold sensitivity are due to the fact that red is the natural color of the simplest kind of laser, while making a laser green requires a bit more complexity. More components and therefore more stuff that can go wrong.
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We have both, and will only buy green now. Green is at least as visible as red in darkness, and FAR superior in daylight. Ours are touch activated CT models and battery life seems excellent so far.
I have both and now will only add green for anything new...
Learn the proper way to train with them
Rule number one......NEVER EVER plan on the laser being there when you need it ..... it is often too bright during daytime to pick it quickly... dead battery, poor grip not activating it.. etc...
So I will fire around 3 rounds with the laser to confirm zero then turn it off or tape it over.
I then do the rest of my SD range session with iron sights only.... I want my natural trained reaction to be looking for iron sights ( and yes my initial reason to go to the laser was old eyes ) my iron sight picture will be blurred but that is how I train including some rounds with no glasses. No my shots are not as bullseye precise but they are pretty tight COM and will work.
This has become 2nd nature after a lot of rounds down range. I will also do some off hand with my primary carry gun. ( I do carry a LCP pocket gun in my off hand pocket and will do off hand only, with it most SD range sessions to keep proficient )
I have set three rounds to one side and when I have finished with the allotted ammo for the range session I will turn the laser back on and fire the last three rounds. I started doing this after not turning the laser back on, tape was obvious the switch was not.
So many ask why even have the laser if this is how you use it?
Well if the lighting is poor enough to make the iron sights not jump out at you then that laser is going to look huge....and you will naturally default to it. ( when you first get a laser , yes do enough shooting with it on to get used to using it. ) Then go back to irons.
If the lighting is such that the laser is there I can engage from other hand positions than the traditional gun up iron sight position
If I have perceived a serious threat and have assumed a low ready position the sight of the laser "MIGHT" be the deterrent to cause the BG to rethink his intentions
BTW back to red or green.... I have found that in a full dark room the green gives off so much light that it is a lot easier to ID your target with out the use of other light I have never felt that red was easier to see in the dark
Red or green depends on your eyes, not ours. There are shades of red/green color blindness, and I know at least one shooter for whom a green fiber optic front sight becomes a diffused glow whereas red does not. Best to experiment with both and see what works for you.
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I see green better so GREEN Plus it's visible at longer a longer distance in bright light conditions . To bad it cost more .