Video: Advantages Of A Laser Sight On A Defensive Pistol

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You need to grasp the basics of a laser sight to get the most out of the aiming solution.

Once considered gimmicky, there’s new-found respect in the handgun world for the laser sight. In low-light situations, few other aiming solutions prove more intuitive and get you on target quicker than the red and green beams. For many, the device is a game-changer.

There are wrinkles to arming your gun with a laser sight, however. First and foremost, like all gun accessories, it’s next to worthless if you don’t take the time to practice and master it. A self-defense handgun should be as second nature to operate as a manual transmission in a truck. If you fumble activating your primary sighting system — a possibility, even with an intuitively place switch — you’ve put yourself at a deadly disadvantage.


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Furthermore, understanding how a laser sight functions away from aiming is as imperative as fully grasping your pistol’s basic operation. This should go way beyond knowing how to change the batteries. To this end, among the most important facets is zeroing your laser sight once you have it mounted. While there are many schools of thought on the subject, it’s most prudent to zero it in just above the front sight in a proper sight picture, as Richard Mann points out in the above video. This is for the sake of redundancy. You always want to draw to sights even with a laser, so if it peters out you can still utilize your pistol’s sights.

All of this takes time, of course. However, dedication in learning to utilize and maintain your laser sight is paid back tenfold. In addition to an excellent low-light shooting enhancement, few things get you on target quicker from unconventional positions or while moving than these devices.

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