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Laser visible in daylight

Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by WALKERs210, Aug 20, 2013.

  1. WALKERs210

    WALKERs210 Well-Known Member

    Title pretty much says it all. I put a laser sight on my 20ga shotgun which works great inside the house but in the daylight the red is impossible to see at any distance. Will the green laser actually be visible in day light or is this a pipe dream.
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Much more visible then red for sure.

    But battery life is drastically shorter too, although they have been making improvements lately.

  3. Outlaw Man

    Outlaw Man Well-Known Member

    Green is far superior to red in daylight.

    As RC said, they're harder on batteries. A Streamlight employee said they're a lot more sensitive to temperature, which is why, in addition to cost, they've been a little slow to hit the market heavily.

    I can't remember the normal operating range he quoted, but it wasn't all that extreme. My experience with green lasers has been mostly indoors, with AC power supplies, so I haven't personally witnessed either of those issues.
  4. WALKERs210

    WALKERs210 Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the input, I have been doing a little research and found one at CTD setup for shotguns. It has a single center dot plus 8 others in a radius, more distance the spread opens up like the pattern should. This is what I was looking for just got to talk the wife out of the cash.
  5. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    What exactly is your intended use for the laser in bright sunlight anyway?

    If you can see the target in the first place?
    The bead front sight you already have will be much faster and much more reliable!

    A laser will only be another expensive crutch that runs on battery's.

    And will be run down the one time in your life you really really need it to work.

  6. WALKERs210

    WALKERs210 Well-Known Member

    RC there is not one single thing that I need it for. It's like when I built and flew the RC planes for so long, if I saw what I wanted I got it, sometimes just one flight and sold it, some I flew the wings off (seriously) the laser sight is just a toy I have been looking at. I have no intention of dying and leaving one penny for my kids to fight over. I have carried them too many years and after 40yr or so its time they stood on their own two feet. But back to the laser I have no doubt that if I ever had to use the shotgun to protect myself or wife I most likely would not even remember to turn the thing on.
  7. herrwalther

    herrwalther Well-Known Member

    I use green lasers on any weapon I own that has a rail. Viridian has more or less cornered the market on green lasers for firearms and they work very well. Their C5 and C5L run on CR2 3 volt batteries, which are pretty hard to find but they are often sold in camera sections of stores. The X5 and X5L run on CR123 which are much easier to find than the CR2. The most economical solution is to find a battery charger and some rechargeable batteries. That is what I do for my CR2/CR123 batteries in my lasers and in my EDC pocket flashlight. Compared to using alkaline, the power output difference is negligible and it makes it much cheaper to practice when at the range than going through a pack of batteries every time.
  8. WALKERs210

    WALKERs210 Well-Known Member

    HERRWALTHER, thanks for the info, looked the web site over and thing I found a place to spend some cash. Very impressed with the function of their product.
  9. RiverratMike

    RiverratMike Member

    Not Happy with Viridian XL5

    It's mounted on my Sig P226 and has performed quite well when it works. The first trip back to the shop the Light cover/battery holder came off and wouldn't screw back on. For the second shop visit the green beam would just go out about every 30 rounds. Both fixed but now the green beam gets very diffuse occasionally. It is ok the next day though. I really like the pulsing and solid green beam and the white light but I also like reliability.

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