Lights and lasers

Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by Godsgunman, Oct 31, 2019.

  1. Godsgunman

    Godsgunman Member

    Feb 14, 2012
    Olathe, KS
    I used to NEVER like the idea of "tricking" out a handgun with lights or lasers, especially lasers. In my shooting snobbery days I would see people at the range with their lasers dancing all over the target. I would judge them as relying on a crutch. Day forward many years and low and behold I come across a deal on a Beretta Nano tricked out with night sights and crimson Trace laser. I've always been a fan of night sights and put them on all my carry guns.
    Anyways, this little Nano has opened my eyes to the advantage of lasers. I've practiced with and without the laser and no longer see them as crutches but tactical tools. The laser is dead on and allows immediate target acquisition. Especially in a quick draw situation it allows you to even fire from the hip quickly and accurately if the situation called for it. Since I have become spoiled with this feature I now can see myself always having a laser on my carry gun.
    Now for my bedside gun i have a SR9C with a CT 600 lumen light. Lights have always made sense to me, one to identify your target in the pitch black of the night and 2 to momentarily blind the would be intruder. Having others in my house hold the number one priority is to quickly identify the culprit making the unexpected bump in the night. A good bright light allows the identification quickly while impeding the ability of the perpetrator to see clearly.
    I have quickly come to appreciate these new found tools (to me). What say you?

    LUCKYDAWG13 Member

    Jun 6, 2011
    I say anything that helps you identify your target and hit your target is a good thing
  3. Robbins290

    Robbins290 Member

    May 8, 2011
    Limerick, maine
    I have the green laser guards on my stand pistols for the wife and i. We train with them off. but in the middle of the night, i am using every advantage as i can. Its bright enough for target ID also.
  4. entropy

    entropy Member

    Feb 9, 2004
    G_d's Country, WI
    They are another tool in the box (and conveniently ON the gun); nothing more, nothing less. Understand their limitations and advantages. Do not rely on them to be a 'magic talisman' that stops a perp in awe of the red or green dot dancing on his chest.
  5. Jack B.

    Jack B. Member

    Mar 15, 2017
    Lasers are a great tool for a self defense gun. You don't have to get the gun up to eye level for aiming. If you have to use your off hand or have been knocked down, It makes acquiring your target much faster and easier. I have 2 Crimson Trace grips on our guns 1 I carry and 1 my wife carries.
    Robbins290 likes this.
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