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Old 12-11-2011, 07:29 AM   #1
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Now I have heard that if you use reloads when you carry and have to use your pistol this can be a bad thing in court. Does this also apply for laser sights? I see both a hot reload and a laser just as being more prepared. Do any of yall have any actual experience with this?



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Old 12-11-2011, 09:22 AM   #2
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Despite stories to the contrary, if a shooting is justified, it is justified. There HAVE been cases where a zealot of a prosecutor (Tucson AZ) used choice of ammo/ sidearm to sway a jury- but with THAT prosecutor, would not have mattered if you had used a pellet gun.

Crimson Trace has made a BUNCH of laser sights, am not aware of any cases where use of a laser was used in this way.

If it helps you get on target, get one. As far as the "I heard about....." ask for the court case- name, location, date.



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C3 is right, these stories pop up all the time. most are generated as just rumours because there are no supporting facts to back up the story. there are probaly some prosecutors who would love to convict someone for shooting a BG in SD, but they would as C3 said would no matter the weapon used, because they are trying to futher their own political agenda, not justice. some people will say don't use handloads for SD, because they could be judged as more deadly. really? if someone is dead, how can they be more dead? that argument has been floating around for some time. one of my pistols does carry handloads in it, and am i worried about an overzealous prosecuter? nope, not in the least. he is my least worry, because, if confronted with a situation where i would have to defend myself or my loved ones, my ammo choice is based on what works to eliminate a threat. these are just my opinions and viewpoints and others may differ.

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I don't know anything about the legal issues, but I don't use one in my ccw. Great training tool but I just figured, if I'm in a SD situation, It'll be enough of a challenge staying composed enough to get on target, nevermind searching for a little red/green dot.

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I kinda figured that was the case and was gonna get one either way. Well as soon as I get some money. Christmas is expensive.

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Its just one more thing your brain will have to process in a self defense encounter.

Self defense shooting will likely be at a distance where your sights aren't necessary, therefore point shooting is the best practice.

Training and practice is more important than a red dot.

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A dot helps if you put in alot of practice as i do/did but then again im a point and shoot type in those situations. Most of my guns that have CT's on them are formy fiancees benefit. My colt gcs's dont have them but if you cant point and shoot one of them and hit a chest sized target in 15' or less then you dont need a gun for SD but a club

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When your life on the line your not about to look for a little red dot!.

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When your life on the line your not about for a little red dot!.
Yep. I dont use mine hardly at all except for fun. My fiancee is a different story though

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The best use for the laser is training. You can build your muscle memory by dry fire drills using the laser to tell you if you are on target. It is also great for teaching trigger control. You will know immediately if your trigger pull is sloppy. Never be battery dependent. I do have a laser on a S&W MP15-22 set at 8 yards. It is fun to shoot from a low position. You can easily dump the whole mag into a 3" circle. It is my wife's rifle. It also has a 1.5-6X scope set at 25 yards.



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