Handgun Laser accuracy

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by indyfan, Dec 15, 2009.

  1. indyfan

    indyfan New Member

    I was contemplating getting a rail and laser for my 92FS

    Before I did, I was wondering

    how accurate are handgun lasers? and can they be adjusted for accuracy?
  2. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

    A laser in and of itself discharges a perfectly straight beam of light so if you have it zeroed - it will put the dot on the spot. Yes, they have adjustments to zero. Much depends on the quality of the laser and mounting system.

    A cheap Ebay laser for $20 will not perform like a Streamlight or other quality built product. One thing to note - a laser won't make you a better shot as you have to do your part just as you would with open sights. A laser will really show you when dry firing any bad habits you may have...
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2009

  3. john_bud

    john_bud New Member

    lasers are very accurate.

    The mounts are where the money is earned. A cheap system is not going to hold zero, but a quality one will.
  4. gorknoids

    gorknoids New Member

    Saw that proven at the range yesterday. A red dot wavering in a 3" circle on the target, and then squirreling all over the place on the shot.
  5. treehugger49

    treehugger49 New Member

    That would be me, trying to shoot my wife's Ruger LCP w/ Crimson Trace lasergrips:)..not so concerned with pinpoint accuracy as the ability to get on target when you're unable to assume a normal shooting grip/stance in relatively close quarters.
  6. CHLChris

    CHLChris New Member

    Lasers, IMO are best for two purposes:

    -helping one to observe poor trigger technique (that shaky dot thing)
    -"aiming" when in a tricky position (around a corner, from the waist, etc,)

    However, a laser sight must be zeroed-in at a chosen distance. Most lasers are offset from the barrel by at least an inch, sometimes more. One can either aim the laser to be parallel to the line of the barrel (thus an inch or two offset at any point downrange), or one can aim the laser to intersect the barrel line at some specific distance (probably 3-10 yards is a good choice).

    Did this geometry lesson make sense? I hope.

    One suggestion I have been given, though, is to always train by using the iron sights, trying to stay focused on the front sight and NOT the laser point.
  7. lonyaeger

    lonyaeger Active Member

    Good stuff there, Chris. I have mine sighted in at seven yards.