Laser Sights

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by themyst, Jul 23, 2009.

  1. themyst

    themyst New Member

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    When I bought my Ruger SR9, it came with a 50% off coupon for a Viridian Green Laser Sight. I've been thinking of ordering it.

    I have to say that when I seriously started practice shooting, I was disappointed in the gun's sights. Not just the SR9, but any gun's sights. As a novice, I didn't know that you lined up the sights and then just had to know your target was half an inch under them. :rolleyes:

    So, I've determined that I feel more comfortable - how did my husband put it - combat shooting, I think. Where I just point and aim. I seem to be pretty good at it. I guess I'm whining here because I wish there was a more accurate way of sighting my target. That's why I'm thinking of getting this Viridian green laser. My question now is - if I keep on practicing my combat shooting style, will putting a laser on my pistol mess that up for me? I think what I'm worried about is that I'm just buying this laser for the cool factor. Will it really be useful to me, or should I stick with point and shoot?
     
  2. mbpike

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    I had the lasermax in my glock (replaces the recoil rod) and I liked it. I never really used it much. I have guns set up for both target shooting, combat shooting and I'm working on a race gun. The one thing I have found is that the laser works amazing in low light situations and is a great scare tactic. When someone notices a laser being pointed at them even if its just a laser pointer it makes them uneasy untill they figure out where its coming from. The scare tatic alone could be enough to stop the threat because it makes them think that this is the real deal. But if I where you I would keep working on the point and shoot method and then once you get the laser you can work with that as well. I don't think either one of them will mess you up shooting wise. Just MAKE SURE not to get dependent on the laser
     

  3. orangello

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  4. themyst

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  5. layton

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    Crimson Trace for XD45 ACP

    It does not state on the site, but the Crimson Trace will not work on an XD that has the thumb safety. I just had to send one back, It does not say any where on their site that it will not work on an XD with the thumb safety. When you try to put the grip on, it engages the thumb safety, thought at first, just notch it a little, but on the rt side, that is where the laser is. They are sending one for the rail that is green, about 50.00 cheaper also.

    Layton
     
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  6. WDB

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    To be honest laser sights are a great tool
    For those that shoot well with open sights
    If you can't manage the sights on your firearm
    Laser sights will not help you
    You have to learn and understand the basic sites before advance sites will assist you
    Save your money and spend it on instruction
    Master those and if your like me add a laser sight as a second option

    I like the second option but rely on the first option my gun sights
     

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  7. themyst

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    Thanks everyone. I think I will just continue to practice. I think I was just very confused because I didn't know pistol sights were not like those crosshair sights on a rifle. Just never thought of it. My sights are adjustable and I think I'll play around with them to see what I can get used to.

    My husband also said that most shooting instances will be within 8 - 10 feet anyway, so the sighting is really not that important. But, at the risk of sounding like a complete moron on a forum proliferated with experienced men, I'll say that the sighting thing fascinates me now and I'd like to try and master it even though I find it difficult. I hope I can discuss this here. I really like having a gun(s) around. And there are really no girly forums on the subject as far as I know.

    But is that right, that when you've lined something up in your sight, you have to just know (according to whichever pistol you're using) that the target is a half an inch or whatever below where you've lined up your sight?
     
  8. layton

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    Well, on my XD, it said to line the top front sight with the top back sight and that is where it is supposed to hit, mine does, If you line the front dot up with the bottom sight, it will hit low.

    Layton
     
  9. Seal

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    I'm not much for lasers, definitely prefer sights.
     
  10. orangello

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    Post a pic if you get a chance; that is the option i'm considering for a lil help incase of a suprise low-light confrontation (assuming i can't get to the Mossy).
     
  11. matt g

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    Remember, lasers let the bad guys know where the bullets will be coming from. You be better off taking a tactical handgun course that teaches high stress shooting from cover. It's far more practical that an expensive laser.
     
  12. layton

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    Ok, I will get it this next week, you want the picture with it mounted?

    Layton
     
  13. orangello

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    If you don't mind, mounted would be better. I love my XD, but keeping it fed & well-dressed may break me. :)
     
  14. layton

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    The main reason I am getting the laser is to help on dryfire practice and low light/night situations if they ever occur.


    Layton
     
  15. themyst

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    Woo hoo! I did order the laser and it arrived today. As soon as I took it out of the package, my husband beelined over to inspect and play with it for a while. It is so bright and precise and I really like the green color. I can hardly wait to try it out ... however, hubby says he thinks it will fit his AR15. :mad:

    Heh heh, okay, he can play with it, too. I just want to use it for a while to see if it will help me aim better using my sights.

    ETA: Went out to the range today. The laser doesn't help me. I think I'm going to just keep with the point and shoot method :) So I guess hubby got a new toy and he's ecstatic about it.
     
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  16. WDB

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    Sorry to hear the laser was of no help. How did you zero it in (how did you line it up with the barrel)? A laser sight on a pistol requires it to be zeroed like a scope on a rifle. Many people think you mount the laser and it hits target but you have to zero it in.

    If open sights or laser sights don't work for you I would suggest proffesional training. Point and shoot method is trypically a skill level above sight shooters. Otherwise it is called spray and pray and that is no way to defend yourself..
     
  17. themyst

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    I am considering professional training, thanks for the suggestion. I'd really like to be able to master this thing. As far as zeroing it in, see, that's part of the problem. Hubby took care of that ... he is so into guns that he tries to take care of everything for me even over my protests. He just can't help himself and I don't want to make him feel bad. That's actually why I came to this forum ... to get a second opinion, etc. every now and then. So yes, professional training will help me on all levels. :)
     
  18. ktmboyz

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    Where are you at in Maine?? I know some very good instructors that I have taken multiple classes with. I can PM you their info
     
  19. themyst

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    Washington County
     
  20. ktmboyz

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