Thinking about removing my laser sight

Discussion in 'Concealed Carrying & Personal Protection' started by cnorman18, Sep 11, 2012.

  1. cnorman18

    cnorman18 New Member

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    I carry an LCP every day of my life, with an Armalaser sight. I'm thinking about removing it.

    First, I rarely turn it on anyway; I don' t want to run down the batteries, because changing them requires complete disassembly and reassembly and sighting it in again.

    Second, related to the above; no laser sight, no batteries, no worries. Keeps it simple.

    Third, it adds bulk; it's slightly wider than the pistol's slide. I have to cut & resew holsters that are made for other laser sights (Remora, e.g.). (I'd have to resew all my holsters for a good fit after I remove it, but I can do that; have the tools and the skills.)

    Fourth, when I renewed my CHL, I wasn't allowed to use it on the range test, and I hit what I aimed at without it.

    Fifth, maybe; it might reveal my position if I ever have to shoot from cover.

    Anybody have any opinions?
     
  2. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    i just got an lcp with a laser max. using a blackhawk pocket holster. the lasermax seems to breakup the outline more than without it. lasers are pretty useless for selfdefense but it cant really hurt. the one on mine helps hide the gun so it is staying.
     
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  3. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    IMHO lasers are a crutch that people use to replace good training. I bought a revolver for my wife with a laser on it thinking that the laser would help her find her target quicker and maybe even be more accurate. Her experience was the exact opposite! While she was still hitting the target her shots were slower and not nearly as tight. I had her switch back to using the sights and she instantly improved. From that point forward I only have her practice with the iron sights on the weapon and she does very well.
     
  4. Gonzilla

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    Many years ago, I read that a certain state troopers hit ratio was 1 in 5. Evidently, when forced to draw their weapons, they either would not or could not take their eyes off the perp to utilize their sights.

    Lasers provide you w another aiming option where you do not have to use your sights or take your eyes off the target. In addition, it's truly amazing how people STOP when that little red dot is on them. I do not want to shoot anyone or deal w the inevitable lawsuits after. Anything that can prevent that is worth the investment.

    Just my .02
     
  5. devildog24

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    Lasers provide you w another aiming option where you do not have to use your sights or take your eyes off the target. In addition, it's truly amazing how people STOP when that little red dot is on them. I do not want to shoot anyone or deal w the inevitable lawsuits after. Anything that can prevent that is worth the investment.

    Just my .02[/QUOTE]

    If you were in a situation where you couldn't get your gun up to use your sights the laser would work. I have lasers in two of my Glocks for this reason. The idea that the red dot intimidates is another good reason to use them. They will not make you a better shot though I agree.
     
  6. Coyotenator

    Coyotenator New Member

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    I agree.

    Anything that will help you in a high stress defensive situation is a plus.
     
  7. Dillinger

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    Lasers point two ways. That was enough for me to dump my Crimson Trace after about 3-4 years of regular carry.

    Now when you stop and analyze the use.

    You get used to seeing the dot and pulling the trigger. But what if you can't see the dot?

    What if you fat hand it and the laser is blocked by your big meathook strangling the poor pistol?

    What if the target has on some colors that are close to the color of your dot?

    Train with your carry weapon and don't rely on things that could fail you, like a battery powered light emitting device.

    Dump the laser. You know it's the right thing to do. ;)
     
  8. USEBOTHHANDS

    USEBOTHHANDS New Member

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    that's why ya gotta "BOB N WEAVE, BOB N WEAVE!" "SERPENTINE PATTERN, SERPENTINE PATTERN!"

    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rmprF6e0RA[/ame]
     
  9. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    If you post another Will Ferrell clip on this forum again, I'll have you killed. And raped. And filleted. And roasted in oil. And raped again.

    And not necessarily in that order. :mad:
     
  10. cnorman18

    cnorman18 New Member

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    Thanks for all the input -- I removed it yesterday. I like it a lot better, and have already altered my holsters to fit. That last point -- depending on a battery powered device -- was my basic motivation, even before I read that.

    And it'll be a cold day in Hell before I take tactical instruction from Will Ferrell...
     
  11. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    quoted for truth bitches!!!!!!!!
     
  12. genesis

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    I'm not a laser fan. I practice point and shoot, without using any sights. I shoot my bow instinctively (no sights). We do things all the time without using sights. Driving a car, throwing a baseball or basketball, swinging a bat. It just takes good hand/eye coordination, and practice. Out to 20 feet, it's no problem hitting a pie plate without using the sights, if you practice it. And you will learn to shoot faster as you're not looking for that laser sight, or your regular sights. This might not work for everyone, and ya have to do it for awhile before ya give up on it. But once you've mastered it, you'll be a happy camper. I can shoot in almost total darkness because I'm not relying on any sights. Just point and shoot. But to each his own.

    Semper Fi

    Don <><
     
  13. 7point62

    7point62 Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Either you can shoot or you can't. Don't bet your life on gizmos. ;)