Moar Laser Lore


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Laser Sights (and stuff and things)

We’re seeing more recently from the Crimson Trace blog

We’ve seen a lot of activity on the Crimson Trace blog lately, and recently received a message from one of our cohorts, to wit:
Laser sights are the subject of much discussion and (dis)information. This, unfortunately, can keep people from using a visible laser sight to its fullest advantage: or prevent them from using one at all.
About Green Lasers: Crimson Trace
Chris Cerino of GunTalk Media discusses defensive scenarios when lasers (in this case a red laser Crimson Trace grip) can be of benefit. Much of this information has been compiled on CT’s blog.
Crimson Trace recently set out to correct that by increasing the publication tempo on the newly reinvigorated Crimson Trace blog. One result of this new publishing tempo is the article About Green Lasers, which discusses not just (visible) green laser sights, but how they’re different from the red ones, to wit:

It is important to understand something as we begin: a green laser is not actually, measurably brighter than a red laser. We simply perceive it as brighter – which is functionally the same thing. As such they are almost always going to be superior to red lasers in bright conditions, both for “picking up” the laser with your eye and shooting with it effectively at a greater distance.

The human eye has evolved to see the color green better than any other color in the light spectrum, which is why a green laser appears brighter in ambient light (such as bright sunlight) conditions than a red laser  – even those that operate at equal strength. Yellow and blue follow. This may account for the assertion by some professional users that it is faster to acquire a green laser than a red one when shooting.

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Addressing why green lasers are more expensive than their red counterparts, CT explains,
The diodes used to generate a green laser are more complicated to build and employ than those of a red laser (which are relatively easy to make and assemble). This also makes the manufacturing process more time-consuming. As technology and material design improves, however, the gap between red and green can be expected to narrow.
Check it out for yourself:
Then get your learn on about optical acuity and binocular prisms. You’re welcome.
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One thought on “Moar Laser Lore

  • August 5, 2019 at 9:29 am

    Because our eyes are more sensitive to green light, green lasers have more potential for damage and bedazzlement. When I ran a laser safety program the experts cautioned us about non-laser blue light hazard, an urge to spend money at K-mart and small ‘lesions’ that would form days after exposure to high intensity blue light. I suspect the same will be true with green light. I also suspect safety glass with a slight increase in optical density in the green region (pink tint to your lens) will protect from this problem.


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