Our own Jeremy Stafford wrote a guest article for Crimson Trace a while back. He calls it truth bombs, though anyone who knows Jeremy knows he’s more a “truth frag” or even “truth molotov cocktail” kinda guy. In any case, this article (on the Crimson Trace Blog) is intended to dispel myths about laser sights. He gets right to the nut-cuttin’ with this intro: “The topic of laser-aiming devices on firearms for defensive use is as full of myths and outright lies as a politician’s speech. Honestly, I didn’t even know where to start. ”
Here is an excerpt from the article:
LASER SIGHT MYTH:
“The laser sight’s dot will serve as a warning.”
Can it? Maybe. But I doubt it. Don’t depend on the laser sight’s dot to stop a fight. I tend to lump this one into the same trash heap as the old “just rack the action of your pump shotgun” crowd.
The laser sight is a sighting device, not a compliance device. If things have gotten to the point that you are aiming a weapon at a person, the willingness (not the intent) to follow that laser with some lead needs to have been made prior to unholstering.
LASER SIGHT MYTH:
“The laser sight will give my position away.”
First, see the previous myth. If you are pointing your gun at someone and they are still a viable threat, then maybe you should be engaging that threat. In that case, the muzzle flash and sound of the shot will probably do more to give away your position than the laser sight.
For the people to whom this is actually a tactical concern, there are infrared lasers and night vision. For the rest of us that are actually concerned about the 99.9 percent of armed-civilian encounters, it’s a nonstarter.
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