How useful is a visible aiming laser on a firearm? Whether it's a red laser or a highly visible green laser, is it that much useful than companies claim them to be?
Let's find it out in this comparison guide including some short video demos.
Top 7 Reasons A Visible Aiming Laser Is Helpful & Fun To Use
- Show new shooters how sensitive point of aim can shift due to grip tremor & recoil anticipation
- Training for steady aim & better trigger control
- Use for signaling
- Great shooting experience for new shooters & for plinking on a flat range
- Great shooting experience for new shooters plinking on a flat range
- Can use to assist optic zeroing process (Different than using a laser bore sight)
- Laser pointer can add fear factor in personal defense situation
Top 5 Reasons A Visible Aiming Is Useless In The Real World
See more laser device setups like the DBAL here
- The laser pointer may not be visible enough to the shooter if aiming through tree lines, crowds, lot of movements, or long distance
- Compromises the shooter's position at night in real world applications
- Hard to reacquire the laser pointer during fast follow up shots (Easier to use iron sight or red dot)
- Very hard to acquire & reacquire the laser pointer during the day or in any lit up environments at night
- Can lose zero over time
Flat Range VS Outdoor Range VS Real World
On a flat range, using an aiming laser such as the Streamlight TLR8A, Crimson Trace, DBAL and whatnot can enhance the shooting experience.
For anyone new to shooting, it's a blast to see the laser beam during a course of fire.
For real world use, there are so many factors that we have covered in the section above that makes a visible laser not as effective.
How Useful Is An IR Laser Pointer ?
The infrared aiming laser works only visible under night vision goggles. It's much more visible and easier to pick up in total darkness than picking up a visible laser with the naked eye.
Getting into night vision can be expensive - See cost breakdown here.