Are Lasers A Help Or A Crutch? You Decide

If you have spent any amount of time listening to conversations in the gun world, you have no doubt heard some interesting opinions and beliefs. Gun folks are an incredibly passionate bunch of people, who are often times generous to a fault. At any given time, you can stumble across conversations on caliber, methods of carry, and which gun works best with what accessories and why. These are all fantastic topics to discuss, with a wealth of information available to assist you in making the best choice for your personal defense options.

One topic that comes up often is the pros and cons of lasers. One statement that absolutely makes me grind my teeth is when a well-meaning soul attempts to help a newer shooter by pointing out lasers and saying, “Well, where ever you put that red dot is where the bullet will go.” While technically this may have merit, the statement leaves out so much actual information and instills a feeling of dangerous over-confidence.


What our well-intentioned friend is overlooking is the need for proper training and practice. It can be too tempting to overlook using the sights on the gun, and relying entirely upon the location of the beautiful red (or green or blue) dot is sitting. Even though the laser is there to assist, knowing how to apply the fundamentals is critical. Proper grip, trigger press, and sight alignment are still required whether you active your accessory or not.

Another concern expressed with newer shooters is thinking the dot needs to be completely steady and unmoving, as they have not yet realized that with breathing and heartbeats, your body does move. What is a tiny movement on the shooters end, translates into a large movement downrange. This does tend to shake the confidence of some folks as they being their journey into the shooting sports.

One other thing to be aware of is how your laser operates. Is it grip mounted, activated when you apply the proper grip and pressure? Do you manually have to activate it with a finger, pushing a button? Make sure you understand exactly how your particular model works, and practice the motions often.

There are several gun manufacturers who offer the option of a laser built-in. Remington, M&P, Kimber are just a few options to consider as you do your research. Thanks to advancements in technology, red is no longer the only color available. While they may be a bit more difficult to find still, blue and green have made an appearance on the scene.

Lasers can be an advantage, but exercise caution in their use and application. Avoid falling into the complacency trap, and forgetting your fundamentals. A laser is a mechanical device, and as we all know, mechanical devices WILL fail. Unfortunately they seem to pick the worst times to konk out on us, so make sure you can handle things with proper training.