How Do Pistols Work? A Guide to Pistol Laser Sights
There are many makers of pistol laser sights, each proclaiming their superiority. Each has its own unique selling point and unique features. Choosing a pistol laser sight is not an easy task. It is important to choose a sight that best suits your needs and your pocketbook. In this article we review three choices for any budget and general shooting applications.
If you do not have the time for the technical details, read the list below for our top recommended pistol laser sight for concealed carry. The final thoughts for this pistol laser sight review are simply to make sure that you are purchasing a product that will work in your handgun. For instance, we suggest you avoid any product that requires a serial number. We prefer the ones that come with a one-hand cocking handle, and are easily disassembled for storage. If your budget restricts customization, look for those laser sights that can be adjusted in any focal adjustment, and are easily adjustable for windage, so you can place it exactly where you need it.
Streamlight TLR-2: Streamlight's third place finish in our pistol laser sight review is also third in quality. Streamlight is a small company with a few retail stores scattered throughout the country, but they are well known in the gun market as having the best laser sights and other devices for the money. For under two hundred dollars, you get a Streamlight TLR2 that is comparable in performance to other major brand laser sights. With a one-piece construction, it is simple to operate, has a high beam and accurate distance performance. It is important to note that the Streamlight did not receive any of our best points for its ergonomic design.
EOTech holsters: If you are looking for a pistol laser sight that will perform well no matter what your surroundings are, try the EOTech holsters. EOTech holsters are designed to work with a specific guns, so it will give you the greatest compatibility between all your firearms. They come with a belt clip or a paddle clip, making it easy to use. The holster itself folds or pops open easily, allowing you to quickly and efficiently take your gun out.
Aimglasses Laser sight with optional bullet shield: We love Aimglasses for their durability, but they have another advantage as well. With a laser clarity that is four hours (or better) of range, Aimglasses give you the most accurate time possible with their low battery indicators. Battery indicators on Aimglasses indicate the battery level each time the laser is triggered. This feature alone makes them excellent for hunters, military personnel, and anyone else that needs to know exactly where they are in the general area when the gun is fired.
MMR laser pen: The MMR is arguably the most popular model of laser pen, and for good reason. They offer high quality construction, a crisp, clean line, and a fast release time. The drawback of the MMR is that its rechargeable batteries only last up to six hours of usage. While this is enough time to get a clean shot, it's certainly not enough to shoot an entire hunting session. That said, the high quality construction of the MMR ensures you get years of use out of your gun.
Rail-mounted laser sight with optional bullet shield: The final model we're going to look at is the rail-mounted laser sight with an optional bullet shield. These pistols are ideal for close quarter battle or quick target changes because their smaller size allows for perfect accuracy at ranges up to three hundred feet. However, their compact design also means the pistol can't be loaded with traditional ammo. To solve this problem, manufacturers have designed the pistol to accept a small twenty-eight inch diameter silencer, which greatly reduces the muzzle noise but also makes the pistol less powerful than its larger, more powerful brothers. Like the MMR, the rails are equipped with a spring-loaded connector, so you won't need to worry about changing magazines when you run out of ammo.
This is your basic guide to using a pistol laser sight. Basically, the optic path of the laser beam is determined by a couple of factors. First, the focal adjustment, which controls how focused the laser beam is. Next, distance is determined by a second setting called the parallel method, which involves computing the distance between the front sight and the rear sight on a pistol. The final setting, the pointing reticle, controls how the laser beam is pointed at the target. You'll need to experiment a bit to figure out exactly what combination works best for your situation.