In the long history of handgun development, laser optics are a relatively new creation.
Laser optics represent a departure from the standard sighting systems found on handguns for over a century, and while lasers have grown immensely in popularity over the past two decades there are still a number of misconceptions about their functionality and use.
When used properly, lasers are a very effective tool for close-range shooting and are a valuable addition to a personal protection handgun. The key to using lasers successfully involves understanding how lasers work and learning how to use them effectively. Shooting a firearm with a laser doesn’t require shooters to change the way that they shoot, and rather than being considered a gimmick or a crutch, laser optics should be viewed as a valuable tool that can improve accuracy, speed and confidence. That requires an understanding of basic laser function and how they can benefit shooters.
We’ve compiled some of the most common misconceptions about lasers to help explain the truth about these beneficial optics.
- Misconception: Lasers are only accurate at a very specific range.
For years shooters have spread the notion that lasers are only effective at a very specific range, usually a few yards, and that beyond that range accuracy begins to deteriorate. This myth is largely due to the fact that many shooters sight their laser in too close, say seven to ten feet.
The laws of geometry state that two non-parallel lines intersect at only one point, and if the laser is sighted in at close range, the steep angle of the beam ensures that the projectile won’t strike where it was intended to at longer ranges. To remedy this, sight your laser in at fifty feet or so, and the bullet will strike very close to the point of aim at close range as well.