Erin’s Mom has now test-driven her newly laser-equiped Ruger LCR. She’s 72 and has arthritis and failing eyesight, and she dusted up that target right proper.
Erin was asking me why some people seem hesitant about lasers on guns.
There’s a few reasons that come to mind.
First: Good ones aren’t cheap! They need to be precise, rugged, and hold their zero even under recoil….none of those things come cheap. A lot of people can’t stomach putting a $100-$200 laser onto a $300 gun.
Second: Gunnies are resistant to change. I remember when Glocks first started showing up. People didn’t like the idea of a “Plastic Gun” (hell GIs in Viet Nam started a rumor that the synthetic stocks of the brand-new M16s were made by the Mattel toy company!) got people nervous…but also people didn’t trust the Glock because it didn’t have an exposed hammer or a manual safety to manipulate….tho revolvers with those exact features had been around for almost a century when the Glock 17 first hit the market. People still carry revolvers and 1911s even tho they are now considered VERY old technology. Do you know anybody who drives a Model A Ford, or works on a Tandy computer? Yet there are people carrying guns made from OLDER technology than those things.
That’s not saying that these old tried-and-true guns don’t work like a champ, because they do…but gunnies do have a habit of thinking older is better.
Last: Lasers have come a LONG way in relatively recent years. Just read this this crazy story on how the laser sight on The Terminator’s AMT Hardballer long-slide worked. The site was so jury-rigged that Arnie actually had to flip the sight on with his off hand on the battery pack in his pocket that was connected to the gun by a wire!
Another one that comes to mind is the SMG in Cobra, that sight IS HUGE! And who knows how well it works or how long that MONSTER battery pack keeps the laser shining.
Also both of these guns depended on the laser because it obscured the sights, so when the battery died you’d just have rely on point-shooting.
Essentially lasers on guns in the 80s and 90s is a similar Hollywood showmanship as people holding guns sideways…it may look cool to the uninitiated, but its total garbage to anybody who actually shoots.
Of course this isn’t the case anymore. Today’s lasers last a long time, they’re small and unobtrusive, and if the thing stops working you always have the sights, and you can even use BOTH sighting systems at the same time.
What do you think?