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Laser sight

Post by aimtrue » 13 Dec 2012, 12:56

Greetings

I would like to hear your opinions about having a laser sight on a FNX-40.

Is is effective? Overkill? A waste of money?

If of value, can you recommend a brand and model?

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Re: Laser sight

Post by blueorison » 13 Dec 2012, 15:11

aimtrue wrote:Greetings

I would like to hear your opinions about having a laser sight on a FNX-40.

Is is effective? Overkill? A waste of money?

If of value, can you recommend a brand and model?
What's your application.

Range fun/training/SD/HD/Carry/Car etc.?
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Re: Laser sight

Post by aimtrue » 13 Dec 2012, 16:05

Low light self defense.

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Re: Laser sight

Post by blueorison » 13 Dec 2012, 22:11

aimtrue wrote:Low light self defense.
If you train and understand it, then I would recommend it.

I can only recommend lasers in a VERY specific situation/application. And it would be the above.

Training is vital. Your eyes are drawn to the laser, taking up mental and optical resources. Train to use it as a tool, not to let it use your eyes. See more. If you do not see, you cannot react.

99.99% of people I have met and shot with that have used lasers do not know how to use them properly.

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Re: Laser sight

Post by aimtrue » 14 Dec 2012, 01:21

Thank you for your comments.

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Re: Laser sight

Post by fooschnickens » 15 Dec 2012, 20:41

Pretty much as blue said. Learn to shoot the pistol without it, else it will become a crutch that will hinder your progress. Lasers are also useful for dry firing drills as you can see precisely how much your input to the pistol is affecting your POI.
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Re: Laser sight

Post by aimtrue » 11 Jan 2013, 08:15

After checking various laser/flashlight sights, I chose the modestly priced Fire-Field Interchangeable combo kit. The mounting installed easily onto the FNX-40 rail.

I first screwed the flashlight into the housing and was pleased at the brightness and distance the beam of light projected. Next, I unscrewed the flashlight and screwed in the laser.

I configured the green laser beam directly in front of the front sight aiming it at a target placed at 10 yards and then locked the four set screws.

The entire process took only a few short minutes.

At the range I placed two targets on a frame 10 yards from my shooting position. My initial shots were aimed using the front sight and not the laser.

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I then used the laser for my next shots


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There is not much difference in my accuracy using either sighting.

However, the laser is an excellent means for attaining fast acquisition on target. At this point, I intend to continue using the front sight the majority of time and will use the laser if and when I deem it necessary.

I will mount the flashlight whenever I carry the pistol during night hours.




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Re: Laser sight

Post by aimtrue » 11 Feb 2013, 16:04

I took the comments of blueorison to heart regarding training and the use of a laser as a tool and not a replacement for my normal shooting eye mechanics.

What I have determined is that for short defensive distances I should continue to either point shoot or use my front sight to target – completely disregarding the use of the laser for setup. There does not seem to be enough time to use the laser for immediate short distance defensive shooting.

However, when a target is beyond 10 yards, I quickly establish with the laser a field for aiming. In a fraction of time, I automatically shift and focus my eyes to the 3-dot sight system and begin to fire as my point of aim reaches the target.

The results of this technique has been fairly good in the limited shooting I have done. I hope to improve my skills to the extent that my use of the laser will reach the level of my traditional accuracy.

An added note, I have purchased a FNS-40 and mounted a laser. This pistol is now my daily carry gun. The FNX-40 has become my bedside gun with a flashlight mounted on it.

This is a photo of a 15 yard target peppered by my FNS-40 using a quick laser view to set up my shots:


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I think it is a good start.

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Re: Laser sight

Post by blueorison » 11 Feb 2013, 16:23

Good shooting, solid mindset.

Carry on, sir.

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Re: Laser sight

Post by aimtrue » 14 Feb 2013, 09:18

One final post from me on this thread.

I could not contain myself and went to the range again.

This is the final target I shot using the laser with my last fourteen round magazine at a 10 yard target.


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