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JUN 2019

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THE WINNING EDGE 98 P O L I C E J U N E 2 019 shield to get a view of the iron sights or red-dot sights on a handgun through a view port. With a laser sight, the pistol can be held closer to the shield and not require the same degree of exposure. Using green lasers on firearms can help distinguish lethal weapon sighting from a less-lethal weapon or ECW sight- ing, which has traditionally used a red laser sighting system. For officers using red-dot equipped optics, the projected green laser will not confuse their point of aim when they look through their handgun or rifle RDS. NON-TRADITIONAL SIGHTING We have all heard at some point in our career that the key to improving marks- manship is front sight focus. In my ex- perience, I shoot paper and steel much better when I can really focus on the front sight, making the rear sight fuzzy and the target a bit blurry. However, in force-on-force training or real-world shootings, we often hear the officer re- port that they are doing a "flash front sight" or what could be called "point shooting" as they focus on their threat and fire. It is frustrating as a firearms instructor to spend hours on a range trying to reinforce a fundamental sight picture, only to have it not translate over to real use-of-force applications. In my testing, the use of a green laser greatly improved the shooters' awareness of where their rounds will strike while tracking a moving target or watching the hands of a role player who is trying to dig though pockets to pro- duce a weapon, a wallet, a cellphone, or nothing at all. I have found that when handling my firearm in non-traditional stances like Usings Lasers and Optics T he Streamlight TLR-2HL Green, a combination LED weaponlight/green laser piggy back, has become my primary light laser on long guns. I installed the laser at the six o' clock position on my forend and zeroed the lasers at 50 yards. With my red-dot optic on top of the rifle also zeroed at 50 yards, the holdover on the top of the rifle (about 2 inches) is very close to the hold under of the green laser on the bottom. With both systems activated I can look through my optic and see the red dot and the green dot. At 50 yards they intersect. At any distance closer than 50 yards the round will strike halfway between the red and green dots. So at 7 yards on a hostage rescue target, the red dot holdover might be aimed in the high forehead of the terrorist, but the green laser beam would project around the mouth area, and result in an impact area at the bridge of the nose between the eyes. Red dot optic and green laser on patrol rifle. Both are zeroed at 50 yards with red dot at hold over and laser at hold under. PHOTO: BRIAN MARSHALL

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