CTC laser stocks on a Ruger SP101

Laser stocks are one of those rare firearm accessories that offer both self-defense and training advantages with almost no subsequent disadvantages. A few of the laser stock’s benefits include:

 1.   A laser is an exceptional tool for safely evaluating any possible “lasering” risks. It is ideal when testing various draw strokes or evaluating a new holster in an atypical carry or access position.

2.   A laser is a useful trigger control training tool when practicing dry fire drills. The advantages of a smooth trigger compression and follow through can be easily observed.

3.   A laser is useful for dry-fire judgment drills. Dry fire mock judgment drills can be conducted against old crime dramas on a TV, played off an appropriate topic specific video or used against a dedicated judgment training DVD.

4.   A laser is an excellent tool for introducing “sight picture wobble.” An actual sight picture is never as picture perfect as the wall poster at the gun club. A laser can help demonstrate the range of an actual handheld sight picture and encourage the shooter to work with the natural range of normal hand trembling.

5.   A laser is an excellent tool for testing both stance options and grip positions. A shooter can clearly view the effect stance and grip options have on recoil control and lag time back to the target.

6.   A laser is an excellent tool for identifying and self-correcting live fire flinching. When used in conjunction with a video recorder a shooter can observe any possible flinch problem as well as any subsequent improvement.

7.   A laser is a practical tool for testing all the various sighted-fire and point-shooting theories. A laser aids the shooter in evaluating all the theories against a variety of targets at variable distances and against realistic time constraints.

8.   Learning to shoot weak-hand-only on a range or having to fight weak-hand-only in an emergency is made easier with a laser. A laser in either situation is much more likely to produce more consistent hits even on a small target.

9.   A laser is an excellent tool for shooting from behind cover or from an awkward position. A laser is a great aid when forced to shoot out of the driver’s side door with the left hand or around the car’s A-post with the right hand.

10. The laser is the single best tool for confirming that the handgun’s barrel and the flashlight’s beam are indexed on the same object.  Once the flashlight has confirmed the threat the laser’s dot is can easily be positioned in the center of the flashlight’s beam.

11. A laser can aid far sighted shooters when iron sights are hard to focus on. As some shooters get older they can suffer a reduction in near vision acuity. While eyewear can help with reduction in near vision they can easily be lost in the course of a physical assault. 

12. When trying to control an attacker, sometimes the laser can aid by providing deterrent and/or intimidation value.

13. When grappling with an attacker a traditional sight picture can be difficult to obtain.  A laser lets the defender observe the pending point of impact.

14. A mid-fight injury can often prevent a shooter from raising his gun to eye level. A laser permits a shooter to accurately align the barrel with the target when his arm motion is otherwise limited

15. When dealing with a pair of attackers the laser can be used to aim at a second threat while still maintaining physical control over the near threat.