Laser sights enhance the overall skill level of the shooter by helping to improve the two most important shooting fundamentals: Aiming (which includes Sight Alignment and Sight Picture) and Trigger Control. As a training tool for shooters – and as a teaching tool for instructors – laser sights address these fundamental challenges by providing instant visual feedback.
The benefits of improving shooting fundamentals with laser sights include: increasing muzzle awareness, improving and correcting both sight alignment and sight picture, the obvious advantage of acquiring and maintaining sight picture in low light conditions, decreasing arc of movement, and helping to diagnose and improve trigger control errors.
Beyond basic responsible gun handling safety rules, understanding sight alignment and sight picture are among the two most important skills for all shooters. Laser sights improve and correct sight alignment by producing a visual indicator from the laser beam in relation to proper front and rear sight alignment. This allows shooters to quickly see errors in sight alignment before taking a shot.
In regards to sight picture – the relationship between sight alignment and the downrange target – laser sights provide an instant advantage for training and in application. Lasers improve and correct sight picture by indicating if sights are aligned correctly on target. For expending speed training, lasers indicate shot placement without the need to align sights or acquire sight picture.
Beyond sight alignment and sight picture, trigger control is the most important shooting fundamental for producing accurate shots. Trigger control is also a perishable skill and one that requires constant development for shooters of all skill levels. Trigger feel, function, finger placement, pull and reset also vary from firearm to firearm.
Laser sights help diagnose and improve trigger control errors by showcasing the importance of “surprise break” and follow through. Errors including recoil anticipation, “jerking the trigger” and others are quickly visualized with laser sights by providing instant visual feedback downrange.