Guns are machines. Complete with springs and levers and mechanisms. They are a tool. The user on the other end is a human being. Complete with sensation and perception characteristics that involve muscles, nerves and neural function. Laser sights assist that human being in becoming more proficient with the “machine” by relating closely to the way the human body functions – by instinct, through muscle memory.
Laser sights were not designed to replace pistol sights, nor are they a singular substitute for learning proper technique and fundamentals with a firearm. Lasers are a tool. An exceptional tool, but a tool nonetheless. A laser allows the user to essentially project their front site onto their target. Training with a laser sight not only bolsters the overall skill level of the shooter by enhancing proper fundamentals, but it provides lifesaving characteristics that can be depended on in moments of crisis.
Laser sights drastically increase target visibility by helping the shooter do what is natural in a crisis - keep their eyes on the threat. In self defense scenarios, it is critical to be sure of your target and to place accurate shots. As opposed to the square range, that target is unlikely to be standing still, and there is a high probability of stimulus that makes focusing on pistol sights not only slower, but less accurate.
Training with laser sights, in tandem with pistol sight fundamentals, allow the shooter to become more well rounded by offering immediate feedback on muzzle placement, sight alignment, sight picture, arc of movement and trigger control. The skilled self defense shooter has long recognized laser sights as a critical tool in moments of crisis, and works to become proficient with both fixed sights as well as laser sights.
Both novice and advanced shooters alike can see a tremendous training benefit from using laser sights for dry fire practice. Noting all firearm safety rules without fail - “dry firing” is just that – completing the trigger pull sans live ammunition, with the action “dry”. Dry firing with laser sights can help shooters identify accurate sight picture and sight alignment by offering a visual indicator to help them self-correct.
Skilled and developing shooters can use dry fire to explore more sophisticated tactics such as targeting from awkward shooting positions, working around corners, or “periscoping” over the top of obstacles. Beginning shooters can use dry fire to help develop that much needed “trigger feel” for accurate shot placement and overall skill with your self defense firearm.