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Lasers and Improving Hit Ratios

U.S. law enforcement officers are some of the best-trained shooters in the world, but hit ratios from shootings in the field are staggeringly low.  NIJ data shows that police officers using traditional sighting and training methods hit their mark only 25% of the time when shots are fired.  Remember: these are trained professionals.  They are men and women who must qualify on the range with high scores in order to keep their jobs.

Missed shots pose big problems.  First and foremost, a miss means that the gunfight is still on, so the situation remains dangerous.  The second problem is that as a gunowner, you are accountable for every bullet you fire.  Bullets that miss the mark must land somewhere.  A stray bullet that hits an innocent bystander is your responsibility.

So why are hit ratios so low?  First, more than 80% of shootings occur at night, which makes aiming difficult.  Secondly, most armed encounters involve movement of the officer and/or the subject.  Again, hindering aim.  Lastly, if you add the sresses of a life or death situation, it's easy to see why so many rounds miss their mark.

When it comes to accuracy under high stress, laser sights give you an immediate and decisive advantage that no other handgun accessory can equal.  Improving your ability to aim under low-light and stressful situations will help you survive an armed encounter.  Bottom line: laser sights are a tool that improves your ability to see, evaluate, and aim.


Crimson Trace laser sights are used by hundreds of law enforcement agencies and military units worldwide.  Crimson Trace lasers have a proven record of performance and durability in the toughest laboratories - the streets and combat zones of the world.  The numbers bear out in Crimson Trace laser sights' success.  Agencies using Crimson Trace lasers are seeing hit ratios of more than 90% in officer-involved shootings.  That's a phenomenal 300% increase over historic levels.

 



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