Blue Laser from NcStar

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Red. Green. Blue. These three colors, sometimes referred to as RGB, have been used to describe computer monitors, video inputs and a color model used by photographers and programmers. They are also the colors available to shooters adding a laser aiming device to a firearm.

Red lasers have been used for aiming consumer firearms for several decades. Green lasers have become popular in the last few years. Blue lasers are now coming on line.

NcStar will show their rail mounted blue laser at the 2015 SHOT Show. The units will emit a (roughly) 5mW 450nm laser and operate on a single CR123A battery.

According to NcStar, the blue laser will bridge the gap between red and green lasers by:

  • offer better visibility than red lasers,
  • offer increased run time compared to green lasers, and
  • operate in cold weather better than green lasers.

NcStar states this unit will run for 30 or more hours on a single battery. A specific operating temperature range and MSRP is not immediately available. Units will be available with and without a remote pressure switch.



Richard Johnson

An advocate of gun proliferation zones, Richard is a long time shooter, former cop and internet entrepreneur. Among the many places he calls home is http://www.gunsholstersandgear.com/.


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  • the_duck

    I don’t this will hold a zero for very long on anything with significant recoil, but then again that’s what I thought about their Pistolero scope I have on my Mosin that’s still holding up.

    • dan citizen

      I have been pleasantly surprised that an NC star I tried on my Saiga 12 has taken a silly amount of abuse and still works fine.

      What I cannot say is that if I bought a second of the same unit I would get the same results.

      • Me too. I got an NCstar green and it has been running strong for maybe 5 years now on my s12. Bought a sightmark green laser that is almost double the size and it seems to be finicky. It doesn’t adjust correctly either.

  • Sam Schifo

    NcStar isn’t a brand that I’d trust for serious use, but this laser would be cool on one of my .22s or something.

  • Kris

    I also wonder if blue lasers (from NcStar or someone else) will be more visible for red-green color blindness (6-9% of males have this issue). I’ve got deuteranomaly and can see red lasers “ok” but the much vaunted green lasers wash out…I really can’t see them well. Blue hues really pop for me and this might be a good solution.

    • Hi Kris,

      I had not considered that before. Thanks for pointing it out. If you get one, please let us know how it works for you.

      Richard

  • BryanS

    Im worried about the wavelenth of the laser and its effects on the human eye. Blue lasers have all in the past been one of those kinds that you end up with the “Do not look at laser with remaining good eye” types. As in, you get damage from just looking at the beam from the side.

    I dont trust a Chinese company to care enough about the end user on this. Stay away from that booth without proper eyewear.

  • whskee

    As a Laser Safety Officer, that statement is not true at all. Class 4 lasers are NOT eye-safe from any angle or reasonable distance without Laser Eye Protection in the correct wavelength. Laser classifications aren’t based on power output alone. Trust me, I use a LOT of high-power lasers, I’ve known guys who got exposed to IR lasers and took some damage and didn’t know it right away. We have to get a special eye exam ever year to look for signs of trauma such as scotoma or worse. High-power lasers are not our friends, mm’kay?

    • BryanS

      Thanks for sharing that. I dont work around a lot of lasers like you (I do have a 45w Class 3 IR laser in my basement through… 😀 ) but I remember this being an issue when doing dance / rave planning for a convention a few years back when the new blue lasers hit the market.

      I spent enough money getting my eyes fixed so they focus right, and I’m not about to let Bubba McCheap-Fudd’s trip to the Chinese accessory table at the local gun show ruin my eyesight.

  • gunslinger

    k?

  • Tyler Horne

    I miss them so much…