NC Star Tactical Blue Laser

Aaron
by Aaron

When visiting the NC Star booth at SHOT Show this year the big attraction was the company’s introduction of their new “Tactical Blue Laser” devices . Touted as the “first blue laser technology”, NC Star is hoping to promote blue light lasers over traditional red, or even green lasers. The NC Star “Tactical Blue Laser” comes in a laser/flashlight combination, or as a stand-alone blue laser in standard and compact models. Each has a Picatinny rail mounting attachment.

The NC Star Compact Blue Laser with QD release lever.

The benefit of green lasers comes from the fact they provide a bright aiming point in both daylight and lowlight conditions. Red lasers are great in lowlight conditions, but suffer during bright light conditions. The blue laser option also provides a very bright aiming point in both daylight and lowlight conditions, but is designed to extend battery life as much as 4x-5x longer than green lasers. In addition, blue lasers are not susceptible to cold weather like green lasers. However, like green lasers, the blue laser will have a “laser beam trace” if there are particulates in the air. This new technology is very beneficial to shooters and may be the ideal laser selection for brightness and longevity.

The stand-alone laser is designed more for long guns with separate flashlight mounts, but could easily be attached to handguns where the shooter chooses to use a hand-held flashlight. In the same consideration, the blue laser/flashlight combo is designed more for handguns but could easily be used for long guns as well.

The NC Star blue laser with push-button end cap activation.

According to staff, NC Star engineers have been developing the new Tactical Blue Laser for many years to ensure the final product was not only viable, but affordable as well. The technology that brought about the NC Star blue laser aiming device is patent-pending.

NC Star Flashlight & Blue Laser Features (Model #VAQPFLSBL)

  • Housing Material – Aluminum and reinforced nylon
  • Length – 3.4 inches (86.36 mm)
  • Width – 1.4 inches (35.56 mm)
  • Height – 1.9 inches (48.26 mm)
  • Weight – 4.0 ounces with batteries (113.398 g)
  • Flashlight – 200 lumen Cree LED (3W)
  • Battery – (2) CR123A (Included)
  • Laser – 450nm, max output

The NC Star blue laser/flashlight is a nice combination aiming aid. The 200 lumen Cree LED flashlight is bright enough to illuminate and identify any target out to about 50 yards, with the potential to be successful even out to 100 yards depending on environmental conditions. If targets are expected to be beyond that distance I would recommend using a separate, higher powered flashlight with the NC Star stand-alone blue laser option.

The blue laser/flashlight activation switch is very similar to the Streamlight TLR-1. Unfortunately, my floor photographs of the blue laser/flashlight combination were somehow lost, and NC Star has not added them to their site.

http://www.ncstar.com/new-arrivals/new-optics-acc.html

NC Star Blue Laser Features (Model #VAPRLSMBL)

  • Housing Material – Aluminum and reinforced nylon
  • Length – 3.5 inches (88.90 mm)
  • Width – 1.1 inches (27.94 mm)
  • Height – 1.4 inches (35.56 mm)
  • Weight – 3.6 ounces with batteries (102.058 g)
  • Flashlight – 200 lumen Cree LED (3W)
  • Battery – (1) CR123A (Included) – 30+ hours of battery life
  • Laser – 450nm, max output
The push-button end cap offers momentary on/off.
Mounted to an AR-15 with remote pressure switch.

The NC Star Blue Laser is best suited for long-gun use as the laser controls are not easily turned on/off with one-hand. The remote pressure switch is a great addition that allows the shooter to “illuminate” targets while maintaining the comfortable and natural weapon grip of their choice.

NC Star Compact Blue Laser w/ QD Release (Model #VAQPTLMBL)

  • Housing Material – Aluminum and reinforced nylon
  • Length – 2.9 inches (73.66 mm)
  • Width – 1.0 inches (25.4 mm)
  • Height – 1.5 inches (38.1 mm)
  • Weight – 3.7 ounces with batteries (104.893 g)
  • Flashlight – 200 lumen Cree LED (3W)
  • Battery – (1) CR123A (Included) – 30+ hours of battery life
  • Laser – 450nm, max output
The Compact blue laser with QD release lever only offers on/off selection.

The NC Star Compact Blue Laser with QD release lever has several nice features. It is compact, provides the same performance levels as the other blue laser options, and has a QD release lever. However, the push-button on/off switch limits the versatility of its use, making this model a little less palatable for my tastes.

Aaron
Aaron

Aaron is a life-long firearm enthusiast and hunter. He has been a police officer for nearly 19 years, and currently is a Sergeant in Special Operations. He has served on the department's SWAT Team for 14 years, with 8 years as the Sniper Team Leader. When not fussing over fractions of inches, and gut-less wonders, he can usually be found sipping from a ridiculously large coffee mug. Aaron is also the editor and main writer at BlueSheepDog.com.

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  • Tom Currie Tom Currie on Feb 04, 2015

    OK, I understand the benefits of "red" lasers (cheapest, simplest laser technology) and "green" lasers (greatest visual response by the human eye), but what advantage would a "blue" laser have beyond simply being a different color that you could tell apart from all those dozens of red and green spots on the target your entire platoon is aiming at?

  • Stephen Stephen on Feb 04, 2015

    Airsofters rejoice! CNC Star will complete their rainbow of lasers collection by 2021.

    Seriously? Blue?

    NC has THE worst QC of any company I have run across. Even kids with nerf guns won't put NC Star stuff on their rigs. NC states its high speed and their engineers have come up with the blue laser (translation they purchased a bunch of blue laser diodes on ebay from a cheap chinese company and slapped them into the same poor QC housings).

    I have a hard time believing blue is the new green.

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