How NOT To Test Your Pistol LASER

    So this guy is testing what looks to be a 1911 with laser. I am assuming possibly a Kimber with factory Crimson Trace? Well regardless of the make and model, the shooter clearly does not have a grasp of the Firearm Rules of Safety.

    • ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction. This is the primary rule of gun safety. … (your hand is not a safe direction)
    • ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot. … (if it wasnt there it can’t go off)
    • ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready to use. (cant shoot bullets if it isn’t in there)

    Pretty simple right? But complacency creeps up and people do stupid things. I cringe every time I see someone in a gun shop hold a pistol in their hands and cradle the muzzle with their other hand. I say something and I always get the moronic response “It’s ok, it isn’t loaded”. No excuses. This is how you build bad habits. By assuming things and repeating poor firearm handling it is easier to have an accident.

    Ok, so I got the safety lecture out of the way. Watch the video. The shooter is trying to get his laser to show up. It doesn’t work. So he puts his left hand over the laser which just so happens to also cover up the muzzle. Meanwhile the gun is loaded and chambered. To make matters worse he keeps his finger on the trigger If the gun in the video is using a Crimson Trace laser, then it probably has a pressure switch under the trigger guard and is activated by squeezing your middle finger as you grip the gun. This works great for shooting since it is natural to squeeze the grip anyway. However people like this get confused and start squeezing things without paying attention. I am not sure who the other guy in the video is. But he is clearly watching this happen and doesn’t say anything or do anything to correct the shooter. If he is a range officer, he is clearly failing to do his job.

    Nicholas C

    Steadicam Gun Operator
    Night Vision & Thermal Aficionado
    Flashlight/Laser Enthusiast
    USPSA competitor

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