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Old 01-10-2017, 10:57 AM   #1
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Red Dot or green laser?

Looking for suggestions from those with experience. I have a P226L that is used for HD. I use trifocal glasses but do not need them for distance but do for up close. Would a Red Dot sight or a green laser be the better choice? I would want to keep the cost <$300. Which models would you recommend? Thanks.
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Old 01-10-2017, 10:58 AM   #2
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Personally I prefer red dot reflex sites. The stupid lasers jump around too much.
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Green is the easiest color for the human eye to distinguish but go to a local gun shop and try both to see which works best for you.
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Green is the easiest color for the human eye to distinguish but go to a local gun shop and try both to see which works best for you.
Maybe I assumed wrong that he was asking about Reflex vs Laser.

Green is easier to pick up if you are just talking Laser and they reflect better off of different surfaces.
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Maybe I assumed wrong that he was asking about Reflex vs Laser.

Green is easier to pick up if you are just talking Laser and they reflect better off of different surfaces.
Yes, I have green Viridian lasers on a CZ - P01 and my wife has one on her G43 which we both like. I have never looked through the Reflex sights and what I really would like opinions on is if the laser would be better for HD or would the Reflex be better keeping in mind my eyesight challenge?
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I have three Vortex red dots on my Glocks and Walther Q5 match. I have trouble with my eyesight. I also have a new Sig MK 25 with a red dot. The green I read are good for outdoor shooting easy to see. The wife and I have CT lasers in red on several guns. The lasers a great but at the old age we have the shakes which makes you know how old you are when you are target shooting .
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I have three Vortex red dots on my Glocks and Walther Q5 match. I have trouble with my eyesight. I also have a new Sig MK 25 with a red dot. The green I read are good for outdoor shooting easy to see. The wife and I have CT lasers in red on several guns. The lasers a great but at the old age we have the shakes which makes you know how old you are when you are target shooting .
Thank you for the comments, I am currently leaning toward the Vortex Viper. May I ask what mounting methods did you use for the Sig MK? I certainly can relate to the shaking....just do not jive any longer.
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tevans9129, I don't know the size of your house, but how long could your "longest shot be? The reason I ask, is the diameter of the laser beam spot on target, versus the diameter of the reflexes dot, at that range.
For someone with impaired vision, it is going to depend on what you see best, at the distances you will be operating at.
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Having used both Reflex and Laser I much prefer the reflex/red dot over laser. Laser ends up shaky even if you are young the red dot (to me) is much easier to use and maintain my accuracy with.
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I prefer red dot sights....got one from Sig ($150) and another one from Hawke ($60) both work great and give great results....since my eye sight has been getting what it is for my age, these sights are a great help

Can't talk about laser sights as they are strictly forbidden over here
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Red dot or laser is not going to make any difference if your shaking but the laser will point out your shaking which may be used as an aid to work on reducing it.
Neither sight is going to compensate for shaking even if the red dot doesn't highlight your shakiness it's still there. The advantage of the laser is you could shoot from a very awkward position because you don't have to acquire a sight picture, you could be sitting in a chair with the gun on your lap and take a very accurate shot something the red dot doesn't offer.
For my nightstand gun I have a Streamlight laser/light combo on a G-19 with a G-17 mag and grip adapter.

For HD I think the laser is the more versatile option.

Just my $.02
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The Sig MK-25 came with The Sig Red dot. Only have 100+ rounds thru the gun right now but the Sig (RX) red dot is working good.
The Viper has screws to lock the settings after you make the adjustments you have to remove the red dot sight to lock the settings and then reinstall the red dot on the slide because the rear sight blocks the locking screws. That is the only drawback to the Viper.

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Consider the dark

You're pretty likely to need an HD weapon in the dark. With a red dot you would need to provide a light source. A green laser will provide sufficient ambient light to see a target. So unless you're also carrying a tactical light with you I don't see the red dot as practical for HD.
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I have a Viridian green laser/lite combo on a P220 with my old eyes (67) lining up sights in a dark house would require a time out. Wife is legally blind but can put her Hogue red laser on the money. She's Albino and can actually see better at night. Lasers for us!
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Since you (the OP) do not need glasses for distance, I think either one will work find for you. With the red dot, you learn to focus on the target with both eyes open. Thus, you are looking at a "distant" target (comparatively speaking). The same with the laser. The dot on the target at a "distance" is what you are looking for.

I am starting to come around to the idea of a mini red dot due to the potential for increased speed of target acquisition once you get used to using the red dot.
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