In episode 9 of the Art of Defense series, Beau Doboszenski of Defensive Mindset Training goes over how a weapon-mounted laser can improve your defense capabilities. Lasers can aid you in multiple ways during a defensive encounter. For example, a laser can be an aid anytime you are forced into a defensive draw. With practice, you can achieve faster on target times and a better first hit percentage.
Other concepts covered in the video include developing a combat sight picture, which allows you to more or less look through the sights and focus more on the threat than just the front sight. Next, the video discusses firing from the retention position. Similar to dry fire practice, the laser allows you develop a sense of aim when drawing and firing from retention. Of course, in these types of defensive scenarios, the engagement are often measure in feet not yards. Continuing on to demarcation, a laser can be a great deterrent when defending a hardpoint such as the home. Some will say this only serves to telegraph your position. However, the best outcome of a gunfight is the one you never have to get into.
Eyesight can be challenging. You may be challenged seeing objects as close as your front sight or as far as the target. In cases where the individual has a astigmatism, it may be both. Running a laser may eliminate the need to focus at a close object, but provide the necessary confidence to take the shot and put down your adversary at range. And this only covers about half of the topics in this episode of Viridian’s Art of Defense series.
Which of the techniques covered in the video did you find most useful? Do you use a laser for home defense or concealed carry? How do you train with your weapon mounted firearm laser for defensive encounters? Share your answers in the comment section.
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