Posts Tagged ‘laser’

Feb
28

Range Report: AR-15 Front Sight Laser

Great weather today. Got to try out the new laser.

Front sight tower with laser on RRA AR-15 pistol

Front sight tower with laser on RRA AR-15 pistol

This was a bright, sunny day, and I was shooting at 25 yards from a rest, not looking through the sights – I was basically sitting up straight and aiming solely with the laser. I couldn’t make out the dot on the orange targets, so I improvised a little to have the dot on the white freezer paper.

Adjustment was simple with the brass screws. However, as I had feared, the adjustment screws are just too loose to hold zero. The laser started wandering to the right after a few shots, causing shot placement to go left.

Laser started wandering after a few shots

Laser started wandering after a few shots

A little loctite on the threads took care of that. Unfortunately, all I had on hand was red (stronger) loctite. I do NOT recommend this… use the blue loctite.

Some loctite on the adjustment screws was all it needed.

Some loctite on the adjustment screws was all it needed.

While giving the loctite a few minutes to set up, I sprayed a few gray spots on the paper to help me see the dot.

After another adjustment, I was able to shoot the group below. Also, this will give you an idea of the size of the dot… Looks like it’s about 1/2″ at 25 yards.

All-in-all, I’m pleased with this purchase. It does exactly what I wanted it to do.

Happy shooting.

Feb
27

New Toy! AR-15 Front Sight LASER

UPS dropped this off for me yesterday: Leapers UTG Removable Front Sight Tower with Red LASER.

Leapers UTC Front Sight Tower with LASER - stock image

Leapers UTC Front Sight Tower with LASER - stock image

I had been looking for a laser solution for the RRA AR-15 Pistol for some time, and was having difficulty finding what I wanted. The AR pistol is a flat-top with a free-float tube, and I didn’t want to go through the expense of replacing the free-float tube with a quad-rail. The only thing I could find was optics that had a laser built-in, like this Sightmark. But that Sightmark had poor reviews, and the laser isn’t adjustable, and that just won’t do.

I had about given up when I found the Leapers sight on opticsplanet.com. I was VERY skeptical – Leapers is known for its cheap Chinese crap, and the $29.95 price tag only reinforced my skepticism (looks like they bumped the price up to $34.95).

But I figured what the heck, it’s only $30.

It came in a fancy box with die-cut foam to hold all the individual little parts, including separate holes for each battery.

Fancy Box

Fancy Box

While that’s pretty neat and all, it reinforced my skepticism even further – figure that’s an easy $3 just in packaging. How cheap is this thing?

As it turns out, I was pleasantly surprised. The sight tower and mount seem solid enough, as does the manner in which the laser is mounted. It came with batteries, a tiny screwdriver for adjusting the laser, and an on/off tailcap as well as a remote pressure pad (which I don’t intend on using, but I know a lot of folks will like it).

Mounted: Leapers UTG Removable Front Sight Tower with Red Laser

Mounted: Leapers UTG Removable Front Sight Tower with Red Laser

Another view:

Mounted: Leapers UTG Removable Front Sight Tower with Red Laser

Mounted: Leapers UTG Removable Front Sight Tower with Red Laser

You can see the tiny brass screws for adjusting the laser. They are very easy to turn, which worries me a little – they may require some loctite down the road.

I went ahead and lined it up with the EOTech dot at about 20 feet. I’ll take it outdoors later on and zero it in properly.

The dot is pretty large. This will be fine for my purposes – I wanted something I could use close-range, very quickly, in an emergency situation.

Here’s the dot on the wall about 7 feet away:

Rather large dot

Rather large dot

It looks HUGE in that picture because of the refraction on the white wall. In actuality, it’s close to 1/16″ in diameter at that distance.

We’ll get this rig out to the range to make sure that laser will hold a zero.

Happy shooting.