Snub Training – Laser stocks

Laser stocks are one of those rare self-defense tools that offer multiple advantages with almost no corresponding down sides.  There are some practical and training benefits that a laser equipped snub can be put to.  These include:

1.  A laser is a useful tool for safely evaluating the “lasering” risk when practicing an alternative draw stroke or testing in a new holster. A laser equipped snub can reinforce the importance of keeping the index finger away from the trigger during the draw stroke. 

2.  A laser is a useful trigger control improvement tool when practicing dry fire drills because the advantage of a smooth trigger compression and follow through can be easily observed.

3.  A laser is useful for dry-fire judgment drills. This can be conducted against old crime dramas on a TV, played off an appropriate topic video or used against a dedicated judgment training DVD.

4.  A laser is a practical tool for self-testing various aim-fire vs. point-shooting theories. There are multiple theories about what constitutes point shooting and visual indexed sighting and all have their advocates.  The laser lets the shooter test all these ideas against various targets, distances and time constraints.

5.  A laser is an excellent tool for introducing “range of sight wobble.” An actual sight picture is never as picture perfect as the wall poster at the gun club. A laser can help demonstrate the acceptable range of a human handheld sight picture and encourage the shooter to work with the natural range of this wobble.

6.  A laser is an excellent tool for live fire range experimenting with multiple stance options and grip positions. The shooter can clearly view the effect stance and grip options have on recoil control and return time back to the target.

7. A laser is an excellent tool for identifying and self-correcting flinch on the live fire range.

8.  A laser is an excellent tool for shooting from behind awkward cover. One of the hardest positions to defend from is seated and seat belted inside a car. A laser is a great aid when forced to shoot around the windshield, weak handed or around the A-post with the strong hand.

9.  When physically grappling with an attacker a traditional sight picture can be difficult to obtain.  A laser lets the defender observe the pending point of impact as well as identify possible back stop dangers.

10.  When fighting off more than one attacker the laser can be used to aim against a second attacker while maintaining physical control over the first.

11.  When trying to control either single or multiple attackers, sometimes the laser offers deterrent and / or intimidation value.

12.  Learning to shoot weak hand only on a range or fight weak hand only in an emergency is easier with a laser. A laser in either situation is much more likely to produce more accurate hits.

13.  Mid-fight injuries often prevent the shooter from raising the gun to eye level. Being able to accurately align the barrel with the target when arm motion is limited is simple with a laser.

14.  The laser is the single best tool for confirming that the snub’s barrel and a beam of a handheld flashlight are aligned upon the same target.  Once the flashlight has confirmed the threat, the laser can confirm that the snub is aimed at the same spot.

15.  Some older shooters develop poor near vision while retaining excellent far sight vision.  Eyewear can help but can easily be lost in the course of an assault.  A laser can aid far sighted shooters when iron sights are hard to focus on.


3 Responses to Snub Training – Laser stocks

  1. Jeff B. says:

    Great post, and I agree entirely. Unfortunately, most of the appeal of carrying my J/D/K-Frame snubbies is that with Barami Hip-Grips, they’re extremely comfortable and discreet.

    Do you think we’ll ever see a laser sight for a snubbie that incorporates the Hip-Grip/Lip-Grip/whatever? I’ve heard that the powers-that-be at Crimson Trace hate the idea, but maybe from one of their competitors?

    • Dear Jeff:

      I hope this note finds you well.

      That is a great question. Sadly, I think the answer is no. I too have heard that that question has been poised to the Crimson Trace folks and that they were under enthusiastic about the prospect.

      Laser Max might if they thought there was enough market interest.

      Along those lines, I will try combining one of the glue-on Clip Draw “clip-on holster” clips.

      With a little judicious care and a needle-nose pliers the Clip-Draw’s Universal Clip-Draw revolver clip might me made to fit around the plastic plate under the Laser Max laser emitter.

      I will call John Rugh at Clip-Draw on Tuesday and get his feedback. Maybe we can work out a proto-type. If it can be done I will post up the results here.

      Thank you again for a great question. Thank you also for your interest in the SnubTraining blog.


      Michael de Bethencourt

  2. Jeff B. says:

    Thanks, I appreciate it! I’ve been wondering about the glue-on Clipdraws (I’ve actually had much better luck with them over the past few years than I’d have figured) and the LaserMax. I still don’t care for the “have to turn it on before the gunfight” nature of the Laser Max, but I don’t have any other idea.

    Your idea sure sounds better than my Crimson Trace+CrazyGlue+Popsicle Stick idea 🙂

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