Why Laser Sights are Overrated

June 10, 2010

When I tell people about my new AR-15 that I bought (a Smith & Wesson M&P15OR with EOTECH night-vision-ready holographic red dot sight, quad-rail w/ covers, vertical fore-grip, and SureFire M951 with momentary switch and infrared filter), the first question I’m asked is invariably the same: did you get a laser sight? The second question is just as consistent: why not? After mentally compiling the list of reasons why I prefer a red dot sight instead, I’ve decided to write them up here.

1. A laser only works in the dark.
True, you can use it in daylight, but it becomes nearly impossible to see. Red dot sights work no matter what the lighting situation.

2. A laser gives away your position.
At the least, a laser lets your enemy know you are on to them. At the worst, it tells them exactly where you are. A red dot sight is only visible to the person holding the weapon.

3. A laser is inaccurate.
Because of the offset between the laser and the barrel of the gun, a laser sight can only be accurate at one distance. And since a bullet falls as it flies, it becomes more inaccurate the farther your target is. A red dot sight has the same problem, but if you zero it at 25 meters, it’s also zeroed at 300 meters (on an AR-15). Since lasers mount below the barrel or to the side, their beam only crosses the path of the bullet once.

4. A laser won’t be visible if the target is too far away.
A laser beam never expands (kinda the point), so what is 1/16 of an inch across up close is still only 1/16 of an inch a mile away. A red dot sight is always the same size, regardless of the target distance.

5. Lasers don’t actually have a visible beam.
Those of us who know guns already know this, but most people still have a misconception (taken mostly from Hollywood) that laser sights have a visible beam that originates on the weapon and terminates on the target. This is actually why most people think they are so useful. The truth is the only thing a laser sight does is paint a red spot on your target (unless you have some serious dust or smoke going on).

OMG. Thank you TNT. Thank you.

November 13, 2009

Southland is saved, by TNT. ‘Nuff Said.

EDIT: Proof.

NBC Shoots Self In Face

October 10, 2009

"I can't believe we got cancelled..."

Way to go, NBC. What next, cancel Heroes?

I love TV, and I love movies. I risk arrest every day because every day, 24 hours a day, I download television seasons and movies to a massive hard drive so I can watch them at my leisure, and without commercials.

So when one of my favorite new TV shows gets canceled, you’re going to hear about it.

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March 20, 2009

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Stargate Universe Preview

March 20, 2009

Today at 9/8c on SciFi there will be an exclusive first look at Stargate Universe right after the series finale of Battlestar Galactica. I don’t have cable anymore, so it is up to you guys to let me know how it goes! Here’s a little cast photo that was just released to get your mouth properly watering:

Who the heck is the guy on the right? And who the heck is that blonde chick? I recognize them both from somewhere...

Who the heck is the guy on the right? And who the heck is that blonde chick? I recognize them both from somewhere...

Oh yeah: Stargate SG-1 is now on Hulu. Rejoice!

Screw Stars, Name a Spaceship!

March 11, 2009

Actually, not technically a spaceship, but NASA is now taking an online vote to see what to call its latest addition to the International Space Station (ISS). The winning choice (by a very wide margin) is “Serenity”, but write-ins are being accepted too.

node-3So far, the #1 write-in choice is “Colbert”, as in Stephen T. Colbert, host of The Colbert Report on Comedy Central. And if you didn’t already know that, you should shoot yourself, as that is vital information for every professing nerd.


March 7, 2009

Again, I’m tired, so here’s everything all at once. (What do you know, the internet is a big truck you just dump stuff on!)

Stargate News

deluisepeter011Looks like SciFi (or whoever is in charge over there) is doing something right and releasing Stargate Atlantis on Blu-ray. Actually, it’s just the first and last episodes, but it’s better than nothing I suppose.

Also, Peter DeLuise is apparently coming back to help direct at least one episode in Stargate Universe. You’ll probably recognize him as the guy that played the replacement actor in the episodes Wormhole X-Treme and 200. Or, if you’re a normal person, you won’t.

ThinkGeek Newstuffs

a823_laser_guided_scissorsTwo awesome watches, a new Annoy-a-Tron, even laser guided scissors (I know right)! Check it all out and buy tons of it.

New xkcd: Statistics is Screwy

Correlation doesn't imply causation, but it does waggle its eyebrows suggestively and gesture furtively while mouthing 'look over there'.

Correlation doesn't imply causation, but it does waggle its eyebrows suggestively and gesture furtively while mouthing 'look over there'.

Alright, Mooch Report coming up.

Stargate Movies are Coming to SciFi

February 21, 2009

The two Stargate SG-1 movies are coming to the SciFi cable network next month in rapid succession. First, Stargate: Ark of Truth is playing on Friday, March 27th at 9PM. The week after, Stargate: Continuum is airing on Friday, April 3rd at 9PM. Both of these movies are already available on DVD and Blu-Ray, but now their audiences are going to expand bigtime. w00t!

"Pretty cool, huh?"

"Pretty cool, huh?"

Oh and by the way, the original Stargate is playing from right now until 9:05 PM PST on Encore Action.

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Cell Phones: Cancer Hazards?

February 20, 2009

I’ve had it with random people who don’t know what they are talking about but love to talk about it anyway (aka rock bands) making noise about cell phones and the “dangers” they pose. Supposedly, cell phones generate radiation that is harmful to your brain when it is held so close to your head.

Sorry, but this isn’t the case. The same frequencies used by cell phones are also used by wireless devices that are far more common: televisions, radios, and wifi-enabled computers. Cordless phones and even baby monitors are also using the same type of “dangerous radiation” that cell phones use to transmit data. You can’t see it, smell it, touch it, taste it, or hear it, but hundreds of thousands of radio waves for these devices are zinging past your head every second. It really doesn’t matter if you have a cell phone.

P.S. For the record, this also applies to the rumor that keeping a cell phone in your front pants pocket will make a man impotent. Again, the same type of radiation being emitted by that cell phone is being emitted much stronger by TV and radio towers.