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Laser's. Red V.S. Green?

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by James1300, Oct 24, 2011.

  1. James1300

    James1300 S.E. WA. Member

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    I was at a show this last weekend.
    Vendor there was telling me the the Green laser is better for tinted car windows. He said the Red will not go through the dark tinted glass on some cars. The dark tint disperses the Red laser.
    The Green laser he showed me also had a strobing effect as well.
    Suggestions?
     
  2. Redcap

    Redcap Lewis County, WA Well-Known Member

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    Planning on shooting through a lot of tinted car windows?
     
  3. coupeowner

    coupeowner SW Portland Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    There is an article in this months American Rifleman (NRA rag) covering red vs. green lasers. I don't see it on their website. I will scan a copy tomorrow if you want to PM me your email address.

    Generally, the green is superior but takes more energy. Don't remember anything on tint in the article though.
     
  4. James1300

    James1300 S.E. WA. Member

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    Hey Thanks! I've got October and the latest November issue. I'll have a look see.
     
  5. t.huynh

    t.huynh vancouver, wa Active Member

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    If I'm not mistaken, our eyes pick up green a lot easier.
     
  6. del_and_bones

    del_and_bones Anchorage, AK Physics Pirate

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    Correct. This is due to the peak wavelength from the sun being ~500nm which would translate to green. Personally, I'd go with red. I'm going to check on the dispersion relations for tinted windows now.
     
  7. DieselScout

    DieselScout S Clackamas County Well-Known Member

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    The link is WWW.americanrifleman.org/articles/going-green-with-lasers/

    I'd put it in a nice link for you but I am using my phone.

    Sent from my Droid
     
  8. RallySoob

    RallySoob Salem, OR Active Member

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    i like them both but I agree with the above you can see green better in the day and the red better at night. The contrast of red on black just grabs my eye better. The green is just more powerful in the day than a red and you can really see it...atleast that was the case for me with the 2 lasermax lasers I was comparing. I have a red insight streamlight laser now and love it. I was able to see it on paper out to atleast 50-60yds in day light no problem
     
  9. donMiguel

    donMiguel SouthKingWA Active Member

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    In addition to seeing the dot, is it not easier to see "the beam" of a green laser than a red? If the Bad Guy is on one end of the beam, he knows you are on the other. (Note: Dust and moisture in the air will make both beams more visible, but in equal conditions, the green is more perceptible to the eye.) Prompt application of deterrence may render the point moot.
     
  10. Spadkarma

    Spadkarma South Lake Whatcom Member

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    From what I understand, green lasers go through batteries alot quicker (6-8X) but not sure if it is the heat that eats them up or something else.
     
  11. Skang

    Skang WA Well-Known Member

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    Most of the so called lasers they sell at the gun shows are garbage anyways.
     
  12. halmbarte

    halmbarte PDX Active Member

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    The cats don't seem to care, they chase either color with abandon.

    Which is the best use I've fond yet for visible light lasers.

    H
     
  13. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    LOL @ the cats.

    The green laser was said to be better for our pipe lasers for some reason I never heard in detail.But I wasn't in the ditch so I didn't care much.

    Now about the tinted windows
    Why would you care? Can you see the image or outline of the person inside?
    The occupant will be able to see the dot on their window,it doesn't need to be on their person does it?
    Can't it be on the outline?
    I mean wouldn't you just figure where the driver was and take the shot,if necessary?
    Should you really be shooting at tinted windows when you can't see who all is in the car?
     
  14. DieselScout

    DieselScout S Clackamas County Well-Known Member

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    Many of the questions you guys are asking are fully explained in the article I linked. Take 5 or 10 minutes, it's a quick read and very informative. :D
     
  15. DoubleTapDrew

    DoubleTapDrew Oregon Well-Known Member

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    It just sucks that green seems to cost at least 2x more.
     
  16. James1300

    James1300 S.E. WA. Member

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    Great LINK! Thank You!
     
  17. PinkhamR

    PinkhamR Altus, Oklahoma MSgt, USAF (Retired)-FFL Lifetime Supporter

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    I prefer the Green Laers for daylight and red for night time ....... JMO
     
  18. tenringguns

    tenringguns Stanwood, WA New Member

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    Green is easier to see than red in any condition.