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Old 06-29-2020, 09:38 PM
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My friend took his 9mm Shield with laser to the range today. I went along because I wanted to fire my 457s and my Mossberg MC1sc.

My friend had actually wanted one of those with laser, but they are just no available right now.

I lent him my UpLULA because the springs on the Shield are incredibly tight.

I went and loaded the 457s and started firing. I got through a couple of magazines when he started to frantically wave me over.

I walked over and found that somehow, don't ask me how, he had trapped the web of his shooting hand, the part between the trigger finger and the thumb in the ejection port of the Shield.

I pulled back the slide and released him. He explained what happened, but I still don't understand it.

After he recovered whereupon he commented that you can't see the laser in the daylight. I mentioned that it was really only good for when it's dark, you really don't need it during the day.

He asked me why I hadn't told him that when he was looking for the gun.

My answer, "Would you have listened to me?"

"No."

He is my oldest and closest friend. We've been friends for over 60 years, so I have a good idea of how he thinks. I could have spent an hour explaining why the laser wasn't the magic answer to hitting the target, but it would have been for nought.

I'm still laughing at the sight of his hand stuck in the ejection port.

I regret that I was too busy trying to figure out how to get his hand out to take a picture. It would have lived on the internet forever.

Oh, the Mossberg and the Shield are very similar in design. In fact, if Mossberg didn't have that safe takedown system, S&W probably could have sued them for stealing the design.
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That reminded me of a Youtube video where two old guys are at an indoor range and the guy is trying to fire his 1911 .45 but can't see the laser so he puts his hand in front of the muzzle of his cocked and loaded gun and he still can't see the laser on his hand so he pulls the trigger. Big time ouch!
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There was none of that with a magazine in the gun, I can assure you.

I'm not a fan of lasers, so I don't really care if it worked or not.

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That reminded me of a Youtube video where two old guys are at an indoor range and the guy is trying to fire his 1911 .45 but can't see the laser so he puts his hand in front of the muzzle of his cocked and loaded gun and he still can't see the laser on his hand so he pulls the trigger. Big time ouch!
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That reminded me of a Youtube video where two old guys are at an indoor range and the guy is trying to fire his 1911 .45 but can't see the laser so he puts his hand in front of the muzzle of his cocked and loaded gun and he still can't see the laser on his hand so he pulls the trigger. Big time ouch!
No Way !

Do you have a link to that one?
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That reminded me of a Youtube video where two old guys are at an indoor range and the guy is trying to fire his 1911 .45 but can't see the laser so he puts his hand in front of the muzzle of his cocked and loaded gun and he still can't see the laser on his hand so he pulls the trigger. Big time ouch!
I've seen that video

I was at the range a while back and someone had one of those Bodyguards with the laser. Same situation - couldn't see the laser in the daytime - but, instead of putting his hand in front, he tips the pistol upwards and looks straight down at the muzzle of a loaded firearm to see if his laser is working.
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That's just double stupid. First, the risk of shooting yourself. Second, the risk of permanent eye injury if the laser hits you in the eye.

The way the laser works on the Shield is a bit strange. Tap once, the light is steady. Tap twice, it flashes. I don't know if there is an advantage to the flashing.

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I've seen that video

I was at the range a while back and someone had one of those Bodyguards with the laser. Same situation - couldn't see the laser in the daytime - but, instead of putting his hand in front, he tips the pistol upwards and looks straight down at the muzzle of a loaded firearm to see if his laser is working.
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Bought a CT laser for my Shield several years ago and never used it. I tried selling it with no offers so sold it to pawn shop $20. I bet that snappy little pistol bit him good
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I've seen that video

I was at the range a while back and someone had one of those Bodyguards with the laser. Same situation - couldn't see the laser in the daytime - but, instead of putting his hand in front, he tips the pistol upwards and looks straight down at the muzzle of a loaded firearm to see if his laser is working.
Just remember, there are no life guards at the gene pool!
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