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Laser designator on an air rifle.

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by kermitboy1, Jun 28, 2014.

  1. kermitboy1

    kermitboy1 Banned

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    Has anybody had any experience of using one of these on an airgun. I have been offered one second hand, and from having just used it as a hand held viewing device, I am of the impression that it will work much better than my current Tracer torch. Have yet to mount it on a rifle, but the build quality looks to be good and the beam is of good optical range. The unit in question is a Optimus NR 30. Any views would be greatly appreciated. Cheers KB1
     
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    Yes mate, i used to use one on my vermy. The one i use wasnt cheap. Adjustable beam from pin point to the size of a football. With a pressure pad.
    They are good.
     
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    Would you like try one mate??

    i have one that i don't use, no bother sending it down the road for you:)
     
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    That's really kind of you, but the lad who is selling this one has given me the unit to run for two weeks on trial. I have just fixed it on my A/R. The adjustment looks good, and I like the principal behind the idea. I need to focus it in and zero it to my scope, and I hope to have that sorted tonight, once dark. I cant fault it so far for quality and fixing to the rifle. Will see what happens when the sun says goodnight. Thanks again. KB1
     
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    Isn't a laser designator one of those devices they point at things in films when they " paint" a target for an air strike?
     
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    I am not sure mate, but one thing I can confirm is that when I pointed at some hare's late last night, it gave me a much better image to aim on, and best of all, they didn't bolt off, like they do when being hit by my tracer lamp. If that is indeed the case, this will be a major plus. Like I say, I cant at this stage find a negative about the thing. I have read articles that claim when the w/x gets colder, then they don't seem to work, or not as well anyway. I like what I see so far, that's for sure. KB1
     
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    I've got a bsa nd3 laser designator.it works very very well and doesn't seem to spook rats or rabbits.ive had great success with it.its a green light that can be focused from a very wide beam to a small spot.top bit of kit in my opinion
     
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    That's the one I had in mind, until I saw the price. This one is going for £80, with everything included. They are advertised at around £140 and seem to only originate from the good old USA, so lets hope that it stays as reliable as most things of yank making. KB1
     
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    They are good, if i see any pigeons to far to shoot, i shine it in there eyes and they normally take off, hoping they land a bit closer.
     
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    OMG, never considered that either. This thing will do 3 miles at one of the settings. I tried it last night using the runway where I work, that being 3048 metres, and it still put a good size dot on the door of the other vehicle. Had to look through bins mind, in order to see it myself. Scary or what. Cheers for the other use mind, appreciate that. KB1
     
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    One concern/drawback is that it's not 'covert' however if this is not an issue it's quite a good bit of kit.
    I had good success with one a couple of years back hth ...... :coffee:
     
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    I did notice that last night, using it around the runway on some Hare's. However that was the exception. The normal environment for use that I intend to be in with this outfit, will not give any reasons for concern. Nevertheless, thanks for pointing that issue out. KB1
     
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    View attachment 99106 View attachment 99107 OMG, sold, I am having this. It is perfect. Have set it up in line with my Panorma, and out to 80 yds the beam gives a perfect enclosed lit field surrounding my reticle. Love it. Happy days, cant wait for Monday night and a nice dry calm night hopefully. :D:hunting::jaw:KB1
     
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    This laser designator gizmo thingy is something I have wanted to play with for a while now, they are not all that easy to get, do a Google and you wont get much back, only Ebay adverts, go there and you are faced with a load of possible crap from China, and a bloke that seems to be selling some but doesn't seem to be able to make up his mind as to how much he wants for one??? Here we have Kermitboy1 saying he has one that will do 3048 metres at a pinch and the jobbie he has is focusable and is an Optimus NR30. On the Ebay page the bloke selling them at prices various has NR30 and NR50, so which is best??

    I aint knocking you Kermitboy1, I just don't want to deal with some Ebay muppet that can't make his mind up how much he wants for his stuff, cos to be honest, I don't trust that I would be getting the the real thing, and not some counterfeit crap from Boolalongawayo!??

    So here's my dilemma in a nutshell, I don't want to deal on Ebay, so is there a proper RFD that is selling Optimus NR30 or Optimus NR50 at sensible money, that I can deal with in the normal way. How do I know that what I am buying has the range that Kermitboy1 says he is getting from his?

    It's like this, I aint got money to waste on crap, and there is a lot of crap on offer to shooters these days, especially on bloody Ebay.

    ATB, Ray.

     
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    hello, as quite a few forum members know and i am sure as you mention these lasers can go for a very long distance and one must not forget in the wrong hands they have been used to shine on aircraft so care needs to be taken and people have been charged, i tried a green one with adjustable beam but i think red is better and the brightness is to much at short range for air rifles, one thing is you can shoot rats/rabbits in the beam and others around will be not aware of the light. i put a filter on mine which gave it less of a pointy beam and was very clear in the scope and reticule.
     
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    This sounds very interesting but can someone please clarify a couple of points for me?

    Is this used (when zeroed to the scope) as a simple point and shoot pin size dot then once it's on the quarry kill zone you take the shot or do you have it as a bigger flood of light silhouetting the quarry so you can get your cross hairs on it to take the shot? On either option does it do away with the need for additional lighting at night?
     
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    I think this video gives a good indication of how the system works, at 6.00 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgZAnl5Y0v4 also contains some good tips regarding 'ambush' hunting ;)
     
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    Why would a 'none hunter' need one of these ............. :confused:
     
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    hello, the object of the exercise using any rifle with a red or? torch/laser etc is to see the quarry clear in view, the reticule shows well, and you can kill what you are aiming at but this does not always go to plan as we know. i think these designator type laser torches are better suited to FAC rifles.
     
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    Have you tried one ... :confused:
     

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