Range for Streamlight TLR-2 Laser?
I've got a Streamlight TLR-2 Light/Laser on the rail of my SIG P220.
I've never had a laser on a handgun before and was wondering what the common consensus was about range? What range would you set the laser dot point and impact point to be the same?
Initially I was thinking just like 20 feet or so as I've read that when most handguns end up being used in self defense that the ranges are pretty short....however...on the other hand...it seems that the front sight post alone might be good enough at such close ranges and the laser would be better set to indicate impact at slightly longer ranges...maybe 30 feet or so? Maybe even longer...like 50 feet?
Unlike a scope/sight, the laser is "aiming" from underneath the barrel's axis. This means that you'll have one point of intersection with the laser and path of the bullet, and the bullet will fall lower than the laser from that point out. The farther you can zero the laser (within reason, obviously) the better in my opinion... At close range it will be off by a minimal distance and will give you an overall more usable sight-in.
Nothing will give you better insight to this than going to the range with it. Most pistol ranges I've been to go to 20-25 yards. I'd zero there, then see what it does at closer ranges.