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Going Green at SHOT

Greetings from Las Vegas.

Military.com associate editor Greg Grant and I are attending this year's SHOT Show in Vegas and we had an opportunity to demo some of the hottest products from vendors today at the couple ranges outside the gambling mecca.

One of the most interesting themes we ran across was the change in color from red laser sights to green. Technical reps from both Crimson Trace and Viridian told us that the green laser is much easier to pick up during daylight shoots and that since the red laser is closer to the invisible IR spectrum, the eye has a harder time picking it up in all environments.

We test shot some pistols and rifles with both the red version and green and agreed that picking up the green version was easier on mottled backgrounds (read camo) than the red. But the big down side is that the green light takes more power to produce, thus reducing battery life of the sight.

Stay tuned here and to Kit Up for more from the 2010 SHOT Show.

(Photo: Crimson Trace)

-- Christian

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