With all the talk of nice lasers I thought it might be nice for people with cheap lasers to share any tips they have to get the most out of your gear.
I use a lasermax IR for now and it's been getting the job done. Some helpful things I've learned.
-don't buy the tape switch. You won't need it. At best it gets in the way. Nothing is more irritating than it starting to flash right before you open up on a group of pigs. If you turn it on and off 3 times quickly it will strobe. Nice if you want it to but with the pressure switch you can do it by mistake. If you are in Dallas you can have mine for a box or two of 9mm but I warned you.
-mount it at 12 o'clock in front of your flip up sight if you can. One less thing to think about, offset that is. Not essential but I like it and it's so small you can.
----buy a bore sighting laser and use it at,first. It will save you so much time at sight in. This is the biggest problem I have had with this laser and you hear it often. Turn the bore sighter on at whatever distance you want to zero to. Turn your laser on. Use the Allen wrench to line them up. Then check and adjust from there. Yes a visible laser isn't good for your nods but it didn't burn mine. I was quick about it though.
-they are not quick detach so if you go on and off the gun it will mess with your zero somewhat. Remember the boresight zero and the actual impact zero. Then just use the same target at the same distance. You can line the two dots up how they belong without firing a shot if needed.
-you need to have an IR illuminator attached for finger operation when you are going to fire. It will take the laser from a dinner plate sized flower to a sharp dot. I hate illuminators for searching so I resisted this one. It will greatly increase your accuracy. I use a 300v at the 11 o'clock. I can turn the laser and the light on with my thumb without moving my hand. Try it.
-have the illuminator configured in such a way that you can turn it off and on fast. If you just leave it on when you shoot you can smoke up your vision. It's like driving in fog. I usually have 5+ targets and after 3 rounds if I leave the illuminator on constantly the reflection off the gun smoke blocks your vision for a couple seconds, and that's with quality ammo. So illum on, shot, illum off in less than a second. Rinse and repeat as needed. The alternative is walk left or right of the smoke cloud every 3 shots or so. I didn't see a pig running my way a couple months ago till he had run past about 10 feet to my right, that could have ended badly.
-Some people here have said they can be inconsistent at maintaining zero after recoil. I haven't had this problem but I don't put it on my ar10 and it's good to double check your zero. Doing the above boresight method can make it pretty quick.
That's all I've got for now. If I can think of more i will edit it in. Add anything you have including the Crimson trace info.
I have one as well on a 300blk upper.
-The elevation and windage don't track correctly. Watch the laser creep on a slope as you adjust either the windage or the elevation. Just be aware of it.
-It turns on really easily in a bag. It does auto-turnoff, but always have extra batteries.
-Life is better with an IR illuminator.
-If you take a tumble and the laser gets knocked, it's going to need to be re-zeroed. Definitely 12-o-clock mount it.
For zeroing(esp with a non-ir optic):
Tape a chemlight to a tree at 50yds (or whatever distance your dot/crosshairs, or chosen stadia line preference)
Vice/sandbag/secure your zeroed upper/rifle optic pointed at said chemlight
Flip on nvg and connect the dots, confirming your sight picture periodically as you adjust.
The bloom on that laser is rough, so where I understand the parallel offset zero method, it doesn't really matter with that particular laser. You won't be taking 200yd+ shots with this $140 laser. If it's important, back the distance out and repeat the process at a chemlight further out.
I used my micro and a 22 conversion kit to kill some rabbits a while back from a jeep, worked great.
i have a couple of the lasermax IR lasers. they are fine for my 22's. i have one on a 5.56 SBR, but only until i can get a better one.
zero-ing sucks. haven't noticed any drift on mine.