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Well I do.
And I think that concept most certainly applies to the weapon-mounted lasers many of us use on our Airsoft guns for aiming assistance during Airsoft games.
Actually, that phrase applies to Airsoft guns in general because of the potential dangers they pose when not used properly or responsibly.
Remember SB 798?
Oh yea, that could have really sucked, huh?
So anyway, back to these weapon-mounted lasers.
I like 'em. However, depending on their power, they can actually be quite dangerous, so I thought I'd enlighten you about those dangers so that you are then aware of the reason(s) why it's important to use them responsibly.
First, I'll start us off with a question:
True or False?
You can put pilots and their passengers at risk by shining a laser at an aircraft passing by in the sky, possibly resulting in your arrest.
Answer after the jump...
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However, it is a Class 3R laser, rated for visibility at up to 1,000 meters, which is plenty far enough to reach helicopters and other low-flying aircraft. It is only rated up to 4.0 mW of power output though, so it's generally considered to be safe, with the risk of eye injury being fairly low, according several websites dedicated to laser safety that are out there.
Regardless of the laser class, visibility rating or power output, it's just good practice to avoid shining your laser up into the sky or into other people's eyes.
Now, before you go on accusing me of having an anti-laser agenda here, stop, drop and roll off a cliff.
All I'm trying to do here is simply make you aware of the dangers so that you don't become that guy who gets himself busted for being an idiot and costs all the responsible people out there the enjoyment of using our lasers.
You can't be an Airsoft Champion if you get arrested for using your Airsoft laser to distract airplanes or helicopters. It's against the code.
*whisper voice* Airsoft