Use of lasers and optical sites during Texas CHL range qualification


I recently received a question from a student on whether or not a laser can be used on a pistol during the Texas CHL range qualification.  I knew the answer was no, but I had to do quite a bit of digging to find precisely where it is spelled out in the Texas administrative code that it isn’t permitted.

The administrative code actually refers to “optical enhancers” which broadly includes lasers, red dot sites, reflex sites, and other types of scopes and optics that are popular these days.

I know that a lot of folks out there really love their lasers.  They certainly can be helpful in getting on target quickly.  However, I think it is actually a good practice to be able to operate without them.  You aren’t always guaranteed to have a laser on every pistol and they certainly can have a dead battery when you try to use them.  So, while they are a great tool, it’s a valuable skill to be able to operate without one.

Also, we do our CHL qualification at an outdoor range in broad daylight.  While a green laser might show up better than a red one in bright sun, I don’t think spotting a red dot in bright light would be easy.  Also, we typically use red or green B-27 targets.  Looking for a red dot on a red target or a green dot on a green target in bright sunshine isn’t helpful.

I think when it comes to lasers, get one if you want one.  Add a laser to your carry pistol if you find it helpful.  But be sure you practice both with and without using a laser.  And be aware that you cannot use optical enhancers during your CHL qualification at the range.  


Texas Administrative Code

 

 

 

TITLE 37 PUBLIC SAFETY AND CORRECTIONS
PART 1 TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
CHAPTER 6 LICENSE TO CARRY HANDGUNS
SUBCHAPTER G CERTIFIED HANDGUN INSTRUCTORS
RULE §6.73 Firearm Proficiency Training Equipment

An instructor applicant must bring the following required equipment to firearm proficiency training: one non semi-automatic handgun; one semi-automatic handgun; ammunition; ear protection (over-the-ear) and eye protection; other appropriate protective clothing; and other equipment as determined by the department. Handguns must be at least .32 caliber. No optical enhancers will be allowed for instructor applicants or for applicants of concealed handgun licenses.


Source Note: The provisions of this §6.73 adopted to be effective January 8, 1996, 20 TexReg 11128; amended to be effective August 10, 2008, 33 TexReg 6149; amended to be effective January 9, 2011, 35 TexReg 11944

 

 

 

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