How to Zero A Laser Sight On A Pistol?

Have you ever thought that whatever you were thinking about all day long was nothing so serious? Yes, I have. Nowadays, I spend most of my time thinking about the best way to zero a laser sight on a pistol.

Thinking about it sometimes makes me more anxious. But then I came to know that it’s nothing big. I can do that easily.

Because the laser can not be in the center of the bore itself. It is offset from the path of the bullet. This means that likewise to the scope and rifle, you will also need to choose a distance at which both of the bullet path and the laser beam will intersect to each other.

So readers, let’s take an example of the zeroing process of the Beretta APX RDO pistol. The Beretta pistol has a rail that is forward of the trigger guard.

Therefore, I decided to mount a Crimson Trace Rail Master Pro. This Rail master endeavors an integrated weapon laser and light. For this pistol and laser, the laser is offset by 1.5 inches from the center of the bore itself.

Let us discuss two or the basic approaches to solve the problem of zeroing your laser sight.

First Approach

The first option is to adjust your laser so that it may intersect the path of the bullet at a specific distance. This is how it works on a rifle where at about 100 yards, you might zero the rifle. You will probably zero the laser and pistol at a much closer distance, which may be somewhere between 10 to 25 yards.

Suppose that you zero at about 10 yards, now at the same distance, the bullet will go right through the laser dot reaching the target. If you are shooting from a closer distance, then your bullet will hit high on the left side of the dot. While in some cases, if the target is at the point black range, this will result in a high shot of about 1.5 inches. So, the closer you are to the 10 yards, the less that impact point difference will be.

And if your target is beyond the range of 10 yards, then the impact point will be somewhere lying between the low and to the right side of the laser dot. This is because the bullet moves from the position of its high right starting, passing through the intersecting point with the laser beam, and then continues moving downward and slightly right.

Second Approach

Another approach is to reduce the distance by aligning your laser to the point and directly parallel to the barrel. As the beam and bullet path are parallel to each other, so the impact point will always be low, nearly at 1.5 inches.

This is slight to the right side of where the laser dot rests on its target. Of course, if you are doing this at a very long range of about 50 yards, that means the bullet will drop a couple of inches so that the results will vary.