the arctic would be a poor choice but not because of your reasons. you could blind somebody that's far behind the target you're aiming at.
Alright. I have been avoiding this thread like the plague because there are already 3 modern ones like it and this one is 3 years old, but at this i feel compelled to step in here.
Laserfan555, could not the same argument be made about firearms? And those are considered the preeminent self defense weapons?
Now, lets put this tired old thread to bed.
the title: "Laser dazzlers as self defense weapons. Thoughts?" says it all. Allow me to shut this down.
A laser dazzler is not a self defense weapon. It is an offensive crowd control device. It is designed to overwhelm the senses of a person who is not a primary threat.
If you are in a crowd, at a protest, and try to throw rocks at armored police you might get dazzled.
If you are in a nightclub parking lot, and pull a gun on police, you aren't going to get dazzled. You are going t get shot. Period.
The dazzler is unpleasant, but it is not debilitating. Just like the tazer. If you pull a gun on police, you aren't going to get tazed, you are going to get shot.
Neither the dazzler nor the tazer produce reliable debilitating abilities sufficient to prevent the usage of a primary weapon... If the man has a gun or a knife and you taze or dazzle him, the odds are significantly in his favor that you are going to end up dead. this is because while you are busy operating a control device, he is going to pull something which has a PRIMARY function as a weapon, and kill you deader than yesterdays blue plate meatloaf in under 1 second.
Unless you find yourself in what has to be the *UNIQUE* situation of having people protest *YOU* and throw rocks, or otherwise become disorderly, a dazzler is not a valid option.
There are only 2 types of incidents you, as a civilian, would ever have to 'defend' yourself against, an attack against property or an attack against your person, (yours or someone else's)
In either case, you are always going to be facing a primary threat. One or more individuals that have demonstrated a propensity for violence and a willingness to cause bodily harm to you, (or others).
This means they have a gun, or a knife, or *may* have a gun, or a knife.
Either of which are far superior offensive weapons to any laser you can lift; let alone carry.
So forget about facing down the big, bad man with the sub-machine gun with your big, brave laser. To quote a wiser man than I, "Ain't Gonna Happen"
If you want a self defense weapon, buy a quality concealed handgun and get a license to carry it concealed.
That is the only weapon it is legal to defend yourself with anyway.
Anything else will be viewed in the eyes of the courts as a lack of true fear for your life, or maiming. Both of which put you in a cell with Bubba and require you to spend the rest of your life paying the individual you injured or killed.
With regard to the 'blindness thing'... You are not a surgeon. The world is not an operating table, and the people you encounter are not sedated and immobilized. If you shoot someone in the eye with a laser, i cite the arctic because so many people specify IT, you aren't going to blind them.
Let me Emphasize this again, so everyone is clear:
They are not going to be struck black as the night blind as if by the hand of God.
You will do significant, grievous, and irreversible damage to their eyesight, they may well loose 50% vision plus, but they wont loose it *immediately*... The human brain is amazing, and fills in missing information from the eyes with remarkable agility. They WILL be able to see your dumb a$$ well enough to pump 19 rounds in your chest, make no mistake.
Here are some examples of where you might have to defend yourself. Picture yourself making these arguments in front of the Grand Jury.
e.g. I was in fear of my life so i engaged in hand to hand combat with baseball bats... don't wash, why didn't you just run / drive / call for help.
e.g. I was in fear of my life so i engaged in hand to hand combat with a knife... same outcome.
e.g. I was in fear for my life so i shot him in the eye with my 1 watt laser, and he pulled out his Glock 17 and shot me 19 times... Ok, so the fear for your life was real, but you are still dead.
e.g. I was in fear for my life so i shot him in the eye with my 1 watt laser, he got mad and beat the stuffing out of me and broke my laser off in my pancreas before he was taken to the hospital where they found he had 65% vision loss in 1 eye and 15% in the other... Now you are going to spend the rest of your life paying off his $250,000,000 punitive judgment... After you get out of prison for maiming him, of course.