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Lasers are regulated by the FDA and back in 2014 every "laser pointer" more powerful than 5mW was made illegal (also why I don't use mine anymore).
You can buy and "own" lasers in the watt-power level 10-100W (engravers) and industrial cutting lasers in the thousands of watts... but again, if you turn it into a laser pointer... you're breaking the law.

Here's a page I just found: http://www.laserpointersafety.com/ru...ws/uslaws.html

If you're not using it as a "laser pointer", as far as I know, the sky's the limit. If you want to build a 5 megawatt laser out in your pole barn, you can. You can even use it outside provided the beam is terminated on a surface. But if you're building a surveying, medical, or display device, you're supposed to get a letter from the government for it.

For comparison the lasers the military uses to shoot down drones, missiles, and artillery shells are in the tens to thousands of kilowatt class.
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Well I just got it today. Testing is coming. If you mean lighting stuff on fire, that is close range as far as I have seen so far.
You do realize that a target will be moving and the beam will not be focused on the same spot long enough to do any damage right? That beam would have to remain on the same spot for 1/2 to 1 second to do anything, do you think your attacker is going to stand still while you try and keep your laser on his left nut?
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All well and good until some dipwad points one at me and catches a mess of JHPs in the high center chest.

With the proliferation of laser sighting devices attached to rifles, shotguns, and pistols...and having had them pointed at me before...one can only reasonably assume that whatever that laser is attached to will launch bullets.
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You do realize that a target will be moving and the beam will not be focused on the same spot long enough to do any damage right? That beam would have to remain on the same spot for 1/2 to 1 second to do anything, do you think your attacker is going to stand still while you try and keep your laser on his left nut?
Try the right one instead!
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I have a 90w commercial laser/engraver, someday when I get good enough on the set up I'll post some pic's . I know it will cut 1/2" red oak with a smooth almost sanded cut or turned down it will lightly char paper. WAAAAY to heavy for a weapon/pointer it's a tad over 300 pounds not including the air compressor or chiller unit.
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I'd say more of a torture device than a weapon.
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All well and good until some dipwad points one at me and catches a mess of JHPs in the high center chest.

With the proliferation of laser sighting devices attached to rifles, shotguns, and pistols...and having had them pointed at me before...one can only reasonably assume that whatever that laser is attached to will launch bullets.
WHEN I was in the drug unit I had a .45acp upper for my shorty lower (Liked the .45 upper because there wasn't the over penetration issue for raids) Anyway, one of our guys was doing a buy bust on a dealer and as soon as our agent cleared the sellers vehicle cars closed in. He was in a 3/4 ton PU with 4wd and he sat there and you could tell he was thinking about going for it. I was quartered away from him and I turned on my laser sight and painted the end of his nose. It got his attention and he turned to look and I dropped the red dot to his chest. He turned off the truck and raised his hands.

The good thing about them is everyone knows what they are and if the situation is right you can use it to make people NOT DO something stupid.

the down side of them is they work in both directions.
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Unless and until it really hits the fan, I am going to stick with defenses that (a) utilize everyday objects and (b) do not kill, maim or blind as a primary objective. While the ROL persists (for those of us not part of TPTB) doing more is risking all. IMO.
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