New here, just picked up my KS7 yesterday.
It's going to be used for way off grid RV / home / bear / meth-head protection.
I was looking at this light / laser combo to mount on the handle. Anyone have any experience with it ??
Welcome to the forum. I'll try to go easy.
So basically Home Defense against lethal adversaries, correct? When weighing gear against my life I NEVER, and I do mean NEVER look to the lowest bidder, but to the gear that has a reasonable amount of people who used it without it failing. Does that make sense? I never heard of your posted gear before you linked to it. I wonder if anyone else has? If you want to save a few bucks and have it in your Will that any failure will be posted here so that we can tell folks to stay away from it I suppose that would make it worthwhile for us. But that won't do anything for you. I would steer clear of anything inexpensive and unknown. I know you didn't know and are asking. But the price alone tells me to stay away from it. It would work for some uses but if I were you and what you want it for I wouldn't consider it.
Story time. I once had a friend, now deceased, who would buy really nice firearms. But he never quite saw the value of spending much $ for sights. I could never get through to him regarding the value of quality sights on a quality firearm. I worked in QC where we both earned our living and learned early on that mixing feces with good stuff just resulted in turning all the good stuff into feces. One day he brought his newish bullpup over to show it off and shoot it on my private range. It was a bright sunny day and he proceeded to tell me about how his low priced sight had different reticles and colors available, and wasn't that special? Then came time to shoot. He could not see any reticle of any color because the sight was just garbage and not bright enough. It couldn't be seen over full daylight. That made the entire rig completely useless, and the bullpup was a good one, but turned into crap by his choice of a substandard sight that had a good price and all sorts of doodads to attract the unwary. I think the lesson of this true story is to get something of quality even if it means spending a few dollars more. You do not want to be my buddy when your life is on the line and your gear must work RIGHT NOW! My buddy maybe would like what you linked to, more so if it projected pictures in different colors.
Story #2. I shoot competitively with a gent who put a (my observation) early gen' red dot sight on his competition gun. Pretty much every year he can be counted on to have 1 or 2 battery failures due to the sight being a battery hog. He only shoots with us 1/2 of the year so I assume he also has them down where he winters. I have no idea how much he paid for the sight but when I saw it 3 years ago I knew it was an early gen' sight. Contrast that with a sight that I put on my comp' gun. I used it for years and never changed the power cell. Then one day I went to the range and attempted to use it under the roof of the range. It was definitely dim, but it was in shade. Then I stepped out into ful sun and everything was fine, but it has solar cells that can power it. My buddy had to change batteries IMO frequently to keep his sight powered, but no doubt he saved a few bux. How long had my sight been housing a dead battery and I was ignorant to that because mine used the sun for power if the battery was dead? When the SHTF which would you rather have? That's why I always buy quality (to make up for my failings) and not to save a few $. Life is on the line? That makes it even more imperative that it MUST absolutely work without fail.
You might not want to do as I've been known to do and at times spend as much for sights as the firearm costs, but I've never been let down and my gear always works... always. I think if you ask here you'll find that to be the norm among serious users, I don't think I'm unusual in demanding that my gear always work if my life is on the line. Heck, I don't want it to fail when I'm in competition! But I see competition as the crucible that tells me the gear is worthy of being called upon when I need it when lives are on the line as you indicated yours will be.
Maybe tell us what you want the sight to do (conditions) and ask for suggestions. Then evaluate them. The thread this question is in has aged and things have changed and so might the suggested gear. It won't change for me except the sights have been upgraded by the mfg'r (still in my radar though), and any laser I mentioned has probably been discontinued. It would also help if you would tell us your experience. Why? I let my battery die. Will you? Or unlike me, can you regularly change the battery yearly even if it doesn't need changing?