Aimshot LS8200 Weapons Laser Aimer, retail $~271.00 (
Manufactured by Aimshot (
Last updated 07-12-06

This is a green (DPSS) laser aiming device that attaches to a gun. Until recently, all laser aiming devices for guns used red lasers; this is the second commercially-available green laser aimer that I am aware of.

It is constructed primarily of aluminum, is water-resistant and shock-resistant, and is rated to output 12mW of green laser radiation.

You can use it with the included tape switch on a straight cord; this cord measures approximately 8.5" in length.


I do not own or have access to a gun, so I am not prepared to tell you how to mount it to a pistol/rifle or align it.

To turn the unit on, squeeze and hold the tape switch. Release the tape switch to turn the laser aimer off.

To change the battery in this product, unscrew and remove the tape switch & tailcap (the tape switch and tailcap appear to be integrated as one assembly), throw it in the {vulgar term for feces}bowl, yank that silver handle on the cistern down, and flush it away...O WAIT!!! YOU'LL NEED THAT!!! So just set it aside instead.

Tip the used CR123A cell out of the barrel and into your hand, and dispose of or recycle it as you see fit.

Insert a new CR123A cell into the barrel, flat-end (-) negative first. This is the opposite of how batteries are installed in most flashlights, so please pay attention to polarity here.

Screw the tape switch assembly *firmly* back on, and be done with it.
Aren't you glad you didn't flush away that tape switch assembly now?

Current usage measures 184.1mA on a Battery Station CR123A cell.

This is a laser aiming device, not a flashlight. So I won't throw it against the wall, stomp on it, try to drown it in the toilet bowl or cistern, run over it, swing it against a large, hard object, or inflict upon it punishments that flashlights may have inflicted upon them. So this section of the laser's web page will seem a bit more bare than this section of the web page on a page about a flashlight.

Since this is a loaner, I wouldn't normally do "The Smack Test" or "The Toilet Test" on it, but I have been given explicit written consent (not implied oral consent) to perform "The Toilet Test" and a modified version of "The Smack Test", so I'll perform those tests after I have taken optical and electrical measurements of the unit.

After ten whacks against the top of a plastic garbage can (five whacks against the side of the bezel and five whacks against the side of the tailcap), no optical or electrical malfunctions were detected. I used the top of a plastic garbage can so that the anodizing would not become defaced in the event warranty service was necessary - and it appears as though it will not be.

I did "The Toilet Test" by immersing it in the cistern (toilet tank) at a water temperature of 74F (23.3C) for one minute (to simulate a user dropping their Aimshot-equipped gun into a creek), dried it off with some bungwipe, and no water entry was detected.

Green diode lasers are a lot different than those common red lasers you see all the time.

In a 640nm red laser pointer, there's a red-emitting diode and a lens to collimate (focus) the beam.

In a 532nm green laser (pointer, aimer, or larger modules), there's a BIG infrared laser diode that generates laser light at 808nm, this is fired into a crystal containing the rare-earth element "neodymium". This crystal takes the 808nm infrared light and lases at 1064nm (yes, deeper in the infrared!). This 1064nm laser light comes out of the NdYV04 (neodymium yttrium vanadium oxide) crystal and is then shot into a second crystal (containing potassium, titanium, & phosphorus, usually called KTP) that doubles the frequency to 532nm - the bright green color you see. This light is then collimated (focused) by a lens and emerges out the laser's "business end". Just before the lens, there's a filter that removes any stray IR (infrared) rays from the pump diode and the neodymium crystal. You don't want that stuff in your green beam, trust me. :-)

This is why green diode lasers are so much more expensive than red ones. Lots of itty bitty parts, and they all need to be aligned by hand. If the polarisation is "off", one or both crystals need to be turned. With red diode lasers, you just slap in the diode and slap a lens in front of it.

Because I do not own or have access to a gun, I cannot demonstrate how this product might be used with one.

Power output measures 12.27mW (milliwatts) on a laser power meter designed for this purpose.

Beam photograph on the test target at 12".
Beam image bloomed on this photograph; it is significantly smaller and not white in reality.
Measures 12.27mW on a laser power meter.

Beam photograph at ~10 feet.
Beam image also bloomed on this photograph; it is significantly smaller and not white in reality.

Those rectangular graphic things near the top are marquees from:
Midway ''Omega Race''
Sega ''Star Trek''
Williams ''Joust''
Venture Line ''Looping''
Universal ''Mr. Do!'s Castle''
Jaleco ''Exerion''
Gremlin/Sega ''Astro Blaster''
Atari ''Tempest''

upright coin-op arcade video games from the 1980s.

And that red star thing on the marquees is from an American DJ Laser Widow.

Test unit was furnished as a loaner from J.F. and was received on the afternoon of 06-22-06.

UPDATE: 00-00-00

Durable construction
Water-resistant - even waterproof to shallow depths
Bright enough to "dot" even fairly distant targets

Laser power is higher than might be desired; armed human target could follow the beam back to you and hose you down with his gun

    PRODUCT TYPE: Laser weapon sight
    LAMP TYPE: Green DPSS laser
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Very narrow spot (it's a laser, remember?)
    SWITCH TYPE: Tape switch momentary on/off
    BEZEL: Metal; output lens protected by a glass window
    BATTERY: 1xCR123A cell
    ACCESSORIES: 1 battery, tape switch, universal gun mount
    WARRANTY: 5 years


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