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The Swiss Arms Laser and Mount is an really inexpensive laser sight. We have gotten it for $8 at the local Wal-mart store. You can even get it as part of the Colt 1911 Target Airsoft Pistol package for $10. It's made for airsoft guns and the price reflects its quality.
We have reviewed the Colt 1911 Target Airsoft Pistol in this article: Colt 1911 Target Airsoft Pistol Review. The remote trigger wiring is slightly different in the pistol package, but it is, otherwise, the same.
The Swiss Arms Laser and Mount comes in a simple cardboard and plastic package as shown in the photo below. It's actually rather difficult to get the laser sight out. The easiest method is to use a hobby knife on the clear plastic package.
The back of the package shows numerous trademarks, including Soft Air and Cybergun (see photo below). It's not really clear who actually made this product. My guess is that Swiss Arms, Soft Air, and Cybergun are all the same company.
The package shows a elastic band holding the remote switch on a pistol. However, the elastic band is not included. So it will be up to you to figure out how to fasten the remote switch to your firearm.
The entire laser sight assembly is made out of plastic. A remote switch with coil wire is permanently attached to the laser sight. The momentary remote pressure switch is the only way to activate the laser. There is no way to keep the laser on without holding the switch. The remote trigger wire is relatively short compared to other laser sights that I have tried. It's perfect for pistols, but may be a little too much tension for longer rifles.
The laser sight does not operate straight out of the package. There is a small tab that prevents the battery from draining; it also prevents the laser from operating. The photo below shows the small cardboard tab. You need to pull the cardboard tab out in order for the laser to work.
Three LR44 (AG13) button cell batteries are pre-installed into the laser sight. As soon as you pull out the cardboard tab, the laser will function. Performance wise, the laser sight provides a laser dot. But the dot increases in size dramatically at longer distances (compared to other laser sights). The laser sight is not adjustable for elevation nor windage. It would be a decent sight if the laser is calibrated to be parallel to the sight, because you can mount it parallel to the gun barrel. However, we found that the laser is does not have true calibration. Rotating the laser within the mount, while it is on, shows that it draws a circle on the wall just a few feet away. That renders the laser sight very inaccurate.
The package does not show any specification for the laser. But the laser dot is red.
The photo below shows everything disassembled. It is not possible to disassemble the laser sight. It's completely glued together. Any disassembly requires cutting into the laser sight and destroying it in the process.
The plastic mount for the laser is sized for Picatinny weaver rails. It's the first laser sight that I've seen using simple Phillips screws; other laser sight mounts use hex screws. Personally, I prefer the the simpler Phillips screws, because I have those lying around.
The laser sight rotates freely within the plastic mount. If the laser sight has been calibrated to true parallel, I wouldn't have minded that. However, being off the parallel axis, the rotating laser creates a huge headache.