Pierce's tips have been around for a while, and it was great to have them in one place.
When recommending the GLs, I also strongly suggest not using them, or taking extra precations when young kids are around. Too enticing for the young scientist types to avoid being tempted to do something potentially dangerous. Also, this is another reason not to use them, or limit use, at gatherings. I am keeping a 50mm RA finder and a Rigel for these times, and the Rigel does dead battery duty as well . I also have a setup with both a GL and scope but have not had to use it.
For cold weather, tamper-proofing, and stepping away from the scope, most have batteries that are easily removed. And I suspect some cold weather issues are related to the laser and not the batterries, so being able to remove and reinstall the entire GL assembly is a plus, and also reduces unauthorized use by the curious.
Even with the simple Vixen/Synta shoe, GLs appear to realign acceptably, but I have not stringently tested this yet as I just stopped swapping them to different scopes this month, and my use has been overy a limited time span so far. . Also, my spare time has been been used for preparing for an upcoming move, and updating scopes that I am selling before moving. Others can better address this. An alternative to removing the adapter stalk is to keep it fixed and remove the GL itself.
I carry a stubby hex head screwdriver to let me rapidly retune alignment of the firearms microadjusters. It goes quickly, even with the cheap and sloppy chinese GL adjuster bodies (future project, lube the adjuster bodies internally). I also loosened and shifted/shimmed my screwmounted V/S shoes to roughly match alignment of my cast-in focuser body shoes, to minimize realignment if I have to swap GLs between scopes.
The Weaver/Picatinny mount can give repeatable alignment on reinstallation but gun fans and perhaps red dot users on the forum can answer authoritatively. The same for users regularly removing and reinstalling V/S shoe finders. Before finding the GLs I always had to tweak finder alignment with my RA finders, but that was mostly due to the finder ring design. I am not a fan of the rubber oring design.
Edited by markb, 17 July 2019 - 05:58 AM.