a way to improve your accuracy and technique? Want to dry fire your
pistol without damaging the firing pin? The LaserLyte
Laser Training System (LTS) is a great way to hone your skills
safely and quietly without heading to the range. This clever package
allows you to practice a number of pistols skills at home.
How does it
the science is far more complicated, but the basic functionality
is easy enough to explain. The laser is contained in a small brass
cartridge that fits in your gun. A sensor on the back of the cartridge
(protected by a firing pin-friendly rubber pad) registers a firing
pin strike. That strike activates a laser pulse that shoots close
enough to point of aim to be a reliable indicator of accuracy.
That is half
of the equation. The target is a battery operated light sensor.
When the laser hits the target, it blinks. There is a smaller circle
on the target housing that acts as a switch that displays all of
the shots. Another sensor resets the big target.
Shoot the target.
Shoot the display sensor to see where you have hit. Shoot the reset
The only disadvantage
I see in this set up is the delayed response. I would like for the
shots to display as they hit the big target, so I can tell how I
am doing in process. But my guess is the light emitted by the shot
display could interfere with the detection of subsequent shots.
So it stays dark until you shoot the display sensor.
No big deal.
It works incredibly well. I used a Beretta
PX4 in 9mm for the video, though I have also tested a .45 (a
Armory TRP 1911) and a .380 (a Colt
Mustang). The PX4 is the perfect gun for the LaserLyte, as it
allows for practice with every imaginable shot scenario. But the
single actions do just fine.
Cartridges in .380, 9mm, and .45 ACP
action, for example, is the easiest. The only things missing are
the bang and the recoil.
Or you can
cock the hammer and run single action, which is how I use the .45
and the .380.
Or, with striker
fired guns, practice a tap-rack. This is especially useful for all
semiautomatics, as you may need to clear a jam someday.
more. I put the target in such a place that would allow me to practice
room entry. The target is a great way to practice point shooting.
It even makes shooting from the hip less embarrassing.
This is the
best way to practice at home. I’m convinced of that. Pulling
form a holster. Precision aiming. Rapid fire double action. The
LaserLyte LTS accommodates all of it.