Inside of said package were a couple of their more recent products from their laser training catalog… The Laserlyte Trigger Tyme Training Pistol and the Laserlyte Laser Trainer Pro.
LaserLyte Trigger Tyme Training Pistol
Lets start off this discussion with the training pistol shall we… The Trigger Tyme pistol that they sent out to me was the compact model which is their latest incarnation of their already pretty successful full size version of the training pistol.
When I first opened the box and picked up the Trigger Tyme Training Pistol the very first thing that I noticed was… “Whoa. This thing is heavy.” No, its not really the exact same weight as an actual compact firearm… it weighs in at 10.5 ounces on my postal scale… but its weighted enough and has enough of a heft to it that it actually does have a real firearm feel to it. I was pleasantly surprised actually. I had always figured that it would just have a lightweight, plasticy feel to it but it doesn’t. It feels good in the hand, and I have actually found myself wanting to rack the slide on it on several different occasions – you can’t do that, btw.
Of course, after I was done taking notice of the heft and overall feel of the pistol, my next area of curiosity was obviously going to be what the trigger was like. Trigger weight comes in at approx 5.5 lbs, and it actually feels pretty darn good. The trigger itself is nice and wide which gives it a nice feel on the pad of your finger, and it has a consistent pull all the way through.
No, its not exactly like a Glock trigger… No, its not exactly like a XD trigger… No, its not exactly like a M&P trigger… No, it doesn’t feel exactly like a revolver trigger either. It honestly doesn’t really feel like any particular trigger whatsoever. It does however feel like a real trigger.
Now, before you completely write this trainer off simply because it doesn’t perfectly replicate the trigger of whatever defensive firearm you personally own let me just say this… it honestly doesn’t really matter.
First of all, it would be darn near impossible for a company to go out and replicate every (or even only the most prominent) trigger of all the firearms out there and then market all those unique designs as a way to train for your specific gun(s). It simply wouldn’t be a money making venture for any business, and that’s probably exactly why Laserlyte took a universal approach to these trainers.
Secondly, I’m not going to sit here and dispute that training for a specific individual trigger is indeed important, but equally important is what the Laserlyte Trigger Tyme Training Pistols is going to give you… and that is good old fashioned, plain-Jane fundamental trigger skills. By practicing with a device that replicates DAO triggers in-general you are gaining/polishing trigger skills that are universal to all pistols with DAO triggers.
These are skills that will most definitely transfer over to whatever modern polymer pistol you own and they will certainly increase your defensive firearm skills. Yes, drilling down and becoming intimately familiar with a specific individual trigger has its place, but the skills that can be gained from working with the Trigger Tyme are universal to running just about every defensive firearm with a long DAO trigger. I have talked at great length in the past about how well suited laser trainers are for both improving the skills of experienced shooters as well as for introducing kids/new shooters to the basics of marksmanship, and the Trigger Tyme Pistol is a great tool for accomplishing both of those goals because of the way it addresses the basic fundamentals of trigger control.