LaserLyte Laser Training System: Does It Really Work?

by David Higginbotham

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Looking for 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 work?

I’m sure 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 sensor.

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 Springfield 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.

LaserLyte Cartridges in .380, 9mm, and .45 ACP

Running double 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.

But there’s 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.

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