Review: The LaserLyte Product Line

    With ammunition still in short supply in many stores throughout the United States, shooters may be looking for alternative solutions to keep their skills sharp. If you are one of those shooters, let’s take a look at LaserLyte, a laser and laser target company which sells a variety of laser training products.

    What initially caught my attention was finding out that LaserLyte was awarded a 2012 NRA Bullseye Award for their LTS target. That and the fact I was looking at ways to train in the convenience of my own home.

    First though, here’s part of LaserLyte’s product line. They have laser cartridges for .380ACP, 9mm, .40cal, and .45ACP. Once the laser cartridge is inserted into the chamber, the sound from each pull of the trigger activates the laser. This is a fantastic option which allows you to use your own pistol in training.

    Another option is the LTS Universal Pistol Trainer bore laser which has a universal flange that can be made smaller or larger by tightening or loosening a screw. As the name implies, this laser goes into your pistol’s bore. This model is also designed to be used with your pistol of choice in any of the following calibers: 9mm, 40S&W, .45ACP, .38SP, .380 Auto, .357SIG, 10mm and .45LC.

    The bore laser simply goes into the chamber of your pistol.

    The laser cartridge simply goes into the chamber of your pistol.

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    The LTS Universal Pistol Trainer bore laser extends less than .25 inches from the barrel. Picture from the LaserLyte website.  

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    For perspective, the LTS Universal Pistol Trainer bore laser is above in red. Below it is the LTS laser cartridge in 9mm.

    Lastly, the LTS Trigger Tyme Pistol is a blue gun which is an inert plastic training gun which has an automatic resetting trigger. While this is convenient, allowing the user to keep squeezing the trigger without having to manually rack the slide, unless you normally shoot a Glock 23, the blue gun is going to feel different than your regular pistol. However, with many laser training systems, the idea is that any kind of dry fire practice will help build and refine your motor skills. Whether you want to train on your exact gun, or a plastic trainer gun is really a personal preference.

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    As for targets, LaserLyte offers the LTS and LTS Reaction Tyme which function differently. The LTS has a five inch target with a “Display” and “Reset” targets. To use the LTS, turn on the power switch and then you must shoot the “Reset” button. The user can then engage the main target at will. To display the hits, the user must shoot the “Display” circle to activate the LEDs. The user must the shoot the “Reset” button again before re-engaging.

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    LaserLyte’s LTS target system, showing four LED “hits.”

     

    My one suggestion is that LaserLyte should release a model with smaller LEDs for finer precision. A Marketing Manager for LaserLyte noted that the current design allows them to use fewer LEDs to keep costs down and pass those savings on to the customer, but “there are always new advancements in laser training on the horizon.

    The LTS Reaction Tyme are some smaller, 2.5” fun targets which increase the challenge. The targets have two settings, one which will simply light the target up when shot, and the second setting is a delayed timer function. The LTS Reaction Tyme will randomly flash every 3-7 seconds and stay lit for about the same amount of time. You can only engage the target while it is active, so it is a good way to sharpen your reaction time.

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    The LTS Reaction Tyme target flashing to indicate the random open window when it can be shot.

     

    I’ve enjoyed using both sets of targets throughout my house, which is a good way to simulate home defense scenarios. Practicing in different shooting positions throughout your home is a good skill to build — from behind the kitchen counter, the couch, or the bed, to positions in hallways and stairwells. The user should be aware that the LaserLyte targets may not function properly if there is direct sunlight hitting the target, and that non-LaserLyte lasers may not work with their targets.

    Finally, the tech geek in me can’t help but think about additional features which would make the product even better (and probably increase the price). I’d love to see rechargeable batteries in all their products, which could be recharged via USB. And how about a computer program which could track your shot strings and performance over time?

    I’ll pull my head out of the clouds and come back to Earth. It’s time for a LaserLyte dry fire session!

    www.LaserLyte.com.

    Chris Cheng

    Chris Cheng is History Channel’s Top Shot Season 4 champion and author of “Shoot to Win,” a book for beginning shooters. A self-taught amateur turned pro through his Top Shot win, Cheng very much still considers himself an amateur who parachuted into this new career.

    He is a professional marksman for Bass Pro Shops who shares his thoughts and experiences from the perspective of a newbie to the shooting community. He resides in San Francisco, CA and works in Silicon Valley.

    www.TopShotChris.com.


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