I must admit, I never really saw the value in the Laserlyte training system prior to me having a chance to really spend some time with several components of the system. First I got the Laserlyte Quick Tyme target and full-size pistol and found it hard to work it into anything useful, it quickly got relegated to an office toy and wasn’t used for any meaningful training. It wasn’t until I received more components of the training system that I fully realized the potential of the laser targets and training pistols.
The Quick Tyme target is rather simple and isn’t much useful past an office toy for experienced shooters or basic instruction for new shooters, specifically kids. The target has two modes, the first is a ‘target shooting’ mode where you take aim at the bullseye, take several shots, and hit the start/display area with the laser to see the ‘impacts’. This mode can be used to teach sight alignment, zeroing the pistol, and working on trigger pull with new shooters. The other mode that I feel is much more useful is the timed mode. When used in conjunction with other Laser Tyme components it gives you a clock that counts the time between the start beep and the first impact on the laser bullseye.
The kit also came with a laser pistol that is about the same size as a Glock 19 but we will take a closer look at that later.
The laser target has three areas that react to a laser hit, a bullseye, a set timer/reset circle that cycles between modes as well as clears the time or the shots stored in the target depending on mode.
The target has an easy to use on/off switch to keep batteries alive for as long as possible.
The target is supplied with three Energizer brand AA batteries. The laser target doesn’t use much power, after about 5 months of use I am still on the original set of batteries for both the pistol and the target.
This is the timed mode, you can see that between the beep sounding and the laser ‘impact’ there was 0.6 seconds elapsed. The timer will count all the way to 9.9 seconds or as little as 0.1 seconds. This could be useful for working on draw times or as a timer for a ‘stage’ as I use it when paired with the other components.
The gun itself is reasonably good quality given the price point and what other laser trainers run. The only areas that I would like to see some improvement in are the trigger, which is reasonable heavy and not reminiscent of any known pistol and the sights. The laser is adjusted with the same small Allen wrench that Laserlyte uses on their entire lineup through some very small holes in the slide.
On the plus side, the gun does fit into most Glock 19 holsters as you can see. I test fit it in a couple but found that this appendix holster from an unknown maker seemed to fit it best.
The laser emitter is buried in the muzzle end of the slide deep enough to protect it from harm but close enough to the opening to allow easy cleaning. The battery compartment is the black rectangle that you see but there isn’t much need to mess with it since the batteries are installed at the factory. If by some miracle the gun runs out of batteries after 50,000 ‘shots’ you remove the screw holding the panel in place and replace the three A76 batteries.
As I said earlier, the trigger is an area that I would love to see improved. The shape of the trigger makes extended training sessions painful when coupled with the reasonably heavy trigger pull. LaserLyte says that the trigger pull is a simulated 5.5 pounds but my trigger scale tells me that out of the box the trigger was closer to 7.5 pounds and right at 6.2 pounds after about 2,000 shots fired. Reset on the trigger is near a full extension and mimicks the Kahr reset closely.
The sights are reasonably crude injection molded three dot units that are non-adjustable. Instead of moving the sights to the laser you adjust the laser to sights. I found the sights to be as good as factory Glock sights, but that leaves quite a lot of room for improvement.
Since I had a fake Trijicon RMR laying around that I had intended to use for a project that fell through I decided to mark some holes in the laser pistol and drilled some pilot holes. Once I had that done I used some black wood screws from some old furniture to mount the RMR clone to the laser pistol. Now the LaserLyte pistol can help me work on transitioning to a red dot on my pistols, serving yet another purpose.
LaserLyte also sent over the Rumble Tyme kit with their compact laser pistol included. I found the Rumble Tyme kit to be much more enjoyable on its own than the Quick Tyme kit, but like the Quick Tyme kit, when all the pieces sent to me for evaluation are combined it is quite useful.
Inside the box, you get a laser pistol with the same sights, trigger and other features as the larger pistol except in a Glock 42 size package and a pair of what is best described as rumble cans. Each can has 3 areas that when hit make the can rumble and turn revealing yet another target area.
Like the full-size gun, the trigger is a bit on the heavy side for extended training sessions but is perfectly fine for short breaks from work or a 10-15 minute break from whatever you have going on.
Compared to the larger Glock 19 sized gun you can see that the smaller one is about as long as a Glock 26 or 43 but the grip is about the same diameter as the Glock 42 making it feel very, very small.
The Rumble Tyme kit comes with the batteries pre-installed in the pistol but also includes 2 9 volt batteries for the cans themselves. The on/off switch for the cans in located on the bottom of the can and is quite easy to forget to turn them off. My only complaint is that because the cans don’t have any visible LED to indicate they are on, it is rather easy to forget to turn them off.
The last piece that LaserLyte sent over was a pair of their Steel Tyme targets. These mimic steel plates when hit with a sound that is supposed to approximate a plate being hit with a bullet and some flashing lights. Unlike the Rumble Tyme cans, the Steel Tyme targets do have a LED that lets you know when the targets are on.
The LED letting you know if the target is powered up is right below the on/off and mute switch making it easy to remember to turn them off when you are done.
The Steel Tyme has some rather large speakers embedded into the base of the target and is quite loud when you score a hit on the target.
I decided to set the whole array up on my photo table and have some fun. I decided to use the large Quick Tyme target as a stop plate so I wold shoot the other four before engaging the stop plate. Since the Quick Tyme counts down and starts you with a beep much like a shot timer it was fun to see how fast you could shoot the ‘stage’.
I really love the idea of the LaserLyte training system but wish there was some attention paid in some areas to make it just a touch better. Things like LED power lights on the top of the Rumble Tyme cans, a more contoured trigger, and a shorter reset all would go a long way towards making a good system into a great one.
That said, I think that even in its current state, the LaserLyte training system is a wonderful choice given its price point. The Laser Quick Tyme kit carries an MSRP of $307.00 for the target and the pistol, the Rumble Tyme kit carries an MSRP of $219 for the two can shaped targets and the compact pistol, and the Steel Tyme targets carry an MSRP of $109.95
Check out LaserLyte on the web for more information and specs on the laser training system items we reviewed as well as several other options.