I mentioned not too long ago on The Twitter that I had a package recently show up at my front door from the good people at LaserLyte. Inside said package was the 9mm version of their Laser Trainer Cartridge… the LT9 Laser Training System.
This new devise that LaserLyte has introduced is a caliber specific training tool currently available in 9mm, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP. Basically, LaserLyte figured out a way to create a snapcap with a laser inside of it. How cool is that!? It fits right inside the chamber of your pistol like a normal round would, and when your firing pin hits the back of the cartridge the laser is activated. Awesome! Now your dry fire practice can encompass one more very important part of pistol training… Point of impact.
This really is a great training tool, but I must say…. it is a lot of fun too! The cool factor on this device is way up there… and I will admit that when I first got this thing I went around lighting up just about everything in the house!
Accuracy on the LT9 they sent me was near perfect, so you can really make accurate judgments on how successful you were at putting a shot on target. Training with this devise gives you instant feedback as to what you need to do to improve. It’s gonna let you know when you rush a shot, and because the laser stays lit for a tenth of a second after the trigger is pressed its also going to allow you to tell if you are jerking the trigger.
The Laser Trainer Cartridge is a great way to make dry fire practice more fun and engaging for new shooters as well as a way for experienced shooters to work on more advanced drills. I think the most valuable aspect of a tool like this is that it gives you a 100% safe way to practice things like shooting on the move, shooting from presentation, and point shooting and it also gives you instant feedback on how effective your shot was. Basicaly the only thing missing from dry fire practice now is the recoil – but I dont think they are gonna figure that one out anytime soon.
The down side of this product is that unless you have a pistol with second strike capability, you will have to reset your trigger before you can shoot the laser again. Essentially, you will only be able to practice getting that first shot on target… but isn’t that the most important part of a gun fight anyway? Its not a deal breaker in my mind, and it only slightly limits your training options.
Another great use for the Laser Trainer Cartridge is to practice your tap, rack, bang drill. The cartridge is held in the chamber by two rubber gaskets and since it has no rim, it wont eject when you rack your slide to reset. The laser stays in the chamber until your practice is over and you gently push it out from the muzzle with a pen or pencil.
Above all else, probably the best thing that this product does is take away all your excuses for not practicing… Rainy day, lack of ammo, shooting range limitations… well, throw all those things out the window and go have a hundred round workout with this thing. The Laser Trainer Cartridge is a phenomenal way to take basic dry fire practice and turn it into a much more productive form of practice
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