LaserLyte LTS ReactionTyme Target – Gear Review

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When the target is hit, audible beeping begins and an LED flashes.


Walk down the ammunition aisle in any sporting goods store and sticker shock will set in, if the shelves aren’t totally bare, that is. With prices continuing to soar and meager supplies being gobbled up faster than drumsticks on Thanksgiving, how can shooters stay on top of their game? LaserLyte has come up with an answer in its LTS ReactionTyme targets, and unlike many other systems, it employs your personal-defense firearm so you can train from the comfort of home—where you may actually need to use that gun.

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The unit can run in continuous mode or the RT setting makes it come on at random times to “engage” the shooter.

The heart of the system is a pair of targets that measure 3.74 inches tall, 3 inches wide and 1.3 inches in depth. That’s small enough to fit on any bookshelf, desk, table, even under some furniture. A slot on the back also allows them to be hung on a wall.

When struck by a laser transmission from one of LaserLyte’s Laser Trainers (the LT-PRO, LT-223, LT-1, LT-380, LT-9, LT-40 and LT-45 all work) the target signals a hit with two audible beeps and the LED blinks. After two seconds of “celebration,” the unit resets and awaits another shot.

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The laser training cartridge also acts as a snap cap to cushion your firing pin strikes.

There are two modes of operation, training and reaction. In the training mode the unit is continuously on and it makes a great way to practice your trigger control—inexpensively. In reaction mode, which was the favorite of all who tried the units, the unit is “asleep,” then every two to seven seconds it awakes and blinks. That signals it can then be shot. With two units running, alternating their time of activation randomly, it made quite a challenge.

Here’s a pretty fun drill if you have a shooting partner. Have him or her place the targets, in reaction mode, somewhere in a room. You don’t enter the room until the targets are set up. Much like a criminal attack, there’s an element of surprise once you enter and try to neutralize the targets. It also gives you a good chance to practice slicing the pie as you enter to room, minimizing your exposure.

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The targets run on three AAA batteries.

The units work extremely well in the relatively dark confines of a house. Outside the range is diminished slightly in bright sunlight, which is no big deal. You shouldn’t be using these outside anyway. If your neighbors see you wielding real firearms, day or night, the odds are pretty good the authorities will be summoned and their guns will not be chambering laser training cartridges.

Naturally, all live ammunition should be placed in a separate room before using these units. A Laser Trainer Cartridge is then placed in the chamber of your rifle or handgun. The unit acts as a snap cap, so no damage will be incurred on your firing pin, and the laser lights for only a second (or less) instead of draining the batteries continuously once the hammer falls.

The cartridges take three small hearing aid-style batteries (377), which are included. Expect them to deliver around 3,000 shots. The targets utilize three AAA batteries that should survive 6,000 shots.

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LaserLyte’s laser training cartridges run on three small batteries and ship with an extra trio of them.

During testing there was one real surprise. Everyone seemed to forget the sight offset at close range with the SIG Sauer M400 used with the LT-223. The 2.5 inch bulls eye is small enough across a living room that with an A2 front sight (carry handle to the rear) shots did not register a hit unless aim was a little high (top of the target box usually). That’s a pretty important lesson to remember if the unthinkable happens in the home and a nice bonus. The instant offset feedback forced shooters to catch on pretty quickly, too.

The charging handle had to be pulled back between shots to reset the hammer, which was pretty annoying because it couldn’t be pulled back too far, or the trainer might eject and we’d be spending more time on the floor looking for it than practicing. Whether by design or not, after several strikes of the hammer the trainer wouldn’t eject, so after one target was engaged/neutralized, tap-rack-bang drills were introduced. That skill might be necessary in a home invasion, so it wasn’t a deal breaker, although having to tap out the training cartridge with a cleaning rod inserted from the muzzle side requires the utmost care.

When combined with the LT-9 Training Cartridge, some transition drills were also tried with the trainers. Although it’s a good skill to hone, it proved cumbersome in the confines of the house.

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The LaserLyte system works extremely well, and its reaction mode proved versatile during testing sessions.

LaserLyte’s LTS ReactionTyme Target is enough fun that it captivated several teenage testers for hours. Different rooms were explored and various scenarios created. They took the greatest pleasure in finding fatal funnels and coffin corners to give the targets an upper hand.

If you’ve resigned yourself to empty ammo shelves at your sporting goods store, but still want to polish your skills, take a close look at this system. The MSRP of $175.95 may sound steep, at first, but with today’s ammo prices it’s a real deal.

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  • Target Is Moving June 25, 2014, 9:50 am

    You could attach one of these to Target Is Moving and then you’d have a pretty awesome indoor dryfire training!

  • Fred January 31, 2014, 6:44 am

    My sone gave me a trainer set up last year for Christmas. I added another cartridge so, there is quite a bit on money invested in this outfit. It worked well until about March then it just stopped working. I changed batteries in the target and the cartridges and it still wouldn’t work. So I called LaserLyte and they had me do a diagnostic test on the set. Of course it worked fine, until I hung up the phone! Tried and tried to get it to work to no avail. So another call and it was agreed I would send the target back to the company. The replacement didn’t work either! Now the whole kit has been returned to LaserLyte and I am waiting to hear from them. I sure hope we can get this thing figured out! It was great when it worked and I miss it.

    • Ken May 5, 2014, 6:48 am

      Fred, I agree with you, it is great when(and if), it works. I eventually became SO FRUSTRATED I threw mine away. Yep! I trashed it!

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  • Scott April 8, 2013, 10:03 pm

    I have looked on the website but cannot find if it says you can use a 38 or 357. Does anyone know?

    • Tim April 9, 2013, 12:51 am

      This is a great system. The only problem is with a revolver the only thing they make is a laser that sticks in the end of the barrel. It works on vibration. If you have a smooth trigger it works fairly well. But if you have a factory trigger most guns will trigger the laser as soon as you start to pull the hammer back. It has helped improve my shooting but it consistently shoots low with all 4 of my revolvers. What I do is set the two targets up and draw from the holster when it beeps. Usually within a second or two the other beeps. It does help but there are flaws you will have to get use to. Another issue is when you release the trigger it makes the laser fire again. I know the trainers are about $100.00 or more but I would honestly buy a set of 8 for my 627 if the company made them. In the long run it would save me a lot of money. Every time you pull the trigger on one of these targets you saved gas to get to the range and saved another round of ammo.

  • Brett April 8, 2013, 10:22 am

    After looking at the manufacturer’s site, it looks like the targets do not come with any of the laser trainer cartridges. Each training cartridge is about an additional $105. Still, in the long run looks like it could save.

  • Mark Shean April 8, 2013, 8:11 am

    I did not see if this came with only one cal./mm LT or if it came with the whole set? If it comes with all of them it is worth looking into.

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