By Justin Opinion
It’s Range time – anytime, with the LaserLyte Training Tyme system. Learn shooting fundamentals and firearm safety and handling, and have great fun doing it – all without firing a single shot. What’s more, you not only don’t need ammunition, but you don’t need access to a range. Your game room, basement or garage is a perfectly good place to use LaserLyte products. Having said that, let me also get my “good sense practices” or “nanny” lecture out of the way: Always treat shooting training seriously: choose a proper “safe direction” of fire and follow the golden rules of firearms. Just because we are not using live ammo does not mean we are not creating habits!
There are so many practical uses for LaserLyte’s training products that I had to keep reminding myself that one of the most important uses is to have FUN! Any educator or instructor will tell you that when people are having fun and clearly understand the objectives, learning takes place at a greatly accelerated pace. This is the magic combination that, in my opinion, makes this system a very valuable training tool.
The Training Tyme kit comes with a training pistol, the LT-PRO laser unit, the LaserLyte reaction target, and batteries for all. In just minutes, you’re up and running.
The weighted pistol tips the scale at about 10.5 oz., and the resetting trigger measures a pretty consistent pull of just over 4 lbs. I’d like to see both of these slightly higher for realistic training, but that is a personal preference more than a complaint.
I am a competitive shooter. I shoot IDPA regularly, and I am always looking for a way to improve my skills and to be able to do so affordably and practically. Like it or not, we just can’t put as many rounds down range as we would like to, for a variety of reasons. Most competitors use dry-fire practice as a way to keep their motor skills tuned and improve areas of weakness. I certainly count dry fire as one of the most effective ways to improve my shooting, but even well-disciplined dry fire has limitations. First and foremost, it requires total honesty with one’s self to say “I didn’t make the hit”, or it loses effectiveness. Additionally, very few of us are using double action pistols (this is where the revolver guys snicker a bit), and so we get to practice draw-aim-fire one time a whole lot. You can only pretend to take the second and third shots because your trigger is not reset and will not fire. These limitations may seem small, but they leave gaping holes in the completeness of practice.
This is where the LaserLyte Training Tyme system comes in, and really helps to fill those gaps. Using the included LT-PRO laser unit in my Glock 34, I can draw and fire and record my hits. The LT-PRO laser unit is easily adjusted to fit most calibers. I used it with 9mm and with .45 ACP. With the Training Tyme pistol, I can make numerous follow-up shots at dispersed targets. It is a winning combination.
Another use for the Training Tyme kit that came immediately to mind is as an instruction tool. The blue pistol has a good set of sights (all black) for teaching sight picture. Safe handling and trigger control can be taught using this kit without the need to introduce an operating firearm at the early stages of learning.Add in the fun of the reacting target and watch the student’s eyes light up along with it when they start making hits. All of the introductory elements of shooting a handgun can be learned with the LaserLyte Training Tyme kit, without the sensory assault of life fire.
I also had the chance to try out the LaserLyte Plinking Cans. Sold as a set of three, these battery-operated “cans” provide challenging targets that react and fall over when hit. The required 9-volt batteries for each can are included, and in minutes you’re ready to go.
The Plinking Cans work by using a light-sensitive outer shell that is covered by an opaque plastic film. The film has a round “hit” area that is less opaque and allows the laser strike to be recorded by the device. When struck, the can deploys a small plastic plunger that protrudes from the bottom – tipping the can over. The bulls-eye hit area on the can is smaller than the strike zone of the Reaction Tyme targets and can provide a challenging
course of fire.
Because the cans are using light sensitivity to operate, they are by nature sensitive to light. I found them to be so sensitive that it took some trial and error to find places I could use them without false positives from the ambient light setting them off. On the other hand, they never once failed to function when struck by the laser – so I suppose it is a tradeoff. To be fair, the instructions do advise you to find an appropriately lighted area to use the cans – but they are still a little too sensitive for my preference.
The LaserLyte Training Kit along with the Plinking Cans provided a great resource for training and just general fun. My nitpicking about light sensitivity and pistol weight can be interpreted as an indication that nothing else is wrong with these products. They worked exactly as advertised without any malfunctions, and provide a good value for safe and effective home training.
With a suggested retail price of around $200 for the Training Tyme kit, and nearly another $100 for the Plinking Cans, these are not children’s toys by any means. However, for the teaching, training, and fun they offer, I think they are a good value and I recommend them.