The Pistolero is a laser training kit for handguns. It comes with these aluminum “spuds” that fit .22, .357/9mm, .40, .44, and .45. The blue one is hooked up to the laser head and trigger activator on a Springfield 5.25 XD(M), and the 9mm and .45 are on those versions of the same gun. The .44 is inserted in a .44 Colt converted 1860 Army, and the .22 is in a Kel-Tec PMR-30.
This is the finger clip. It curls around your finger and you insert your finger into the trigger guard. The problem is that it is nearly impossible to quickly draw and fire your weapon while positioning your finger correctly on the trigger to activate the laser. It is like a good idea that nobody ever tried to see if it actually worked. It isn’t that the laser activator doesn’t work. The laser lights up. The problem is that it has no relationship to the way you would pull the trigger to fire your weapon.
The trigger activators themselves are clearly hand made from electronic parts. You have to take that circle off to insert into the other clip if you want to change the style of your activator.
Robert Louis Co. Pistolero
Occasional when we run a story a comment will come in from the maker of a competing product offering to send us a sample to review. This product came in from an email to GA customer service after the article that Guy Sagi did on the Laserlyte ReactionTyme target system. That system is $179 and works with a dummy cartridge that activates a laser target downrange. This system, called the Pistolero, is a full $100 more, but it allows you to practice with not one but five different calibers. Ammo supply is starting to equalize back with demand because Obama has had to distract himself with keeping his job instead of registering your guns in a twisted gun confiscation plan, but ammo is EXPENSIVE. You can shoot up $279 worth of ammo in an afternoon these days, without even inviting any friends. The Pistolero is made by the Robert Louis Company, actually located in Newtown, CT, and it is clearly a hand made product created for serious shooters. Robert Louis makes the same kinds of systems for competitive shotgun shooting, and this pistol kit is made with the same attention to detail and care. Though I think the patent potential is dubious, it is a great idea and a nifty little product that will allow you to practice your competitive shooting, reactive shooting, and tactical shooting with a laser on target, without burning precious ammo. At $279, it’s a little steep for a lot of us, but that is what you pay for a hand made product from a smal company that makes them one at a time.
Functionally the Pistolero works much like any push button laser that you would mount on your firearm, except that the laser is on the bore axis, not on a different part of the gun. This makes the laser pretty much true down to 50 yards or so with most calibers, and well within the range of most competitive shooting. Each caliber has its own color coded”spud” that screws onto the main laser housing. The laser is powered by three included watch batteries, and it is activated by a cord and trigger mechanism, similar to the activator switch on rail lights. This kit comes with two trigger buttons, one that fits your finger, and one that clips on the trigger. The spuds are made of machined aluminum and the captured ball bearings that hold them in the barrel are brass, so the system is designed to not damage your gun. You screw the correct spud into the laser head, set up your trigger, and aim your laser at whatever you need to practice on.
The Pistolero system works, and it is somewhat useful. What I am having trouble figuring out is how much skill will the product help you to build. Because the laser head of the Pistolero is connected to the trigger, or to your finger, it is impossible to draw your weapon and fire from a holster. And because there is only one laser head, it won’t do you much good in practicing something like a Cowboy Action Shooting stage, because you would have to unscrew the laser head for each position and re-attach it to each staged weapon. They actually sell a Cowboy Action set, but it also has only one laser head. The Pistolero, and the entire system, from a handgun, competitive tactical perspective, seems to have gone from idea to production without any real thought as to how the product would be used. Practically speaking, you can buy a Crimson Trace laser for your handgun for about the same money, and Chinese knockoffs for a lot less, and you can probably get them to work with a holster.
We love to support small companies with inspired products here at GunsAmerica. The Pistolero looks like a well made, hand made, shooting product that will save you some money, but crude clip on trigger pads aren’t going to improve your trigger game. They system is impossible to use with pretty much any kind of holster, and it costs $279. My cat loves to chase that little red dot, but for the life of me I can’t figure out how the Pistolero would improve your shooting. This product is unfortunately not a suggested purchase.