Cool Fire’s Laser Recoil Trainer Makes Dry Fire Practice Fun

Cool Fire’s new product makes dry fire practice more realistic… and more fun.

Practice is essential to carrying a handgun responsibly, but consistent, weekly training can be cost-prohibitive for the average gun owner. Many have turned to “dry fire” practice to alleviate these costs, but dry fire can’t train for recoil management or quick follow-up shots. Plus, let’s be honest, racking the slide after each trigger pull is a pain.

That’s why the folks at Cool Fire developed the Laser Recoil Trainer, and we got a chance to get our hands on one at this years NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits.

The laser is tough to see in the video, but in person it’s clear on each shot. Cool Fire also sells the targets you see.

The Laser Recoil Trainer replaces your handgun’s barrel and barrel spring, and uses compressed CO2 to rack the slide and mimic live rounds. The tip of the “barrel” features a built-in laser that lights up on each shot, so shooters can see where their round would have landed.

Cool Fire also offers a variety of adapters to extend the life of each CO2 fill.

The internal CO2 tank can be refilled by removing the end piece and inserting the tip into an adapter on an external tank.

Rather than using a different gun to practice recoil management, the Laser Recoil Trainer allows shooters to use their own gun, with their own grip and trigger, to improve their accuracy and fundamentals.

The Recoil Trainer simply drops in to replace your gun’s barrel and barrel spring.

The Trainer enables shooters to perform a variety of drills that are usually only possible with live rounds. The slide cycles freely without a mag, but users can practice reloads by inserting a mag, pulling the trigger, and allowing the slide to lock to the rear.

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The kit also comes with a magazine inhibitor, so shooters can practice with a magazine inserted.

The slide will jam if users insert a dummy round into their magazine, so the Cool Fire allows shooters to practice malfunction drills as well

The inhibitor allows the Trainer to be used with a magazine inserted, but shooters can also practice reloads by using the unit without the inhibitor.

Users can refill the Recoil Trainer by removing the laser piece and inserting the end of the barrel to a CO2 tank with the supplied adapter. The unit protects the gun’s bolt face and firing pin with a plastic tip that can be replaced after 300-400 shots.

Cool Fire offers units that fit in a variety of handgun makes and models, including 1911, CZ, Beretta, Glock, Smith & Wesson, Sig Sauer, Taurus, and Walther.  For more information visit

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About the author: Jordan Michaels has been reviewing firearm-related products for over four years and enjoying them for much longer. With family in Canada, he’s seen first hand how quickly the right to self-defense can be stripped from law-abiding citizens. He escaped that statist paradise at a young age, married a sixth-generation Texan, and currently lives in Waco. Follow him on Instagram @bornforgoodluck and email him at

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  • Hatchetman May 19, 2018, 12:19 am

    Looks like they run about $400 for the kit, which when compared to a LaserLyte or other trainer is a bit more, but I feel like it could be worth the difference for this one with the recoil simulation and other capabilities. I’ll have to keep an eye on these, was thinking about putting together a laser training setup and this might be just the ticket.

  • Mike Mackay May 14, 2018, 11:03 am

    Saw this at NRA Convention in Dallas TX and this is a practical tool that I feel will greatly enhance the shooter’s skill set.

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