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.
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 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.
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
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 CoolFireTrainer.com.