The old saying is “Practice Makes Perfect”. The truth is that “Perfect Practice Makes Perfect.”
I’m far from perfect, but I do like to practice.
Shooting that is.
I get to the range when I can, but that’s not nearly often enough. The range I go to is about ten minutes from my house, so distance isn’t the problem. When I go, I’ll bring one or maybe two firearms to use, so that’s not a problem either.
The problem, at least this time of year, is mostly the weather. My club has an indoor range, but I don’t like using it for reasons I won’t bore you with. Right now, it’s too cold to go out most days and this winter in particular we’ve had a lot of snow.
Then there is the cost and availability of ammunition. While availability is getting better, it’s not great and price is also a factor.
The result being I don’t get to shoot nearly as much as I’d like and have looked for alternatives to live fire.
Last May I was cruising the NRA Annual Meetings exhibition hall with Ambulance Driver. We came across the Laserlyte booth and looked at some products. Among other products the company had their Laser Target set up for use by
tire kickers potential buyers. AD and I picked up the and started to “shoot”. We were both favorably impressed and I put the training system on my wish list.
The way the system works is simple. The target has sensors that react by lighting a LED when a laser “bullet” hits the target. After shooting as much as you want, you activate the display by “shooting” small circle at the lower left corner of the target. This displays the number of hits and location for each shot. Then you “shoot” another small circle to reset the target.
Simple and way cool. The target area is five inches across, which is a perfect size in my house. I can stand about eighteen feet from the target, which I think simulates a target seven yards from me. Good for practicing handgun shooting at realistic self defense ranges.
Fast forward a few months and as my birthday approached, Mrs. TOTWTYTR asked if there was anything special I’d like. I pointed her towards the Laserlyte target and 9mm training round. I didn’t want their training pistol, because I wanted to get a feel for using the system with one of my real firearms.
I’ve had this set up and have been using it for a while and it seems to work pretty well. I try to use this at least ten minutes a day, which isn’t a tremendous amount of time, but does allow me to do a little bit of practice every day.
So, how does it work?
Pretty good. It’s not perfect and it doesn’t duplicate real shooting since there is no recoil. That aside, it’s helped me with stance, breathing, grip, sight alignment, and trigger pull. It gets me into the ball park and helps me to work on fundamentals in the comfort of my own home.
I’ve found couple of quirks that a user should take in to account. First, if you’re good enough to put one “shot” right on top of another, you aren’t going to see all of the hits. The LEDs just aren’t that small. To keep things as realistic as possible, I count my rounds and shoot the number that matches what my self defense firearm carries. Several times I’ve noticed that my “hit” count on the target is one or two less than what I’ve shot. No, wise guys, it’s not that I missed the target completely! It’s a limitation of the target.
The other quirk is that once in a while the rubber actuating button on the round won’t cause the laser to “fire”. I’m not sure what causes this, but it’s more of an annoyance than anything else.
The whole set up costs a little bit over $200.00 from Amazon and for my purposes at least, it’s well worth the money. At that rate, if I fire 50 “rounds” a day, it will pay for itself in a couple of weeks. In fact, it already has.
I might even buy a .380 cartridge so I can practice with that little Bersa Thunder 380CC I bought about a month ago. I