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LaserLyte and AR Training

Male shooter on stairs with AR-15 and LaserLyte

One of the problems with aperture or magnified rifle sights is their relatively slow acquisition up close. Point shooting is a solution, although learning it requires substantial and constant practice, with expense in range time and ammunition.

The AR-15, in particular, doesn’t lend itself to pointing as easily as conventionally stocked guns. The LaserLyte AR training kit addresses this issue, as well as several others plus it’s easy to install. A real bonus.

Male shooter focuses on a AR-15 with LaserLyte
The prominent red charging handle indicates an inert weapon to bystanders.
  • A spacer goes behind the buffer spring to limit the rearward bolt travel, which lets you cock the hammer without enabling live rounds to feed from the magazine.
  • An oversized red charging handle cycles the action and indicates a non-firing configuration.
  • A laser “cartridge” goes into the chamber. It lacks the usual 5.56mm rim, so the extractor doesn’t pull it out of the chamber with every cycle.
  • The laser comes with three button batteries installed and the kit includes three more.
  • A four-segment threaded rod with rounded ends is included for pushing the laser out of the chamber once a practice session is completed.
Male shooter on stairs with AR-15 and LaserLyte
Point shooting on uneven ground or using sights up close can be equally challenging. Laser trainers let you practice with both at minimal cost and no risk.

For point shooting, no electronic target is necessary:

  1. Shoulder the rifle.
  2. Pull the trigger.
  3. Note where the brief burst of laser light appears.
  4. The next try corrects any misses.

Point shooting is fairly easy on level ground although takes more practice up, down or in less conventional stances, like leaning out around corners.

Male shooter on stairs with AR-15 and LaserLyte
Slice the pie around that corner! If you do the drill right, the target lights up in red, indicating a good hit.

The laser kit is also useful for learning how to compensate for the sight offset without thinking. Up close, the bore is about 2.5 inches below the line of aim, so shots can go too low. A less effective hit is only a portion of the problem: often bullets impact the cover you use and destabilizes long before reaching the target.

LaserLyte Reactive Target, a red target on a black box
Laserlyte reactive target can be set in full-time and limited response time modes. Powered by a single 9V battery, it is light enough to be attached to walls with double-sided tape.

With a laser trainer, such interference shows up either as dispersed light around the target or as a bright dot on the cover itself.

If you’re a new shooter,  laser trainers help you master sight alignment and trigger control without the distractions of recoil and report. Given that a trigger pull in a .223 comes out around .35 to .50 cents, depending on the ammunition used, a trainer under $100 is a pretty good deal. In fact, you can even share it with your friends once you’ve completed your high-volume training.

You can also use the kit in other rifles, although you won’t have the handy red indicator that says “not a live weapon.” Click Here to shop for a laser training system at Cheaper Than Dirt!

Are you ready to put the LaserLyte on your AR-15? Already have one on your rifle? Tell us all about in the comment section.

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Comments (3)

  1. at the freedom ranch pistol Academy for our marksmanship training classes we use the laser light system, it does save a lot on ammo cost and it’s very effective in teaching, especially beginners, the fundamentals of holding and trigger squeeze and of course site acquisition. When we go outdoors and we introduce the recoil they know it’s coming but they’re able to quickly refocus what they learned in training inside and apply it in seconds outside. this seems like a well thought out and successful way of learning how to use the AR in point shooting. I’m going to invest in this laser light system

  2. I use a LaserLyte to train with my Gen 4 Glock 23. I use old range targets with a piece of reflective tape in the bullseye. I just tape them to differnt places thruout the house, and run drills.Using it with, and without the house lights on to simulate differrent real life lighting conditions. It helped me correct trigger pull issues where I was jerking the trigger causing my shot to pull to the side. I have dry fired thousand of rounds with my LaserLyte training cartridge, and my accuracy is right on now. When your trigger pull is smooth, you just see a small laser dot, but when you jerk the trigger you see an elongnated line. My point and shoot skills have improved tremendously, as well as my target shooting. I would have spent a small fortune in ammo to get this much training, and I was able to practice my home defense shooting skills in my own home where they may be needed. The only disadvantage is I have to rack the slide between each shot, instead of the semi-auto mode to reset the trigger. I also used it to assist myself, andmy son in practicing proper safety. I had him practice for hours before taking him to the range for the first time so he now keeps his finger off the trigger until he is commited to fire, and also keeps the pistol pointed in a safe direction. We actually had mini competitions running practice drills using the targets setup thruout the house. It is very durable, and very well made. I take the batteries out between uses to save on battery life. Buy it!

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