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.
- 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.
For point shooting, no electronic target is necessary:
- Shoulder the rifle.
- Pull the trigger.
- Note where the brief burst of laser light appears.
- 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.
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.
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.
Are you ready to put the LaserLyte on your AR-15? Already have one on your rifle? Tell us all about it in the comment section.