Safety and Training

How to Train with Lasers Video Series

The Cheaper Than Dirt! Chronicle recently found a brand-new six-part video series called “Training With Lasers,” which was created by Crimson Trace.

Corporation with support by the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) Education & Training Division. Shot on location at Gunsite Academy, the series touches on how shooters can use lasers to improve the most important elements of shooting handguns safely and accurately, such as improving muzzle awareness, improving and correcting sight alignment and sight picture, acquiring and maintaining sight picture in low-light conditions, decreasing arc of movement, and diagnosing and improving trigger-control errors.

We’ve embedded YouTube videos in the series below so you can watch them sequentially. Each one is about two minutes long, and a short description details what’s covered in each video. Or, you can jump to the bottom and watch the recap, which is about 12 minutes in length.

PART ONE: Sight Alignment, Sight Picture, and Trigger Control

Scenes from part one show the proper relationship between sight alignment and the laser dot, which adds a third aiming element to confirm alignment.

PART TWO: Muzzle Awareness

This episode makes the case that training with laser sights can assist in safe gun handling by increasing muzzle awareness. A laser demonstrates the critical discipline of maintaining a safe muzzle direction at all times in a clear, visual way.

PART THREE: Improving and Correcting Sight Alignment

Training with laser sights can improve and correct sight alignment by supplying a visual indicator from the laser beam in relation to proper sight alignment, allowing shooters to quickly see any errors before taking a shot. Additionally, lasers may improve sight alignment on many of today’s popular firearms that feature small (or non-existent) front and rear sights, popular with many subcompact concealed carry firearms.

PART FOUR: Low-Light Shooting

Lasers indicate shot placement without the need to align sights or acquire sight picture. Low light impedes ability to see both sights and sight picture. A laser projected on target allows for quick and accurate shooting in low light conditions. Additionally, a laser acts as a visual indicator showing natural arc of movement. By training with and focusing on the laser, shooters’ muscle memory is improved on holding a gun steady, thus decreasing arc of movement.

PART FIVE: Diagnose and Improve Trigger-Control Errors

Laser sights help diagnose and improve trigger-control errors by showing the importance of “surprise break” and follow through. A laser sight can quickly and consistently give the shooter feedback on trigger-control errors such as recoil anticipation, jerking the trigger, and breaking the wrist during training.

PART SIX: The Use of Laser Sights as a Training Tool

Professional firearm trainers and industry experts discuss the use of laser sights as a training tool in educating shooters on the importance of aiming and trigger control. Included are comments from Gunsite Academy’s Dave Starin and Chris Weare; law enforcement officer and trainer Bryan Grimm; world champion shooter Julie Golob; and NRA Training Counselors Sean Thornton and Tom Monahan.


This episode touches on all the elements mentioned in the video series, including increasing muzzle awareness, improving and correcting both sight alignment and sight picture, the obvious advantage of acquiring and maintaining sight picture in low-light conditions, decreasing arc of movement, and helping to diagnose and improve trigger-control errors.

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Comments (2)

  1. I am an absolute believer in having a laser mounted on your side-arm. It improved my initial hit and follow up hits are off the chart!
    I tried several, but found the “Streamlight TLR-2G” to be the best for me and my money! I have them mounted on my all my Glocks.
    There is a down side, you need to make a conscious effort to train without them to keep your skills up. (More shooting…that’s a drag 😉
    The ONLY problem , and it is a problem, is finding a holster to fit the Glock w/ a Streamlight!
    Blackhawk has issued the Serpa “EPOCH” holster that is supposed to fit a Glock w/ a TLR-2. I’ve ordered one, but haven’t received it yet, so the jury’s still out.
    I would highly recommend mounting a laser on your EDC, but I would also mention that a GREEN laser is much more visible during daylight!

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