Our RecommendationWhich 9mm dryfire laser training solution is the best?

The answer to this largely depends on your personal needs. We're here to help.

Option 1 - Recommended for most handguns

9mm Laser Training Dryfire Cartridge aka Laser Ammo

A laser training cartridge is a cross between a snap cap and a bore sighter. It gives you the best of both worlds with only a few minor draw backs. It is the ideal solution for most shooters interested in laser Dryfire training.

The laser training cartridge only engages when the firing pin puts pressure on a pressure point at the back of the cartridge, when this happens, a laser is emitted for a fraction of a second, usually 1/30th of a second. This saves on batteries (this type of device is usually good on batteries for up to 6,000 shots). It also allows the trigger to be engaged (as it protects the firing pin like a snap cap). These are a great solution for using laser Dryfire training software as it best simulates a real life hit on a target. They also typically come zeroed, so there shouldn't be manual adjustments needed out of the box.

Note, Single Action / Double Action handguns work best with this type of laser training device. In SA/DA, the hammer will reset every time you pull back the trigger, meaning the laser will operate just like your handgun does semi automatically. In striker fired weapons the laser won't stay engaged, but the trigger won't reset either (so the slide will need to be racked enough to reset the trigger between every shot). This isn't a big deal for most shooters. However, in Hammer fired guns, the hammer can often put pressure on the firing pin and on the cartridge, resulting in the laser staying down. This means in hammer fired weapons like the 1911, you must pull the hammer back every time you pull the trigger, which isn't a great way to train. In these situations, a laser training pistol that mirrors the feel of those pistols may be a better option (see below).

Advantages :
- Lots of options for any budget
- Battery efficient
- Most realistic solution
- Easy setup, shouldn't need to be zeroed
- Protects firing pin from damage like a snap cap
- Useful for reloading drills as it won't eject, but it should not be fed from a magazine
- Best for SA/DA hand guns
- Works well with striker fired handguns

Disadvantages:
- Not universal
- Works with hammer fired weapons but not ideal
- Not great for revolvers
- The back caps on these will go bad over time with heavy use as the firing pin slams the pressure pad repeatedly (some products offer replacement back caps for sale). The back caps are usually good for thousands of dry fires however.

9mm Laser Dryfire Cartridge

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Option 2 : LaserLyte Universal Laser Training Device

Best for revolvers or owners of multiple handguns in different calibers

For the shortcomings with compatibility with laser cartridges, laserlyte offers a universal training device that is sound activated. This product is great for shooters who want one device that will work with most handgun calibers (.38 up to .45), or a device that will work well in a revolver (with snap caps).

It is sound activated and like the laser training cartridges fires a laser for a short period of time every time it hears the Dryfire. it should be used with a snap cap in some cases where dry firing will damage a firing pin.

This product is a little more work to set up (must be zeroed with elevation and windage, users of this device have reported having to re-sight the device every time they use it. Also, the battery life on these tend to be shorter (they are sound activated so they are always detecting for noise). It's also not the most affordable solution, but might be if someone wants to train with multiple calibers.

Advantages:
- Most universal option
- Works well with laser training software
- Most practical solution for revolvers

Disadvantages:
- Hard on batteries
- Needs to be re-zeroed when switching between weapons
- More expensive than some laser cartridge options

LaserLyte Universal Laser Trainer

Universal, fits most training pistols. Requires re-zeroing when switching between handguns, but is the most practical solution if you wish to train with multiple handguns in different calibers or with a revolver. You may need snap caps to protect the firing pin on your firearm when using this product.

9MM Snapcaps

If using laserlyte's universal laser, as it sits in the barrel, you may need snap caps to protect your firing pin on some firearms that are not normally safe to dry fire. This highly rated 10 pack is perfect as most packs come with 5 snap caps (which is not enough for most 9mm revolvers). If using a magazine fed handgun, a 5 pack is probably perfectly fine.

Option 3 - Recommended for owners of only hammer fired or striker fired handguns

Realistic Laser Training Pistols

Laser training pistols are also a great solution. They come in a variety of models that mirror the designs of popular handguns. They are in some ways safer than other solutions (as they are not real firearms, there is no risk of accidentally discharging a firearm due to negligence). They're built to be fired semi automatic as they have a resetting trigger, so they may work well in place of the hammer or striker fired pistols for laser training.

Advantages:
- Very safe option
- Compatible with laser training software
- Good Replacement for styles of handgun that would normally not operate semi automatic for laser training (e.g striker fired or hammer fired)

Disadvantages:
- Relatively expensive
- Won't have the exact feel as your primary firearm

LaserLyte Laser Trainer Pistol Full Size

Molded to feel like a Glock19, this laser training pistol is great for owners who want to train with a replica of a full frame striker fired pistol.

LaserLyte Laser Sub Compact Pistol

Molded to feel like a sub compact pistol (modeled after the Glock 43), this is likely the closest option you'll find to a .380 laser training pistol in terms of its size.

LaserLyte Laser Trainer Pistol Full Size

Molded to feel like a Glock19, this laser training pistol is great for owners who want to train with a replica of a full frame striker fired pistol.
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