Our RecommendationWhich .380 Caliber 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

.380 Caliber 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 1/10th 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.

CRACKSHOT does not currently stock .380 Laser Ammo Cartridges, but we're working with suppliers on acquiring this caliber. Check with some of our affiliate partners below if you need this caliber.

Budget Option

This option is the most affordable laser training cartridge option available in .380 ACP that we could find. We've owned the 9mm version for about 2 years. It lacks the O-Ring feature that holds some of the other cartridges in the chamber, but its a solid choice on a budget.

Most Bang for your Buck

This option is a similar design to the budget option, but this design includes O-Rings to keep the laser cartridge in the chamber of your weapon during reload exercises. We own this cartridge as well and are huge fans of it. This is in our opinion the most value for the money.

Premium Option

LaserLyte is the gold standard in firearms laser training. Their products come with a 3 year warranty. If you have the money, this cartridge is an excellent option.

Option 2 - 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 Compact

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.
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