Is the LaserLyte Universal Laser Trainer the right laser dryfire device for you? (A Complete Review)

July 8, 2020by Emil S0

 

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Hey guys, welcome back and thank you for watching. Your support of the CRACKSHOT Channel and training products means the world to us. Today we’re going to take a really in depth look at the LaserLyte Universal Laser Trainer. Let me start by just vocalizing that I am a big fan of this product and I actually think its a really solid choice as far as dryfire training tools goes for most shooters, as long as you’re aware of its limitations.

But let’s take a close look. The first thing that you notice about the LaserLyte Universal dryfire trainer is that is is very small and lightweight. This is a good thing, as it makes it very versatile in a number of different firearms and you barely notice it is there. Like most laser training cartridges, it takes 3 LR626 batteries. These batteries are small and very affordable. A 10 pack goes for about $4 on Amazon and prime eligible.

Let’s compare with a standard laser ammo cartridge.

I have here a Pink Rhino 9mm laser training cartridge. It’s a great system and very reliable, however, you’re limited to only using the cartridge in firearms of the same caliber, and this is the problem that the laserlyte universal trainer attempts to solve.

This particular laser ammo cartridge also happens to take 3 LR626 batteries, although the battery size can vary for other calibers.

Standard laser cartridge ammunition has a pressure switch on the back of the cartridge that initiates contact when pressed. It functions like a snap cap with a laser emitted when the striker or firing pin hit the pressure pad which acts like a primer, triggering a short laser burst.

This is a problem if you have a wheel gun. Revolvers typically have between 5 and as many as 8 slots in their cylinders for holding ammo. Subsequently, since the revolver rotates as the trigger is pulled, you would need a laser ammo cartridge for every single slot in the cylinder, which get’s expensive very very fast. Furthermore, you wouldn’t be able to practice reloads while dryfire training, since most laser ammo cartridges are meant to sit tight in the chamber of a weapon, or in this case, in the cylinder.

Snapcaps on the other hand are built to behave like bullets for the purpose of practicing fast reloads. They’ll eject easily and work with speed loaders too, whareas the laser cartridge won’t work with a speed loader since they’re shaped to not trip an extractor in a typical handgun.

So revolvers are one area that the LaserLyte universal laser trainer really shines. The Universal Laser Trainer features an adjustable threaded base that as you spin it up the device, expands. This allows it to tightly fill the space between a barrell. Officially, calibers between 38 and 45 are supported.

The universal laser trainer sits in the barrel and is very short. This is a good thing. I see reviews for this online where reviewers complain about how small it is for the price, but this is a very desireable quality. In this video, I’m testing a small Smith and Wesson J Frame 38 special. The laser lyte is short enough that when fully inserted it doesn’t interfere with the cylinder operation.

The device instead of being pressure activated is sound activated. This means that the laser will fire when it hears the sound of the hammer dropping, allowing you to laser dryfire train without having multiple cartridges, and allowing you to use snap caps in your revolver.

If you have a wheel gun, this is your most affordable and practical option, but it does have a few draw backs as well. You will sometimes get false positives because it is sound activated, and I’ll outline this further later in the video when we test it in our at home range.

With some quick adjustments, the universal dryfire trainer will work in other barrels. Here, I’m switching from .38 special to a 9mm Single Action / Double Action Internally hammer fired Taurus PT111 G2.

Note that there is a slight delay in the operation being that it is sound activated vs the pressure activated set up of a traditional laser dryfire cartridge. Being sound activated, its also harder on batteries than pressure switch based devices. If you’re primarily going to dryfire train with a traditional semi automatic handgun, and for the most part only using a single caliber, the traditional laser ammo cartridge is impossible to beat. My rule of thumb is that if you plan on training with only two calibers, it is much cheaper to buy two $40 individual laser ammo cartridges themselves in two calibers. If you’re going to train with more than two handgun calibers, or if you’re going to train with a revolver, go with the LaserLyte universal training cartridge.

Let’s demonstrate the versatility further with 45 caliber. Here we have an FNX, a 45 Caliber Single Action / Double Action external hammer fired semi automatic handgun.

After a bit of adjusting back and forth, fast forwarded for your convenience, it took about 40 seconds to get this adjusted to fit the 45. Mind you, this was just the third gun I’ve calibrated used the universal trainer with. After doing this with about a dozen times, I got much much faster at switching between calibers.

A push of a button turns the device on and off. This is important for saving battery. If you leave it on I think you could quickly drain the thing, so its best to take it apart after each use to preserve the battery life.

So let’s put it to the test for real. I started by simply dryfire training on static targets without the aid of any dryfire training software or other devices. The device worked great in my Taurus PT111 G2.

Next, I tried to see if it would get in the way or fall out when drawing from a holster. Using an in the waistband Black Hawk Tactical universal cloth holster with the .38 special it worked fine. The main problem with training with a revolver however is that the rotation of the cylinder can sometimes cause false positives, as can the trigger resetting after the break. The Smith & Wesson had this problem repeatedly. It would probably be less of an issue with a longer barreled revolver, as I was somewhat able to simulate later in the video. No amount of tinkering would fix it for me on the jframe though.

A tighter fitting Kydex holster on the 9MM subcompact however didn’t fit properly. It was tight enough that I could still train, but not ideal overall. I repeated this excerise for over a minute, and not once did the cartridge fall out.

This was getting boring, it was time to use dryfire training software to really put this to the test. I started with the CRACKSHOT Augmented Reality Training app available for Android and iOS. This time, I tested with the FNX. Since this was a borrowed from my brother, a disclaimer, this is my first time ever dryfiring this particular handgun.

Ugh too slow, we’ll try that again. I’m a little sloppy on the trigger, but the laserlyte does its job perfectly.

Next I put my engineering hat on and tried it in a rifle. It doesn’t work with long guns as it’s too far from the sounce source. It might work with a short barrelled rifle, but I don’t own one.

I didn’t have a longer barreled revolver in the right caliber, but I do have a class M1895 Nagant Revolver. It’s chambered in 7.62x38R. There is no way a manufacturer will ever make a dryfire cartridge in that caliber. I’m an engineer by trade, so I improvised. Maybe I’ll patent this adapter. All kidding aside I did not experience the false positives I did in the shorter barreled revolver, meaning I think it may work better in full size wheel guns. For the record, it is not a good idea to dryfire these revolvers too often as they are notorious for breaking with dryfire. I don’t recommend doing this with your Nagant.

The interesting thing about the Universal Trainer is that it has a little lockpin on the end to keep the adjustment base from sliding off. You actually could probably knock that off and take the plastic piece off so that it’ll fit smaller caliber handguns, while wrapping tape around it to make it snug. I didn’t try it as the product isn’t intended to do that, so do so at your own caution.

Lastly, I had some fun with our CRACKSHOT projector based indoor laser range trainer app and the FNX again firing it in single action. The system works great here too.

Overall I’d rate it a 4 point something out of 5. It has some drawbacks over regular laser ammo, but it works well enough that if you’re on a budget and have multiple handguns it could be a good solution. It isn’t perfect solution for revolvers, but its the most economic option out there and the only one that supports reloads.

Emil S

Emil is the creator of the CRACKSHOT system. He's a software engineer who has been an avid marksman his entire life.

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