LaserLyte has a new training pistol: the Trigger Tyme. If you read the marketing materials on the training gun, it would seem to be an ideal tool, especially for Glock shooters. But does it live up to that description?
The LaserLyte training pistol is a blue plastic training gun that approximates the size and trigger pull of a Glock 19/23 pistol. Unlike a Glock, the Trigger Tyme resets the trigger automatically after each pull.
The pistol does not contain a laser on its own. The user must purchase a LaserLyte LT-PRO separately, which inserts into the end of the Trigger Tyme’s “barrel.” While the separate purchase may be a bit of a pain for some people, the LT-PRO can still be used with normal firearms allowing for a greater degree of training flexibility.
The Trigger Tyme does not have a working slide and it is impossible to insert ammo into it. So, other than a laser beam in the eye, the gun is very safe to use. There cannot be any accidental or negligent discharges with this training gun.
The final piece to this training puzzle is one of the LaserLyte laser training targets. They will mark where the laser is hitting and store relevant data for analyzing your trigger control.
MSRP for the Trigger Tyme is $49.95. If you don’t already have a LaserLyte LT-PRO laser trainer, they carry a MSRP of $109.95. If you add in the TLB-1 laser target at an MSRP of $219.95, the whole set up will cost a hair under $380.
I got to handle one of these guns at the NASGW Expo and had a mixed reaction to it. On the plus side, the gun was easy to operate, and it worked with the LaserLyte targets just as advertised.
On the other hand, I was not convinced that the feel of the gun or trigger pull were very similar to a Glock. The general size may be close to a G23, but it did not feel the same in the hand. Also, the trigger pull was nothing like a Glock on the model I handled.
Taking a few test shots at the Expo did not convince me that this is a good replica of the Glock system. The Trigger Tyme may make a good general pistol training tool, but it simply did not work for me from the context of being a Glock replica training tool. Unfortunately, LaserLyte is marketing it with an obvious eye toward Glock shooters.
If you are looking for a generic training tool, consider picking up a LaserLyte training pistol when they roll out in January 2013. However, if you are looking for a Glock-replacement training gun, you might be disappointed.
If you are looking for a Glock-specific trainer, I would definitely suggest taking a look at the SIRT training pistol from Next Level Training. I had a chance to try one out at the SHOT Show two years ago, and was impressed. The guns feel a lot like a Glock, down to the interchangeable weighted magazines and accessory rail. Prices start at $219 for the SIRT pistols.
I think laser trainers like the Trigger Tyme offer some real training benefits. But, for many people simply unloading their gun and doing a little dry firing is more cost effective.