LaserLyte has a new training pistol: Â the Trigger Tyme. Â If you read the marketing materials on the training gun, it would seem to be an ideal tool, especially for Glock shooters. Â 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. Â Unlike a Glock, the Trigger Tyme resets the trigger automatically after each pull.
The pistol does not contain a laser on its own. Â The user must purchase a LaserLyte LT-PRO separately, which inserts into the end of the Trigger Tyme’s “barrel.” Â 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. Â So, other than a laser beam in the eye, the gun is very safe to use. Â 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. Â 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. Â If you don’t already have a LaserLyte LT-PRO laser trainer, they carry a MSRP of $109.95. Â 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. Â 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. Â The general size may be close to a G23, but it did not feel the same in the hand. Â 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. Â 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. Â 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. Â 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. Â I had a chance to try one out at the SHOT Show two years ago, and was impressed. Â The guns feel a lot like a Glock, down to the interchangeable weighted magazines and accessory rail. Â Prices start at $219 for the SIRT pistols.
I think laser trainers like the Trigger Tyme offer some real training benefits. Â But, for many people simply unloading their gun and doing a little dry firing is more cost effective.