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Best Laser Targets & Ammo for Dry-Fire Training [Hands-On]

Looking for the best way to dry-fire train at home using your own gun?

Laser Training Targets
Laser Training Targets

Training with laser cartridges that fit in your real firearm might be the key.

You get to use your actual trigger and also immediately see where you hit…without having to go to the range or spend money on ammo.

It’s a no-brainer if you’re serious about your trigger pull.

We’ll help you choose the best laser cartridge plus the best targets since…we’ve used them all.  Now with video!

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Best Laser Training Ammo

Laserlyte

Editor's Choice (Laser Cartridge)
90
at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

The best known laser cartridge comes from Laserlyte.  My 9mm cartridge has been chugging past 5,000 dry-fires.

And when the back end rubber “primer” finally wore out from being hit by my striker/firing-pin…Laserlyte sent me a replacement for free.

It fits well in all my handguns and the o-rings are solid.

A little pricey at first glance…but think of all the ammo you will save.  Say 20 cents a pop for 9mm…I would have spent $1000 already!

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G-Sight Laser Cartridge Gen 2

40
at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

G-Sight makes decent laser cartridges.  Make sure you get one that says Gen 2 since…Gen 1 was terrible.

I have Gen 2 for my lesser used calibers and there’s definitely a difference.  It has a “cheaper” looking brass color for starters.

It also doesn’t fit as well in all my chambers (sometimes I have to close the slide several times) and one o-ring is already lost.

But…after 1,000 fires it is still going strong.

Laser Ammo

150
at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Laser Ammo makes quality stuff.  We cover the Premium Kit and targets in detail in our full review.

If you have 9mm, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP…this may be the kit for you.  The adapters allow you to shoot all three for a price that’s cheaper than getting 3 separate cartridges.

Laser Ammo Surestrike 9mm Premium Kit
Laser Ammo Surestrike Premium Kit

SIRT

Best Glock Laser Trainer
250
at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Not quite a laser cartridge…but a full-sized Glock laser platform.

Pricey…but the perfect solution when you want an authentic stock trigger but not a real firearm.

Best Laser Targets

Now that we’ve gotten the cartridges out the way…let’s look at what you can shoot.

And since these work by detecting light from the laser…it might not work in bright areas (turning on my photography lights activated them) or outside.

(L to R) Rumble Tyme, Steel Tyme, Reaction Tyme (no longer produced), Laser Ammo PET

LaserLyte Rumble Tyme

64
at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

I’m sad that the Reaction Tyme (bulls-eye target above) is no longer being produced.  It was the most cost effective and simplest design.  If you find it now…it’s some insane price.

But the Rumble Tyme takes 2nd place and kicks it up a notch.

When you hit it…you guessed it…it rumbles.

Good detection and rumble effects.

Note that since it rumbles…it moves around.  So I wouldn’t recommend putting it near ledges.

LaserLyte Steel Tyme

Best Overall Laser Target
110
at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

The Steel Tyme is also pretty good.  When you hit it…you hear a satisfying steel gong sound.

Laser Ammo PET

Most Functions
119
at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

My favorite for different modes.  Only downside is you get one target versus two targets for the other LaserLytes.

But you get…

  • Hit Counter Mode: count and hear your hits
  • Shot Timer: see your reaction time from a buzzer until first hit
  • Speed Shooting: how many times you can hit in 5 seconds
  • Double-Tap: time between first shot and second shot

LaserLyte Quick Tyme

150
at Amazon

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

One I haven’t tried because of the price…but seems promising since it lets you know where your shots hit.

Other Training Gear

MantisX

High-Tech Dry-Firing
149
at MantisX

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

The most high-tech way to diagnose your shots.  This device attaches to your front rail and gives feedback to your phone through Bluetooth.

MantisX on 1911
MantisX on 1911

AND it’s good for both dry-fire and live-fire.  After each shot…it tells you where it moved, how much it moved, and how to correct it.

Our full MantisX Review…and spoiler alert…it’s pretty awesome.

MantisX & Case
MantisX & Case

Snap Caps & Dummy Rounds

These don’t have cool tech in them, but they do keep your guns safe while dry firing. Great for use with the MantisX and other systems, or just on their own for malfunction drills.

Not all guns require the use of a dummy round to protect the firing pin, but it’s always a decent idea to have some on hand.

Various Snap Caps
Various Snap Caps

There are a lot of snap caps and dummy rounds on the market, so be sure to take a look at the Best Dummy Rounds & Snap Caps For Dry-Fire Practice!

Conclusion

Now you’re ready to up your dry-fire game with some of our favorite laser cartridges and laser targets. 

How is your experience using any that we recommended?  Any systems that we missed? If you’re looking for more tips…check out How to Shoot a Handgun More Accurately.

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37 Leave a Reply

  • Bill Hamilton

    Mantis also has a laser option now, the Mantis Laser Academy Training System. Works well.

    April 21, 2021 2:17 pm
  • Scott Carter

    Very helpful, but can you update for 2021 please? Many new systems and your input is great. Thank you.

    March 16, 2021 5:54 am
    • John C Westenhofer

      any updates yet?

      April 6, 2021 11:28 am
    • John C Westenhofer

      an ad for one on Facebook (the book of lies and deception), lol. It is called TurboTact drill laser and the reviews say that this is a great tool to have to train with. But my thing is, is that I feel like a lot of those are bought reviews, kinda like the reviews on Amazon. I like coming here to get my info and I use a few other sites as well. But I love the review he did on the Hellcat. :)

      April 6, 2021 11:30 am
  • Gideon

    I have the MantisX and it helps a lot with trigger pull detection. It pretty intuitive and has some really in depth data feedback. I find it challenging trying to get as perfect a trigger pull as possible which makes it fun and effective. I also have the iTarget Pro system but noticed you didn't mention it in your write-up. It has helped me tremendously with trigger pull also. But it really has helped me with my draw stroke and attaining a good sight picture. It's very responsive close up, at distance and even in low light. The timer feature in Quick Draw Mode is awesome. The phone cradle is a hassle at times especially with larger phones and their protective cases. Also, I haven't noticed an update to the app in a few years. I don't know if I've just missed it or if the devs aren't supporting the app anymore. There could be a few improvements to the app. Great article as usual.

    March 8, 2021 1:00 pm
  • Karen G Davidian

    I am looking for a laser cartridge for my S&W Victory 22 and haven't been able to find one - does one exist?

    February 15, 2021 7:08 am
    • Abc

      Check into the Mantis. It is not a laser system, but can cure all your shooting defects quickly while dry firing. To protect the firing pin and beech face, use plastic dry wall anchors. Get the The Hillman Group 370326 Ribbed Plastic Anchor, 4-6-8 X 7/8-Inch, Yellow, 100-Pack from Amazon. Normally, only two work well in a mag.

      March 8, 2021 1:00 pm
  • ScottN

    Would love to subscribe to your YouTube channel, but currently refusing to get involve with YouTube as much as possible. Have you thought about posting on Rumble.com? If you would I would be sure to subscribe.

    February 9, 2021 8:47 am
    • David, PPT Editor

      No plans to post anywhere but YouTube currently, the reach of YouTube is too great and the other platforms too small.

      February 9, 2021 8:58 am
      • DavidT

        I agree with ScottN. How much work is it to upload to Rumble also? YouTube does not support your mission of educating gun owners and the curious. It is a shame you are so dismissive of a quickly growing platform that supports 2A rights.

        May 14, 2021 2:31 pm
        • David, PPT Editor

          Sorry, it's not really up to me. I'll pass on your comment though.

          May 14, 2021 9:33 pm
      • JerryJ

        I know I'm a bit late to this party, but I completely agree with DavidT and ScottN. Keep supporting YouTube if you want, but give those of us who actually have principals and stand by them an alternative. YouTube, as are all Google-owned properties, is NOT our friend. While you may convince yourself that using YouTube is justified due to its reach, that's your choice. You are only continuing to feed the beast that will one day devour you. Google works diligently every single day to eradicate 2A and all other conservative thought. Enable them to continue their efforts to make you and I irrelevant if you choose. But give the rest of us a choice to support and benefit more friendly alternatives.

        July 31, 2021 8:13 am
  • Sonny

    No hit arms laser bullet I heard was dependable

    January 14, 2021 6:10 pm
  • Steven Fine

    Perhaps you can do an update. There seem to be many new lasers such as LaserHit, iTargetPro and others. There also seem to be training systems like Lasr, SureStrike Pro, iTargetPro. With the high price of ammo laser training is a good way to polish our skills.

    January 14, 2021 7:47 am
    • Scott

      I have an iTargetPro and I am very satisfied with the product with the exception of the cell phone cradle quality, which I think should be a little stouter.

      February 9, 2021 8:42 am
  • Jed

    do Sirt pistols activate the Laserammo targets?

    November 16, 2020 4:56 pm
  • Rena Bugarin

    Before I found this article, I was looking at laser snap-caps and found iTargetPro which is not included in your review. I found those you reviewed, and finally I found LaserHit. I confirmed that your review is relatively current, so was hoping you might look at those two, possibly test, and add some comments about them.

    July 12, 2020 1:42 pm
  • Doug

    Nor do you mention the fact that these laser cartridges will not work on striker or single action pistols. Having to rack each round is very useful training....

    June 30, 2020 5:35 pm
    • MikeG

      I've been ready to purchase a dry fire system for a while now, but none of these companies are making it easy. Their descriptions are not very helpful. It seems that not a single one of them offer a description that makes it all clear. In fact the descriptions are so bad that it makes me wonder if it's deliberate. Come on guys, a clear description of your product is much easier than you think. Doesn't anybody want my money?

      September 24, 2020 12:19 pm
  • Nathan

    So am I understanding right that even at cheapest setup at near $110 for laser/target combo, one can just get the high tech option for $40 more or at a discount compared to the more expensive options. Why would someone not do that then?

    May 26, 2020 9:39 am
  • Cathy

    The article stated that you would show us dry firing targets and ammo that we could use with our own gun.
    I only see one, the Mantis x.
    You didn't include itarget either.
    Very disappointed!
    I need to be able to use my own gun so I can become familiar with it and it's trigger, etc.
    Really...is this all there is???

    March 21, 2020 6:30 pm
  • Dee Dee

    I have iTarget Pro with .380 and .357 cartridges. I am pleased with iTarget Pro.
    My biggest challenge is where to set up my target.

    July 23, 2019 8:42 pm
    • Kor

      Love my iTarget 9mm. Shoot indoors 27 ft. ITarget on tripod and iPhone coupled with AppleTV and laptop. In this way I get instant feedback... This setup helped me a lot to progress. Besides that I’m very satisfied with the service. Quick response and no bullshit about xtra end caps.

      August 7, 2019 8:04 am
      • Dee Dee

        Thank you for this! So are you using the sled w/ phone holder or posting your target in a convenient location and putting your phone in a stand/holder?

        October 8, 2020 8:33 pm
  • Johnny

    I want the system that uses a projector and camera.

    July 23, 2019 5:01 pm
    • David G

      You will need to download targets from the internet and save them as JPG/PNG. Save the images on a USB stick. Most projectors support these formats. Project the target you choose on any available wall. You may need to pause the target picture so it doesn't scroll to the next target image. A cellphone tripod will be needed to hold the phone steady. Launch I Target app from your cellphone and start dry fire shooting.

      January 31, 2020 8:20 am
    • Tim

      I recommend dryfireonline.com or shootoff

      August 26, 2020 5:11 am
  • Michael Owings

    I'd recommend the iTarget. There is a tiny bit of setup compared to dedicated targets, but it works pretty nicely. My phone is an android Samsung S8.

    July 23, 2019 3:42 pm
    • John Kramer

      my wife just got me one for Christmas and I love it instant feedback on my dry fire with my 1911 the I target is realy nice

      December 26, 2019 7:56 am
  • James

    Problem with Mantis is that it will not fit your holster ....

    May 31, 2019 7:54 am
    • Adam

      Depends on the holster. I got my p320c rx skins from swaprig.com, and one skin fits the romeo reflex with the mantis on, and another fits the romeo with a c5l laser/flashlight mounted. Your mileage may vary.

      November 17, 2019 11:10 pm
    • BRIAN ROGERS

      You can mount it on the mag base plate.

      February 4, 2021 5:26 pm
  • Andre

    No iTarget? Damn I hope this PewPew is not part of a good ol boy network. I just want to know what's best out of what's out there. Please be inclusive of everything. These are all mostly the same company.

    August 30, 2018 9:36 pm
    • Eric Hung

      Hi Andre, I based mine on the best selling/reviewed on Amazon. At the time of writing I couldn't find much on iTarget. But when I update this article I'll try to get my hands on one!

      September 4, 2018 10:56 am
  • Teakk M.

    The mobile device (smart phone) based laser training systems are getting popular. How about a comparison on these systems: G-Sight Laser Training Pro, i-Target and etc?

    July 16, 2018 11:48 am
  • Benny

    Hi. May I ask what you think of the LaserLyte Laser Trainer Pistol Full Size GLOCK 19? I play with airsoft so I doubt the laser cartridges or laser outer barrels would fit into my airsoft model (WE G17/34). This seems my onl;y choice for silent play. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

    July 16, 2018 2:14 am
  • Lee

    I found the Reaction Time on sale and got the 2 pack. It's great and I get to use my own gun. I place them at different heights and use the timer to get maximum training.

    October 26, 2017 3:45 pm
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