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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Table of Contents


Best Laser Training Ammo


Editor's Choice (Laser Cartridge)
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

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

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


Best Glock Laser Trainer
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

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
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
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

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


High-Tech Dry-Firing
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


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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19 Leave a Reply

  • 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.

    2 months ago
  • 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....

    3 months ago
    • 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?

      1 week ago
  • 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?

    4 months ago
  • 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. this all there is???

    6 months ago
  • 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.

    1 year ago
    • 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.

      1 year ago
  • Johnny

    I want the system that uses a projector and camera.

    1 year ago
    • Tim

      I recommend or shootoff

      1 month ago
    • 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.

      8 months ago
  • 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.

    1 year ago
    • 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

      9 months ago
  • James

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

    1 year ago
    • Adam

      Depends on the holster. I got my p320c rx skins from, 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.

      10 months ago
  • 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.

    2 years ago
    • 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!

      2 years ago
  • 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?

    2 years ago
  • 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.

    2 years ago
  • 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.

    2 years ago
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