4 Stars By Rick in Jacksonville FL on 2015-02-28
Should be so much better for the price
I've updated this review to add a star because despite the issues below it is a well built device, and I've found a way to mitigate the grip issue. The easiest solution is to add a Hogue "Handall" grip (size small). This adds about 3mm to the grip, which helps a lot. A more robust solution is to make a back strap, which I did (see attached photos). Of course, if you are reading this the "best" solution would be to purchase the "full size" version of this pistol and avoid the grip issue completely.
I really wanted to like this more than I do. I purchased this with the two pack reaction targets, and the targets work well. I purchased the compact version since it seems like a close match to my Kahr CW9. I picked the built in laser since it doesn't require disconnecting the battery between uses, it has elevation and windage adjustments, and it does not rely on sound to activate the laser pulse. Also, I like the "blue" gun look to make it less threatening, and I don't really want or need a removable magazine unless it also has a realistic movable slide to simulate a reload.
All of those assumptions proved true, and the pistol works well in those regards.
The reasons for just three stars are three fold, listed in order of decreasing importance. First, the grip on this version is about the right thickness from side to side, but it is much smaller from front to back. It feels more like a small revolver grip than a pistol. The grip is also completely smooth, unlike most pistol grips. The second issue is the weight. This version weighs just 10.6 oz, while my CW9 weighs 19.4 oz empty, and 23 oz with 8 rounds. My final gripe is that the sights are all black, and more importantly, they cannot be replaced.
All of these issues could be overlooked on a $40 item, but this was $130, and it would have been so easy to make it closer in size and weight to a real pistol, and to make the sights compatible with Glock, or M&P, or any other major brand so customers could replace the stock sights with something similar to their "real" gun.
Bottom line, the small grip and light weight make this feel like a toy for a ten year old, not something intended for an adult.
3 Stars By C. Dodd on 2018-02-13
Great tool, but grip is nearly unusable.
This is a great training tool. I plan to pair it with some open-source training software and a webcam. The weight and size are good (would be nice if it were a bit heavier, like my S&W Shield), and the laser is nice and bright. It actually fits pretty well in my .45 Shield holster.
Why only 3 stars?
First, the grip on this is super skinny, front to back; unlike any pistol grip I've ever held. I'm looking for a way to add some length to it. I can't create good muscle-memory through training if I have to adjust my draw and handling to a really weird grip.
Second, button cell batteries? Really? There is a ton of room in this thing for more common batteries that will last longer. They could even have gone with a LiPo cell with USB charging at this price.
Overall, I'm okay with this purchase. I'm not sending it back, but I'm definitely going to have to modify the grip to be close to normal.
5 Stars By C. Hill on 2017-06-11
Very Good Training Aid - Highly Recommended
This LaserLyte Trigger Tyme Laser - Compact is an excellent training aid! We own a gun shop and provide professional training to our customers using one of the three LaserLyte laser guns (Full Size, Revolver, or Compact) before we put them on live-fire range.
The grip size is fairly small, fairly close to a Glock 42 or 43 but also close enough to other small pistols, like the Taurus TCP or Ruger LCP. The trigger pull is fairly crisp and definitely close enough to most striker fire pistols to develop proper muscle memory.
5 Stars By Tim Colmus on 2018-04-06
It is great for improving trigger control
I use this every day and shoot at small targets I have placed in my house. The laser is adjustable to make it aligned with the sights. It is great for improving trigger control. If you squeeze the trigger the laser will not jump around. A couple of months after I purchased the pistol an internal part failed. I called LaserLyte and the could not have been more helpful. Thay repaired it at no charge and sent spare batteries as well. Speaking of batteries, as much as I shoot I have not had to replace the batteries since I bought it. I have recommended the pistol to others and they are also very happy with the product and the company.
4 Stars By Roger R. on 2017-11-16
Safe training option
I use this product for safe dry fire practice. Decent trigger pull with an audible click. Similar in size to SW Shield or Springfield XDS.
I only gave it 4 stars because my hand smothers the pistol grip. The grip is significantly smaller than my Shield.
Disclaimer: I have purchased other Laserlyte products. Most of them have been great.
4 Stars By Invest50Entrep on 2015-06-25
Close, Very Close to the real thing, great for indoor practice.
This trainer is close to a Glock 26, but not quite the same. It is not as wide as the Glock and the weight distribution is off. But, it still provides you with a great training tool that you can use to practice drawing, trigger control and actual firing. There is no recall, but you can see how the gun moves every time you pull the trigger. I would buy this training product again knowing everything that I know now.
5 Stars By Kindle Customer on 2017-08-09
Great for practice
Perfect for home practice. The grip is slightly smaller than the Glock 42, but I just wrapped a little elastic around it for a very close grip practice to get better at aim and trigger pull.
5 Stars By Trail Boss on 2018-03-22
Great Dry Fire Practice
Great product to practice daily. it will also help you to stop making silly mistakes. If you get lazy it will catch you as you will see what you did.
5 Stars By Range Therapy on 2017-11-17
I bought a few now to help other train on ...
I bought a few now to help other train on fundamentals works really well for those who have small hands.
5 Stars By K. G. on 2017-11-18
Just what I needed to practice "point shooting" at home. Works very well, now it's up to me to practice!