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Old October 3, 2012, 10:53 PM   #1
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Have you used the LaserLyte LTS Target? Thoughts on cartridge alternatives for it?

Has anyone on the forum purchased or used the LaserLyte LTS electronic target? I saw a demo, I believe by Rob Pincus on TV's Personal Defense, and it looked very good. A very minor quirk: you have to be good enough to "hit" the smallish "review hits" circle at the bottom left in order to see how you did; this might be a challenge for newbies, but since it apparently registers from any laser (possibly only red), a laser pen seemingly could do the job for beginners, if needed.

As for mastering trigger control on multiple guns, I liked the idea a lot. In particular it would seem a great tool for shooters who, unlike me, live in very cold climates and can safely use the device inside the house.

My second question, as important as the first: how many alternative cartridges or "cartridge systems" are available and, if you've tried them, why do you like or dislike them? Laserlyte sells individual "cartridges," currently in .380, 9mm, .40 and .45ACP, each with an embedded laser and long-life-soft primer, for an MSRP of $110 apiece (presumably $85-95 on the street). They look to be very well made and so to me the price seems OK if you shoot one or two calibers. They appear to be made of brass and look very chamber-metal-friendly.

On the show a competitive cartridge (not target) was demonstrated, I think the name began with "S," and it consists of a core laser device that is adjustable for different calibers. It also has a many-hits-capable synthetic primer, but looks to be crafted of stainless steel. Apparently you change caliber by changing a collar around the center of the cartridge. Once you've gotten to two calibers, the cost-per-additional caliber drops like a rock, relative to additional Laserlyte cartridges. But, TANSTAAFL, it's not brass and it looks very different from Laserlyte's relative to how it seats in the chamber, how it might scuff the chamber, and possibly how easily it is ejected. Laserlyte's cartridges look, at first glance, to have less potential for doing any damage to, or getting stuck in, the bore.

This is based on nothing more than what I saw on a TV review, but I think the the Laserlyte target system is a great innovation and has the potential to save a ton of ammo, especially for new shooters, for instance, a wife, in getting used to a new gun before going to the range. An advantage relative to such newbies is that it is easy to prove at the range that "misses" that did not occur at home are due to "something else" like flinching and therefore should take less time to correct.

Thoughts? Experience? Alternatives?
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