by Jesse Mathewson – Product Review Editor
“Walk in the path defined by rule, and accommodate yourself to the enemy until you can fight a decisive battle.” Sun Tsu
Self-defense is absolutely something that requires solid tools and the ability to use them effectively. LaserLyte® has already done something others have not, they offer a full range of practice targets and pistols that mimic full-size roller handguns and semi auto pistols in trigger pull and feel for a reasonable price.
They also offer laser grips for a variety of handguns, the grips I used were on a true B.U.G., or backup gun, the NAA22lr mini is easy to conceal, not as easy to shoot accurately. However, it can be done, and in fact has been done several times (used as a self-defense tool) for those individuals who had need to use it. A simple google search turns up several cases of self-defense in which the NAA .22lr mini was used. By adding the LaserLyte grips to this bug I was able to easily place rounds on target as far out as 7 yards. (See video for accuracy of the full five rounds at 3 yards) I will do a separate article on the usefulness of the NAA22lr mini as a bug very soon.
The new line of LaserLyte laser grips also work on their target systems, helping you in practice and in real defense as well. Obviously, I am old school, this should be clear by now. This means that simply put I prefer to use iron sights over optics, and when I finally get optics out I want them to work well. Adding a light is essential for my bedside defense weapon, after all, I have children, target identification is essential. A laser, though? For a very long time, I thought this was the silliest thing a person could do. On a full sized weapon, I don’t see the benefit, I mean sure the military uses them to help in a variety of ways, however, one should learn to shoot well with iron sights right?
Well, when it comes to bug guns or the little pocket rockets as some call them, we have to absolutely always be as accurate with these as we are with our full sized right? Well, for smaller bug guns, a laser is just the ticket, it doesn’t mean you will hit the target by default, but you will be able to better and more quickly get on target and stop the threat if you can more easily see where you are aiming.
This laser attachment is priced reasonably, right around $135 and for other handguns as low as $105 depending on type you are using. It stays on target after several shots and is easy to adjust if necessary. Battery life is not extreme, but, with daily use for between 5 and 10 minutes a day I didn’t need to replace them for over two weeks. You may see different mileage with yours.
Here are the pros as I see them.
- Much easier way to line up on target
- With some models can be used as a practice tool.
- Good battery life, not the best but most definitely not the worst.
- Easy to use, the switch is placed right where the meat of the finger hits it as you squeeze for a shot.
- Inexpensive when compared to your life.
Cons as I see them.
- Honestly, you may end up relying on it, practice with your bare irons as much as possible, but have a set if it will help, and do so knowing it will function when you need them. Obviously not a large con.
- In bright overhead light (Arizona daylight) the laser is difficult to see past 3 yards, it is best used inside and close up, for the NAA 22lr LaserLyte laser. Still not a huge con, just an observation that isn’t a pro.
I highly recommend these sights and this company, their service and ready availability to respond when asked questions is amazing. We live in a new world where customer service has taken a giant step downwards. LaserLyte® takes customer service to an entirely new level. Remember, for the price of a case of 9mm you can get a serious training tool. For the price of half a case you can have a training tool and defensive tool as well. It is worth your life and that of your loved ones, absolutely.
Several people used it and were very happy, sadly the video that was shot was corrupted during transfer and I was unable to get it edited for the release of the review. I will get video as soon as I can. A suggestion when shooting the mini NAA 22lr, cup your grip hand and using your thumb and forefinger stabilize and maintain solid grip behind the cylinder opening, it’s quite easy, but I highly recommend practicing this dry first. Additionally, the target and ten shots (two load outs in the NAA mini 22lr) were shot standing, one handed at 3 yards or 9 feet. It really is quite accurate for a BUG. Again, the LaserLyte is highly recommended.
Free the mind and the body will follow…