Laser Ammo Puts a Range in Your Room

I had the opportunity to demo the new Sure Strike laser training device developed by Laser Ammo over the last couple of weeks. This system allows you to convert your standard-issue pistol into a dry fire training device in seconds.

The kit comes in a small, cordura pouch with mini laser-reflective targets, the laser “bullet” and a safety pipe that runs the length of the barrel. It sets up in seconds and shoots an eye-safe laser each time the firing pin hits the laser bullet. Company officials note that the laser is slightly delayed to best simulate the time it takes for the bullet to actually exit the barrel, so for certain shots the user gets better feedback on how their shot actually performed.

I installed the Sure Strike into my Ruger P95 with no problems, though Laser Ammo sent me a longer safety pipe barrels up to 4.8″ — though the company does have a short pipe that fits up to 4.1″ which would have been better for my 3.9″ barrel . Despite the inch of extra aluminum extending beyond the tip of my barrel, drawing wasn’t an issue at all.

The Sure Strike works great for practicing draw techniques and speed, shooting accuracy and other pistol craft problem areas that need constant muscle memory reminders. The company can custom program the laser bullet to fire a certain amount of shots, wait a few seconds, then resume to simulate reloads.

The one glaring problem with the system, however, is the lack of blowback. It’s not huge with a double action pistol, but it sure makes using the Sure Strike with a Glock or another single action gun a pain. John Fletcher, a spokesman for the Israel-based company, said his shop is developing a blowback system that will alleviate that problem. He was cagey about how it worked and when it would be released, but you can expect it within the next 12 months, he said.

Laser Ammo has adaptors that fit pistols in 9mm, 40 cal and 45, and they also have adaptors for 12 ga. shotguns. Fletcher said the company is working on an adaptor for the M4 to sell to US units which will incorporate its upcoming blowback kit.

I loved playing with the Sure Strike. It works great in the office for target acquisition practice, shooting accurately in each hand and working draws and reloads  — all things that demand constant reminders so they’re second nature. A blowback kit would be very cool, since it would work against accuracy and help practicing with the trigger pull — basically making the whole training more realistic.

But as it is, the Laser Ammo Sure Strike is a darn good tool for practicing when time at the range is scarce. The product retails for $160.

10 Comments on "Laser Ammo Puts a Range in Your Room"

  1. Does it show you where your laser bullet hit on the target? If not, you can save $160 bucks and still use snap-caps and traditional dry firing. If it were like the range simulators and be able to show "wobble area" and point of impact, it would be well worth it, otherwise, I'll keep my money.

  2. Peter,

    Laser Ammo has designed the SureStrike knowing the weak points of other products in the market. The device has essentially no reliability problems, and we have sold quite a few. If the store you refer to wants to test one out, just contact the company! <a href="” target=”_blank”>

  3. Good product to be marketed to "arm'chair" soldiers, or want-a-be types! Not too practical in the real world of soldiers – no recoil, trajectory placement on target, with that last second quiver, trigger jerk, healing, or simple flintch, in real live fire! My bet is there will no doubt be those out there that will attempt it as a cost saving measure to trim budgets. Even pilots have to spend time actually flying aircraft, after simulators!

  4. Point taken. No apologies needed : ) I think I got caught up on terminologies and stuff. I believe I have removed my cranium from my, well, you get the idea… I see your point about the total package, and I wholeheartedly concur with your last statement!!!

  5. I'm using this device with iMarksman system. It works for me…I'm able to refine the quality of trigger pull and improve holster-drawing techniques.AA++

  6. xfighterdefense | December 6, 2010 at 9:43 pm | Reply

    I have found this system to work great for first time shooters. If you are teaching someone to shoot it is great for demonstrating the mechanics of the weapon before introducing the bang! As an instructor I would like to now prior to a student pulling the trigger that he or she is not aiming at the ceiling of the range. This system allows a instructor to correct a shooter's fundamentals prior to a live fire exercise. If anyone wants to watch a video demonstration you can watch how the system can be employed in a Home Defense Scenario, .

  7. Downside of the system is the required "Safety Pipe," which acts like a mini-compensator on the muzzle of my 1911s and won't allow the guns to be holstered fully, precluding any kind of holster practice with my Milt Sparks rigs. Otherwise it's a decent system for pure dry-firing….

  8. Why isnt there a target like a dart board that records every shot is projected from the gun. That way you could see your grouping, ect. Then push a button on the board and it clears and the next person shoots. Id definitely buy that.

  9. I am a police instructor in Brazil and I have a Sure Strike. I know that in your country the ammunition is very cheaper in comparison with Brazil. Then, in here, I think the Sure Strike is the best solution for the initial training with firearms.

  10. Craig Burlette | December 19, 2011 at 5:19 am | Reply

    This seams like a nice system, but at $160 I could buy 2 Laserlyte systems and achieve exactly the same thing! The Laserlyte 2 is smaller and doesn't interfere with draw practice and is easier to install.

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