Airguns are touted as a great way to keep your shooting skills sharp during the winter months or off-season if you are a firearms shooter. Part of the reason for this is because manufacturers strive for as much realism as possible, making for airguns that closely mimic their firearm counterparts. This makes for an easy transition to consistent training at low cost. Even if you don’t own firearms you may still desire a training tool that does not even require you to burn CO2 and allows you to practice with your airguns right in your living room.
Laser Ammo’s i-M.T.T.S. and their Spider accessory for use with either BB/Pellet airguns or Airsofts is the answer. This system of three electronic targets is highly interactive and provides multiple modes for various types of training drills; the targets are even capable of communicating with each other during certain drills. With the addition of their Spider module attached to the accessory rail of your airgun or airsoft, you have a red laser beam that is activated by vibration. It sends a pulse toward the targets each time the external or internal hammer falls. The system is intended for indoor training as too much ambient light can overpower the optic sensor. It is simple to set up and comes with everything needed, including batteries that power the units so it is ready to go right out of the box.
The Spider unit consists of the small external housing that clamps to the accessory rail, a screw-in cartridge that holds the laser module, vibration cap and three button batteries as well as 4 small set screws that control windage and elevation adjustments. The electronic target units consist of a base containing the controls and optic sensor (powered by 3 AAA batteries). Several durable white target cards are also provided with each base. One target is a ¼ scale version of an IPSC target, another is a 1/5th scale silhouette style and a 5 inch and 3 inch target face are also included. Up to 10 units will work together at the same time as long as they are all set to the same operating mode. Training drills available to the shooter include: Stand Alone – Each target responds to any hit and no communication occurs between targets. Steel-Plate Shooting – All targets light up, extinguish when hit, then automatically reset after the last target is hit. Chase the Ball – A random target lights with a bright green color. Hitting that target will cause another random target to light and so on. Shoot/No-Shoot – Targets will light up green or red for two seconds. If the shooter hits the target while it is green, another random target will light. Hitting the target while red causes it to flash, meaning the shot should not have been taken. The instructions are well done with clear photos so you’ll have no trouble getting started and can quickly and easily setup a practice session any time you have a few spare minutes.
I used two Umarex CO2 pistols for my practice sessions; a copy of the Smith & Wesson M&P 45 and the Beretta Px4 Storm blowback model. It was not necessary to have the blowback operation in order to make the laser module pulse, so no need for CO2 cartridges. The Px4 has an external hammer and the laser module is sensitive enough that just the falling of the external hammer was enough vibration to cause the pulse. That meant I could use single-action mode for slow fire drills. Both pistols worked great and switching the Spider module between them took mere seconds. Aligning the laser pulse with the Px4 and M&P sights was quickly done with the supplied hex key.
The drills were fun and challenging while also allowing me to work on trigger and breath control as well as eye-hand-target coordination. The targets can have a maximal spread of 20 feet and still communicate with each other reliably. They should not be closer than 8 inches and be 3 feet or more above the floor. Avoid putting them against a wall or other object. I was able to practice early in the morning in my living room by putting the targets in the “silent” mode (no beep when scoring a hit) without disturbing the sleeping family member in the nearby bedroom.
Laser AmmoUSA is based out of Great Neck, NY and owned by former Israeli and U.S. military combat veterans. Their products are developed in Israel and used by military, law enforcement and civilians all over the world. If you are also a firearms shooter, they have a complete line of training technologies that will work in your powder-burners, allowing you to safely dry-fire your favorite arms. Their products carry a one year limited warranty.
Total costs for the 3 electronic targets, Spider module, vibration cap and laser module ran $359.00. If you are in the market for training equipment and are looking for a challenging and engaging way to do it, I recommend you reach out to Laser Ammo. Their website: www.laser-ammo.com. Our friends at www.airgunsofarizona.com can be of assistance in obtaining any of the well-made Umarex products like the ones I used for this post.