There's only 3 things you need...
- First you'll need the training software call ShootOff, and best of all it's FREE! The software will run on a Windows or MAC computer, you just need to install the latest version of JAVA.
- Second you'll need a laser bullet. I use the Laserlyte which can be purchased on Amazon for around $70. Right now it's listed at $66.17.
https://www.amazon.com/LaserLyte-traine ... B004NKY23E
- Third you'll need a Logictech C270 webcam. This is how the laser pulse is captured by the software. Inexpensive at lest than $25.
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Logitech-C27 ... g/17616997
The software has different training mode where you can shoot for accuracy and the software will record you POI. You can choose to be timed where you'll be give the "Shooter Ready" command, and then you'll get the beep. You can set the random beep timing width and choose what sound you'll get when the laser pulse is recorded. I have mine so it sounds like a steel plate being hit. The software keeps track of your time for each shot.
You don't need a lot of distance to use it. I mostly shoot from around 6-7 ft. For me I usually work on my sight picture and getting a precision hit. This was especially helpful when I transitioned to my first red dot optic. I'll mostly start from a low ready position, or from a holster, but you just want to focus and stare at your target, extend out until the dot is in your line of sight and pull the trigger. No head movement at all...the dot should come right into your sight picture. That's where the software helps you on your trigger control and executing a clean shot.
Here's a couple screenshots I took using it this morning...
First was timed starting from a low ready stance. The target is an 8" circle which is nice for IDPA training. If you're consistently hitting in the center of the target , you'll be even quicker just firing when you get anywhere in the circle.
This one was just accuracy where I cycled the gun in a mid ready stance and quickly extended to the next circle. This target is one that is used at close range which works out well with the laser training.
OK...so this is a pretty simple and inexpensive setup, less than $100, to train at home with. It's obviously not a replacement for life fire training, but you can work on different drills. I'll even use it to time mag changes where I'll fire the shot, quickly rack the slide back with an empty mag in the gun, drop the mag, reload and get the shot off. Granted you have the extra step of racking the slide, but you will get a time and with training you can get pretty good. This would be a real life scenario if you were riding the slide release and your slide didn't lock back on your last shot.
Anyways hopefully this will be useful information and has all the info you need. There are a number of videos on Youtube showing how to use the software. You can get a little crazy using a project and be shoot at Hickok45's range!!!
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8vMpX ... uJ99TR3sAA