beamhit for dry fire practice?


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V-fib
January 29, 2003, 01:07 PM
Anyone use the Beamhit shooting system when dry firing? It looks like a good system just wondering what experiences you've had with it.

http://www.beamhit.com/

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10-Ring
January 29, 2003, 01:36 PM
I have no experience w/ this product...being "CHEAP" gun owner & all. By far tho, one of my favorite dry fire drills involves placing a dime (heads down) on the front sight and seeing how many shots you can fire w/o dropping the dime.

Blackhawk
January 29, 2003, 02:06 PM
I have a LaserBlaster by BANG! Corporation that's somehow related to BeamHit, but IMO, much more suitable.

The LaserBlaster fits inside the barrel of your gun so it's bore sighted. It's activated by the shock of firing so there's no mechanical connection between it and your gun.

When you pull the trigger, it fires a momentary laser dot onto what the muzzle was pointed at. It's EXTREMELY good for dry fire practice as you will learn immaculate trigger control!

I wrote up a bunch of stuff about it on TFL, so if you're interested do a search for Blackhawk and LaserBlaster over there to find out the details.

M1911
January 29, 2003, 02:43 PM
The LaserBlaster fits inside the barrel of your gun so it's bore sighted. It's activated by the shock of firing so there's no mechanical connection between it and your gun.Blackhawk: Beamhit has two different types of lasers. A cheap version that hangs out in front of the barrel, and a more expensive version that fits inside the barrel like the LaserBlaster -- it works just the same way.

Blackhawk
January 29, 2003, 03:23 PM
Doesn't the BeamHit system depend on a computer being the target?

Meowhead
January 29, 2003, 03:31 PM
For those too lazy to visit the site: the system consists of a target and laser. The target reacts to being illuminated by the laser beam, lighting up, beeping, keeping track of accuracy and time, whatever.

The laser pointer can be had in two varieties: hanging out in front of the muzzle ($100) or contained inside the barrel ($220). Both are activated by the firing pin striking the back. I wonder what wavelength this thing uses..if it's something visible, then it seems one could very well do without the reactive target.

Blackhawk
January 29, 2003, 04:48 PM
Already visited the site, but it was a year ago.

What you said is what I remembered, and that's why I went with the LaserBlaster. No firing pin contact, no need for a reactive target, and I blast screws on ceiling vents, doorknobs, intersections of walls and ceiling, and all kinds of other things.

My favorite target is a round hanging lamp at about head height and about head size. That's my tactical target I draw against.... :D

375nm
January 29, 2003, 05:18 PM
I have a BeamHit 110 system (basic electronic laser target and laser transmitter.)

I upgraded to an LT-500 laser transmitter at the time of purchase. The advantages of the LT-500 over the standard laser transmitter are that it requires no zeroing (it is precision-aligned to the bore) and that it is less bulky (you can practice presentation from the holster.)

The TR-700 target is camera tripod mountable, lending much flexibility to target placement and height adjustment.

The laser pulse is in the visible range, producing a momentary red dot on the target surface. You could use the laser transmitter without the electronic target, but I'd just as soon dry fire without the transmitter. The target, though simple in operation, does add an element of challenge that regular dry-firing lacks. Tends to keep you honest with yourself, too.

Neither transmitter comes in physical contact with the firing pin. Rather, the impulse of the hammer (or striker) contacting the firing pin travels down the barrel and is picked up by the transmitter. I always have an A-Zoom snap cap chambered whenever I use my Beamhit--It does not impede the system from working at all.

Both the target and the transmitter are easy to set up and use.

Materials-wise they are pricey for what you get, but there aren't really any competing products that meet or exceed the BeamHit systems for a lower price.

The 190 PMTS looks like a neat system, but it requires a PC running Beamhit's software to use. Although it appears to have its advantages (record of group size, for instance), I decided to keep things (relatively) simple.

I am happy I purchased it, and have no doubt that I became a better shot by using it.

vertigo7
January 29, 2003, 09:53 PM
I demo'd the Beamhit 190PMTS system at the gunshow last weekend. (I'd never seen a Glock 17 that could be dry-fired repeatedly without racking the slide, they'd modified it somehow). It looks lilke a great training tool, especially with the computer-recorded statistics and reports. I'm very tempted to order the set for myself.

The posts I read on TFL mention an NRA-member discount for the Beamhit systems, no idea if it's still available or not.

vertigo7

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