Laser Academy vs iTarget vs G-Sight vs LaserHIT vs Strikeman

Laser-based smartphone training apps have become a popular way for shooters to get their dry fire training reps in, thanks in no small part to their versatility, convenience, and, let’s be honest: the entertainment factor. Dry fire training doesn’t need to be dry work, and with the aid of these systems you can sharpen a variety of your shooting skills in a more engaging way; here, we’re going to look at what separates the top contenders in the segment.

WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?

  

 

Laser Academy

iTarget

G-Sight

LaserHIT

Strikeman

MSRP Range

$99.00 - $139.00 

 

$99.95

$110.00 - $150.00 

$87.00 - $159.00

$99.00

Additional Laser Cartridge

$39.97

$59.95

$85.00

$59.99

$59.99

Though similar in price, there are variances, and in regards to what we’ll call “modes”, all offer the ability to fire at a target, so no surprises there. If you’re looking for more than leisurely popping shots during commercial breaks though, then value will be found in the additional modes and updates for each.

APP FEATURES

  

 

Laser Academy

iTarget

G-Sight

LaserHIT

Strikeman

Free Modes

4

 

1

1

1

1

Additional Paid Modes/Drills

8

1

2

1

0

Additional Cost per Modes/Drill

$4.99

$4.99

$4.99

$9.99

N/A

Store History/Track Progress

Yes

No

No

No

Yes

Laser Academy

The four modes that come with your purchase are:

  • Open Training: Basic target shooting with scoring and the ability to store sessions to track your progress.
  • Shot From Guard/Low Ready: Starting from a prompt, this mode times your shot and tracks accuracy.
  • Duel - Single Shot: You versus your training partner. Who’s the fastest draw that can also land a shot on-target?
  • Bullseye 5-shot: Five shots, scored for accuracy and time. Compete against yourself, working for increased scoring as you progress.

    Of note: Users can expect more free modes -- as well as paid options -- interspersed within the ongoing monthly update schedule.

    The basic Laser Academy dry fire training kit.

    iTarget Pro


    The iTargetPro app comes with a basic target shooting mode that tracks your shots and provides a score for your session. You can download your sessions yourself if you’re interested in tracking your progress, but the app itself does not do this for you.

    The iTarget Pro training sled and target.

    G-Sight


    As with iTarget, G-Sight comes with a singular mode that allows you to practice target shooting with visual feedback, showing where shots landed.

    LaserHIT


    Two modes are available with your purchase:

    • Black Steel: This is the basic target practice mode, using silhouettes. Progress tracking requires manually taking screenshots.
    • Free Target: Create your own physical target, set it up through the app, and it’ll track where your shots land.
    The LaserHIT dry fire training kit with stand and target.

    Strikeman

     

    Strikeman offers a single, open training mode, similar to iTarget and G-Sight, unlike those two apps though, Strikeman offers a built-in history section where you can track progress.


    SUPPORT

      

     

    Laser Academy

    iTarget

    G-Sight

    LaserHIT

    Strikeman

    Contact

    Phone + Email

    Email

    Email

    Email

    Email

    Company Location

    U.S.

    U.S.

    U.S./China

     

    U.S./China

    U.S./Canada

    The question of ongoing support will likely only affect those who view their purchase as something more than useful entertainment, but even should you fall into that group, it can still be comforting to know that help is only a phone call away. Whether you’re having an issue or simply a question regarding functionality, it’s preferable to go directly to the source for an answer.

    CONCLUSION

    All the above systems will help you improve your shooting ability, provided you put in the work. Through repetition and the feedback that each delivers, you’ll see improved control and proficiency with your weapon. As far as which one is right for you, from initial bang for your buck to ongoing support and future updates that allow it to stay fresh and grow with you, Mantis’ Laser Academy looks to be the smart buy. 

    Don’t just take our word for it though, the opinions of those who have already made their purchase tells more of the story.

       

    *Updated 12/10/2020

    Laser Academy

    iTarget

    G-Sight

    LaserHIT

    Strikeman

    Android

    4.6

    3.6

    3.9

    3.3

    2.8 

     

    iOS

    4.5

    3.4

    3.4

     

    3.9

    3.0