Wanting to “jazz up” the dry fire practice at home, I ordered a G-Sight 9mm Luger Training Laser Cartridge around Christmas, and to say that I’m a happy customer would be a mild understatement, as I’d ordered two more since as spares!
Of those three, the above is the one that’s gotten the most use, and at extreme closeup, it looks a lot more beat up than it probably should. The cartridge uses a firing pin-activated switch to blink the laser, and this particular cartridge has had the snot knocked out of that switch.
Full disclosure: it was a practice session with a Hi-Point carbine that did the most switch damage, so much so that I was afraid that I’d ruined it. But it still keeps ticking, not that I’ll pop it in the Hi-Point ever again.
I’d noticed that the G-Sight became unavailable for order from Amazon (although it looks like you may be able to order directly from G-Sight). I’m going to guess that legions of other firearms owners wanting to practice at home had snapped up the supply, but anyway, I’d also noticed that Pink Rhino had what appeared to be a very similar training cartridge, and this one was in stock at the Bezos Emporium.
The Amazon reviewers have stated that the Pink Rhino looks and works exactly the same as the G-Sight. And I would definitely agree!
In terms of fit and function, the two are identical. The subtle differences are all in the packaging and accessories, all in favor of the G-Sight which includes the following bits which aren’t in the Pink Rhino box:
- Extra set of batteries
- Extra set of o-rings
- And what might seem to be the most trivial, but something I truly appreciate is the battery cover
That little black disc goes atop the uppermost battery and prevents the laser from being triggered. While I suppose that cover might have been intended to be discarded upon unpackaging, I’d like to think that I’ve been using the same original set of batteries in my cartridge since December because I’d been using the cover.
Admittedly I haven’t had to replace the o-rings or the batteries, but it’s great to have spares on hand.
As for the “accuracy” of both cartridges, they both do their job of putting a little red laser dot where I’m supposedly aiming.
These 10 rounds were “shot” at 7 yards with a Glock G19 Gen 5. Here’s another 10 rounds at 7 yards, again with the G19:
A tighter group which is entirely the function of the operator rather than the laser. And as to which brand cartridge is associated with the tighter group of shots… I’ve no idea, and I guess that’s the point.
Admittedly I’ve no way of confirming this, but I’m going to hazard a guess that these laser cartridges are not the most precisely aligned instruments and are susceptible to a number of factors as to their “true accuracy.” With that said, for a training tool at this price range (and there are significantly more expensive options that probably deliver better end results), it’s close enough for horse shoes, hand grenades, and training cartridges.
P.S. It looks like Amazon does have replacement back caps for the G-Sight which should work for the one I have with the switch that’s been hammered to hell. We’ll see how well it fits (either G-Sight or the Pink Rhino) when it gets here!