LASR and WEE-1 Tactical Focus on Youth Shooting – SHOT Show 2022

Youth shooting sports don't get much publicity. So, I want to mention two companies here at SHOT Show working to support training children and young adults to be safe and proficient.


LASR (Laser Activated Shot Reporter) —

If you're familiar with our content, you've heard how much we love LASR (Laser Activated Shot Reporter). LASR is a company whose software pairs with a laser training gun like a SIRT or a laser cartridge. The software records shots and appropriate data to help you practice off the range. The LASR X software is incredibly useful and includes many features others do not. That is why we pair with the company for our monthly Shooter Ready Challenge.

Click HERE to learn more about LASR software capabilities.


LASR is working to help bring awareness to the Scholastic Shooting Sports Pistol Program. This program helps develop youth shooting programs and is a conduit to the U.S. Olympic Shooting Team. LASR is assisting by providing its software to regional organizations to facilitate the development of training programs and more effective practice.

The team at LASR wants to hear from you if you are involved in youth shooting sports in any capacity.

WEE-1 Tactical —


The second company is called Wee-1 Tactical. This company produces a very neat product specifically for teaching children how to shoot rifles. More specifically, the AR-15. The company's stated goal is:

Our vision is to develop a line of shooting platforms that will safely help adults introduce children to the shooting sports.

The product is called the JR-15. It is an AR-15 chambered in .22LR, but with a twist. Their rifle is 20% smaller than a traditional AR-15. So instead of teaching your child to shoot a full-size AR-15 chambered in .22LR, they have one sized appropriately for their size and strength.

wee-1 tactical

The gun operates and has the same controls as a regular AR-15, except for the patented safety selector switch. The child can't move the selector to ‘fire' without manipulating a selector on the other side. I think this is a fantastic way to teach a child how to get involved in shooting sports in a safe manner.

The gun's MSRP is $399 and comes with a 1-round magazine for training early on. There will also be 5 and 10 round magazines available. The gun doesn't ship with any sighting system, but it has a standard Picatinny rail with M-LOK on top, so you can mount any sighting system you want your child to learn. The JR-15 only weighs around 2 pounds, and the overall length is 30 7/8 inches.

wee-1 tctical

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About Matthew Maruster

I follow my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ who is the eternal co-equal Son of God. I currently live in Columbus, Ohio with my wife and daughter. I served in the Marine Corps Infantry. I was a Staff Sergeant and served as a Platoon Sergeant during combat in Iraq. After I was a police officer at a municipal agency in San Diego County. I have a Bachelors's Degree in Criminal Justice from National University. MJ Maruster Defense.


  1. Russ on February 20, 2022 at 12:08 pm

    How Cool, and thoughtful.
    I’m so glad someone with firearm proficiency is geared toward presenting our youth with the tools needed to learn about firearms.
    The whole industry is lacking from our educational system.
    Our country’s foundation, freedom, and liberty, couldn’t, and would not exist without firearms.

  2. Juli Brown on August 20, 2023 at 2:42 pm

    Hi Matthew Maruster! Searching, searching & SEARCHING: but found ZERO images of a side by side comparison of an adult assault A-15 rifle VS the Wee 1 Tactical Jr. rifle.Please, I’ll return here to view the image: here’s a complete novice to guns & assault rifles.
    Thanks! Juli Brown 😉

    • Matthew Maruster on August 21, 2023 at 8:49 am

      Hi Julie, I can’t add images to the comment section. Your best bet would be to go to the Wee Tactical website, and look at the photos and the operator’s manual for the training rifle. You can then compare that to any photo of a stock AR15 and you’ll probably be able to see the cosmetic differences. Some of the major and more obvious differences are :caliber, size, weight, and the wee tactical rifle has a special safety selector mechanism. The way the training rifle operates internally is different from “standard” AR15s, although it’s probably not something that matters much to your specific question. I do not own one, so I can’t speak to its reliability or durability, but if you want to teach a child firearm safety, using a scaled down version that is similar to a well-known firearm—maybe one you own or they may use in the future for competition or home defense, etc—is not a bad way to go.

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