Training is a vital part of survival. The more you train the more chance you have of surviving some world ending event as seen in the television series The Walking Dead. But in the world today with the renew push for gun control and the panicked buying that results, it is becoming more difficult and more expensive to training. I recently took a firearms class and the instructor introduced me to the SIRT Training Pistol.
The SIRT Training Pistol is made by NextLevel Training, NXT is based out of Ferndale Washington and has a variety of innovative laser based training aids. The SIRT training pistol is one of them. SIRT stands for Shot Indicating Resetting Trigger. The Glock look alike pistol comes in a couple of different versions and prices but all the versions work the same.
The pistol uses two lasers one that activates on the take up of the trigger and the second is activated when the trigger breaks or when it would fire. The reset part of the name comes from the capability to release the trigger and reset the second laser, while the take up laser stays on.
Below is a short video by the inventor of the SIRT pistol, Mike Hughes.
It’s probably no accident that the SIRT pistol looks and feels like every full size Glock I’ve handled. No matter what your weapon of choice is the SIRT pistol is an effective training tool. While the version I have is the all polymer model, it has some heft to it from the removable weighted magazine. This allows you to practice magazine changes as well as your trigger control and shot placement.
The SIRT pistol has adjustments for both lasers so you can adjust the point of aim, and an adjustment for the trigger pull. It also has a switch that turns off the take up laser. Because it is the size of a G17, a holster will work with it, which allows you to practice drawing a firing. It even has a rail for a light. The SIRT pistol shown is the base model, the upper and lower is composite and the lasers are both red. The high end model uses a metal upper and the shot laser is green.
There are a number of ways to practice trigger control using the SIRT pistol. For myself, I’ve found the best way is sitting on the couch while watching Matlock, and during the commercials I use it to practice sight picture and trigger control.
There are a number of options for cost effective ways for dry fire practice. AirSoft is another good one, but it can be problematic when practicing indoors. The SIRT Training Pistol is a cost effective way to practice indoors. MSRP is $239 for the base model, but I’ve seen them as low as $185. I’ve had one for a short time and I have already found several things I was doing wrong. And I ultimately saved myself some money.