Posts Tagged ‘SIRT training pistol’

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I have been wearing this thing out for over a month now and I love it. But first let me start at the beginning.

For about two years now I have been wanting a SIRT pistol ever since I heard Mike Hughes talking about it on the GunDudes podcast. I have always been an advocate for dry fire practice and developing muscle memory. When I got to SHOT the first place I hit up was Next Level Training’s booth to check these out. After playing with one for a matter of 30 seconds I realized this was the tool I have been missing for so long. So I ended up picking up the Performer Student 110. They start at $235 and include the Training Pistol, 1 weighted magazine, and a training DVD. It sounds pricey, but keep in mind the savings I have made in ammo alone. And times like this it is hard to go to the range and not blow 40 to 60 bucks every time you go. Also, if you consider our current situation and the inability to find ammo anywhere it is painful to even shoot what you have.

But what is it?!?!? Well I’m glad you asked. The SIRT training pistol (Shot Indicating Resetting Trigger) is “Patent pending shot indicating laser, resetting trigger combined with the simulated weight of the pistol and magazine, a red trigger take-up indicating laser (that can be conveniently turned off), and replaceable sights, all in a self-contained package. Designed by shooters for shooters to make training anywhere easy and fun!”

But what do you do with it?!?!?!?! Another good question. YOU TRAIN! In my case I come home from work, pick it up, take my Glock 19 out of the holster and place it away from where I am training (Notice the emphasis) and I place the SIRT in the holster and get to work. I usually practice for 15 min to a half hour depending on how I’m feeling. I start with practicing my draws and work my way up from there. The DVD that is included is very informative but I decided to buy an additional tool to help give me a little more. The book Champion Shooting: guaranteed Results in 15 min A Day  is filled with great drills and most importantly for me, par times. I like to have a number to shoot for and this book has beginner, novice, and expert times added to every drill to show you where you stand. This brings me to the other piece of equipment I use to supplement my SIRT pistol and that is my cell phone. On my Droid I have a shot timer app downloaded. The SIRT trigger is loud enough for the phone to pick it up so set I set my par time and get to work! The all black sights make it a nice challenge to find the front post, and I have noticed that when I switch back over to my real gun the front sight really stands out even though it’s still stock Glock. (yes I know I’m taking care of that shortly)

Another use I plan for my SIRT is when I teach new shooters. In a class room setting I feel this could be more effective as a teaching device than a simple blue gun, and on the range it will be easy to diagnose a shooter’s flinch with the dual lasers. The possibilities are endless in my mind now about how I could apply it.

I have really enjoyed myself so far and can’t sing the praises enough. The only set backs I can say is I wish it came with more than one magazine but you can buy extras separate. Actual Glock mags just won’t fit so if you plan on practicing mag changes I have started with just the pistol and the mag in my mag holder. I still press the mag release like I’m dropping one out of the mag well and just pretend. The other thing i noticed is the trigger comes set fairly heavy. This can be adjusted to your liking.  The wife isn’t so impressed with it since our basement walls are lined with Post-it notes that double as targets for me when I get home and start practicing. She also less than thrilled that when she is watching her TV shows like the Batchelor I tend to stop typing on my laptop long enough to click red dots on the foreheads of all the self-absorbed fake contestants.

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Me and Mike Hughes from Next Level Training

Mike Hughes from Next Level Training and Top Shot

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It Has Arrived

Posted: February 1, 2013 in Uncategorized
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I was busy playing with my new SIRT pistol last night and didn’t get around to writing much. Sorry but this thing is just too cool!

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Everyone knows ammo prices are through the roof right now. Even if you are a reloader like myself primers are getting hard to find in this neck of the woods. Shooting is a perishable skill and you need to keep your finger on a trigger to keep those skills sharp. How can we do this with our current situation and not have to take out a large load to support ourselves? Well, we have a few options that are cheaper and today we will explore a couple of our options and the pros and cons of them.

Our first option is training with 22 LR. This option is probably the most obvious to most shooters. Nearly everyone has a 22 caliber in either a pistol or rifle in the safe. This round is still fairly cheap and the most importantly it’s still readily available. The down side to training with lower powered rounds is you don’t get the same feedback from the gun. To me building body mechanics is more important than feedback. Drawing from holster or shouldering the rifle, trigger control, and follow through are still the same and that is what is important and needs to be focused on no matter how we train. Magpul came out with a statement recently thy they will be changing their course requirements to help ease the financial burden on the portion of the gun owners that are interested in using them to improve their skills by allowing 22’s in their classes now. Here is a link to their announcement.

But is there an even cheaper form of training than the 22? I believe so. I’m a huge advocate for dry firing.  Like we said above you don’t get the feedback of the full power rounds but the mechanics are still there. If I’m at the range and I see my groups opening up I will drop the mag and go back to basics by dry firing the gun. There is a new book out and available now called  Champion Shooting: Guaranteed Results in 15 Minutes A Day: Champion Shooting. I plan on picking it up and seeing what it has to offer. I was turned on to this book from reading the  When the Balloon Goes Up blog who got an early copy and shared some of the contents of the book in a recent post. (Hat tip to them for the info) The pros to dry fire practice is you don’t need anything more than the firearm you already have to practice. The downside is if you are using a common semi auto pistol you will need to rack the slide between every trigger pull so you can get the full experience of multiple shots.

The third option we have takes care of the downside to dry firing with the common pistol. I would like to introduce the SIRT training pistol. The Top Shot fans might remember the creator of the Shot Indicating Resetting Trigger pistol, Mike Hughes from season 3. For almost two years I have been drooling over having one of these and with ammo prices skyrocketing and the word floating around that we might not see supply catch back up for another year this is going to be a near future purchase. I’m seeing a whole world of opportunities opening up to me with having one of these. I could literally set up entire competition stages in my basement and “shoot it” without wasting a single bullet. (when the wife is away of course) Granted, the training pistol starts at $253 so it can’t be called a cheaper alternative to dry firing but i believe this is what bridges the gap between that and 22’s. Fingers crossed I can catch some time with someone at their booth at Shot Show and bring back some information. I might have heard through the grape-vine that they will be introducing an M&P model to their line soon so stay tuned for more to come.

I have stated multiple time throughout this post that nothing is going to be as good as a real full-power load. But even with full-power loads if your mechanics are not right you are just wasting precious ammo. These cheaper alternatives I have offered will help you to focus on the basics (grip, trigger press, follow through), build that muscle memory, and help you get the most out of your training with the pricey stuff.