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A couple of months ago I was approached by Britt Lentz of Next Level Training, asking if I would like to test their SIRT Training Pistol. His claim was pretty bold:
We have a product that is going to change the world of handgun training. It is the SIRT training pistol, a self diagnostic high volume training system.
When the SIRT Performer 110 arrived, it was very similar in size and weight to a Glock 19, a pistol I’m pretty familiar with. Britt had encouraged me to watch the training videos that can be found on YouTube, and I also received a helpful training DVD. He kept emphasizing, “Remember the key is dots not dashes. Really make sure that on the break the shot indicating laser makes a dot( does not move all over the place), not a dash (a streak of laser across the target).”
This made no sense to me until I began practicing with the pistol and realized that the SIRT was sensitive enough to my trigger control, grip, and even breathing, that a potentially good shot could end up as the dreaded “dash”, if I wasn’t careful.
The YouTube videos and DVD were helpful and I picked up some great tips for improving my grip, stance, and trigger control in particular. In spite of the classes I’ve taken, I hadn’t paid enough attention to trigger control. Such a small thing to focus on, and yet it makes a huge difference in accuracy.
I don’t know what the pros like best about the SIRT, but from a mom’s point of view, here’s what impresses me.
1. I love the fact that the SIRT weighs about the same as a real pistol. I’d like to think with my frequent practice sessions (several each week) my hand, forearm, and shoulder strength have improved. After a few minutes with the SIRT, I can definitely start to feel the weight of the gun.
2. Because the SIRT doesn’t actually contain any ammunition, just a dummy magazine that weighs the same as a full one, I don’t have to ever worry about practicing around the house, around the kids, or in front of a mirror.
3. The trigger pull on the SIRT is pretty much the same as a Glock. I have a tendency to anticipate when I shoot. The SIRT has helped a great deal in training me how to pull the trigger and break this bad habit.
4. I get tons of training without wasting any ammo. Yesterday at the indoor range I frequent, I quickly fired through 100 rounds in a short period of time. Total cost: around $25 . Compare that with the cost of “firing” the SIRT thousands of times: $0.
5. Neither of the shooting ranges we visit allow holster practice. With the SIRT, I can practice drawing all day long if I want without a grumpy range officer calling me out over the loudspeaker. I’ve often wondered, what’s the point of carrying in a holster if you’re not 100% comfortable and confident with drawing and shooting? The SIRT is a huge help with this.
6. I can experiment with different styles of stance and grip without firing a single shot. This has helped me determine the stance that works best for me.
7. My husband has been an excellent teacher and coach, but I have to admit that it’s been really nice to practice and diagnose myself. “You’re anticipating again.” I’ve heard that at least a couple hundred times!
Because the pistol has both a weighted magazine and a magazine release, it’s possible to practice reloads. Here’s something challenging to try. Practice releasing the magazine and re-inserting it all while keeping the laser dot on target. Still working on that one.
Who should give the SIRT a try?
- Anyone wanting to learn the basics of shooting: trigger control, stance, breathing, sight alignment, and follow through.
- Anyone who doesn’t have a ton of money to spend on range fees and ammunition.
- Anyone who wants the safest possible way to practice their shooting skills.
- Anyone who doesn’t have a shooting range nearby.
- Anyone with an irritating bad shooting habit or two and wants to diagnose and correct them once and for all.
- Anyone who likes to shoot and wants to support a product Made in America!
- Anyone needing an expensive laser cat toy!
- Anyone liking discounts! Be sure to use coupon code thesurvivalmom to get 10% off any SIRT.
Next Level Training offers 6 different SIRT models, and there are training videos on YouTube, the DVD that is included with each SIRT, and Mike Hughes’ blog. Here’s a video to show you the SIRT in action.
Disclaimer: Next Level Training is neither an advertiser or affiliate. I received the SIRT Pistol for the purpose of a review.