The S.I.R.T. Pistol by Next Level Training

by 702Shooter on · 271 comments


nltlogo The S.I.R.T. Pistol by Next Level TrainingWithout a doubt, many of you will recognize Mike Hughes from his recent appearance on Top Shot Season 3.  What you may not know is that Mr. Hughes also owns a company called Next Level Training and he has developed a line of training pistols that, in my honest opinion, offer the best trigger mechanics training ever seen.  The Shot Indicating Resetting Trigger a.k.a. “S.I.R.T.” pistol is a dry fire tool that can turn any location into a training range.

SIRTPackage 200x266 The S.I.R.T. Pistol by Next Level Training

For many years, people have used snap caps as a “safe” way of training with handguns.  The snap caps are designed to replace your ammunition with a plastic bullet which protects your firing pin from potential damage while dry firing.  The disadvantage is that you have to rack the slide after every trigger pull and there is no interaction with a target so checking your accuracy and movement is fairly difficult.  Those are two of the places where the S.I.R.T. Pistol shines.

Although additional models are currently being produced, the Pro version we are looking at here is modeled after the Glock 17/22/31 pistols.   It comes in a case with 2 weighted magazines and a detailed instruction book.

What’s so fancy about this thing?  Well, for starters, the pro model features dual lasers in both red and green.  When it arrives, the red laser is set as the take-up indicator and the green laser is the shot indicator.  You may also switch this internally by turning the electrical connection around.  The deal is you point the gun at an object and as you squeeze the trigger, the take-up laser hits your target.  As your trigger breaks, a green laser is projected showing you where you are hitting.  As you let off the trigger, the green laser goes out at the point where your trigger reset occurs.  You can now either pull again or completely let off the trigger and the take-up indicator goes out.  This allows you to practice your trigger pull, trigger reset, and aim all without the need to manually cycle the slide.  It allows you to see where you are hitting as well as spot the movements you make as you pull the trigger.  I’ve been playing with this for the last week or so and immediately discovered a few problems about my technique that I had never noticed during previous dry fire practice.  I was able to adapt easy enough and had some time to practice prior to my next day at the range.  That day, was yesterday.

Last year I purchased a Glock 23 Gen4 and have spent a lot of time getting to know it.  One thing I’ve noticed is that my best shot of the day is usually the first shot I take.  That’s the shot where I stop and run every separate action through my head before and while pulling the trigger.  From then on, it’s difficult for me to consciously think of each detail I need to retain in muscle memory.  Distractions like recoil, sight alignment, and adrenalin can be hard to put on hold.  After practicing with the S.I.R.T. Pistol, I can honestly say that my groups decreased across the board with each gun I shot and I just killed the steel targets.

SIRT Disassembled 300x225 The S.I.R.T. Pistol by Next Level TrainingIt’s one thing to practice at a range but a lot of people buy firearms for home protection.  Using this pistol, you can walk throughout your home, practice taking cover, aiming, and shooting from any and all areas with the added value of the shot indicator letting you know if you remain on target before, during, and after your shots.  It’s been fun walking through my halls and turning light switch plates into targets.  icon wink The S.I.R.T. Pistol by Next Level Training

Every pistol is different and many of us make changes to the factory settings.  Most of the common changes can also be accounted for with the S.I.R.T. Pistol.  You can change the sights so your S.I.R.T. is using the same as your standard pistol.  The initial trigger location, over-travel, break location, take-up, break force, and degree of sear engagement can all be tweaked, by adjusting the cams in the trigger housing, to mimic those of your custom settings.  The weighted mags can be adjusted to match the weight of your loaded mags based on whatever kind of ammo you carry, making it easy to practice magazine changes too.  This is absolutely the best and safest way to practice, that I have ever seen.

SIRT Battery Trigger 200x150 The S.I.R.T. Pistol by Next Level Training SIRT Slide Sight Post 200x150 The S.I.R.T. Pistol by Next Level Training SIRT Weighted Magazine 200x150 The S.I.R.T. Pistol by Next Level Training

OK, I know this may not be a practical thing for the average gun owner but those who are serious about perfecting their skills will find is very useful.  ANY CCW/Pistol instructor would benefit from owning this tool and utilizing it with their classes.  The ease of use and immediate feedback is invaluable to new shooters. I’ve found that those who are not comfortable with real guns tend to be more relaxed when shooting it.  They see it as more of a game but at the same time, they are learning trigger control.

Having witnessed the success of those who train with it like the King County S.W.A.T. at consecutive American Heroes Challenges, Mike Hughes on Top Shot, and now getting my hands on one of these myself, I can’t speak highly enough about the product.  If I were a pistol instructor, the S.I.R.T. pistol would be at the top of my must have list along with eye and ear protection.

Did I mention that Mike has graciously donated this S.I.R.T. Pro to be given away here?  Due to the value of this prize, I’m going to extend the drawing beyond the usual 30 days.  Entries for this giveaway will be allowed through February 28th, 2012 and the drawing will take place on February 29th (leap-year).  As usual, the winner will be randomly chosen from the comments left below.  If you wish to  be entered into the drawing, it’s as simple as posting a comment on this page.  Be sure to read the “GIVEAWAYS” page for additional rules and regulations.

UPDATE:  Until the giveaway occurs, this S.I.R.T. Pro pistol will be on display at Wild West Guns in Las Vegas.  Feel free to stop by their shop and put your hands on it.  Their address is 5225 Wynn Rd.  (702) 798-4570

dp seal trans 16x16 The S.I.R.T. Pistol by Next Level TrainingCopyright secured by Digiprove © 2011-2014 Admin
 The S.I.R.T. Pistol by Next Level Training 702Shooter (162 Posts)

A devilishly handsome individual, 702Shooter is a sucker for adorable puppies, long walks on the beach, and cuddling after romantic interludes. In his spare time he runs this website and raises penguins in his back yard.

Website The S.I.R.T. Pistol by Next Level TrainingFacebook The S.I.R.T. Pistol by Next Level TrainingTwitter The S.I.R.T. Pistol by Next Level TrainingYouTube The S.I.R.T. Pistol by Next Level Training

Additional posts you may be interested in:

{ 271 comments… read them below or add one }

greatbeefalo February 26, 2012 at 4:35 pm

It’s a good thing they make these–an accidental dry-firing discharge from a real Glock could destroy time and space as we know it.

switch72 February 26, 2012 at 4:35 pm

I really like that demonstrator. I feel like he knows shooting and knows what feature of the S.I.R.T. are important.

telomere February 26, 2012 at 4:43 pm

I’d buy a glock just to use this.
Hopefully they’ll develop a Springfield version soon.

quickdraw February 26, 2012 at 5:19 pm

This looks like a great training aid. I like it.

rffreq February 26, 2012 at 5:37 pm

Way to go 702!!!

nerd February 26, 2012 at 5:42 pm

I’m a big fan of training, and anything that can help me get better is good in my book! Great job 702!!

mbogo February 26, 2012 at 5:57 pm

This is an incredible idea for a training tool. Thanks, mbogo

Match_book February 26, 2012 at 6:35 pm

Cool idea, already owning a Glock I would love to try one of these. Count me in for the drawing.

Para13man February 26, 2012 at 6:40 pm

Definately sounds like a great oppurtunity.

Baktor February 26, 2012 at 6:55 pm

Definitely sounds better than Snapcaps!

Boy Scout February 26, 2012 at 7:36 pm

Have a glock 21, and have been working hard on trigger control. This would be very helpful! ty 702

mrg98 February 26, 2012 at 8:54 pm

hummm… like a g22… and I use a G22. coincidence? I think not !!

blueorison February 26, 2012 at 11:45 pm

Thanks again, 702. Your review was succinct and informative.

I haven’t had the chance to try it out, and hope to, one day.

Whitboar February 27, 2012 at 1:40 am

Thanks to Mr. Hughes for such a practical innovation on behalf of experienced and inexperienced shooters alike!

seawolf February 27, 2012 at 5:04 am

Interesting tool for training.

ktech February 27, 2012 at 5:24 am

Looks advantageous for training. Great review.

FLdeepdiver February 27, 2012 at 6:08 am

The post describes the exact way i run my dry-fire training. This product will soon change dry-fire training as we know it.

Primevalpapa February 27, 2012 at 6:40 am

This would be a great training tool as compared to snap caps.

cvande February 27, 2012 at 6:47 am

I’ve been looking at these for a year now. Great training tool….

rrvt February 27, 2012 at 7:06 am

interesting idea, would love to try

GLShooter February 27, 2012 at 7:40 am

Great tarining tool for one of the most used LEO sidearms in the country.

ranjah76 February 27, 2012 at 8:38 am

Looks pretty good! Would look like a great tool for practicing a lot of different things.

charlesp461 February 27, 2012 at 9:06 am

Sounds like a great training device

Freiheit February 27, 2012 at 10:12 am
aott February 27, 2012 at 10:19 am

Very cool! Do want!

blueninja February 27, 2012 at 10:57 am

Most interesting device. I like the concept.

elrod223 February 27, 2012 at 12:22 pm

any chance of a 1911 version?

flynow February 27, 2012 at 12:30 pm

This is the pistol instructors holy grail.

aquaticvisions February 27, 2012 at 12:31 pm

I talked to these guys at the SHOT Show and they are very squared away. One of the things we talked about was using for force-on-force training without needing protective gear.

Jtapia February 27, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Looks to be a great tool for anyone wanting to improve on there pistol skills.

andrew February 27, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Thanks for the giveaway. Is that the dude from The Walking Dead on the Next Level Training homepage?

krf68 February 27, 2012 at 3:29 pm

Looks cool. I’d love to have one.

Paul P February 27, 2012 at 6:57 pm

I would love to win this–my wife has been wanting one and with ammo prices high and the ease of use, it would be perfect!

mhersrud February 27, 2012 at 9:17 pm

Love to try it

TennSCN February 28, 2012 at 7:36 am

How many different weapon platforms do they make?
Ahh yes, back to that ‘WWW.’ thing.

tblackmore February 28, 2012 at 12:31 pm

As a newbie to pistols – I can sure see the practical use of a tool such as this. Thank you for developing – and thank you for the opportunity to win one of these!

Sablewolf February 28, 2012 at 7:50 pm

This would really help me improve with a pistol.

narc1911 February 28, 2012 at 9:26 pm

A great training tool

selotkd February 28, 2012 at 11:45 pm

These are really a neat tool. I am new to this world of guns. I have been able to learn a lot with these and will learn a lot more.

jdgilbert February 29, 2012 at 5:03 am

Great idea and looks like great execution as well.

Arykz February 29, 2012 at 8:05 am

Nice, now I can practice trigger work and play with the cat at the same time.

aquaticvisions March 6, 2012 at 5:19 pm

I’m the winner of the S.I.R.T. Pistol giveaway and I want to thank and Mike Hughes of Next Level Training for making this opportunity available to us all. After playing with the S.I.R.T. Pistol now for a few days, I can tell it is going to be a significant part of my training regimen. The thing that impresses me most is the extent to which you can adjust and customize the way it functions so that it matches what you shoot with and how you want to train with it. If I hadn’t won the giveaway, I probably would have just bought one. This thing is worth way more than the price tag! I will be showing the S.I.R.T. Pistol to my team mates and my students to expand their thinking about training alternatives. Thanks again!

Rhuga March 8, 2012 at 10:15 pm

You folks are starting to make me drool. When I see fine weapons such as these. It makes want to trade my wife in for two 30′s cause she is a 60 lol.

Best of the Best,

John “Rhuga” Parker
Henderson, NV

beadlocked450r March 15, 2012 at 8:57 am

This is pretty sweet!

Starlight1 March 17, 2012 at 5:49 am

As a Glock owner, this would be a real help in getting “trigger time” for both of my guns.
Am also interested in the M&P vewrsion as I own a 40 as well. Looks great in action, Lots of adjustments for the individual shooter.

woodzie March 21, 2012 at 7:21 am

i worked a lot on trigger control this last year with my Glock. This would be great to have!

thermopolis March 24, 2012 at 2:52 pm

havent even fired a glock yet.
but know dry firing is very bad. thank you 702

JHamlin34293 March 28, 2012 at 6:09 pm

I teach youth shooter safety….. this sure beats snaps….. thank you for this opportunity…. great vid..

Ronin April 1, 2012 at 6:49 pm

Missed the drawing but what a well thought out product… The hardest part of teaching is getting the students use to the guns and where the shots go after they pull the trigger… Now they can see B-4 spending lots on ammo… This product helps retain those students who would otherwise quit after not being able to hit their targets… Seeing is believing and this will also help the advanced students improve faster. Well done.

dibrwi7 April 9, 2012 at 9:10 am

I thougt a glock was meant for dry firing anyway.

tacoavian April 14, 2012 at 5:55 am

This looks great. I’m a ‘newbie’ at shooting and need all the dry fire training I can get. I purchased a G19 for Home Defense and am working with it in those confines. I have quickly discovered that the cost of ammo and range time turns into a sizable monitary commitment. That’s where this tool could be very helpful to me and my family. Yes, my wife and daughters need training ,too. I can envision us training with this at home alot, follow-up by shooting a magazine of ammo at the range ,save money,develop much needed technique. The Glock platform will fit perfectly with my chosen Home Defense pistol.

Corsair April 25, 2012 at 1:34 am

I would love to get one of these to help my wife get into shooting semi automatic pistols.

jonbeile April 26, 2012 at 6:28 pm

I really need practice.

joeerato May 1, 2012 at 12:18 pm

B-E-A-Utiful pistol I like the red on the slide.

bulletinjection May 5, 2012 at 8:20 am

Perfect, I hate unloading my carry pistol to aim at Chris Costa on my television haha.

thesandmn May 14, 2012 at 10:48 am

oh yes!!

Phillyfan May 18, 2012 at 11:50 am

When can I pick it up?

702 May 18, 2012 at 11:52 am

You’ll have to ask the person who won it a couple of months ago.

sks75 May 30, 2012 at 10:12 pm

Bad ASS…

hbonoan July 16, 2012 at 11:45 am

I would like to have one of this cool training handgun. Do you guys have it available at the store right now.

jhook July 27, 2012 at 9:34 am


jackboy51 August 4, 2012 at 10:08 am

I”ve been carrying concealed for 25 yrs. We can NEVER get enough training. A safer way is always the better way! Thanks for these inovative products and the opportunity to use them.

seahawkkid August 15, 2012 at 6:26 pm

Sounds like a great idea

sincityvogel September 24, 2012 at 12:59 am

Very nice setup. I like that.

Thanks Matt

medic265 September 27, 2012 at 6:32 am

This looks like a REALLY GOOD training aid. I haven’t done very much dry fire training due to having to re-rack with snap caps…This is good I think

Mark Twain September 29, 2012 at 8:15 pm

Looks like a great training tool

Rhuga October 6, 2012 at 3:01 pm

Fine looking pistol. I am new to the semi-auto’s and this would be a great addition. Please enter me in this contest. Thank You.

JJBaker December 11, 2012 at 9:13 am

Wife and I would love this !! New to the area and club! Count us in please! Thank you

Previous post:

Next post: