Without 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.
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.
It’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. ;)
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.
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.
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Very interesting concept. Would be great to get my hand on one. Also a good thing to have on a cold/HOT day when going to the range would suck.
Awesome training tool…willing to sell up to 2 of my children for one of these !! j/k
In for the win! I had this in my hands… fantastic for training…
Im been eye-balling one of these so that I can improve. Thaks for the review…now if 2012 can be a “lucky” year :)
It is good to see new innovations in training. I enjoy receiving email notices from 702 shooter with what is going on locally.
This would be a great teaching tool for my children and wife to learn on.
great teaching tool for new shooters, and help improve experience shooters as well.
Awesome idea. I want one
This would be a great tool for our Junior and Women on Target programs.
Nice. I’d love to get me grubby paws on one of these bad boys.
That is very cool. Would love to have one.
I am an NRA and CCW instructor and this would add a fun and valuable “hands-on” tool for the classroom.
Like it a lot!!! Great way to train my nephew with it.
Wow this is perfect! Im Teaching my 8year old daughter how to properly handle and fire a firearm but we are having a pretty hard time because I only own a bushmaster AR-15 and a270. She has a very difficult time handling them due to their length and weight so this training pistol would be perfect for her to learn with.
id love to check one out too
This is a work of art. It is fantastic for all aspects of training with a pistol. And no Terry, you are not going to win it. I can use it to teach classes too!
I am very interested…gotta go check it out
I think that will be a valuable tool for my law enforcement training.
The Tabata workout with this pistol on the Next Level Training website is a must do
WOW! that is great particularly for me because I am new to guns, and I just find that going to the range and spending money on range fees, targets, and ammo is a relatively hefty price to just practice. With this product, I safely practice picture sighting and other gun techniques without the worry of using live ammo and wasting time and money on the range.
I love to have one of these very valuable training tools
The Altay Siberians from Russia are glad, that at you such useful tool for trainings IPSC and IDPA has appeared. Your sportsmen need to be envied in a kind way. I, as the young sportsman, would consider for the big success, even for happiness to be trained on such model! I wish in 2012 of new creative ideas! Yours faithfully, Alexander.
Could use one, need all the help i can get!
We have enjoyed having the SIRT in our shop. Everyone that handles it has really enjoyed it. It’s a great training tool!
Great training tool.
Training is what turns an amateur into a pro. I could really use this to improve my skills.
This is a great way to train. Go Mike!
If I only had the funds to get this kind of gear on my own! But that’s what the drawing is for, right?!
I think I am gonna have to find my way over to Wild West Guns and check this out.
That’s exactly what the drawing is for. :)
I would love to win this for my birthday!
Wow. This sounds like an awesome training tool!
This would be great for helping my family to become more proficient with firearms, also if I was to win this I would let my friend who is a ccw instructor use it for his classes
Would like to win and donate to one of the stores for training purposes as I wouldn’t really have a use for it.
This would be so cool for helping my girls put rounds down range. I am sure dad could benefit from using it too!
:) this could give the Glock a rest on dry firing.
Awesome. I was looking at the Glock 17R, but this fits the bill.
Now THIS is UberCool. I’m in for the win.
Okay, this system is nice. Would love to have it for home defense practice.
I saw this at Wild West Guns, would be a nice training tool for civilian or LEO.
I am a firearms instructor and this would be a great tool to help teach with.
I’d love to have something to practice with in the house that I could actually pull the trigger on. This would be awesome.
absolutely a great training product
Friends of ours got us involved and now we love going shooting and are starting to collect. This would be a great addition as well as training tool to help my teenagers. Thanks for the informative post. That’s one sexy piece!!
I could really use this for training
Looks intresting, I would like to try it out.
That would be an excellent training tool
I would love to have one of theese for training!
Love the sound of using this as a training tool…
I agree if your serious about perfecting your skills this product looks like it could be very useful. What a great idea this was.
What an awesome training tool. Would love to be able to have something like this to improve my skillset!
This sounds like a great tool.
i can give my wife and kids Simulated live scenarios to master.
Can’t wait to win. Great training tool.
sweet, that really cool. thanks
This is a brilliant and overly simple idea! My buddie just uses dollar store toy-click-guns” to train, this would be a small improvement!
This would be awesome! I’ve been hating snapcaps for some time, I was thinking about making/getting a gas operated pistol to work the slide for me but I think this would be so much better.
I’d love to try a SIRT pistol. A friend of mine went to a force on force training course that made use of airsoft and SIRT pistols and focused on one man CQC methods, and had high praises for the SIRT.
I took Next Level Training’s Basic Handgun Course with my girlfriend for our anniversary, and after spending the day working extensively with the SIRT pistol, I am planning to purchase one. It truly is an invaluable training tool for trigger control practice.
Id love to try it out.
This is an excellent concept. Looks very useful.
This training tool sounds like a great idea. It would be nice to be able to train regularly without having to wince with each trigger pull because of ammo costs.
I can always use a tool like that for shooting improvement.
I would love to try this out. Never seen anything like it.
It’d be great to win this I’ve been looking at buying one for dry fire.
Man, do I ever want one of these. The only reason I don’t have one now is the purchase price. I’m sure it’s worth it, but I can’t swing it.
These would be very useful to introduce new shooters to the sport.
I can really use this for training.
Very cool tool, a great idea. I find my trigger finger sometimes weak. This would help out a lot.
Pretty cool new tool there.
I’m an NRA instructor and have been looking at this product for my classes. I would sure like to win one and try it out! Thanks.
I personally think it’d be a fun, yet useful tool to practice with.
This is a great training tool-I looked at it at the SHOT show.
practice made easy
Very interesting.. ;) love to see it in a 1911.
Anything that will make me a better shooter is a good thing. I especially like the idea that I can practice at home, which is where I’m most likely to need my the skill.
This would be a great training tool!
Very cool training tool.
Seems like a great idea. Does this concept only apply to striker fired pistols? Is there a course of dry fire drills to use with the SIRT? What is the difference between the Pro and Student versions?
Guess I shouldn’t have been in such a hurry when I ran into WWG, would have liked to handled this. Would be a fine practice and training tool.
Count me in!
I’m in! This is a game changer! :) Now the money saved on target ammo can go straight into the gas tank. lol
I love the concept behind the SIRT, and I’ve wanted one for awhile. Great video!
I would really like to be able to train with this system.
I love this, it would save me so much money on ammo :D
I could always use a new toy! Put me into the drawing please.
Interesting concept. As a beginner I can use all the help I can get to improve myself.
I could make good use of this SIRT training pistol. I need to practice more, and can’t get to the range as much as I need.
Thanks for offering all these great giveaways!
Looks like a great training tool!
Just out shooting today and could definitly use this. I am good on the rifle but when it comes to pistol, I need more practice.
Interesting. I dig training tools that work with actual mechanics. Cool concept.
Great training!! I am a novice in guns and it would be great to win it.
I’ve seen a lot about these on the Enos forum and would love to train with one. Maybe this one!
Love to try one out!
Its like Star Wars technology for the regular guy! There’s no doubt I’d use this personally, but what really would be cool is how easy it would be to get people familiar and trained with firearms that would be reluctant to use ‘real’ guns.
Wow – It would be great to finally play around with one of these. Between my dad, brothers, wife, etc, we have plenty of glock shooters…
What a cool training tool! Thanks for the contest!
Nice article and interesting concept. Have a great weekend
Looks like an amazing tool. Would love to have one.
Just having come from my first GSSF match, I could definitely use one of these for practice and warm-up between rounds!
Great training aid.
This would be great to have!
Great tool! Would love to have it. Thanks for the giveaway!
This would be a life saver for me… I get tired of practicing “immediate action” drills over and over with my dry fire.
wow this looks awesome. I’d love this =D
That would be an awesome training tool!!!
Great tool for training. Very nice.
Interesting. Looks like a very cool tool.
How odd, but intriguing nonetheless.
thats really cool
This will help my trigger practice so i can get those Travis Haley 6 taps.
What a great tool. Awesome!
Cant remember if I posted already but please count me in
Hummm.. I recieved the email alert for this… Love this giveaway!
As an owner of a firearm for self defense purposes I have always wanted to be able to do dry fire training in my home however I have never liked the idea of pointing my gun in so many unsafe directions. This device seems to solve that problem. I am also thinking pairing this with a video camera watching the lasers you could see exactly how much you affect the gun when you pull the trigger. Seems like a very useful tool I am very excited about it.
This pistol is a great training asset and I love it
Looks really helpful. Would be great for training
Very interesting concept.
Looks like a great tool to train with.
That thing is cool! I would love to own one.
The sirt would be great way to cut down on training costs.
Great product to train at home!
With practice, this pistol will keep U alive!
This sounds like a great training tool.
Sounds like a great training tool.
om nom nom
Having just learned the technique at a local school, I would love to have the abuility to dry fire train using this method
This would be awesome! Proficiency with pistols truly is a learned skill.
I’ve heard nothing but good things from those that have used it.
This would be incredibly useful as it’s difficult for me to get to a range to practice. This would allow me to practice the mechanics at home and do it safely.
Don’t dry fire practice near enough. This would be a big help.
Definitely would be a cool training tool to be able to use!
Would love to have a training tool like this. Do my chances of winning increase if I was rooting for Mike to win Top Shot? ;)
What a great tool for shooters! Fingers crossed!
This looks like a great training tool and more practical than his targets of Jake Zweig.
LOL, very true.
Very cool product
Definitely a great training tool for someone who lives in a condo! Count me in.
That would be great to work with while watching The Walking Dead on the 60″. I want it , Pick me!!!
Great training tool. Please count me in.
This would be a great training tool for me, and I have a lot of friends who would want to borrow it!
i really do hope i get my hands on one of these. i am definitely am trying to get into the different types of shooting competitions out there but it is too expensive to buy the ammo and go shooting at the range. with this tool i can definitely cut down on the cost and enjoy training in the comfort of my own home :)
Wow, this is amazing, I’d love to have this for my training.
I am in!
Looking forward to this drawing!
What a great giveaway. I’m in.
this would be a novelty piece for me, but would love it none-the-less!
This would be an awesome training tool for anyone! Great way to get better with less range time. I would love to have one as I’m sure most would.
i want one!
that looks like just what I need for trigger control and teaching my kids when they are ready for a pistol
Awesome giveaway, great idea for a trainer.
That does look like a great way to train for home defense. Thanks for running this, I’m in.
An amazing idea. If I don’t win, I will definitely look into possibly buying one if these.
This is a great giveaway, it would be great to help me with zeroing in my mistakes before wasting live ammo at the range.
Need all the practice I can get. :)
Thanks for the notice that the giveaway is still going on. Most of my practice is dry firing and I can see how the feed back that the S.I.R.T. gives you would make any dry fire practice 10X as valuable. Count me in.
Awesome giveaway. Can always use more practice!
I need one of these!!!
Trigger control drills without the need for live ammo? Hell yea! Sign me up!
I want it. thanks for the contests
I want it!
This would be a great tool to help me train my wife on pistol basics. She still doesn’t like recoil too much
Great idea for a training device.
A worthwhile investment in a training tool.
Looks like an excellent practice tool to hone your trigger pull muscles.
Wow, This looks very cool. They even have an adapter for an ar… pretty cool.
This looks like a great training tool for competitive shooters, as well as anyone else who wants to get better with their shot.
this would be a great tool to teach my wife and kids
Fantastic training pistol.
Looks very cool, would be put to great use.
Ohh, fake shooty fun!
Having one of these would be a big help. The wife might be more apt to train better. Myself included.
Looks like a great training helper
This would be great for idpa practice.
Would love to win this!
Definitely an invaluable tool!!!
thanks for the opportunity!
Anything to improve training away from the range works for me!
Awesome training device!
This looks pretty slick. I would love to have this at the range.
This sounds super convenient!
This would such a nice training tool!
Oh you know I’m in. Thanks for the chance!
neat, I could put this to good use. . .
Count me in!
Wow, this sounds like a truly effective way to practice on the cheap without doing just dry-fire drills…Here’s hoping
This looks like a great way to practice without cruising through my ammo supply!
These are great. Please enter me.
Could use that! Thanks
One of the things that bugs me the most about dry practice with my XD is not having the ability to practice sight picture re-acquisition over multiple trigger pulls. The S.I.R.T would be an awesome solution to this!
What a cool concept.
Count me in “Please”.
I’ve been waiting for their M&P pistol to match my duty gun. I just have to talk my wife into it now ;)
Great training tool! Would love to have one of my very own…
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.
I really like that demonstrator. I feel like he knows shooting and knows what feature of the S.I.R.T. are important.
I’d buy a glock just to use this.
Hopefully they’ll develop a Springfield version soon.
This looks like a great training aid. I like it.
Way to go 702!!!
I’m a big fan of training, and anything that can help me get better is good in my book! Great job 702!!
This is an incredible idea for a training tool. Thanks, mbogo
Cool idea, already owning a Glock I would love to try one of these. Count me in for the drawing.
Definately sounds like a great oppurtunity.
Definitely sounds better than Snapcaps!
Have a glock 21, and have been working hard on trigger control. This would be very helpful! ty 702
hummm… like a g22… and I use a G22. coincidence? I think not !!
Thanks again, 702. Your review was succinct and informative.
I haven’t had the chance to try it out, and hope to, one day.
Thanks to Mr. Hughes for such a practical innovation on behalf of experienced and inexperienced shooters alike!
Interesting tool for training.
Looks advantageous for training. Great review.
The post describes the exact way i run my dry-fire training. This product will soon change dry-fire training as we know it.
This would be a great training tool as compared to snap caps.
I’ve been looking at these for a year now. Great training tool….
interesting idea, would love to try
Great tarining tool for one of the most used LEO sidearms in the country.
Looks pretty good! Would look like a great tool for practicing a lot of different things.
Sounds like a great training device
Very cool! Do want!
Most interesting device. I like the concept.
any chance of a 1911 version?
This is the pistol instructors holy grail.
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.
Looks to be a great tool for anyone wanting to improve on there pistol skills.
Thanks for the giveaway. Is that the dude from The Walking Dead on the Next Level Training homepage?
Looks cool. I’d love to have one.
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!
Love to try it
How many different weapon platforms do they make?
Ahh yes, back to that ‘WWW.’ thing.
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!
This would really help me improve with a pistol.
A great training tool
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.
Great idea and looks like great execution as well.
Nice, now I can practice trigger work and play with the cat at the same time.
I’m the winner of the S.I.R.T. Pistol giveaway and I want to thank 702shooter.com 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!
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
This is pretty sweet!
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.
i worked a lot on trigger control this last year with my Glock. This would be great to have!
havent even fired a glock yet.
but know dry firing is very bad. thank you 702
I teach youth shooter safety….. this sure beats snaps….. thank you for this opportunity…. great vid..
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.
I thougt a glock was meant for dry firing anyway.
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.
I would love to get one of these to help my wife get into shooting semi automatic pistols.
I really need practice.
B-E-A-Utiful pistol I like the red on the slide.
Perfect, I hate unloading my carry pistol to aim at Chris Costa on my television haha.
When can I pick it up?
You’ll have to ask the person who won it a couple of months ago.
I would like to have one of this cool training handgun. Do you guys have it available at the store right now.
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.
Sounds like a great idea
Very nice setup. I like that.
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
Looks like a great training tool
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.
Wife and I would love this !! New to the area and club! Count us in please! Thank you