By David Crane
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March 11, 2013
Back in early 2010, DefenseReview (DR) published a phone interview we had with Next Level Training (NLT) founder and SIRT training pistol inventor Mike Hughes. That interview, along with our T&E session with Mr. Hughes, himself, convinced us that the SIRT training pistol (and the technology in general), is one of the most important firearm/shooting training technologies ever invented/developed. Our phone interview will also tell you just about all you need to know about the SIRT.
Since then, however, the SIRT training pistol has been updated/product improved, and the latest version is now called the NLT SIRT Training Pistol 110 Pro.
The SIRT Training Pistol isn't all NLT has, by the way. Over the last few years, the company has also developed the NLT SIRT-AR Laser Bolt, which replaces the AR-15's bolt carrier group (BCG), so you can train with your tactical or competition AR carbine just like you train with the SIRT Training Pistol.
If you own an AR-15 and utilize one professionally or for home defense, it's Defense Review's opinion that the SIRT-AR Laser Bolt AR-15 BCG retrofit kit is one of the most important training investments you can make.
Any/every top-echelon shooter will tell you that dry fire is a very important component of your shooting training, since shooting (pistol or rifle) is a perishable skill. Dry fire helps keep it from perishing, since it allows you to practice draw, grip, sight picture and trigger mechanics. After all, ammo is expensive (especially now!), and you can't always get to the range. With the SIRT Training Pistol 110 Pro and SIRT-AR Laser Bolt, you don't have to.
Both products are pretty badass, and, in DR's opinion, perfect for 3-Gun competitive shooters, Mil/LE professionals, and civilian tactical shooters. The key to the technology is the integration of the Shot Indicating Resetting Trigger (SIRT) with the dual indicating lasers. It's unique, and must be experienced to be appreciated. In the meantime, we highly recommend you watch the videos below to learn more about the technology.
The following features and info were pulled directly from the Next Level Training website:
"SIRT Pro and Performer Training Pistols
Safe, effective, and innovative, the Shot Indicating Resetting Trigger (SIRT) Training Pistol was developed by shooters for shooters, to complement, not replace, live fire training. The SIRT Training Pistol brings together a host of patent pending technologies critical to improving shooting accuracy while addressing issues of cost and liability. See the short video of the SIRT in Action.
Fully Functional Rail
Mount your tac light or other devices directly onto our SIRT Training Pistol rail, just as you would on your live fire pistol.
Built to the highest standards of strength and durability, the SIRT frame has all the functional grip features of the Glock 17/22, and when fully assembled is designed to match the weight of your live fire pistol.
Adjustable Resetting Trigger
The SIRT’s Adjustable Auto-resetting Trigger allows for multiple strings of fire during training without racking the slide, encouraging more repetitions per training session.
Weighted Training Magazine
The mags have a rubberized base plate for durability in training.
Dual Indicator Lasers
A red Trigger Prep Indicating laser gives you immediate feedback on your trigger mechanics while you prep your trigger. A green Shot Indicating laser (Pro Model) or red Shot Indicating Laser (Student Model) gives you shot indication feedback on your follow-through.
Laser Take-Up Toggle Switch
The Laser Take-Up Toggle Switch allows you to shut off the Take-Up Indicating Laser, and just train with the Shot Indicating Laser. The Red and Green (Pro Model) Lasers may also be reversed with an internal switch.
The SIRT simulates the size, weight and functional features of the Glock™ 17/22 pistol.
The SIRT Training Pistol works with most holsters made for the Glock™ 17/22 pistol.
SIRT Training Kit
Each SIRT Training Pistol Kit contains the following:
- 1 SIRT Training Pistol
- 1 Training Magazine
- 1 Owners Manual
- Trigger Adjustment Tool
- Laser Windage and Elevation Adjustment Tool
TRIGGER PREP TRAINING
The take-up indicator engages when the trigger is “taken-up” and partially pressed, as prepping a trigger is imperative for maximizing accuracy and trigger control. When the trigger is taken-up, the red laser is on, providing a visual awareness of the muzzle movement, and further indicating when the trigger is prepped to the shooter and/or a trainer or firearms instructor.
MAXIMIZE TRIGGER MECHANICS
When the simulated sear is “broken” the solid-state internal switching system activates the green, shot-indicating laser providing visual feedback indicating proper trigger follow-through and generally proper grip and trigger mechanics.
TAKE-UP AND SHOT INDICATORS WORK FOR EVERYONE
Whether your shooting style is target-focused or strict front-sight-focused, the general visual awareness of the lasers provides the requisite feedback to improve shooting mechanics without compromising your vision focal at your desired vision focal length.
SHOT INDICATING LASER WORKS ON ANY TARGET
The short bursts of the green shot indicating laser provide sufficient visual verification to the shooter because of our natural flash visual memory. The use of the first prototypes (which were initially made for individual training by the company’s founders) unveiled the effectiveness of a simple laser shot indicator on practically any target. The green laser can be seen while training outside, allows more training and does not require the hassle, setup and restrictiveness of full-blown expensive target simulation systems. The compact and simple training tool system works.
RESETTING TRIGGER ALLOWS FOR ENGAGING TARGETS IN A CONTINUOUS STRING
An auto-resetting trigger is necessary to reset the internal simulated sear to represent multiple consecutive shots. Traditional dry firing requires racking the slide or cocking the hammer (to shoot in single action mode). The action between shots breaks the natural flow of engaging numerous targets in an array.
MORE SHOTS = MORE TRAINING
The auto-resetting trigger allows for a significantly greater number of quality trigger pulls during a training session.
Utilize your existing AR-15 platform with the SIRT-AR Bolt for high volume, sustainable diagnostic training. By replacing your bolt carrier with the SIRT-AR Bolt you will be able to train with a self resetting trigger that activates a shot indicating laser in your rifle. Simply open the rear takedown pin, remove your bolt carrier, insert the SIRT-AR Bolt and trigger bar, close and latch the take down pin and you are ready to train!
With the SIRT-AR Bolt, you can now train shooting with an offset, weapons manipulation, mag changes, presentation shots, transitions from primary to secondary, and strong side to weak side.
- Designed for advanced dry fire training
- Convert your AR-15 in 20 seconds
- Adjustable shot indicating green laser ($250) or red laser ($150)
- SIRT-AR Bolt works with your upper on your lower
- Replaces your bolt carrier
- Universal to fit all Mil Spec AR Triggers*
- NOT compatible with Colt AR/M4's that have Full auto selector*
- Enables your lower’s trigger to auto-reset
- Green laser has 200+ yard visibility through optics
- Red laser has 50 yard visibility through optics
- Not rackable
- Uses Lithium CR123 Batteries
- Made in the USA
Red Laser: $139 and Green Laser: $199"
Company Contact Info:
NextLevel Training, LLC
5160 Industrial Place, Suite 107
Ferndale, WA 98248
Main Phone: 360-933-4640
Sales Phone: 360-933-4640 Ext. 209
Customer Service: 360-933-4640 Ext. 201
Email Contact Page: http://www.nextleveltraining.com/content/contact
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