Below is a list of some of the testimonials by shooters that are using the SIRT. Thank You!
letter to a friend from John Givens (cc'ed to NLT)
Good Evening Mr XXXXXXXX. I hope this note finds you and your family well. I apologize for sending 3 emails. As you can see by the hour, it is late and I was trying to use my smart phone to try to keep up with all the emails, but apparently I'm not so smart. Anyhow.....
The SIRT Pistol is an excellent training device with many unique and proprietary features. So much so that a hands on demonstration is really the only way to do it justice..; even better if you have a " Problem Student / Shooter on hand.
Stop and think about all the aspects involved in teaching new & experienced shooters that you have learned during your Instructor Trainings and that you have encountered during actual interactions with students. With the exception of recoil control, ALL of the elemets of shooting can be learned using SIRT training devices. The advantage in the classroom is obvious due to the inert nature of the pistols and AR bolts.
We keep a minimum of 12 SIRT pistols in our training inventory so that students do NOT have any down time during the training. Each student coach combo has their own SIRT pistol and can continue to practice while the instructor(s) work their way around the room. The accelerated learning pace is quite notable with much fewer "bad habits" being learned; and in breaking the bad habits of experienced shooters.
As an instructor I suspect that your own "trigger time" has probably suffered greatly; I know mine has. I originally purchased a SIRT to provide myself with some quality dry fire time. We quickly saw the advantages of using this with students and ordered 2 more. After using the SIRTs with 3 classes, I realized that the ammunition savings alone made the SIRT a good investment and we ordered several more. Within only a few months the pistols had paid for themselves through savings in ammunition expenditures, not to mention the time savings for the instructors due to the accelerated learning process.
We are located approximately 2.5 hours east of San Jose in the central San Juaquin Valley. We occasionally teach private classes in your area and we have semi-regular business involvements in the Silicon Valley area. If you would like to a demonstration and an opportunity to handle one of our SIRT pistols then we will certainly accommodate you the next time we are in your area. Or if you find yourself over in our area then by all means contact me.
If there is anything else we can do to assist you or if you have specific questions, then please let me know.
Remember: Be Safe, Have Fun, Train Hard, Train Right.
Vice President & C.O.O.
Thank you for all of your help in helping us to get these Trainer in on time, myself and one of my top students got a chance to use these during today's practice, and my GOD!!!!! This is unbelievable training equipment that is crucial to the practice of Tactical Handgun!!!!! It was like the missing link, a piece that we have all been seeking for in our practice, thank you.
I will help spread the word, we even just uploaded a little clip and short review of the SIRT Trainer on our YouTube Channel(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEFitgTOlEQ), we just got these few hours ago, and already we've implemented this into our practice. Please give our thanks to the Mike & the Crew at Next Level Training. If you guys ever want to get some Tactical Blade & Hand to Hand Combatives training, by all means please feel free to contact us, we'd be keen to help you guys acquire some blade & emptyhand works to add to the Tactical Training.
Thank you again.
Bill, as I promised, I had a chance to put my thoughts together in a more coherent way (instead of the previous blabbering), and had additional time to explore what can be done with the SIRT. Well, I found a way to train for shooting both eyes open – actually it is a technique for training to shoot with both eyes open which, without the SIRT, I would not have found. I will tell you what I came up next time we talk.
Here it goes. Feel free to use it in its entirety or in part. I prefer that you only use my initials instead of my full name, but you can always use me as a reference and have instructors contact me. You can use my “anonymous” email – firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope you had a wonderful Independence Day.
I am a private firearms training instructor. Unlike institutional instructors who have access to simulators and shoot houses, I have many constraints within which I must work, which forces me to always search for more efficient and effective ways to train myself and my students. In the realm of pistol training, the majority of those who sign up for pistol training do so with the intent of obtaining a concealed carry permit. Obviously, the basic pistol training courses which by statue suffice in obtaining a permit do not come close to instilling into a student the necessary skills for a true confrontation. The largest obstacle that we, the private instructors, face is how to adequately train our students and create scenarios where students can experience to some degree the dynamics of a real encounter. In order to overcome this constraint, I started searching for tools which would facilitate our ultimate goal – to provide the best training we can in a safe environment. I had long considered using laser attachments but all of the systems I evaluated had operational constraints which did not make them an ideal solution. By pure chance I came across the SIRT while searching online. From the product sheet it appeared that it might overcome the limitations I a had seen in the other products. Somewhat skeptical, I placed an order and awaited impatiently. My SIRT arrived on a Thursday morning, and I had a dry-practice session as part of my concealed carry class that evening. I started playing with it to see what it could do and the wheels just started turning. I ran to the local hardware store, purchased some furring strips, and quickly put together an indoor target stand. I set forth in quickly creating a training outline, and waited impatiently for the class to start, while continuing to practice with it myself. I first set up a target with 15 1” squares to enable me to test if the students had a grasp of the first of the fundamentals – sight picture/sight alignment. Taking up the trigger slack, I was able to ensure that the students were able to get a good sight picture and sight alignment. Within 5 minutes, I was able to correct all of the students and obtain a positive indication that they were able to perform this skill. Up until now, I based myself on what the student claimed, and in many cases when we hit the firing line it was obvious that they had not mastered this skill. The next step was to teach trigger control. One can describe what needs to be done, especially follow through, but once again, using the SIRT, I was able to correct the students and have positive indication once they had achieved an adequate level of trigger control. We then proceeded to sighted defensive shooting using silhouettes at 3, 5, and 7 meters. Having verified that the students had the necessary skills prior to moving to this stage was unprecedented, so teaching center of mass shots and performing failure to stop drills went extremely smoothly, and once again with my ability to verify competence without going to the firing line. Next I proceeded to teach the basics of point shooting – you should have seen the mouths gape wide open when the students were able to see themselves make combat effective shots without utilizing the sights, by simply presenting a solid shooting platform. Yet another item which without the SIRT would have been impossible to demonstrate. I concluded with a demonstration which up until now was done with a blue gun, which of course meant the student could not verify if he had been effective. From a distance of 7 yards I rushed the student who had to draw from concealment and place center of mass shots on me, the attacker. For the first time, they experienced having to shoot under stress at a moving, charging target. Needless to say, this was an eye opening experience which demonstrated to them the need to practice to attain the skill level they need to actually survive an attack.
As we all know, properly training a student requires many hours of training, and even in a comprehensive class it is difficult to impart on our students the skills which range from basic marksmanship to defensive tactics, without which they will have a false sense of confidence. Using the SIRT allowed me to be more efficient and more effective in training my students. I was able to help them acquire the necessary skills to a higher level than I had been able to do before, in a shorter amount of time, while at the same time doing so safely and being able to verify the results. Once at the range, it was easy to diagnose whether a problem was being caused by improper execution of the fundamentals or due to recoil management. The SIRT is the single best investment I have made in training equipment, and I plan to acquire more to enable me to run force on force and shoot/no shoot active scenarios within the budgetary constraints faced by most private instructors.
After having used training/dummy rounds for years, I've found that the SIRT guns are a thousand times more effective in helping the shooter recognize trigger control. No matter how many times you try to tell a new shooter not to look at the target (when teaching sights & trigger) it's hard for them to follow that, which is why they don't seem to get it with dummy rounds. Therefore, when they see the lights from the SIRT on the target jumping around, it's easier for them to see how their trigger control needs to be corrected. In all of my cases when an officer has had trouble qualifying, one session with the SIRT has proven to be the remedy.
When teaching combat shooting and point shooting, the SIRT is great when I turn off the red light and have them go to work. In no time their hand/eye coordination gets to the point where point shooting becomes second nature.
This is one of the best tools I've come across in years and I highly recommend it as a training tool for military, law enforcement, and sport shooting.
Buffalo, NY Police Dept.
Dear NLT, I wanted to thank you for making an excellent product. I am a police academy recruit and purchased a red/red SIRT pistol prior to entering the academy. I have had very little previous experience with a pistol, and we had only 8 hours of shooting practice at the academy before we had to qualify. Training outside of class was tough because I had no personal weapon, and no local firearms range would allow us to practice shooting from a holster. However, the SIRT pistol allowed me to train my pistol fundamentals anywhere and at any time, in a safe and effective manner. I would often practice shooting from retention in my apartment at 0200 while everyone else was asleep. I firmly believe that the SIRT pistol allowed me to gain the skill and confidence to succeed during qualifications. Despite the fact that the academy issued Glock 17 I used was filthy, thoroughly abused, and had a crooked front sight, I passed the qualifications, missing no shots. The SIRT pistol is by far the best training product I have encountered. I cannot wait until your M&P model comes out. Very Respectfully, J.
Glad to hear the SIRT added value. We are all about mastering the fundamentals of pistolcraft Even high speed shooting evolves around mastering the fundamentals. Heckens describes how to use the SIRT for fundamentals in the post at http://www.nextleveltraining.com/mikehughesblog/overview-eight-fundamentals-drills-using-sirt-instructor-heckens. The wiz bang, high speed stuff is really an application of the fundamentals of grip, good stance, sight picture, trigger control etc. It sounds like you are off to a great start. Our goal is to make your live fire more productive so you can train you draw, grip, stance, reloads, off balance shooting, shooting on move,... in high volume and then hit the range and make each round more productive.
As you train with your SIRT you will likely evolve into some defensive tactic training. Don Gulla has some outstanding videos at http://www.nextleveltraining.com/mikehughesblog/sgt-don-gulla-founder-arrestling-develops-defensive-tactics-training-videos.
Look forward to seeing you sometime on the range.