Well, I can tell you, I don’t train anywhere near the level the CEO or NextLevel Training does, but the one thing we do have in common is, we like to maximize trigger time. The SIRT Performer Pro 110 is a dry fire practicing MACHINE!
We will have a full review with a video for you shortly, but I just wanted to share with you our first impressions of this piece of apparatus. After all, we must train…THEN we can tell you if it’s as B.A. as we think it is. Especially since Superbowl has already tried stealing it from me after using it for only an hour.
A while back we posted an article on Dry-Fire practice with something known as “The Wall Drill”. This is a proven method and even if you don’t have a wall, balancing pocket change or empty brass on the muzzle is a sure way to get some feedback on whether you are flinching or not and how bad, while getting a smoother cleaner pull for better accuracy. This Pistol takes it to the….next…well, you get it.
The SIRT Performer Pro 110 we received has the same weight, feel and ergonomics as a Glock 17. It has Red and Green lasers for two purposes. The Red, lights up on the trigger take-up (the slack before the trigger breaks) and the Green lights up when the trigger breaks and is fully to the rear. The top of the pistol has a switch so you can turn the Red laser on and off. Which is good, because like anyone who opens up a new package that shoots lasers, the first thing I did was say (out loud, alone) “Pew Pew Pew” and I didn’t READ THE DIRECTIONS. After using it more and actually practicing the red laser began to annoy me. THEN I realized you could turn it off. The SIRT pistol also has a functioning magazine release as well as a weighted dummy mag to help in practicing those reloads to back on target. The pistol works in most holsters, I haven’t tried any kydex since I don’t own a 17, but the magazine definitely fits into standard mag holsters. The red laser was eating away at me for the “why” and so we dive into the directions after a few more “Pew Pew Pews”.
“Will Form Bad Habits” is what the directions said. If you shoot with both eyes open and you are trying to acquire sights on target, the little red dot instantly says to your brain “OOOH OOH Easier acquisition!!! Use That!” and then you do. You lose everything you have been working for at the range. However, if you are doing Force on Force, Simulation or anything being filmed, watched or judged, the red is a good indicator of safety precautions, trigger discipline and accountability. The green laser only lights up when the trigger breaks and is fully depressed and I love it. I love it because anyone who has ever played DuckHunt can hit an inanimate object with a laser. However, can you hit it, with JUST a dot, and not a line? Can you do it repeatedly, and how fast can you do it? Makes things a little harder now doesn’t it. Can you do it off hand, laying down, after a reload? On a train in a tree? Look at the pics.
One is good, one is bad, can you guess which is which?
An old timer at the range was giving me some knowledge when I asked him why he practices for bullseye league with a .45 ACP when they shoot .22 LR in league. He responded with “because a .45 doesn’t lie”. I thought it sounded cool and chalked it up to codger-ism 101. However, after getting my first 1911 and shooting it like I shot my Sig, the .45 did in fact, not lie. It told me just how B.S. my mechanics were. In defense of my 1911, I was in fact horrible. But thousands of rounds and thousands of dollars later, I have gotten a lot better. You know what sets you off more than missing with a .45? Watching just how much you dance a laser on the wall, translating every wiggle, flinch and heartbeat telling you that you suck.
Now what if I can do this, on the couch, at the workbench, or in the winter when there is 2 feet of snow on the ground? What if I could do it almost endlessly for the same amount of money as a low budget 1911 without the ammo? Seems like a win in my book… I will give you the update and full spec review after some more time with it. Oh yeah, the SIRT-AR bolt is awesome too… look for it in the future because I cannot WAIT to practice more.