As you may know, we’re big fans of the S.I.R.T. Practice Pistol from Next Level Training.
A couple of years ago, Britt Lenz and Mike Hughes (you may remember Mike from History Channel’s Top Shot) came up with a cool invention – a perfectly safe practice pistol. Because the way to become a safer and better shooter is through repetition and mastery of the trigger press.
Now, NEXT Level Training has developed a practice model based on the Smith & Wesson M&P pistol. And it’s spot on in terms of feel and general dimensions. At least it’s dimensionally close enough to work in every holster tried so far.
The pistol features two lasers – red and green. The green laser always indicated the point of impact when the trigger is pressed. The red laser is for training use, based on the operating mode selected.
The new Smith & Wesson M&P has four modes of operation set by a rotating lever on the left side:
- The first mode simply fires a green laser dot shot indicator light where the bullet would have impacted.
- The second mode detects the slightest touch on the trigger and turns on a red laser dot to show that the trigger has been touched. When the trigger is pressed fully, a green laser indicated point of impact. Hold this thought for a minute…
- The third mode sets off a red laser dot when the trigger is pressed just to the point of breaking the sear. The green laser indicates point of impact.
- The fourth mode disables all lasers if you want to practice open sight dry fire with no indicators.
Here’s the key part. The red trigger indicator laser is aimed well below point of impact, so it’s hidden from the shooter’s view by the slide and muzzle. It’s intended for instructor or training partner use. So if the student is showing poor trigger discipline, the instructor or training partner will see it, but the shooter probably won’t as the red laser dot is out of view.
Neat and SAFE ideas. This should be shipping in the March / April 2014 time frame.