Dry Fire Training For Glock | Glock-E-Trainer Review

Dry fire is arguably the most important thing you can do to improve your shooting skills.  Like many of you, I own a Glock handgun.  And, like many of you, I dry fire several times a week.  Whether I'm just working on my draw and presentation, trigger press, tactical movement or something similar, I am constantly keeping my skills sharp and fluid.

AND like most of you, I wish I could dry fire without having to re-rack the slide after every trigger pull.  Well, while scouring the internet for new training concepts and aids, I came across a product that caught my eye.  It is called the “Glock-E-Trainer,” and it is designed to allow you to dry fire your Glock handgun without having to re-rack the slide every time.  There are many devices that do similar things, but I was intrigued by the simplicity of this device so I dug a little deeper.

The Glock Easy Trainer:

This dry fire training tool was invented by a gunsmith living in Greece by the name of Georgios Anastasopoulos.  I contacted him and fortunately, he spoke English well, because I don't speak a word of Greek.

Georgios sent a Glock E-Trainer to me from Greece, and I anxiously awaited its arrival.  Sometimes when you buy products from overseas companies, there is an apprehension that it may be some sort of scam.  I can say that it isn't the case here, and about 10 days later I had my Glock E-Trainer in the states. Today the product is available directly from ConcealedCarry.com who has secured the US Distribution rights.

As someone who values dry fire as an invaluable piece of training, I wanted to test it out right away and see exactly how it worked.

Installation: 

The device is astoundingly simple.  It is a piece of steel, that is cut in the shape of an ‘E'.  It is installed on the pistol without any tools in about 5 seconds.  Here are the steps, which are visibly seen in the below video:

    1. Clear the firearm
    2. Lock the slide to the rear
    3. Insert the Glock E-Trainer onto/into the slide
    4. Then slowly release the slide forward
    5. After that, you can dry fire and the trigger will not release the striker

The trigger will return forward each time, dependent of manual manipulation of the slide, and you can continue to pull the trigger.  The device stays in place, however, and if you rack the slide, the device could shift position and cause an issue when the slide moves back forward into battery.  (again, you can see how simple the process is in the video)

My Thoughts on the Glock E-Trainer:

I found the ability to pull the trigger and not have to re-rack the slide each time useful!  It is always somewhat frustrating to re-rack after every trigger pull.  As much as I loved the ability to have the trigger to return to the forward position, there are some things to consider about the Glock E-Trainer.

First, because of the way it disables the striker, it does not allow for the trigger to have the same exact feel as it does without the device being installed.

There is also no ‘take up' and no ‘break' where the striker is released.  This doesn't allow the shooter to get the exact feel of their trigger if they are trying to practice trigger control or get a feel for how their trigger performs.  Another thing to note is that while you could theoretically rack the slide with the device installed, it does not clip on extremely tight, so there could be some movement of the device if you are working on immediate action drills or something similar.

Considering those points, I still believe the Glock E-Trainer is a great tool a Glock owner can have to complement other training tools. Here's the short video showing installation:

Conclusion:

The Glock E-Trainer is very simple to install and doesn't require any tools at all.  It is good if you are simply working on your draw or magazine change and want to include a trigger squeeze into your drill without having to re-rack as part of the drill.  While there may be some people that are turned off by the lack of realistic trigger pull feel, I think that for certain applications the Glock E-Trainer can be a great little device to supplement your dry fire.

Yes, right now this device is only for Glock handguns.  I know there are some innovative readers out there who at this very moment are thinking of ways to produce similar devices for other manufacturers.  What ways do you ensure you are getting enough training?

For more information: Glock E-Trainer.

 

About Matthew Maruster

I follow my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ who is the eternal co-equal Son of God. I currently live in Columbus, Ohio with my wife and daughter. I served in the Marine Corps Infantry. I was a Staff Sergeant and served as a Platoon Sergeant during combat in Iraq. After I was a police officer at a municipal agency in San Diego County. I have a Bachelors's Degree in Criminal Justice from National University. MJ Maruster Defense.

9 Comments

  1. BC on February 11, 2018 at 3:45 pm

    AGREED! Dry fire practice is a very important way to improve your skills which translates to the live fire range nicely. This method looks enticing and I would love to try one. I carry a Glock 27, Gen. 4.

  2. Allen on March 12, 2024 at 9:35 am

    Does it work with a strikeman laser cartridge?

    • Jacob Paulsen on March 12, 2024 at 9:46 am

      No. It will not work with any laser cartridge insert

  3. Allen on March 14, 2024 at 12:42 pm

    That is one reason I wanted it. If it doesn’t do that what are you training for? You don’t know if hitting a target, whether your jerking your hand. Not really helping your skills. If all you do is pull the trigger. How do you return the product if need be?

    • Jacob Paulsen on March 14, 2024 at 12:48 pm

      Allen, just contact the company / website where you made the purchase and request to return it for a refund. There are plenty of firearm related shooting skills that can be practiced without accuracy related feedback but I apologize for any expectation mismanagement. Wherever the E-trainer is sold there should be a disclaimer that it won’t work with laser training devices.

  4. Allen on March 14, 2024 at 2:14 pm

    Thank you, I use the strikeman method and am satisfied with it, just wanted one to use that I can repeated use the trigger.

  5. Allen on April 13, 2024 at 9:54 am

    I contacted Gloc and they said they would take the product back but not reimburse the shipping charges both to me or return to them. So in reality I am out almost $10 just in shipping. The product is an enlarged staple, nothing extraordinary about it. All it allows you to do is pull the trigger. Does not help with out laser cartridge insert to tell you if you are on target or not. I could get same result with a toy gun. In my opinion it is not worth the price. Still deciding if will return ( which cost me more money) or just suck it up.

    • Jacob Paulsen on April 13, 2024 at 11:42 am

      Don’t know who “Gloc” is but if you bought it from this site you can return it for a refund. That’s $24.44 refunded to you. Yes you will be out the return shipping. The product page where this product is purchased clearly disclaims that it cannot work with laser training devices. Sorry if that wasn’t clear and for any other inconvenience.

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