The Ultimate SIRT Training Pistol Buyer’s Guide
Are you are working to increase your shooting skills and think a SIRT training pistol may be in your future? If so, you'll want to purchase the SIRT that is going to be best for you and/or most similar to your firearm. If you need guidance, this is the article for you.
In this buyer's guide, we will break down various differences between SIRT models as well as discuss variations for any given single model to help you make the best purchasing decision you can.
Choosing The Best SIRT Model For You
As of this writing (and my intention is to keep this updated), there are seven different models of SIRT pistols. Six of those five are intended to closely imitate a specific make/model of firearm. Those six firearms are a Glock 17 (Gen 1-4), Glock 17 (Gen 5), Glock 19 (Gen 5), Full-Size Smith and Wesson M&P, Sig Sauer P320, and Sig Sauer P320 Carry.
The seventh is the SIRT “Pocket Pistol” which isn't designed to imitate any specific make or model but more generally be similar to popular single stack micro-compact guns.
So, as you can see from the above graphic, if your primary firearm is a Glock 19/17, an S&W M&P, or a P320, this decision is going to be really easy. Everyone else is going to need more information.
First Let's Discuss the SIRT Pocket Pistol
The Pocket Pistol is the only model NOT designed to imitate a specific firearm. The SIRT Pocket pistol is shipped with EITHER a flush magazine plate or an extended magazine plate. You choose which you want at checkout. Unique to the Pocket Pistol, compared to other models, it does NOT have a removable magazine.
In the next graphic, you can see the SIRT Pocket Pistol's dimensions and shape shown with both magazine plates. This graphic can be downloaded as a PDF by clicking here. If you print it on regular 8.5×11 paper it should print to the correct dimensions. Then you can lay your handgun on top to compare.
A quick summary of my research on comparing the SIRT Pocket Pistol to Popular Micro-Compact Guns:
- Sig Sauer P365 & Springfield Armory Hellcat: The slide and barrel are very similar to the Pocket Pistol but your grip module is not as deep/wide as the grip on the SIRT Pocket Pistol. It will not perfectly mimic your grip but it's fairly close. The SIRT PP is not likely to fit in your holster.
- Glock 43/43x: The Glock 43 is extremely similar to the SIRT Pocket pistol in the grip module. In many ways, it feels similar to the Glock 43x also, but obviously, the 43x has a longer grip. SIRT PP MIGHT fit in your holster.
- M&P Shield 9mm: Very similar grip module and overall shape. SIRT PP MIGHT fit in your holster.
If you are looking for a holster for a SIRT Pocket Pistol let me strongly recommend clicking here.
Your Gun Is a Mid to Full-Sized Gun That is NOT a Glock, M&P, or P320
There are no significant size differences between the SIRT 110, SIRT 115, SIRT 115C, SIRT 107, and SIRT 20c models. The “measurements” would all be extremely similar. Below I've included some comparison images that show 3 of these models stacked on top of each other.
What is different? As you can see from the pictures, the grip profile varies slightly from one to another. The 20c and the 107 are somewhat similar in grip profile with the biggest difference being between them and the 110/115. Of course, we all already know that Glocks have a unique grip profile so that shouldn't surprise anyone, but it can affect the natural point of aim.
The SIRT 20 which is the full-size P320 imitation is obviously larger in the muzzle and slide but otherwise not significantly different.
All of these have removable magazines, a functioning rail, an adjustable point of impact, adjustable trigger weight, and a take-up laser. The SIRT SPOT Sight is also available for each model if you want to simulate a red dot optic.
Ultimately comparing the size and profile of your concealed carry firearm, with the Sig Sauer P320, Glock 17, Glock 19, and Smith and Wesson M&P will help you best determine which SIRT is most similar to your firearm.
Other Considerations & Differences That Might Matter
While ultimately I think you should choose the gun that is best for you regardless of the cost, this discussion would not be complete if we failed to bring up the price. The SIRT 110 (Glock) is substantially less expensive than the competing Glock Gen 5, P320 & M&P models. If you would otherwise not have a preference between them, the cost would dictate choosing the 110 model.
Compatibility With The SIRT STIC
The STIC (SIRT Tactical Integrated Carrier) is a tool that allows you to convert a SIRT pistol into a functioning laser training carbine. Currently, the only SIRT pistols compatible with the STIC is the SIRT 110 and 115. So, if you care about having a SIRT training carbine utilizing the STIC you need to purchase a SIRT 110 or 115.
What About The Various Features and Options?
SIRT Pistols are generally available with 2 laser color options, Red and Green. Green lasers are easier to see by the human eye, especially in brighter light conditions but also are more complex and expensive to manufacture. Thus, the green light is considered the preferable option but is also more expensive.
Some SIRT pistols also allow the customer to choose between a polymer slide and a metal slide. The metal slide is both more realistic and provides a more accurate weight and balance compared to the specific firearm model that SIRT is imitating.
The difference in weight is minor (less than 5 oz) but you may care about the slight difference that makes it more realistic. The metal slide options come with a cost premium.
Getting The Best Price
This is easy. The best price is right here on ConcealedCarry.com. I encourage you to price compare SIRT pistols on our site vs any other competitor. We work hard to bring you the absolute lowest price anywhere. Click here to shop SIRT pistols today!
It sure would be nice to be able to afford one of each of those. I instruct women’s only basic pistol classes and most of them do not own a firearm yet. These would be a great way to show them the different grips and trigger pulls on various firearms. Right now I have the M&P which I purchased for my own dry fire practice, but now that I am an instructor, it sure would be nice to be able to afford one of each. I also wish there was a SIRT revolver.
I also wish there was a SIRT revolver as I have a SW.38 snub nose special K frame. I am 80 years old and just started shooting and doing dry fire practice but it isn’t the same without having some idea if you are really hitting the target.
Nice. I was thinking about a rifle version.
Hi, You Are Awesome. God bless you for starting firearms training. I am 54 and I just started seriously w firearms. I wish more people wouldn’t let the stigma of “age”, in this world of “gotta stay young”, keep them from just doing whatever they damn well want to do. I tell people that I’m only 54 on the outside! Also, I tell them that I’m only 5’2″ on the outside. FAAFO…..lol…..born in TX
Would be nice to put it to use. Maybe me has been on backorder with ConcealedCarry.com since August. I was mistaken that perhaps this article and accompanying Sale means that they were back in stock. Apparently, No.
A.P. sorry for the delays. SIRTs are being made and coming into the warehouse now but the backlog on orders is pretty long so the lead time is still not awesome. If you have been waiting since August it should ship pretty soon.
What sirt best replicated the 43x
The SIRT pocket pistol is closest
August orders are just now getting filled in the first week of October? So if we ordered in September we are looking at November?
George it’s hard to say. The lead time on SIRT pistols is better now than it was in July. NLT (the manufacturer) is trying to catch up to demand but without knowing how demand is going to change in the future it is hard to know how soon they will catch up and close that gap. The best I can tell you is that they are working as hard and as fast as they can and all dealers are equally out of product and waiting on them to catch up. Also it is noteworthy that not all SIRTs are equally behind. Some models are in stock and shipping within 2 business days.
Roger – Thanks Jacob!
I have been looking for targets that will respond to the green laser in my Glock SIRT pistol. Most companies will only guarantee their products will work with the red laser. Do you have remote targets that will work with my device? I prefer to not have my laptop camera record the shots.
I am not aware of any. Sorry!
For those of us that fancy the XD’s what would you recommend?
Riley I just checked my XDM against the various SIRTs and I think the 20 or 20c is your best bet.
In regards to the small pocket pistol -it does not have a detachable magazine- my question is without the magazine is there a secured magazine in the pistol so that the weight is close to what a loaded pistol would feel like? Without a magazine I am worried the pistol would be too light and not feel close to my P365-thanks
The grip of the pocket pistol is not hollow. It is weighted though it is hard to say how comparable that might make it in weight to your P365. The pocket pistol was really designed to more closely mimic a Shield or G43 in grip size and shape. So I think the best answer is that it isn’t lite or hollow but may not be as heavy as your fully loaded P365.
I have a 107 m&p sirt and been using it quite some time, how can I purchase one extra magazine and how much is it?
Ghil, they are for sale on our website. Click on shop above.
For a SIG P320 X-Compact, which SIRT would you recommend ? Thanks!
None of them are very close to the X-Compact frame. But I would say the closest would be the regular p320 SIRT.
I would be interested in the SIRT pocket pistol with the metal slide and a removable mag, which is not yet being made. Any thoughts as to when it might become a reality?
I don’t think it will ever be made.
Sorry that they are not concerned with shield 2.0 owners.
That point of view will most likely turn off many would be buyers.
Perhaps they should rethink their idea. It can’t cost them much more to fix the issue.
I for one, would like to purchase the SIRT pocket pistol with the metal slide.
Without the removable mag it is not as useful.
I’m looking for a pp pistol holster. But I can’t find one that would fit the SIRT pocket pistol. Can someone help me
I’m not aware of any holsters made specifically for the SIRT pocket pistol.
Jesus, KSG now makes a SIRT Pocket Pistol holster https://ksgarmory.com/product/nlt-sirt-pistol-training-holster/
Does your sirt work with mantis laser academy
Yes the SIRT will work with Mantis Laser Academy.