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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 five different models of SIRT pistols. Four of those five are intended to closely imitate a specific make/model of firearm. Those four firearms are a Glock 17, Full-Size Smith and Wesson M&P, Sig Sauer P320, and Sig Sauer P320 Carry.

The fifth 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 Lets 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 its 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 from 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.

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 107, and SIRT 20c models. The “measurements” would all be extremely similar. Below I've included some comparison images that show these 3 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. 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, 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, 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

Cost:

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 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 pistol compatible with the STIC is the SIRT 110. So, if you care about having a SIRT training carbine utilizing the STIC you need to purchase a SIRT 110.

Shown here is the “STIC bundle” sold by NLT

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!

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12 Responses to The Ultimate SIRT Training Pistol Buyer’s Guide

  1. Dolly Hughes September 29, 2020 at 10:46 am #

    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.

    • June September 29, 2020 at 2:26 pm #

      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.

      • Adam Gabriel Fernandez Rodriguez September 29, 2020 at 9:39 pm #

        Nice. I was thinking about a rifle version.

  2. A.P. September 29, 2020 at 4:20 pm #

    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.

    • Jacob Paulsen September 29, 2020 at 4:24 pm #

      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.

  3. George September 29, 2020 at 5:18 pm #

    August orders are just now getting filled in the first week of October? So if we ordered in September we are looking at November?

    • Jacob Paulsen September 29, 2020 at 5:45 pm #

      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.

      • George September 30, 2020 at 5:27 pm #

        Roger – Thanks Jacob!

  4. Jeff Poulter September 30, 2020 at 9:25 am #

    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.

    • Jacob Paulsen September 30, 2020 at 4:02 pm #

      I am not aware of any. Sorry!

  5. Riley Reynolds September 30, 2020 at 3:57 pm #

    For those of us that fancy the XD’s what would you recommend?

    • Jacob Paulsen September 30, 2020 at 4:02 pm #

      Riley I just checked my XDM against the various SIRTs and I think the 20 or 20c is your best bet.

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