I've been a Glock Guy, though not a fanboy since I prefer S&W revolvers. But I practice drawing from concealment, dry firing and reaction shooting.
I have had these for a few years, and they're helping my skills when I cannot make it to the range.
This is my SIRT Trainer and Gen 4 G17
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SIRT is the most realistic trainer available. Well worth the investment. The laserlyte targets are fun/challenging, my wife bought me a couple for Christmas a few years ago.
For me the greatest overall improvement in my shooting came from SIRT + LASR software (shot tracker). I was not only able to finally figure out how to correct my 9 o'clock sweep but also improve my GSSF indoor scores by 30+ points. I now have multiple 500 club patches and an Amature pocket glock division win in only my 2nd outdoor GSSF competition. I credit the effectiveness of the SIRT + LASR training.
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Nice pics, CDR.
I'm another SIRT believer and it's helped me improve my shooting in many ways: making sure there's a steady trigger press, improving target transitions, as well as target-focused shooting.
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I just acquired this which helps with speed, timing and accuracy. It works with the SIRT pistol.
I like that LASR training software but I don't have a Windows based machine. I did notice that they sell a Windows tablet version that does tracking as well. May have to consider it, as well.
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I shouldn't have searched for more info on that thing, now I want a projector so I can try out their simulator!
I ended up getting an inexpensive laptop to run the LASR software. I have the infrared system and mounted the camera to an inexpensive tripod so it would be separate from the computer. The camera would get moved slightly while using the computer, the tripod solved that.
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What I have vs. recommendations
I have the metal slide originally with red/green lasers but now with infrared/red lasers that I'm using with LASR's Advanced Camera.
Metal slide - The idea of the same size/weight of a Glock 17 was appealing to me, especially for the purpose of learning to draw from a holster for competition. I don't carry a G17 so drawing from a concealed holster isn't an exact match to the G26/43. So the question is . . . is matching the weight to a G17 important enough for the extra $100? I don't know but I suspect not. I haven't handled the polymer slide version so hopefully someone who has used both will weigh in.
Laser - Infrared upgrade can be skipped. I got caught up with people claiming the visible laser would mess up the training because people start looking for the laser. If you find yourself doing that, just adjust the laser to hit slightly below the top edge of the front sight. Infrared requires buying a special camera so there's additional cost and it's not as easy to work with the IR camera. It also does not work with targets like the LaserLyte reactive targets, etc.. If someone really wants infrared, PM me, I have an extra IR laser I'd sell.
I did really like the red/green - different color for take up vs. trigger break. But take up laser only matters if your coaching or being coached as it provides a visual for the observer to tell what you're doing. The LASR software can be set to ignore one of the colors. However, looking at NLT's website just now, it doesn't appear they offer different colored take up/break lasers anymore. You used to also be able to buy replacement lasers to change colors/IR but I don't see those anymore either. There's still some on eBay with Red/Green.
Depending on what those who have used the polymer slide say about it . . . If buying today I personally would buy Polymer slide with red/green laser. You know how I feel about the LASRapp software :-) If anyone needs a discount on the LASR software my forum name (MtStream) will get you 10% off.