U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- I have spent a lot of money on training guns to practice dry firing. A SIRT training pistol will cost you about what an actual handgun will, depending on the options you get. Most people don't have the money to throw down on a training pistol of this caliber.
There are cheaper training pistols out there, but the SIRT gives the most realistic feel. The more inexpensive training pistol's weight is off, or their trigger doesn't feel the same as a real gun. The Glock E-Trainer has solved the problem of budget training.
Unlike any other training device, the Glock E-Trainer lets the shooter practice dry firing the weapon that they carry every day without damaging their gun. They also tried to make it affordable so the average shooter could purchase the equipment.
The E in E-Trainer stands for easy. The E-Trainer is a small device that attaches to the users own Glock and allows the user to dry fire their Glock without having to rack the slide between trigger pulls.
The simple part of the E-Trainer is the installation of the small device into a Glock. All the shooter has to do is lock the slide back to the rear and insert the device onto the underside of the back of the slide. What the E-Trainer will do is prevent the Glock trigger from breaking.
A cool thing about the E-Trainer is there are no tools needed to install it onto the firearm. Anyone can do it without the need for gunsmithing tools. Also, the firing pin doesn't strike at all, so it eliminates the need for things such as snap caps to prevent damage to the firearm.
The E-Trainer will fit into any standard sized Glock, but will not work with Glocks that have the gill serrations. For something so inexpensive, I decided to give it a try on my Glock 19. A friend of mine borrowed my SIRT pistol, and I never saw him or the training pistol again. I didn't want to shell out the cast for another SIRT gun so this was an excellent way to go.
At first, I was skeptical that is would work as well as claimed. I watched a demo video, and it peaked my interest. In the end, it was not a lot of money to risk, so why not try it?
It was incredibly easy to install the E-Trainer as the video claimed it would be. I locked the slide back into the rear position. Then, I flipped over the gun and inserted the E-Trainer into the pistol as the video showed. Next, I released the slide and it slid forward putting the Glock into battery. This whole process took me a total of 5 seconds on the first try. I was ready to test out the E-Trainer.
The first thing I did was pull the trigger, and the trigger didn't break at all.
Preventing the trigger from breaking is precisely the action the E-Trigger is designed to do. I wish there were a way to get the break of the trigger and then have the trigger reset. But, then we would be looking at a lot more money than what the E-Trainer costs.
The E-Trainer did allow me to work on my trigger manipulation skills in a more realistic way than pulling the trigger, racking the slide, then pull the trigger again. With the device installed I was able to work on my muscle memory without having to think about it. Every day I do 100 draws with two quick consecutive shots. This drill helps me to be able to perform under pressure. It also helps with getting me use to the action of the draw and trigger pulls.
One of the most significant selling points about the E-Trainer is that it allows me to train with an actual firearm I use on a daily basis for carrying. No matter how good a training pistol is, it is not a substitution for the real thing. This ability is the most significant selling point of the E-Trainer for me.
Another critical feature of the E-Trainer that I found is the ease of installing the device and then removing the tool which allows me to train with the Glock 19 carry-gun and my Glock 17 house gun without having to waste time. One drawback is it does not work with the Glock 36, Glock 42, or Glock 43. I from time to time carry a Glock 43. If they made an E-Trainer for a Glock 43, I would buy it the same day it came out.
Also, there are two different types of E-Trainers. A Type 1 E-Trainer works with most Glocks. If you own a Glock 21, 20, 29, 30, 40, or 41 then the Type 2 E-Trainer is what you would want.
The construction is solid metal. I was concerned that it would bend out of shape, but it didn't bend at all and handled all the abuse that I could throw at it. The rubber on the very end of both prongs did wear a little bit after daily use for a month, but it did not wear to the point of being “metal on metal” and I don't believe it will get to that point.
The size is one of the other reasons I like Glock E-Trainer. I could quickly throw it into my pocket and take it to the range or anywhere like a hotel room on the road. The ease of the installation is another reason I can use the E-Trainer at the range. I could work on my holster draw with dry firing my Glock and then switch to live ammunition without having to take the gun apart.
One thing that I feel is very important to me from a safety standpoint is that when the installed the firearm is incapable of firing a live round. I would like to think that I wouldn't make this mistake, but I would rather be safe.
Overall the Glock E-Trainer is excellent for the budget conscience shooter, or anyone that wants to train with their Glock.
About John Crump
John is an NRA instructor and a constitutional activist. He is the former CEO of Veritas Firearms, LLC and is the co-host of The Patriot News Podcast. John has written extensively on the patriot movement including 3%'ers, Oath Keepers, and Militias. In addition to the Patriot movement, John has written about firearms, interviewed people from all walks of life, and on the Constitution. John lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and sons and is currently working on a book on the history of the patriot movement and can be followed on Twitter at @crumpyss.