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View Poll Results: Do you use a "training rifle"?

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  • Yes, it's also a rifle caliber like my "primary"

    1 4.35%
  • Yes, it's a pistol caliber

    2 8.70%
  • Yes, it's a .22 LR

    11 47.83%
  • Yes, it's Airsoft

    2 8.70%
  • Yes, I have more than one kind of "training rifle"

    6 26.09%
  • No, I shoot my "primary" rifles

    1 4.35%
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Thread: Who uses a pistol caliber, .22 LR, or Airsoft rifle as a "training rifle"?

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    Who uses a pistol caliber, .22 LR, or Airsoft rifle as a "training rifle"?

    To save money on ammo, or be able to practice at home, or save wear, or shoot plates at close range or use a shoot house, or other reason.

    Do you have a "training rifle" that is a pistol caliber, .22lr, or Airsoft?

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    I have .22 trainers for just about everything.

    A .22 Smith and Wesson 43c J-frame.

    A Glock 19 frame with an Advantage Arms .22 conversion kit.

    A Smith & Wesson M&P 15-22 AR.

    A CZ-455 Tacticool .22 bolt gun.

    A nice .22 AR that is an analog for my BCM RECCE build.

    I also have a suppressed 9mm AR that is a real hoot on steel plates. Much fun doing man on man shoots against the suppressed CZ Scorpion 9mm.

    It's nice to take the kids to the range and not burn through 500 bucks worth of ammo.

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    I have a M&P 15-22 and a airsoft M9a1 to augment my real gun training. I use them regularly.
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    Also have an Advantage Arms Kit on my G19 and M&P 15-22. Plan on getting one of the .22 M&P pistols and the Colt Rail Gun .22 when I get back to the mainland.

    Airsoft can be of value, but I really donít think itís worth the investment over dry fire unless youíre doing force on force. In which case it can be pretty valuable.


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    For force on force and low tech kill house we use airsoft stuff. Better than not engaging in that kind of training at all.
    It's hard to be a ACLU hating, philosophically Libertarian, socially liberal, fiscally conservative, scientifically grounded, agnostic, porn admiring gun owner who believes in self determination.

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    Airsoft was my gateway to the military and real firearms. Gas blowback airsoft guns are neat because they mimic the operation of the slide/bolt cycling when fired. Like said above, it's good for shooting at interactive targets. For just plain shooting, I find it lacking the feedback you get from ammo, trigger feel, and accurate to about 40ft.

    I built a 22LR AR to practice some precision stuff, to work on shooting fundamentals, and for shooting cheap ammo. It has been a great tool, but it's nowhere near the same setup as my "fighting" rifles.

    Other than that, a lot of dry fire and buy ammo when it's cheap.

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    Colt AR6450 & AR6951 (9mm Carbines) and S&W M&P15-22. (The AR6951 and M&P15-22 are both equipped with Aimpoint PRO’s like most of my other AR’s). Haven’t tried Airsoft but that sounds like a good idea (since I don’t make it to the Range as often as I used to).

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    I've been using a 22lr bolt action as a PRS training rifle for most of this year (along with shooting some rimfire PRS matches). It's a ton of fun and has turned out to be a valuable training tool, though it is not a replacement for shooting a centerfire. If I negelect shooting the centerfire rifle for too long it shows, no matter how much I've been playing with the rimfire. A 223 bolt action PRS trainer is probably a good supplement between the rimfire and 6mm/6.5mm match gun, and I'm considering putting one together this winter.

    I've also used a 22lr AR (CMMG dedicated upper) and 22lr handguns as training tools in the past, and still own one of each that I shoot on occasion. 22s are always a good time, and a great way to introduce folks to shooting.

    I don't have a pistol caliber carbine at the moment, but I've considered getting one. I've wondered if it might be a convenient way to practice with a carbine on close-up steel, something I won't be doing with a 5.56. Plus 9mm is still about 2/3 the price of even the cheapest m193.

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    I use a .22LR AR rifle and .22LR AR pistol to teach my son how to shoot at an indoor range, as well as a Glock .22 conversion (and Browning Buckmark). They're always good for practicing the fundamentals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by militarymoron View Post
    I use a .22LR AR rifle and .22LR AR pistol to teach my son how to shoot at an indoor range, as well as a Glock .22 conversion (and Browning Buckmark). They're always good for practicing the fundamentals.
    Absolutely! Nothing like a suppressed .22 to help teach a new shooter. Low noise, low recoil, and they can more easily focus on marksmanship.

    I can't recall ever bringing tools like that to the range, and not have a new or junior shooter walk away when a big grin.

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