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‘NERF’ Firearms Training?

militaryairsoftIf you’ve read my blog before, you know I like The Art Of Manliness.

They recently posted regarding supplementing firearms training using airsoft guns!

From the article:

I bought my first handgun a few months ago — a Smith & Wesson M&P 9mm — and have been taking defensive handgun classes at the U.S. Shooting Academy. One thing I quickly discovered is that firearm training gets really expensive, really fast. First there’s the range time you need to pay for, but what really kills you is the ammo. Holy smokes, that stuff was like gold for awhile. I saw places selling 9mm ammo for $1.50 a round. Sheesh. While ammo prices are beginning to drop as producers catch up with the demand, you’ll still need to fork over a pretty penny for a day at the range.

At one of my classes I overheard some guys talking about how they were using airsoft guns in addition to their live and dry fire training.

“Airsoft guns? Isn’t that what little kids play with?” I asked with some skepticism.

You see, up until that point my only experience with airsoft guns was watching neighborhood kids run around with their neon orange space ray toy guns and plink each other with plastic BBs.

One of the crusty old-timers responded, “Hell yeah, partner. They’ve gotten real sophisticated in recent years — to the point they have exact replicas of almost every real firearm on the market. I’ve got an airsoft version of my Glock. It even simulates recoil when you fire it. Shooting plastic BBs is a hell of a lot cheaper than shooting live ammo. Plus, I can fire it at my house in my garage. It’s been an invaluable tool in improving my gun manipulation.”

As my Father used to say, “I used to be young and foolish; I’m not young, anymore!”  I’m semi-old and crusty, but I am still open to new things.  And this sounded interesting to me.

The article (linked above) defines the types of airsoft guns, the ammo, the benefits,  and the limitations of using these machines to supplement your real firearms training, not wholly replace it.

And, it’s alleged to be FUN, too!

What do you guys think?

About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.


14 thoughts on “‘NERF’ Firearms Training?

  1. I recently fondled an airsoft replica of my SIG P226 E2 that was sorely tempting. Good weight and feel. Only difference was the trigger weight. The store clerk told me the spring could be changed to duplicate that too. I see one in my future.

    Posted by David | July 3, 2013, 8:20 am
  2. Waving an airsoft pistol can get you stone-cold dead, at least here in Anchorage. Of course, the guy here had removed or painted the orange tip, and the cops couldn’t distinguish the copy from the real thing. But since our PD is starting to shoot first & discourage questions later, it’s not a good idea.

    Not that it ever would be.

    Posted by Rev. Paul | July 3, 2013, 9:10 am
  3. Got one, it works well for practice drawing, manipulating, and short range in the garage. NOT real accurate, but everything else is pretty good, and it’s SAFE for indoor use (but I still wear glasses in case of a pellet coming back at me.

    Posted by Old NFO | July 3, 2013, 10:19 am
  4. Real range time is still the best BUT the use of simulated training (via the use of Simunitions(tm), paintball or laser systems) is – with appropriate coaching etc – a viable traianing tool. I’ve been a proponent of simulators for nearly 25 years (started with the original FATS system). Such systems are good for basic marksmanship training as well as shoot/don’t shoot scenarios. The ability to send live rounds down range is only enhanced by proper use of training tools, even it is only ‘dry firing’. They ALL serve to make us more competent and disciplined shooters and that should be the goal of any and all firearms training.

    Posted by GomeznSA | July 3, 2013, 11:47 am
  5. Hi
    I’m a Cash in Transit security guard in Australia. For me to train seriously with my issued Glock it would cost me a mortgage payment in ammo and range fees.

    I supplement these costs with Nerf guns. (Airsoft is illegal in Aus). I have never dropped a shot in 10 years because I can practice trigger control, grip etc in my backyard on simple targets.

    Posted by Frank Feleppa | February 21, 2014, 5:13 am

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