What you choose? 1911 .22LR or airsoft for cheap training?

What you choose? 1911 .22LR or airsoft for cheap training?

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    What you choose? 1911 .22LR or airsoft for cheap training?

    So I need more trigger and safety swiping time to be proficient enough to EDC my 1911. Dry firing is cool but I don't know where my shots go. Was thinking about a more practical practice tool like a .22LR 1911 or a full metal gas blowback airsoft 1911 pistol for cheap training.

    .22LR 1911's feel more like real guns and are fairly cheap to shoot. It's also a good long distance gun for plinking. But the price of entry is higher: $300-$500 and ammo is still expensive compared to plastic airsoft pellets.

    Airsoft guns are good for indoor practice. I can shoot in my basement safely and with the high end models they have all metal construction and full functionality. The cons are they don't shoot as well or as far as the .22. But at $100 a pop per airsoft pistol and $9 for 2000 plastic pellets, it's dirt cheap training.

    Anyone use one or other or both? Thoughts?


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    I hate my iPhone! I meant the title to say "what to choose"!

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    got my wife a Sig 1911 22lr. she loves it and i have fun with it too, but you're right it's pricey in the 500 range. i think it's always better to shoot real bullets.
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    A .22lr "trainer" is a good idea. You could also look into getting a conversion kit to convert your 1911 to .22lr. This gives you the trigger time behind your primary carry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RoadRunner71 View Post
    A .22lr "trainer" is a good idea. You could also look into getting a conversion kit to convert your 1911 to .22lr. This gives you the trigger time behind your primary carry.
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    My area 22 rounds are rare as hens teeth and when you do find them they're high. I already have it so I use air soft.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill MO View Post
    My area 22 rounds are rare as hens teeth and when you do find them they're high. I already have it so I use air soft.
    How has the airsoft worked for you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RoadRunner71 View Post
    A .22lr "trainer" is a good idea. You could also look into getting a conversion kit to convert your 1911 to .22lr. This gives you the trigger time behind your primary carry.
    I don't think there's a kit for the Ruger SR 1911 commander yet. But a .22 1911 is in the cards. Wish they were cheaper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DetChris View Post
    How has the airsoft worked for you?
    Mine has worked great, is fairly accurate at distance I practice defense shooting. Not sure the one I have is still on the market though. I carry XD but my air soft is a KWA M1911 DS. But I don't use the safety, have never had a mishap with the air soft but don't know that I would carry a real 1911 that way.

    There is no recoil with air soft so I shoot the XD enough to keep the feel of recoil management.

    There is no XD air soft to be had and the grip angle and feel of the 1911 is close.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill MO View Post
    Mine has worked great, is fairly accurate at distance I practice defense shooting. Not sure the one I have is still on the market though. I carry XD but my air soft is a KWA M1911 DS. But I don't use the safety, have never had a mishap with the air soft but don't know that I would carry a real 1911 that way.

    There is no XD air soft to be had and the grip angle and feel of the 1911 is close.
    Actually there is. I used to own one when I used to have XD pistols...

    http://www.airsplat.com/Items/GP-WE-060BG-XDM.htm

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    I've had mine for sometime and at that time there was not. This looks to be the XDm and would not fit my holsters as they are a little different than the original XD.
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    I prefer laser training cartridge for the actual firearm. It means you get the actual firearm to train with, just not the recoil. It has greatly improved by trigger time and by accuracy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OutWestSystems View Post
    I prefer laser training cartridge for the actual firearm. It means you get the actual firearm to train with, just not the recoil. It has greatly improved by trigger time and by accuracy.
    I just ordered the surestrike laser training aid from MidwayUSA $160, with 6 reflective targets. Surestrike says that you can get 5000 shots out of the batteries.
    Just checked the shipment and should be here tomorrow.
    I ordered this for my DA beretta, to get on target faster in a draw.
    Can't wait till tomorrow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OutWestSystems View Post
    I prefer laser training cartridge for the actual firearm. It means you get the actual firearm to train with, just not the recoil. It has greatly improved by trigger time and by accuracy.
    That would work if you are shooting for accuracy on a bullseye. The drills I run for practice involve moving, shooting burst and mainly point shooting. So actually being able to see your hits is important. Drills are done 10 yds and in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by the6shooter View Post
    I just ordered the surestrike laser training aid from MidwayUSA $160, with 6 reflective targets. Surestrike says that you can get 5000 shots out of the batteries.
    Just checked the shipment and should be here tomorrow.
    I ordered this for my DA beretta, to get on target faster in a draw.
    Can't wait till tomorrow.
    I'll have to look into this!

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