Anyone else sometimes use BB/pellet pistols for practice?

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    Anyone else sometimes use BB/pellet pistols for practice?

    Was wondering if any of you ever use BB/pellet pistols for practice when you can't get to the range. To me sight picture, and breathing and trigger control are the same as with my big guns, and I find the time I spend shooting with them to be invaluable.

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    Yep. I use a .177 pellet gun and have for years. It helps with trigger pull and sight picture, is cheap and fun.

    When I was a kid, my cousin and I were local big game hunters of mice, rats, lizards, cock roaches, birds and such, which looking back, was a terrible waste of meat, but were were only something like 8 or 9 years old at that time. My uncle finally told us, "You should never kill something unless you were wanting to eat it." We did end up cleaning, cooking and eating a few birds and such, then discovered small plastic soldiers and dinosaurs were just as challenging, even though they did not move unless suspended from strings tied to branches, and did not have to be cooked and cleaned.

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    As long as they are of decent quality and somewhat similar in trigger pull the your "real" pistol the extra practice should be very worthwhile. I would stick to pellets over BBs though.
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    Did,but not any more,with the outrageous price of SIMs now,we mainly use airsoft for FoF and ECQC,way cheaper and a lot of the weapons are a direct copy.

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    I do, I bought a cheap target trap so I can retrieve and re-use the bb's and pellets and I use it often. It does help with trigger pull.
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    YEP...Great practice at pennies for a session.

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    I have no choice. My spouse has sentenced me to New York for the summer. All i can touch up here is a BB pistol. I have an SA177 (CO2, BB) from KWA that looks like a Glock 17 and an airsoft green gas pistol that looks like a Glock 26. Good for practicing draw, sight picture and trigger pull (but not reset). Probably helps with accuracy and speed. Certainly cheaper than 9mm or even .22.
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    Never........BBs or pellet pistols, rifles, etc....... are nowhere close to a training aid for your carry pistols. Whole different world. If you want to keep grackles off your bird feeder, then by all means.
    For practice for CC? Practice of what exactly?
    Hey.....you stepped in it.
    Simple NO....no. Your little old pellet gun aint gonna get you to practice very effectively. Might know.
    Please.......what exactly you think is going on here anyway?

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    So I guess when I showed up at boot camp at 20 years of age, all of my years of plinking, bird hunting, deer hunting, and all the casual shooting I had done didn't have a thing to do with be being top gun with everything I touched, and having a 3 bar Expert qualifiction badge for everthing I qualified with. I must have just been born as a great shot. I shot compititively for years as well. You must understand that everyone has to start somewhere, and all shooting is good shooting to some degree. So many people who are getting into personal defense guns don't have a lot of experience. I still shoot my good pellet pistol some at annoying criiters and such, and drag it out sometimes for friends to plink with around the house. That little gun will outshoot my CCW at 25 feet all day long. No plinking does not replace the need for some tactical trainning, and real shooting time with the weapon you carry, but the more these people shoot the more they will be inclined to advance.

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    While those toys aren't ever going to replace the real thing, you can still practice mechanics when you can't make it out to the range. If it's ok to dry-fire a real gun for home-practice, I don't see the problem of shooting a replica in BB or pellet.
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    Heck yeah. I use a Beeman P1 Magnum. In .20 caliber. I get weird looks when I try to buy .20 caliber airgun pellets

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    I've often thought of using my granny's BB pistol on the annoying little rugrats running around my neighborhood. It seems to me that they would offer decent practice on a moving target - a hole in my SD training regiment. Lol.

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    Not only do they offer a very cost effective opportunity to work on mechanics, they offer a very cost effective opportunity to shoot something when you can get to the range.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigmacque View Post
    Not only do they offer a very cost effective opportunity to work on mechanics, they offer a very cost effective opportunity to shoot something when you can get to the range.
    Airsoft guns are especially useful. Since you can get them as a nearly identical replica of almost anything, they can be very useful for practicing from a holster.

    And like bigmacque said, sometimes you just cant get to the range, but would like to practice something other than dry-firing. I found this out after our local range closed. I just can't often find the time to drive 60 mi (round trip) to the nearest place I can shoot live rounds.

    It's certainly no replacement for live-fire practice, but as a supplement, it's pretty handy.

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    I use a laserlyte and a timer; I have my wife set up tee shirts on hangers in different parts of the house to simulate the bad guys. I have no idea where they are or what time is set so both are a surprise. Sometimes she will put one of her tee shirts in over the top to simulate a hostage. When the timer goes off I have to clear the house and shoot the BG's. This can happen at any time from two minutes to an hour; the idea is the element of surprise. You be surprised how well it works to test your "shoot and no shoot" zones

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