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Someone told me today that skill developed from practicing with a pellet pistol (because ammo is cheap) would translate over well to my real pistol. Is that an "accurate" (ha!) statement?
I would say for handling/draw etc good idea if the gun is Idently ditto the blue/red guns for training etc .. But aim and fire not really not the same trigger and no recoil etc
LaserLyte ? Laser Training Systems, Laser Guns Sights, Laser Bore Sights would be a better idea as you are using your gun
Yeah I was thinking it wouldn't be that great just based on recoil alne. That laser trainer is pretty cool.
You can probably work on proper trigger pull with it. I would go with one of those pump ones as opposed to a CO2-powered, since as the latter starts to run out of gas the point of impact will change on you and throw you off. Besides....pellet guns are fun.
It is useful for point shooting (C02 powerded), but so are BB's.
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For the same reasons as you, I finally bought a 22lr conversion kit for my Sig P226 to practice, practice, practice. It obviously doesn't have the same recoil but the feel and manual of arms and the DA to SA is what I really want to work on.
You didn't say what your real pistol is but if it's one that you can convert to 22lr, that's what I'd suggest.
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Having recoil does not make practice more manly.
Dry fire is great practice for draw and trigger squeeze. BB and .22's are good for trigger squeeze and sight picture, and give you target feedback. You can do nearly every drill with these sub caliber trainers, (Reload drills are tough with BB's ) but you don't develop bad habits like flinching.
The only thing your full load can teach is recoil control. This is a small and relatively easy final step.
Thanks guys. I have a shield 9mm. Someone suggested a 22 conversion kit or getting a 22, but 22 ammo is a huge pain to find around here. The Obama gun and ammo takeaway scare hasn't worn off much here yet. Maybe I'll pick up a pellet gun that's small like my shield.
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I have been considering this myself. Supposedly, training with an air pistol can work on your stance, grip, sight picture, breath control, speed/reflex, sight picture. The same arguments for training with a .22 with the advantage being it can be done at home in the yard, garage or basement. This should make training easier since it can be done anytime. Another advantage is the huge cost savings. I know in WWII the military used .22s and even air rifles for training.
Like I said, have only read about this and do not have personal experience.
I think that air guns provide a good training platform for the basics of marksmanship. Things like sight alignment, trigger control, safety, proper grip, etc. My dad started me on a air rifle 25 years ago.
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Shooting practice is shooting practice, and all of it is good. Any firearm (or pelletgun) helps develop and/or reinforce basic fundamentals. A pellet rifle or handgun may not directly translate to a .460 Magnum, but trigger control, etc. is still the same. People who claim otherwise simply do not understand honing the shooting basics. A pellet gun won't "replace" practicing with your carry gun, but it will surely augment it.
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I bought this one and it's a lot of fun to shoot. The blowback design gives it a felt recoil that adds realism.
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