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    Call them direct.
    They mat still be able to help you out.

    Sorry...I didn't notice your thread title until today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janq View Post
    Call them direct.
    They mat still be able to help you out.

    Sorry...I didn't notice your thread title until today.

    - Janq
    nah, no big deal man....I already checked the order status and it says it shipped at 5AM this morning, which is interesting because I ordered it late last night. They sure are fast!!! I'll just deal with it for now until I see A-Zoom in a store somewhere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Janq View Post
    Bama,

    I have both the Tipton and the A-Zoom as well as a third and have been using them for years.
    Go with A-Zoom.

    Here is why...

    The A-Zoom is a hollow spun aluminum projectile with a clear silicone rubber gasket where the firing pin strikes and no damage to the pin or the gasket occurs. It just flexes.
    The Tipton is a thin plastic upper wth a spring captured inside as attached to a solid brass base, which the firing pin strikes and dents...itself taking a small amount of damage too.

    The A-Zoom when practicing reloading and ejection can be dropped on hard floor and not damaged.
    The Tiption if dropped on a hard surface at gun level will crack the shells plastic. This has happened tome three times now.

    The A-Zoom takes a very long time to wear out, on the scale of years. But when it does wear out it is done due to the rims metal being chewed and beaten to the point that it will not extract properly.
    The Tipton plastic body between being chambered and extracted wears out relatively quickly. Either the plastic will completely fail (this occurred tome once) or the base where it mates to the brass base will crack and lose it's seal/hold resulting int the two separating. This though can be repaired with superglue which I have done once.

    The A-Zoom product generally runs a tad bit smallbut not enough so to affect function in a given chambering.
    The Tipton product sizing is generally dead on.

    I have been using A-Zoom for 6 and recently ordered a set in 5.56.
    I _had_ been using Tipton product for 4 yrs.

    I have in A-Zoom product the following:
    5x 9mm
    5x .45 ACP
    4x 12 gauge
    2x 5.56

    I have left over currently in Tipton
    3x .45 ACP (Originally had 10...and two of the three remaining broke but I repaired them with superglue)

    As well I had made the huge mistake to purchase a third type years ago that is orange hollow plastic. I cannot recall the brand off hand but what garbage it was. My mistake though as I'd bought singly on price and didn't use my brains. The round fractured it's rim the first day I used it and within a month the whole pack was broken.

    I currently do and would have no hesitation to refer anyone to the A-Zoom product and away from that of Tipton, cost inclusive. I ordered both my A-Zoom and Tipton products via Midway and Tipton has always been the lower cost as far as I recall.

    I would purchase A-Zoom as a gift for my gunfu friends. While I'd get Tipton for my brother in law, because they look to be cool and it's low cost...and besides I know he doesn't train even as he tries to make like he does.

    - Janq
    Wow, not to hijack the thread, but this is good news on the A-Zooms. I just ordered 3 sets of 6 in .38 spl for my J-Frames. It sounds like the only real reason these snap caps would wear out is from cycling / ejection. In a revolver, that would be greatly minimized. I wanted to get a couple sets of these to practice speedloader and speedstrip reloads with dry fire practice in between. Sounds like these will provide a good return on investment.
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    I like the A-Zooms as well. Does great randomly loading them in magazines, and taking them to the range. Helps identify shooting problems easily.

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    I know of one training group that specifically discourages using A-Zooms because they are really hard to find in the grass.

    I've observed this myself when doing dry-fire practice in the back yard.

    It might be difficult to anodize them in a bright color. I wonder how well painting them orange would work.

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    Ruertar,

    I agree and wonder why they anodize them maroon like that.
    IMHO they should be safety orange or yellow.

    That to my mind is the only real downside...but the Tipton are a light blue transparent plastic casing with a brass base which would be equally difficult to locate in grass.
    I have dropped both amongst dirt when doing failure drills and consistently I'll locate the A_Zoom easier than that of the Tipton only because against dirt it stands out with better contrast. Caly dirt though would be a whole different tale.

    Not perfect yet (coloration) but as close as I have found yet and I use mine weekly in various modes of training.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reborn View Post
    Training Ammo, Dummy Rounds, Tactical Gear - ST Action Pro

    I like these. I use these in my classes.
    Thanks a bunch for the link. I've been looking to get a few cheap snap caps for a little while now (seems everybody gets you with shipping). I just ordered a couple. S.T. beat everyone's price!
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    I ordered some from ST Action Pro. I was a bit disappointed when a read the instructions that came with them that stated "these are NOT snap caps". So I went to my local gun store and bought some Azooms...

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