IMO, one of the best forms of training is what we do off of the range – weapons manipulation drills and especially dry fire drills. However, I am always hesitant to perform these drills due to the inherent risk of a safety issue or worse, a negligent discharge. I am confident in my safety procedures and capabilities when handling a firearm, however there is always the possibility.
Now, there are several options to not only mitigate the risk, but even eliminate it – the Training Barrels available from 5.11 Tactical. These simply replace the OEM barrel in your weapon, effectively eliminating the possibility of chambering a round. Furthermore, they do not hinder the manipulation of the weapon or any other use thereof – such as holster retention, magazine insertion and even slide lock. Note: Some models may protrude slightly from the end of the weapon as to increase visibility of the bright yellow training barrel for confidence – this may hinder holstering in some models, depending on design.
Dry fire practice can now be done safely and confidently, with less than one minute of effort and no permeant altercation or otherwise changing of the functionality of your weapon – you still get to train on the exact weapon, with the exact trigger pull, sight picture, etc. Therefore I find this training device to be extremely effective and a worthwhile investment for anyone who trains with a pistol.
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