Saturday, December 11, 2010

Sub Caliber Practice

I am a big proponent of sub caliber practice. For a variety of reasons this is a good thing. I can buy an entire case of .22lr for what it costs to reload a few hundred rounds of .40S&W. We can carry this even further with airsoft. There is plenty of debate among gunnies about the practicality of airsoft guns for training. Either as a tool for force on force training or as a tool for shooting practice. So, have a look at the picture and see if you can identify the .40, the .22 or the airsoft. Shouldn't be too hard to do. However, what makes it all work is the fact that they all handle the same. They all have Dawson Awesome fiber front sights and Bomar rears. They all have SV extended triggers (yes the airsoft takes the same trigger parts as the real thing). They all shoot about the same. The .40 has more recoil but that is one of the reasons for doing sub caliber practice. By using the .22 and the airsoft, you can get trigger time with less noise and recoil. This is like dryfire without having to rack the slide. WITH instant feedback on the shooters performance as to accuracy in your trigger control and sight alignment. It is all good. The additional upside is the ability to practice indoors, at the house, without hearing protection.
A handy way, U-Haul wardrobe box with the front folded down and a silhouette taped across the front of the box. Set at the end of the hallway it allows for practice not only group shooting but clearing out of the bedroom and or working corners around the house. Since the heavy cardboard of the wardrobe box captures the airsoft pellets, you can scoop up all the pellets out of the box after wards and recycle them. Makes the practice even less expensive.

Don't forget to get a matching airsoft for your tactical life partner/spouse. That way the two of you can practice moving through the house and engage targets along the way. misbeHaven has her Kimber Custom Stainless Target and a matching airsoft Caspian single stack with matching sights and super short triggers so she has the same feel on her guns as well.

It's all good. Your thoughts?


  1. Greetings from Falls County,
    Airsoft has it's place in training. No one is born with proper weapons handling technique. Handling weapons in coujuction with a squad in tight places can lead to accidental discharges, and they don't all go into the floor. Better that happens with airsoft.
    As for target practice, my experience with airsoft has all been outdoors. I practice handguns at my home range at 25, 50, 75 and 100 feet. If there is any wind even the airsoft rifles won't make the 25 foot target without distorting baddly. Perhaps indoor is better.
    For what it's worth.

  2. Good indoor training tool. Careful practice is always good.

  3. This is exactly what I do with my range of Walthers.

  4. I've only been using the air soft 1911 to annoy the pigeons in the backyard but the cardboard box w target is a great idea.