I have been using ASP Red Guns for years. I started training with them as a young Law Enforcement Explorer while we learned tactics and weren’t permitted to handle live firearms for safety and liability concerns. Red Guns are accurate representations of the particular make and model of the real firearm. They also can be weighted to match the real firearm too. As such, they make excellent training guns. ASP covers a lot of the most common makes and models available to make sure that their customers have a replica Red Gun ready for training. Red Guns are excellent tools for training when you are working on movement tactics or weapon retention techniques.
This takes the Red Gun to another level
Now, you can practice emergency and tactical reloads with full confidence that you will not have a negligent discharge at home or a training facility.
What are the benefits of training with Red Guns?
Red Guns are made from a polymer mixture, molded into accurate replicas. Having the same make and model of your duty or primary firearm is important for a few reasons.
First, it will be compatible with your holster and gear (by the way, if you are running a Safariland holster with a barrel plug, I drilled a short hole on the barrel to make sure the plug had a place to go). The other factor is muscle memory. Training with a Red Gun that’s a replica of your primary gun gives you the same feel and helps you gain familiarity with your weapon system.
Also, they’re tough and can take abuse as training tools.
You don’t have to worry about damaging your real firearm during firearm retention drills or injuring yourself or your training partner with sharp metal parts of a real pistol. This type of training isn’t done enough, given how many officers are killed with their own firearms every year.
The Red Gun with magazines can also be used to teach new students to learn how to safely handle, grip, and load a firearm before introducing them to work with a real firearm.
Training for Tactical Reloads
Since it comes with two magazines, you can get in the repetitions on tactical reloads to build upon what you already have, without the potential danger of having an actual firearm in play. There are steps to be taken to make it safe to work with your unloaded pistol to minimize the chance of a negligent discharge but it’s always a possibility and the risk is there.
Fifty Shades of FDE is a full-time LEO in California with about a decade’s service in a very large metropolitan agency. He’s a husband, father, and firearms enthusiast. He is a supporter of the Second Amendment and a proponent of law-abiding citizens’ right to defend themselves with concealed carry permits. He runs his @fiftyshadesofFDE page on Instagram and writes gun/gear reviews on www.fiftyshadesoffde.com – when he’s not writing for The Mag Life, of course.
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