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Posted: January 12 2019 at 5:59am | IP Logged Quote rich2

I've been thinking about buying one of these to keep in practice when I can't get to the range. I'd like CO2 model over a green gas model and one that has the weight and feel of a 1911. I also would like the plastic pellet over the lead pellet. (Hence the name Air "soft") Anyone know anything about these?

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Posted: January 12 2019 at 7:50am | IP Logged Quote M700

Had an inexpensive Air Soft 1911 for a few years. Eventually it broke in training, and I haven't replaced it yet.

FUN!

Yes, the little 6mm plastic pellets are a hoot. Safe to shoot indoors, though I was smart enough to not start sniping ornaments off the Christmas tree with it...

I had the "green gas" gun and it worked fine. Easy to recharge. We actually used them quite a bit when I was a cop, for "force on force" training. Both SWAT and regular officer training. Makes training inside actual buildings safe.

Flippin' little plastic pellets can hurt at modest range!

Years ago I made the mistake of getting each of my sons an Air Soft pistol. I set up a target in the family room and was all excited about indoor practice... They ran around the house trying to shoot each other! Had little 6mm white plastic pellets everywhere...



The air soft guns can be very good training tools. I couldn't comment on what guns are available now though. I need to start shopping and get another one!

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Posted: January 12 2019 at 8:26am | IP Logged Quote KinleyWater

Shoot in the living room. Great for cold weather, when you don't want to go outside. The lack of recoil is also good for practicing trigger squeeze. I would also think it should make a good training aid for clearing your own house.

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Posted: January 12 2019 at 3:49pm | IP Logged Quote rich2

After the very dismal performance and score of my IDPA match today, I *NEED* more practice than the once-in-a-while I'm getting now. Thirty years ago I was a pretty decent shooter. Not great, but pretty good. My score today, after adding in all the no-shoots and misses, was reminiscent of my first time scores of thirty years ago. Wow!, did I suck!!

M700, your air soft story about your son reminds me of my own mistake I made when my son was young. I brought home a bunch of unprocessed frangible 00 Buck shot for my son and his buddy to use in their slingshots. BIG, BIG, mistake. My garage and basement still bear the perfectly round scars of errant (?) shot. But that was ten years ago and now when I see them, I just have to smile and shake my head. He's a man with a family now.


Anyway, I will pursue my quest for an air soft practice gun. If anyone has any further tips or advice, Please! Let me know.

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Don't know about the actual airsoft guns.

But, the little plastic 6mm pellets bio-
degradable make an excellent less-lethal
shotgun load for teaching leash law
violating neighbors dogs that chasing
sheep/goats/chickens/etc on my property is
not acceptable without having to actually
kill neighbors pets unless both dog and
neighbor are too stubborn to learn from
the less-lethal stuff. Whatever shell you
want (the longer the better) Fed-209A
primer with 5-to-10 grains of bullseye
powder (try out loads on styrofoam
sheeting target at intended range,
penetration in styrofoam should by 1/4-to-
1/2 inch, adjust powder charge to get
desired effect) take stanardized cheapo AA
style wads and cut the middle crush
section out with a razor knife so there is
just gas seal and shot cup. Gas seal over
powder, shot cup next, then fill it up
with the airsoft pellets and crimp. Works
pretty good for dogs and way, way, way
cheaper then commercial rubber buckshot.
You can add dry cream of wheat cereal as a
buffer to tighten up patterns not so much
for longer shots (they don't go that far
anyway) but more for being sure to put the
full pattern on the offending dog without
hitting the sheep/goat/chicken/etc the dog
is messing with.

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Posted: January 13 2019 at 7:10am | IP Logged Quote rich2

I think I found the one I want....

https://www.airsoftstation.com/elite-force-1911-tac-blowback -co2-airsoft-pistol-black-tan-full-metal/

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That looks like a dandy!

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I just ordered it. I'll have a summery of it when it arrives and I put some rounds through it.



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Posted: January 19 2019 at 6:07am | IP Logged Quote John Van Gelder

During my tour out on Bristol Bay in Alaska, when the winter weather got cold enough, that shooting outside was not enjoyable, my partner, the F&W officer,and I set up a "bullet" stop in the shower of our office, and practiced with the Speer plastic .38s in our .357 duty guns.
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I have used a 38 spl case to punch out paraffin bullets to shoot with a primer in the basement.
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I have shot my share of paraffin wad cutters. For best results you needed to bore out the flash holes. The plastic cases were a better deal so you did not get the altered cases mixed in with your regular ammunition.
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