Firearms training involves practicing a whole lot of skills. Not only should you know your stand, pointing, sight alignment, and trigger squeeze, but also how to load ammunition, remove a malfunction, and properly store your gun. These and many other skills should be practiced until they are automatic to avoid mistakes in a high-stress situation of personal or home defense. But since handling guns is a serious business a priori, newcomers can feel overstressed, learn slower, and develop bad habits.
But there is a way to make the learning safer and, thus, relieve stress caused by the need to manipulate live ammo. It’s dry-firing.
Dry-Fire Training with A-Zoom
Dry-firing is pulling the trigger of a gun that doesn’t contain live ammunition in its chamber. And while you can dry-fire with only void chambered, we recommend against it. First, experts say that it’s bad for guns. Not all guns, though. Modern centerfires are dry-fire friendly, but rimfire weapons can be damaged by the firing pin impacting the breech face. Second, you miss lots of practicing scenarios, mainly, removing malfunctions. Therefore we recommend you use dry fire snap caps.
A-Zoom Snap Caps vs. Dummy Rounds
Sometimes, snap caps are called dummy rounds, but these are two different types of equipment. Snap caps are monolithic fake cartridges that imitate the look of live rounds. Dummies have a separate projectile inserted into the casing, but the ultimate difference is in the base. Dummy rounds have an indented base, specifically the portion where the primer usually sits, which means the firing pin still will strike nothing.
A-Zoom Training Rounds
A-Zoom is a brand for the best snap caps for practicing dry fire. They are CNC-machined from solid aluminum and then hard-anodized, which makes them one of the most enduring training rounds on the market. A-Zooms are declared to withstand 3,000 dry fires.
Gritr Sports carries all popular calibers. Since 9mm gets a lot of play, our stock of A-Zoom 9mm snap caps never runs out. You can also shop for .380 snap caps to practice your defense scenario skills or .223 snap caps for your AR-15 training. We offer 28, 20, and 12 gauge snap caps as well. Need rimfire? You’re welcome to buy .38 Special or .22 snap caps.