There is no doubt that we are experiencing an ammo shortage of historic proportions — one that makes the ammo shortages of the Obama and Clinton eras pale in comparison. I don’t think anyone could have conceived of the extent an ammo shortage could reach. But that doesn’t mean the range is out of the question.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.usconcealedcarry.com/blog/less-ammo-more-training-st-action-pro-dummy-rounds/
I like the A-ZOOM snap caps because the entire “cartridge” is a hard anodized aluminum in either red or blue. I keep one chambered in pistols and rifles I dry fire daily - the firearms are kept in a locked safe. I can do a press check and if I see a red or blue cartridge that confirms the firearm is not loaded with live ammo prior to dry firing. Note: I also drop and inspect the magazine prior to dry firing.
You get the red ones if you purchase the smaller quantity package and blue ones in the higher quantity package.
I like the color difference, too.
I had some empty brass dummy rounds some years back, and there was an occasion where a LEO got really jittery. Luckily he had a senior LEO there to laugh at him, but things could have gone sideways.
Kind of like toy guns, today. We used to play with realistic toy guns, but after a few kids got shot, we realized that toys shouldn’t look like the real thing.
Just like the article said, the red or blue A-ZOOMs as well as the ST Actions are easy to see on the ground if you manually eject them emulating a FTF in the middle of a magazine at the range. However, the author’s choice from ST Action don’t look like they could be identified with a press check. The ST Action looks like this:
I also like A-Zoom snap caps. The ones I use are maroon in color and can be easily discerned from live rounds.
The thing is, they cost about 3 bucks each, much more expensive than real ammo, even considering the shortage. Clearing using tap-rack-bang will often result in my snap cap rounds being ejected down range where I cannot retrieve them.
I am very enthusiastic about using snap caps for dry fire training. I was never very accurate until I started trying to keep the pistol still while pressing the trigger. Dry fire taught me this.