Have you seen the price of ammunition lately? While it’s available, it certainly isn’t getting any cheaper. If you are serious about your handgun training, you also need to add the cost of gas and range fees to the equation, not to mention the time it takes to get to the range. Fortunately, there is a form of cheap and easy practice you can do at home, and I’m not talking about dry firing.
Training with airguns has become an increasingly viable alternative to improve your skills, and it is something you can easily do at home. New airguns from companies like Umarex are fully licensed replicas of the most popular duty and civilian handguns on the market today. They not only look real, but they also typically offer the same size, dimensions and weight. This also allows the shooter to train using their standard carry holster.
To further increase realism and the overall training value, many of these modern air pistols have at least some of the functional controls of the actual firearm, and even when they don’t, the controls are there in appearance and you can still train with them. The most realistic and fully functional airgun I have seen is the Umarex Colt Single Action Army Peacemaker revolver, which has all of the functional controls of the actual firearm. This particular all-metal revolver makes a great training aid for fans of Cowboy Action Shooting. Daisy also produces a Winchester-licensed 1911-style pistol with real blowback operation, a removable magazine and an action that locks the slide open on the last round.