Whether you call them blue guns, rubber ducks, decoy guns, or whatever, solid polymer practice guns can serve a multitude of purposes while helping to hone perishable skills on the cheap as well.
The military and police have for generations used dummy guns to train new recruits. Often called “Quaker Rifles” back in the 19th Century, they were typically wooden rifle stocks affixed to a solid receiver and barrel. They were made from stocks of surplus guns and piles of damaged weapons no longer safe for service. In some cases, drill rifles and pistols were made from once-working guns that were pulled from service. Dewatted with a steel rod welded inside their barrel and bolts or firing pins sheared off, these guns are still seen in the hands of military school cadets and ROTC units.
Today its far cheaper and efficient to mold solid replicas out of polymer that very accurately capture the size, dimensions, and surface controls of modern firearms of just about every popular model.
It was once said in an old Colt advertisement that the modern revolver was great equalizer. For many in our society that are considered seniors, this has never been more of a true statement than today.
In a recent concealed carry class that I was giving for a preparedness group, I ran into a nice older woman named Mary. Her husband, a retired cop, had always said he was going to teach her how to shoot but never got around to it. Sadly, Ms. Mary’s husband walked towards the light and left her alone.
Now, traveling often back and forth several miles to visit grandchildren, work part time, and attend church, Ms. Mary felt she needed to learn.
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