Mixing live ammunition with dummy rounds will enhance skill in clearing malfunctions, as well as helping to diagnose any shooting-related flinching that might occur.

One of the most informative training drills I ever participated in took place many years ago at Glock’s indoor range at its Smyrna, GA, headquarters. After preparing several magazines with a mixture of live and dummy rounds, the lights were turned off and—in the inky blackness—we were instructed to shoot through these magazines while correcting any stoppages or malfunctions by feel. On the surface this may sound simplistic, but I have to tell you, by the time I was finished I had developed the ability to feel what the gun was doing and instantly apply the fix necessary to keep it shooting.

While you may not have access to an indoor range where you can control the lighting, there are a number of ways to use dummy rounds to enhance your training. First, we should define what we mean by dummy rounds. Some are solid plastic and may be colored red, orange or yellow and others use brass or nickeled cartridge cases with colored-plastic “bullets.” If you reload, it’s a simple matter to make dummy rounds by assembling cartridge cases and bullets without primers and gunpowder. In all cases, however, it’s important that the dummy rounds be readily identifiable as just that—dummy rounds—and not live ammunition.

You can use dummy rounds for dry practice (all aspects of firearm handling including dry-firing) by first ensuring that all live ammunition is removed from your dry-practice area and that your firearm is unloaded before using your dummy rounds for practicing loading, unloading and reloading. You can also keep dummy rounds in your pistol or revolver as you practice your trigger pull while pointed at a safe target (something that will stop a bullet if you make a mistake). You can combine this with practicing drawing from the holster, as well. I’ve also used dummy rounds in bolt-action rifles to practice running the bolt briskly from the shoulder after breaking a shot.

Mixing dummy rounds in with your practice ammunition at the range can be helpful in a couple of ways. First, if the gun goes click when you are expecting a bang you can easily see if you are anticipating the shot or jerking the trigger should the muzzle dip. The second way it can help is by teaching you to clear the firearm. The click indicates the gun has “malfunctioned” and you need to fix it. With a double-action revolver, the fix is as easy as pulling the trigger again but semi-auto pistols and carbines require tapping the magazine to make sure it is seated and racking the action to chamber a live round. Depending upon how the dummy rounds are arranged in a magazine the tap/rack clearance sometimes induces a double-feed malfunction requiring you to clear the chamber and reload the gun.

Dummy rounds are a useful tool and should be a part of your training and practice. Don’t be a dummy; get some dummy rounds and get to practicing.





  1. Very good blog! Do you have any tips and hints for
    aspiring writers? I’m hoping to start my own website soon but I’m
    a little lost on everything. Would you advise starting with a free platform like WordPress or
    go for a paid option? There are so many choices out there that I’m totally confused
    .. Any ideas? Cheers!

  2. Hi there this is kinda of off topic but I was wondering if
    blogs use WYSIWYG editors or if you have to manually code with HTML.
    I’m starting a blog soon but have no coding expertise so I wanted to
    get advice from someone with experience. Any help would be
    enormously appreciated!

  3. Good day! I know this is kinda off topic but I
    was wondering which blog platform are you using
    for this site? I’m getting sick and tired of WordPress because I’ve had problems
    with hackers and I’m looking at alternatives for another platform.
    I would be fantastic if you could point me in the direction of a good platform.

  4. This is without doubt a web publication that people need to get behind. The problem is, no one wants to do a huge deal of reading and not have something else to stimulate the mind. This is the world-wide-web, after all. Maybe if you added a video or two to emphasise your point. Ill stick around, FOR SURE. But, I dont know if others will.
    Mulberry Bags Outlet

  5. An impressive share, I just given this onto a co-worker who was doing a little analysis on this. And he in fact bought me breakfast because I found it for him. smile. So let me reword that: Thank you for the treat! But yeah Thanks for spending the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about it and enjoy learning more on this topic. If possible, as you gain expertise, would you mind updating your blog with more info? It is extremely helpful for me. Two thumb up for this post!
    discount Roberto Cavalli online

  6. I know this if off topic but Im looking into starting my own weblog and was wondering what all is needed to get set up? Im assuming having a blog like yours would cost a pretty penny? Im not very web savvy so Im not 100% certain. Any recommendations or advice would be greatly appreciated. Kudos
    discount merrell

  7. What i dont understood is in reality how you are no longer actually much more well-preferred than you might be right now Youre very intelligent You know thus significantly when it comes to this matter, produced me personally imagine it from so many varied angles Its like women and men dont seem to be involved unless it’s one thing to accomplish with Woman gaga! Your own stuffs nice Always deal with it up!
    parajumpers jackets outlet

  8. My family members every time say that I am killing my time here at net, but I know I am getting know-how all the time by reading such pleasant articles.

  9. Oh my goodness! Impressive article dude! Thanks,
    However I am encountering difficulties with your RSS.
    I don’t understand why I can’t join it. Is there anybody else having similar RSS problems?
    Anybody who knows the solution can you kindly respond?


  10. Due to the fact that, HCA manages cortezole – the tension inducing hormonal agent,
    which results in rest disorder as well.

  11. Seriously!You made a number of nice points there. I did a search on the theme and found mainly folks will consent with your blog. This internet site may perhaps be the best I have seen in a while. Your post offers fantastic content material. Ive been looking everywhere for information for this kind of stuff. I looked everywhere, I looked in Yahoo, and I didnt find your posting right up until now. Honestly, you truly present good content, it is really useful. I will be returning here in the near future. Please keep your website current, it’s excellent. Go check out my site and buy a Nook
    roger vivier neiman marcus

  12. A assorted selection of jewelry, glass, ceramics, printmaking and portray.

    We’re very excited to be showing at The Ballroom, Asthall Manor.

  13. Please let me know if you’re looking for a author for
    your blog. You have some really good articles and I feel I would be a good asset.
    If you ever want to take some of the load off, I’d really like to
    write some material for your blog in exchange for a link back to mine.
    Please send me an e-mail if interested. Thanks!

  14. Can I make a suggestion? I feel youve bought one thing good here. However what in case you added a couple links to a web page that backs up what youre saying? Or maybe you possibly can give us one thing to look at, something that may connect what youre saying to something tangible? Just a suggestion. Anyway, in my language, there are usually not a lot good source like this.
    discount true religion jeans

  15. Dude, please tell me that youre going to publish more. I notice you havent written another blog for a while (Im just catching up myself). Your weblog is just as well important to be missed. Youve got so a lot to say, these knowledge about this topic it would be a shame to see this blog disappear. The internet needs you, man!
    fjallraven rucksack sale

  16. Within the Americas, labrets have been worn since earlier than first contact
    by Innu and First Nations peoples of the northwest coast.

  17. Have you ever considered adding more videos to your blog posts to keep the readers more entertained? I mean I just read through the entire article of yours and it was quite good but since Im more of a visual learner,I found that to be more helpful well let me know how it turns out! I love what you guys are always up too. Such clever work and reporting! Keep up the great works guys Ive added you guys to my blogroll. This is a great article thanks for sharing this informative information.. I will visit your blog regularly for some latest post.
    pierre hardy mules

  18. Undeniably believe that which you stated. Your favorite reason seemed to be on the internet the simplest thing to be aware of. I say to you, I definitely get annoyed while people think about worries that they just dont know about. You managed to hit the nail upon the top and defined out the whole thing without having side effect , people could take a signal. Will likely be back to get more. Thanks
    emu boots online

  19. Below are a few. on Bing. Plus personal personal
    web sites are With that said, actually, a lot of the clients are good enough, however they’re perhaps not big tippers.

  20. I included four dark brown stone beads that add texture to the pendant and framed it with sq.
    lower amber tinted glass beads.

  21. They invited Jewelers from varied locations for the aim of creating
    trade in probably the most renowned of them was Raja Bhagwandas Haridas
    of Gujrat.

  22. This is without doubt a site that people need to get behind. The problem is, no one wants to do a huge deal of reading and not have something else to stimulate the mind. This is the internet, after all. Maybe if you added a video or two to emphasise your point. Ill stick around, FOR SURE. But, I dont know if others will.
    Lafuma store online

  23. Wow! This blog looks exactly like my old one! It’s on a completely different subject but it
    has pretty much the same page layout and design. Excellent choice of colors!

  24. My neighbor and I were simply debating this specific subject, hes normally in search of to show me incorrect. Your view on that is nice and precisely how I actually feel. I simply now mailed him this website online to indicate him your individual view. After trying over your web site I guide marked and shall be coming again to read your new posts!
    pink outlet

  25. Hi buddy. My loved one and i genuinely only like this the article as well as the webpage all to most! that article is in truth okay plainly written and as well ideal simply understandable. Ones WordPress theme is impressive as well! would clearly be wonderful To find out where I must be capable download which. be certain how to keep up The nice work. you most need every even more these types on web owners such as you on The Internet and a lot smaller number spammers. great mate.
    cheap vibram five finger shoes

  26. Hi! I know this is kinda off topic nevertheless I’d figured I’d ask.
    Would you be interested in trading links or maybe guest writing a
    blog article or vice-versa? My website addresses a lot of
    the same subjects as yours and I think we could greatly benefit from each other.
    If you’re interested feel free to shoot me an e-mail.
    I look forward to hearing from you! Wonderful blog by the way!

  27. Been using this stuff for about a week and already noticed much greater lifts. Using with GEN HumanoVar and noticed not only increase in mass (1-2kg in a week) but a decrease in body fat especially the abdominal region. Would recommended although it di id upset the stomach for firt 3-5 days but fine after that.
    how much are balmain jeans

  28. I’m not sure why but this website is loading very slow
    for me. Is anyone else having this issue or is it a issue on my end?
    I’ll check back later on and see if the problem still exists.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here