Traditions Training Cartridges

Rifle Training Cartridges

If you have ever trained with dummy ammunition, it is very possible that you have been disappointed with some aspect of it.  Often, the training cartridges are much lighter than normal ammo, they can be of an improper length and far too often they don’t stand up to repeated use.  I can’t tell you hot many rims I have ripped off of plastic dummy rounds in training.

Traditions Performance Firearms is now offering training cartridges that are weighted like real ammo, meet all SAAMI size specs and have brass cases and rims for excellent durability.  Additionally, there is an impact absorbing “primer” to allow for dry firing without damage to your firearm.

There are more than 60 different cartridges and shells available for handgun, rifle and shotgun from 17 Rem to 50 BMG.

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  • Anonymous

    The only catch is that those look a wee bit too much like real ammunition, particularly certain types of specialty loads using plated brass cases. I can see someone being stupid and accidentally loading up a TAP round thinking that it’s just a dummy cartridge…

    • chris

      +1 here. If they coat the cases anyway, some popping neon color might be better to clearly distinguish them from live rounds

      • Hunter57dor

        actually it may be a better idea this way.

        think about it, you are going to do what you trained for in a stressful situation, its better that you know exactly what to look for and everything is the same. also, it gives you a bit of cautionary training to think about “is that a live round? i better treat that like a live round.”

        • Cornelius Carroll

          I see your logic there, and I can’t really disagree, but I’d still prefer for dummy rounds to be colored differently… just in case.

        • anon

          Say you want to dry fire practice with your dummy rounds somewhere like a bedroom, and you accidentally load up a live round that look like your dummy rounds. What happens next?

          Dummy rounds should ALWAYS be visually distinguishable from live rounds. If you want to practice with something that looks real, go out to the range with your live ammo.

          • Denver Garkie

            not to mention accidentally loading a dummy road for duty/concealed carry

    • Tinkerer

      Just follow Jeff Cooper’s rules for firearms safety, no matter if you’re using dummies or live ammo.

      1.- All guns are always loaded. Even if they are not, treat them as if they are.

      2.- Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy. (For those who insist that this particular gun is unloaded, see Rule 1.)

      3.- Keep your finger off the trigger till your sights are on the target. This is the Golden Rule. Its violation is directly responsible for about 60 percent of inadvertent discharges.

      4.- Identify your target, and what is behind it. Never shoot at anything that you have not positively identified.

      • daemonpi

        I may point my gun somewhere safe when I dry fire but that does not mean a want a hole in that “safe obstacle”, the slim side of a full book case is a pretty safe direction, but my books don’t really need holes in them, and it makes then harder to read in spots. Easy identification of dummy rounds is just a good idea.

    • Nathaniel

      If you have a TAP round with a dark black case, it’s a collector’s item.

      Gunsmiths have been making dummies like this for ages; “black case” is something that signals “dummy” to professionals everywhere.

      Here’s an example:

  • Anton Gray Basson

    I made up some my self, sand, brass, bullet , a rubber plug for the primer pocket and youre good to go.

  • Anonymous

    I bought fifteen of these in 9mm when they first came out. They worked well in my full size Springfield XD, but when I started using them in for dry-firing my Beretta Nano the bullets started to get set back in the case immediately. After a few times through the Nano many of the dummy rounds were unusable.

    I’m guessing the more acute feed angle of the smaller gun led to higher forces when the dummy cartridge struck the top of the chamber when feeding.

  • LT

    That’s the way to go, Anton…at $3-4 each, those training cartridges are damn pricey! I can load my own for a fraction of the cost. And if I use aluminum cases, I could get them anodized in a nice bright color so there’s no mixup with real ammo as noted above.
    Hmm, I may have just come up with a new idea for a side business…

  • hami

    I prefer my dummy rounds to not look like real ammunition

  • Hunter57dor

    if these work, ill have to get some.

    i got the lyman a zoom snap caps which i was not happy with at all.

    i got them in .38 special for my lever action, they were weighted wrong so they flipped all sorts of wrong directions when feeding, my gun NEVER does that with live rounds.

    also, they were some kind of low grade aluminum that was getting chewed up after only a few uses. no good at all.

  • Barrybig

    My live rounds are locked up in my safe, my snap caps are not!