Lightning Review: Rogers’ Tap Rack Training Aid

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Bill Rogers of Rogers Shooting School has been applying common sense to shooting for quite some time. True to that mantra, Rogers, with its partner HolsterOps.com has relased the TRT, or Tap-Rack Training Aid. In short, these are inserts that go into the top of a magazine and keep the slide from locking back, allowing shooters to do active weapons manipulation and reloads without having live ammunition or dummy rounds (that always get lost under the couch).

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What are the Tap-Rack Training Aids and Why Do They Help Training?

Rather than wax-on wasting electrons, Bill Rogers created a video breaking them down simple-style:

Performance of Tap-Rack Training Aids

The TRT’s come in very simple packaging in either 9mm/.40 (orange) or .45 (yellow) form. Removed from the packaging, they are very simple and very smooth plastics. The top of the TRT is shaped to engage the feed lips of a magazine and the bottom is designed to interface with most magazine followers. To use, insert the TRT on anĀ empty magazine, insert into a pistol, and tap-rack-bang. Repeat cycle until you are tired and remove the TRT.

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My only complaint is that the TRT does not work with a loaded magazine. I suspect this is purposeful to avoid ADs, but it does not allow you to train or practice with the weight of a loaded magazine. I would love to see an optional accessory weight available.

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The Good

  • Its really nice to use a product that works as advertised with no mess, no fuss, and no modifications needed to the parent weapon system.
  • Bright colors make these easy to identify versus ammunition.

The Notable

  • Available in two versions: 9mm/40 and .45. No word on other calibers though I would suspect the two would work for a larger gamut. I do not have weapons past the usual three, so I was not able to test it further.

The Bad:

  • This is subjective but I really think they missed the bus by not molding these so they can be used with loaded magazines. Yes, some may complain about potential safety issues, but the fact would be the gun would load the plastic piece if it picked it up.

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Final Thoughts:

These things are just plain simple… and that’s a good thing. Insert into a magazine and run all the tap-rack-(no) bang drills you want. The slide does not lock and the TRT never popped out, even under very vigorous full-speed practice.

For only $5 for 3 TRT’s available direct from HolsterOps.com, these are a no-brainer in my mind for training. I have thoroughly enjoyed them for 3-gun practice. Nothing like getting reps in while at home.

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Nathan S.

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

Nathan can be reached at Nathan.S@TheFirearmBlog.com

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • Ian Thorne

    Or you could just remove the spring and follower for free. You can even put weights in the now empty magazine body.

  • Limonata

    You can get sticky lead weights and stick them inside the magazine.

  • sianmink

    “My only complaint is that the TRT does not work with a loaded magazine.”

    I disagree. Live ammo should be nowhere near the room you’re in when you’re working dryfire practice of any sort. I think instead of this device they could start making weighted dummy magazines for the more popular pistols.

    • dan

      Oh just stop it.

  • gunslinger

    i’m surprised you can’t get a weight made, to simulate a full mag, but have no live loads in it?

    • Actually, as a drill sergeant, I loudly advocated for the trainees being issued 7 dummy mags that were shaped like 30 rounders, but weighted like loaded 30-rounders and had clearance so the bolt wouldn;t lock on them. Preferrably colored blue for INERT.

      Useful both for SPORTS training without needing dummies necessarily (although a single dummy could be hand loaded into the chamber) AND getting them used to walking around with the WEIGHT of loaded mags whenever they were in kevlar and web gear. Save the “real” mags for the range and blank firing exercises.

      Likewise, I said, since we know they’ll be DEPLOYING with body armor, why aren’t they walking around with body armor (even old, out of cert flak vests) any time they have web gear and a kevlar on, to get used to the weight, heat, and restriction?

  • dan citizen

    My buddy used to reload drunk, his handloads always had a few DIY versions of these in the mix, as well as the occasional one that would explosively disassemble a gun.

  • Medic760

    The weight is not necessary for muscle memory. During dry fire drills at home you should just be focused on form. Dummy rounds loaded by your shooting partner at the range are for building the familiarity with weight/corrective action.

  • James Maier

    My question is: When will these be available in .223/5.56?

    Having to rechamber snapcaps for my AR while trying to practice drills is getting really old.

  • James Maier

    Another thing they could do is make something you could insert into the chamber that wouldn’t eject… like a semi-permanent snap-cap, if such a thing exists. I’m not all that comfortable dry-firing my Glock and not all that comfortable dry-firing my AR at all.

  • iron-eyes

    So, want a weighted mag, without putting live rounds in it? Get a piece of 3/8″ brass round bar, and cut off 1.0-1.1″ segments, deburr the pieces, and load them into the mag like you would normal rounds. The brass bar stock pieces will add weight to your magazine without permanent modifications to the mag or gun, and without the added safety concerns of dry fire with ammo in the same room.

  • Lt Donn

    Maybe I’m missing something here. Why can’t you use a blue-gun weighted magazine?
    I use one in all my classes…weighs the same as a fully loaded G-19 mag and allows you to retract the slide without lock-back…wouldn’t that accomplish the same thing as the TRT inserts?….I’m just sayin…