Review: Strike Industries Dummy Rounds

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Recently I received a package from Strike Industries with a Mega Fins Drop-in handguard and some Strike Dummy Rounds for review. After installing the new rail I turned my attention to the new dummy rounds. Magpul released something similar a while back, but Strike improved on the concept.

The product description off their website is pretty inclusive of what you get.

Strike Industries dummy rounds will let you safely test the feeding, extraction, and magazine function of your firearms without the worry of an accidental discharge. They also let you dry fire without risking damage to the firing pin. SI Dummy Rounds are a great training tool for safe handling of any of the most popular firearm calibers. This will aid in keeping your fundamentals sharp and keep the cost down on practice. They are made out of polymer material so they will not corrode or cause corrosion to any of your firearms.

Package Included:
– 5 PCS Dummy Round
– 1 Key Ring

Features:

-Available in 556, 308, 762×39, 9mm, and 45ACP
– Mag Release Tool
– Able to be worn as a key chain, necklace, etc…
– Durable polymer construction

As always Strike’s packaging is refreshing and attractive, not to mention the patches they sent were pretty cool.

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I received the dummy rounds in .45 ACP and 5.56 NATO. Seeing as I don’t have a gun chambered in .45 currently they will make nice keychains, but more on that later. I opened the 5.56 dummy round box to find a nice surprise, Strike included a keyring with the dummy rounds!

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As you can see they used a nice bright red polymer to make them easy to find if you use them at the range.

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Starting with the 5.56 dummies I loaded them up into a Brownell’s Mil-Spec mag. The dummies loaded just like you would expect.

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I then grabbed my SBR that I just installed the Mega Fins rail onto and inserted the mag.

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The first round slid into the chamber without issue when I closed the bolt.

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But as I extracted the dummy round I noticed the next round in the magazine nosed up quite a lot.

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As I closed the bolt again it jumped into place and the chamber closed without issue. I extracted the dummy and the very next round had the same nose up problem. Except this time it was so severe that the bolt rode over the round.

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I chalked this up to a bad mag and grabbed a Pmag that I had laying around. As you can see the dummy rounds loaded into the mag without issue.

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As I worked the charging handle I experienced no issues at all with the Pmag allowing the dummy rounds to nose up. I must have cycled them a hundred times without experiencing the same failure that I got with the Mil-Spec mag.

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As previously mentioned the dummy rounds have a hole in them to allow you to use them on a key ring. In my humble opinion they make pretty cool keychains. I threw my office key onto one of the provided keyrings, it sure beats keeping a loose key in my pocket.

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I popped the .45 ACP dummy round box open to find the same as before. Because I currently don’t own a .45 I will relegate these to keychain use.  I did try them in a friends carry 1911 and found them to cycle reliably. I forgot to take photos of this, so you will have to take my word for it. Oops.

 

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Strike did a great job improving on the polymer dummy rounds. I really like the hole that they included. I gladly will recommend these if you have a need for testing the feeding, extraction, and magazine function in your firearms.

MSRP for the dummy rounds ranges from $5 to $8 depending on caliber. They are offered in 9mm, 45 ACP, 5.56 NATO, 7.62×39, and .308. Their complete line of dummy rounds can be found here.



Patrick R

Patrick is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and works in the shooting sports industry. He is an avid recreational shooter and a verified gun nerd. With a lifelong passion for shooting, he has a love for all types of firearms, especially handguns and the AR-15 platform. Patrick may be contacted at tfbpatrick@gmail.com.

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


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  • Darrell

    “Lightening”? There is no e in the word “lightning”, if you mean the bolt of electricity.

  • I like how they are colored so brightly. Seems like they would be good for simulating failure drills and then actually being able to recover your dummy rounds, haha.

    • Patrick R.

      It sure beats using black polymer like Magpul did.

  • Andrew

    Pat, mind if I bum those .45’s from you?

  • Darkpr0

    Dummy rounds like these are often made undersize so they’ll fit in any action, tight as they may be. This occasionally causes problems with firearms that have cantankerous feed systems. I managed to destroy a .303Br snap cap when it popped out of the magazine early in my Ross’s feed cycle, nosedived below the feed ramp, and bend the whole thing at the neck. But when they work, they’re a really great tool for dry fire and getting used to working the action.

    • Patrick R.

      I didn’t even think of throwing a micrometer on the dummies. I’ll have to check that later.

      • Darkpr0

        Keep in mind as polymer that these will tend to warp somewhat after they are molded. That may cause some deviating measurements along the length of the rounds. I’ll try to get a mic on my A-Zoom aluminum ones later and see what they knock out as. I’d wager they are straighter, but not necessarily larger.

  • Vitsaus

    I think this is a good idea. I may try and track some of these down, loading, dry fire and extraction practice is nice to be able to do.

    • KestrelBike

      The website sells them direct. Got some for 3 gun drills.

  • I can still remember my first shot show when Magpul were handing out boxes of dummy rounds like they were candy. I’d never been so happy.

  • iksnilol

    They remind me of blank rounds, so-called “rødfis” (red fart).

    • Patrick R.

      Off to the Google machine!

      Edit: Pretty cool take on blanks. I couldn’t find a whole bunch of info in English though.

      • iksnilol

        They call them that due to them being red (obvious) and the smell/sound (not so obvious).

        The specific type I haven’t seen outside Norway. Maybe it is a local thing? I don’t know.

  • Jeff

    Only girls put useless crap on their keychains to “express their personality.” Just use them as dummy rounds.

    • Patrick R.

      If one lived in California where the bullet button is unfortunately a thing it would be rather useful. I have been using it on stubborn AR take down pins the last couple days, having it on my keys is a bunch easier than hunting for something to use as a punch.

      • John

        I was wondering why they included a blank keyring. Don’t they usually have company tags on them?

    • But what if I need something else to compliment my Affliction shirt, Ed Hardy pants, lifted Ford Raptor 4×4 with TAPOUT decal, flat billed hat, tribal armband tattoo, and white sunglasses?

      • MR

        That’s what wallet chains are for. C’mon, man, it’s like you don’t even operate.

        • MR

          Bruh, I mean. Maybe I don’t operate, either.

    • Grindstone50k

      Glad we have you here to judge personal fashion choices of others and demean females.

    • iksnilol

      Funny thing is, I don’t have many keys so I attached them to a small flashlight I keep in my pocket. Because if I lose a key on its own I wouldn’t notice it, but I do notice the flashlight in my pocket.

  • lucusloc

    Why are dummy rounds so expensive? Snap caps run $3+ apiece, and these seem to run a little more than a dollar apiece. Is it too much to ask for dummy rounds cheap enough to buy in bulk?

    • Grindstone50k

      Supposedly the value is in their re-use. But as my 1911 has chewed up the rims on my snap-caps, I’m not so sure.

  • Grindstone50k

    >”Seeing as I don’t have a gun chambered in .45″
    I’d be willing to sacrifice my time and energy to review those for you…

    So how durable are the rims? I have some aluminum snap-caps that my 1911 has chewed the rims up when chambering.

    • Patrick R.

      The rims are polymer, so about as durable as polymer. The bonus to these is they are about $1 per dummy instead of the $3 per for a snap cap.

  • whamprod

    Patrick, thanks for the review. How’s Cooper?

    • Patrick R.

      He is doing well my friend. We need to get together for lunch soon.

  • Yellow Devil

    You can make them polymer and brightly colored all you want, they will still be confiscated by the TSA screeners at the airport.