[SHOT 2018] Cool Fire Trainer's C02 Kit Systems

by Miles

Cool Fire Trainers is a handgun training product company that emerged out of training for competitive handgun shooting. They have rifle training system (more geared to LE carbine use), but it belongs to a separate company and isn’t apart from Cool Fire Trainer line of products. The Cool Fire Trainer works by removing the barrel in your handgun, and switching it out with one of theirs. Their barrel is essentially a compact C02 tank in the proper dimensions of a barrel. You use your own magazines with dummy round contoured at an angle that lets the slide operate without the slide catch being engaged. There is a laser within the system that is engaged when the handgun is dry fired so shooters can see the impact of their “round” on a target. At the same time, the C02 is cycling the handgun, replicating the recoil, and also cycling the action. The idea is to have the ability to dry fire with similar recoil impulse to train for competition with your own firearm and your own magazines. A neat point about the laser is that it can be calibrated to the impact of the round, unlike many other dry fire laser barrels that simply have a laser in the center of the barrel and cannot be calibrated.

Currently, the company supports a number of 1911, Beretta, CZ-USA, Glock, S&W M&P, Sig, Taurus, and Tanfoglio models. A Walter PPQ model is coming soon as well. Prices for the barrel kits range from $399 to $499 depending on the mode chosen.

The barrel tanks are filed up from the muzzle from standard C02 tanks. The company makes adaptors that fit standard 20 oz tanks, as well as many popular Paintball tanks as well.

As far as malfunctions go, the system can be made to induce malfunctions such as a double feed, a stovepipe, and a failure to fire. This can be done by putting various objects in the way of the slide.

One point that must be made is that the C02 barrels extend past the muzzle of the firearm. This is usually fine for competition shooters that have open holsters but not for other holsters such as many IWB or OWB setups that don’t have openings for the muzzle at the bottom of the holster. To counteract this the company has made shorter barrel units that allow a better fit with some of these holsters but not all.


Infantry Marine, based in the Midwest. Specifically interested in small arms history, development, and usage within the MENA region and Central Asia. To that end, I run Silah Report, a website dedicated to analyzing small arms history and news out of MENA and Central Asia.Please feel free to get in touch with me about something I can add to a post, an error I've made, or if you just want to talk guns. I can be reached at miles@tfb.tv

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  • Brah Brah on Feb 08, 2018

    This is a very cool idea. It seems to run along the same lines as the USMC's ISMT (Indoor Simulated Marksmanship Training) but without all the software goodies. If I was a professional firearms instructor I would absolutely consider having one of these as another tool to use for teaching students.

  • Sledgecrowbar Sledgecrowbar on Feb 08, 2018

    After seeing Range Tech's image recognition software setup for dry fire training at home with nothing more than paper targets, a webcam, and a tablet (up on the third floor in the NEXT section), I decided to look into laser training systems, and this was my favorite because it uses your own firearm instead of a dummy gun with a similar CO2 operating system. The problem I have is the price. $400 is over 2000 rounds of live 9mm ammo shipped to my door now. Their parent company Dvorak has a newer/better system they sell for $2500, which I don't think anyone short of Olympic-class competitors could justify, and they're getting sponsorship money to pay for it. How much better can you get with 15,000 rounds of live fire training? Probably more than you'll use a $2500 slide-recoiling simulator barrel. $400 to me is the price point for buying another Glock. A Glock accessory for that price is a tough sell. They were offering $25 off at the show but I think it would need to be at least 25% to get me on the fence.