To some, it might seem like non-firing replica guns are just a pointless indulgence, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Historically accurate non-firing replicas, especially those that are authentically weighted and contain semi-functional actions and triggers, can be extremely useful. They offer a variety of practical as well as aesthetic applications. These are some of the best of them.
1. Dry fire training
There’s no completely ideal substitute for dry-fire training with a real firearm, but doing so safely requires complete and intimate knowledge of the firearm’s action and operation. Plus, dry fire training should never be attempted without snap caps to protect the hammer or firing pin.
Some non-firing replica guns can be used to simulate dry fire training. Using a replica instead of a real firearm will protect its internal springs and firing pins from wear and tear.
However, it’s not ideal to use a replica because handling will not be exactly the same. Moreover, the replica trigger will not be exactly the same as a real firearm’s – but it’s a close, and much safer, second.
Non-firing replicas can also be used for drills and training purposes without the inherent dangers associated with drilling with real firearms.
3. Firearm education and safe handling (if the replica has operable, moving parts)
If the replica is weighted properly and has a semi-functional action, then it can be used for the purposes of education and safe handling. An instructor can teach proper trigger discipline and general safe handling practices; in addition, a student can also become more familiar with the basic operation of the action before handling the corresponding real firearm.
4. As a prop in a movie or on stage
Another highly useful application for a non-firing replica gun is as a prop in a movie or on stage in a play. Using non-firing replicas is much safer than using disabled firearms; not to mention, many replicas are much more readily available and much more affordable. Moreover, depending on where the show is being performed or filmed, it might not be legally practical to use a real firearm.
Some reenactors carry airsoft guns; others carry real firearms, and others yet carry non-firing replicas. Depending on the replica, it can be made to be nearly indistinguishable from the real thing.
Therefore, in some situations, it would make more sense to use a non-firing replica than it would be to use an actual firearm – not to mention, potentially safer. High-quality replicas are ideal for those who engage in reenactments of the American Civil War, World War II, and other engagements. Both modern replicas and antique firearms – like replica flintlock pistols – are available to modern buyers.
6. Finishing a historical collection
If you own a historical collection and have made a display of it all, a non-firing replica can be a prime addition – especially if the display will be publicly accessible and you don’t want any visitors to your home or property to be able to damage your expensive historical collectibles. Using a non-firing replica instead of a real firearm safeguards the value of the collection as well.
Where Can You Get Non-Firing Replica Guns?
If you’re in the market for a non-firing replica gun to serve in lieu of a real firearm in any of the above-mentioned capacities or something equally unique, don’t put too much work into looking. Make it easy on yourself by visiting SARCO, Inc., online at SarcoInc.com.
They have one of the industry’s widest collections of firearms and parts, as well as replica firearms, pistol replicas, non-firing guns, and other replica weapons. Take a look through their online collection to find something unique and practical and if you need a little additional assistance get in touch with them at 610-250-3960.
You can also visit them in their shop in Easton, Pennsylvania, at 50 Hilton Street for the full experience.