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How sad is it that because real gun food is so hard to come by, we’re excited about a company announcing a new line of practice ammo? Traditions is intro’ing a new line of bogus bullets, correctly weighted and designed to enhance your dry fire and malf-handling experience. It’s also unconditionally guaranteed to not deplete your precious stores of the stuff that really goes bang. But is it just us, or does this stuff look a little too realistic for comfort? Press release after the jump . . .

Old Saybrook, CT (March 2013) – Traditions™ Performance Firearms is pleased to introduce their new Training Cartridges for 2013.

Traditions™ Training Cartridges are the only training cartridges available that meet all SAAMI (Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufactures Institute) specifications for dummy ammunition. The Training Cartridges are weighted like ammunition so when practicing, it feels just like the real thing. These training cartridges are perfect for function testing, dry-fire practicing, malfunction drills, teaching aids, and more!

Traditions™ Training Cartridges are precision assembled and have durable brass cases and rims meaning they will not become damaged like plastic dummies. Available in over 60 chamberings and gages, there is an extension selection of calibers for all shooters. A must have for all experience and non-experienced shooters!

For more information or to view Traditions™ complete line of products, go to, call 1-860-388-4656, or find them on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.


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    • A big +1, these look too real for me.

      Training rounds don’t need to LOOK like real rounds, just feel and function like them.

    • Black brass has been used on dummy rounds for decades, at least by gunsmiths. All my dummy rounds are black… and they weren’t made by this company, either.

      • Most of my live cartridges are shiny brass, but wolf .223 is a little too similar-looking to these dummies for comfort. And those shot shells could be live loads if you’re not staring at the primer. I’d prefer some out-of-this-world neon color & maybe stripey plastic or something to help with instant recognition of training rounds–not only for safety, but also to avoid losing a training round if I drop it.

  1. I always have mixed feelings about training rounds that look like real rounds. Rule #1 is always treat a gun as if its loaded. Not knowing reinforces this rule – having to rely on colors or feel gives a false sense of security. On the other hand, there is certainly the potential for mix up – especially if you mix it up in a life threatening situation and put the dummy ammo in.

  2. I could see getting the shotgun shells confused, but not the brass cased ammo. I have never personally seen black cases on live ammo, so I’d be unlikely to confuse them.

    • do an image search for Hornady TAP – plenty of black cased live ammunition.

      looks way too close for comfort for me. I’d rather it be blue, orange, or clear.

    • Volume/economy of scale possibly? You shoot away your ammo every range trip.

      On the other hand… Depending on your needs, you may only need to buy snap caps once (I’ve worn out snap caps, especially those cheap plastic ones). And a LOT of casual shooters don’t even bother to buy snap caps at all.

      Just a thought…

  3. The two should never mix.
    Take and put away real, bring in fake.
    Take and put away fake bring back real.
    Put fake in orange box with glow in dark stickers.
    Discipline folks, Discipline!

  4. I can see a future “should have been a DGU” – “Victim had just done an intensive series of dry-fire exercises with his new ultra-realistic practice ammo. So realistic that when he was awoken by an intruder later on that night, he “fired” six simulated shots at the invader, who proceeded to stab the man to death.”

    • Well, if the pistol’s all steel, he could still use it as a blunt instrument. Not like the intruder’s going to take it and shoot him with it.

  5. If you reload, or know someone who does you can have all the dummy ammo you want made up in no time for pocket change. Real bullet, a bit of sand in the case, and a fired primer and you’re off. As for the black case, it would be hard to differentiate from some Russian import ammo, especially in poor light, and as someone said, if you drop one in high grass, good luck.
    When I produced my dummies I spray painted all the bullets orange to make them unmistakably dummies.


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