Tam’s random gun post mentioned Ring’s Blueguns.

I’ve got one of these that replicates a Springfield XD-9 Service model. The detail is amazing. It’s a direct mold and that’s what makes it so nice. It has the same feel as your carry gun, fits in the same holsters, everything except weight, trigger pull (of course), and perhaps any custom mods you have have done (e.g. sights). In my case, I did have to take the Dremel to it because the grip safety button was molded too… but whereas on the real gun the safety depresses and you never feel it, it’s solid on the bluegun and thus doesn’t depress and is irritating in the hand; a little Dremel work and it was gone and feeling like the real XD would in the hand.

The great thing about such training aids is you can use them for all manner of training that doesn’t require live fire, nor would you want live fire. With this big block of blue plastic in your hand, there’s no mistaking it for a gun (no rules violations). It’s good for working with a partner… you have the bluegun in your concealed holster, you work with a partner in a live scenario, and you can roll right into defensive actions including drawing and pointing the bluegun at them. Safety.

I often use my bluegun at home when I’m practicing mixed combatives and don’t want to risk damage to any real guns while I’m practicing something. I also think it’s a little less bothersome for any neighbor that might see me practicing.

Rings offer a lot of things, not just guns (e.g. replica pepper spray cans, radios, etc.). It’s all meant to help you perform training exercises where you need the realism but not the dangers.

11 thoughts on “Blueguns

  1. That’s what more people need. Too often in martial arts/self defence classes people use weapons that just don’t convey enough realism.

    • I agree.

      Of course, what’s also good is more “live” training with such simulated weapons that actually do something. For instance, for firearms, to do Force-on-Force (FoF) training with Airsoft guns. If you’re doing knife training, you can still use rubber knives but dip the blades in chalk powder and wear black clothing… see how often you get “cut”.

      • Seems more practical than using black markers like I’ve heard in the past. I’m not sure the name of it, but I’ve also heard of a training knife that shocks you if you come into contact with a live end. I think I’d be more enthusiastic, even if the setting was somewhere around ‘static snap’.

  2. Wonderful training tools – the military uses them extensively. However, even though they are rubberized plastic, being bonked with one hurts about as bad as a real gun.

    Do not ask how I know that.

  3. I’m curious.

    Do you ever find yourself mildly “weirded out” pointing a blue gun at a live human? I’ve found myself a little freaked out with a toy gun in the past – I guess my internal caveman wiring has a hard time telling the difference. “Gun – point – human – unhg! Bad!”

    • Yeah, I still think that, even tho technically it’s not a gun well… you’re treating it like a gun and still you should treat it like a gun, the “rules” and all that. And so yes, it can still be a little weird to point it at someone (or yourself). BUT, we have to be mindful of our wiring, which we can use to help or hinder us… gotta keep thinking and not just revert to monkey brain, y’know?

      In the end, such training is good and well… how else can you do such training if you don’t consciously allow yourself to “break” the rules? You’re not truly breaking the rules because it’s not truly a gun. But the spirit of it all well… you just have to let the training do your best. That if YOU are “shooting” you still do things like being aware of your target and what’s behind it. But to get the proper stress response you need a training partner that’s going to point the bluegun at you to invoke that emotional/mental/physical response.

      It’s certainly an interesting thing to balance.

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