Are Airsoft guns a viable and worthy training tool for shooting?
Very little. They're ok for teaching some safety and handling. For actual aiming and shooting you need to use a real gun and preferably the particular gun you want to be good with. One handgun will still feel very different from another.
Airsoft weapons are an excellent training aid for shooting. Despite what others might think in terms of real guns versus airsoft, the principals of marksmanship remain constant. In some airsoft weapons the replication of their real steal counterpart is remarkable especially when it comes to the trigger group in some of the Gas Blow Back models. Airsoft weapons far exceed their value as strictly a safety training device. Pellet rifles are also an excellent training aid to shooting. You can get a pellet rifle with an FPS higher that a regular .22 rifle. It's just a lot cheaper to learn on.
The airsoft I have must not be as good as yours.... it felt nothing like any of the real guns I own. It's a scar and the aim on it is terrible, nothing like the real scar we own!!
You would have to explain to me by what you mean when it comes to feel. I don't understand how feel comes into play for forming a site picture. It's true some of the cheap ones are never accurate.
By feel I mean all the little things you have to do to compensate for kickback in a real gun. I could practice all I want with a gun without kick and then the kickback of a real gun would flush it all down the toilet.
I think you are referring to recoil. For some weapons it is very difficult to get used to especially if one lacks a certain amount of stature. However, recoil has no effect on aim or trigger control.
This is more of what I am asking, I love shooting, but I want to perfect my drawing, sight picture and follow up shots, since it is getting very expensive to go the range weekly.
The most accurate Airsoft gun I have in a Win Gun Colt Python. It freaks people out on how real it looks. Cheap to run on CO2 and BBs. My KJ 1911 MEU is great on CO2 Mag.
The Airsoft platforms provide a much safer platform for training allowing for basic and advanced shooter training in a much safer environment reducing the risks of injury or death from a negligent discharge.
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