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DUMMY HANDGUNS FOR DUMMiES

Inert, realistic duplicates of handguns have a number of valid uses.

forgive the title. Those F"For Dummies" books you see all over the place seem vaguely insulting, don't they? They bothered me until I got a "Computers for Dummies" book and realized I didn't understand it ... sigh.

Dummy guns have been around for a while. In the early '50s, for just a few bucks you could get a cast metal duplicate of a Luger, a Walther P38, and Colts ranging from the GI 1911 to the snub-nose Cobra to the great old Single Action Army. Kids back then used them to play with and didn't like them because they wouldn't shoot caps, darts or those little plastic bullets. Today, such relics are collector's items.

Dummy handguns made a return to the scene in the latter 20th Century, when Jim Lindell and his firm Odin Press started manufacturing them. Jim was the creator of the famed Kansas City handgun retention and disarming system and wanted unshootable "drones" to train with because it was possible for a live

A Lindell aluminum dummy of the HK P7 (left) with a real one.

A Lindell aluminum dummy of the HK P7 (left) with a real one.

Lindell Aluminum Training Guns

round to get into a real gun used in that sort of training setting. Such tragedies have happened. Jim's concept of the dummy gun kept it from happening. His firm, Odin Press, is still the largest purveyor of metal dummy guns, with a wide variety available. Another firm,

Dummy guns enhance

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