Due to Ammo Shortage, California Police Now Training With Airsoft Guns

April 21 2013
by GSL Staff
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I guess private citizens aren’t the only ones having a tough time during the current ammo shortage.

According to the Washington Times, some California law enforcement officers have resorted to training with Airsoft guns due to their inability to secure ammunition for training and target practice.

This quote from the Washington Times from a police trainer shows the severity of the situation:

“Everybody is fighting for what is seems like a shrinking amount of ammunition out there,” said Lt. Louie Tirona, a firearms and tactics instructor for the Richmond Police Department who came up with the idea to use professional-grade airsoft guns in training drills.

“If we get to a situation where we’re low on ammunition, we can do simple drills with airsoft that would mimic what we would do with live fire,” said Lt. Tirona, who added the airsoft guns are much cheaper in comparison.

While higher end Airsoft guns can actually strongly mimic the look, feel and operation of the real thing, but lack the recoil and noise associated with real firearms.

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