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Alfa .22 Caliber Double Action Blank Starter / Training Pistol

Rugged and reliable dual-action revolver. Superior Alfa manufacturing quality.

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These blank pistols are not props and can cause serious injury if used improperly. They are not recommended for use in theatrical productions or indoors.

The Alfa .22 caliber double-action blank starter pistol is a rugged and reliably designed dual-action revolver with superior manufacturing quality.


  • Limited lifetime manufacturer's warranty
  • Z-MAC zinc-aluminum frame and the high strength heat-treated steel parts
  • Automated drop safety lock and machine-tooled steel double-action-trigger mechanism for safety
  • Bright orange grips made of high impact polymer for visibility in the field
  • Orange safety cap on the solid barrel indicates this blank pistol is not a firearm
  • Six shot swing out cylinder allowing for easy loading and unloading
  • Lanyard ring in the bottom of the handle
  • Includes hardshell carrying case and cylinder cleaning brush

    NOTES: Fiocchi .22 caliber long crimped blanks or CCI .22 caliber short crimped blanks are recommended. If using crimped acorn blanks, you must point the Alfa .22 down when firing to prevent jamming (this does not occur with our other types of blanks).


    Barrel: 2"
    Overall Length: 7"
    Height: 5.25"
    Weight: 1.6 lbs.
    Capacity: 6
    Finish: Blued

    Use and/or possession of blank pistols (starter pistols) and blanks is prohibited and/or restricted in some jurisdictions. Laws change frequently. Therefore, all buyers should check with local authorities prior to ordering starter pistols, blank pistols, and/or blanks.

  • Limited Lifetime Warranty

    In addition to offering repair and service, Alfa-Proj warrants to the original purchaser that the product is free from defects in materials and workmanship under normal use. Damage due to abuse, misuse, neglect, or unauthorized adjustments or modifications made or attempted by anyone other than the stated factory repair service is excluded from this warranty. The Lifetime Service Policy covers functional defects. Alfa-Proj will repair or replace, at its option, any defects due to faulty materials or workmanship.

    The conditions of this warranty are twofold:

    First, the purchaser must return the warranty card with proof of retail purchase to: Elite Custom Guns, 2522 Tranquil Way, Sevierville, TN 37876-0170 within thirty days of purchase. Please include a copy of your purchase receipt.

    Second, the purchaser must notify Elite Custom Guns service department, in writing or by e-mail (, stating the difficulty experienced and the date and place of original purchase.

    Excluded from this warranty are malfunctions caused by misuse or abuse of the starter revolver, damage due to lack of proper cleaning and maintenance, unauthorized modification, adjustments or repairs, shipping damages, careless handling, normal wear and tear, and defective or improperly loaded ammunition and corrosion.

    Alfa-Proj's responsibility under this warranty is limited to the repair or replacement of the revolver. Responsibility or liability for damage to property other than the revolver, personal injury or death, or consequential damages is SPECIFICALLY EXCLUDED.

    Alfa .22 Caliber Blank Pistol

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    Transcript from Steve's Video:

    We're looking at the Alpha blank pistols. Alpha is a large-frame blank pistol. It's built on an actual gun frame, so it's got a lot of weight to it, a lot of feel. One of my favorite things about all the Alphas is that they come with orange handles, which makes them easy to find when you drop them in the field. They've also got the orange plug, which is required on a blank pistol.

    Alpha is a swing-out cylinder. What that means is you have a button to press. And when you open it up it stays in the cylinder. It has an ejector so that when your blanks are out you can fire them out. Comes with a lanyard ring, which I highly recommend that you strap it to yourself once it's in your holster. This is a large frame pistol. It will fit any of our large frame holsters.

    The Alpha comes in three different calibers. This is the .22 caliber. This is the .209 primer. And this is the .32 caliber.

    I prefer the .22 because you have three different volumes of blanks that you can use. You can use the small crimp blanks. You can use a medium crimp. And then you can use the loud Winchester .22 short blanks. So that gives you an increase in volume, which is great when you are working with a puppy.

    The .209 is probably the most popular we sell, and that's got to do with the price of the blanks. .22 caliber blanks are a little on the expensive side as far as per shot, where .209 primers are a good bit cheaper. The downside of .209 primers is that they are harder to come by because they cannot easily be shipped. So if you are getting a .209 pistol, you need to make sure that you can buy the primers locally. It's just a standard shotgun primer. I prefer CCI's. Most gun stores are going to have them, places that specialize in reloading.

    .32 is the least used of the ones that we sell, and a lot of that has to do with the blanks. They are for track and field and for field trials. Certain pointing dog field trials require a .32 caliber blank. I generally do not recommend them for folks that are dog training. The blanks are incredibly expensive.

    All three of the Alpha pistols are what are called double action pistols. What double action means is that you can either cock the pistol and then fire it or you can fire it without cocking it.

    All of the Alphas come with a hard-shell case. They also come with a cleaning rod. Highly recommend that you keep your blank pistols clean. Typically, if we see problems with them it's folks that just fire them all the time and never bother to clean them off. Any standard gun solvent is going to take care of them. It also depends on the blanks that you fire. The .22 shots are a very dirty blank and they require that you clean it on a more regular basis.

    I switch back and forth. With young puppies I use a .22 caliber because I can get that quiet. With older dogs I use a .209. Most people are not going to want that. So a lot of it depends on what you are doing. If you are using a .209 with puppies you just want to back off from them a good bit more and gradually introduce them to the gunfire. I would not take a .209 primer. A .209 primer is almost as loud as a .22 short. It might be as loud as a .22 short. For most people, the .22 is really the way to go. It just depends on how many blanks you are firing.

    These pistols cover all of our upland and retriever folks. And really good for rabbit hunters, coon hunters. Anybody that's going to be shooting around a dog, they need to gradually introduce the sound of gunfire to them. And blank pistols are the best way to do that. They're much safer than using an actual load. So you want to gradually introduce gunfire. We've got a couple articles on the website about that.

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    Customer Reviews

    80 Reviews
    76% (61)
    18% (14)
    4% (3)
    0% (0)
    3% (2)
    96% Recommend this product (77 of 80 responses)
    By Bill
    Great Starter Pistol
    November 1, 2022
    Bought this to train my German Wirehair to gun fire. Works awesome and using the small crimped rounds is ideal.
    • Great product with solid feel
    • None
    By Greg P.
    Vacaville, CA
    Great product
    March 17, 2021
    Purchased this as a replacement to my first blank gun. This one is smooth, easy to handle and do the job.
    By John R.
    Shelby Township, MI
    Does the Job - Very Well
    June 2, 2024
    I got this to use as a track and field starter.

    The first .22 starter pistol I bouught (not from Gun Dog Supply) was a piece of junk.

    This is solid, loud, and easy to use.

    The only downside, and I knew this going in, was that the blanks can sometimes wiggle out a little if you hold the gun up in the air.

    I wish I had bought this one a few years ago and saved myself the frustration.
    • Solid build
    • Loud
    • Easily visible
    • Quality Brand
    • Good price
    • Fast shipping
    • 6 shots instead of 8
    • smaller blanks can start to come out of the openings
    By Venson
    Richardson, TX
    Worked Perfectly
    April 15, 2024
    I bought this item to replace a broken starter pistol for track meets. It works perfectly and I could not have asked for a better product. The price was the best I saw on the internet. Other sites had this priced at a $100 more that Gun Dog supply.
    • Easy to load, easy to clean, easy to operate.
    • I have not noted any.
    By Joseph B.
    Swansea. M A
    Excellent starter pistol
    April 3, 2024
    Very comfortable feel and excellent function
    Best starting pistol I have used. Weight distribution is excellent
    • Excellent device
    • None
    By Bonnie
    Kingston, Oklahoma
    Quick Shipping~Great Products!
    September 21, 2023
    Always fast shipping and great products!!!
    By Bill A.
    Wilmington DE
    Quality at Affordable Price
    August 17, 2022
    I just purchased my fifth Alfa, with the first purchase several years ago for myself and the subsequent purchases being for a small retriever club I belong to in SE PA. These guns are of a robust quality and they are worth the price. I have purchased other brands in the past for less but they began to consistently fail after minimal use.
    • Robust parts and orange grip so it stands out. Single and double action.
    • Don't try to take this gun apart to clean the insides unless you know what you are doing. It has few springs that need to be pinned in place before you take the side plate off. (which is my reason for four stars instead of two)
    By David
    August 3, 2022
    Hard to get the spent round out of the cylinder
    • Availability of rounds
    • Casings don't come out easily
    By Anonymous
    North tonawanda, new york
    Very satisfied
    September 8, 2021
    Product was shipped in perfect condition and arrived early
    • Very easy to work with this company
    • None
    By Matthew V.
    Eugene, Oregon
    Alpha .22
    August 19, 2021
    Excellent quality-always great service. Sturdy and well built, should last for years.
    By Larry S.
    Cedar Grove wis.
    Great Product
    August 18, 2021
    Very well built and easy to use and clean. Plan on getting more.
    • Comes with a nice carrying case to it doesn't get banged up riding in my truck.
    • Expensive, but beats the cheap ones that fall apart after only a few months.
    By steve c.
    Works well
    April 1, 2021
    Own the same model in 209. Could not find 209 primers due to ammo shortage. 209 version has worked flawless for over 5 years. 22 version fires ramset shot without any problems.
    • 22 cal ramset shot readily available
    By David H.
    Mercer Island, WA
    Dog Training 22 cal blank pistol
    March 24, 2021
    This pistol is quality, quality, quality!!!

    Some time ago, I purchased another brand (foreign manufacture) 22 cal dog training pistol and had continuous difficulty with miss fire, problems with rotation of cylinder, on and on. I managed to get thru initial stages of exposing my pup to gun fire but was thoroughly disgusted with the pistol. I tried to contact the company > no response. I have a new pup coming and need a reliable training pistol.
    The Alfa handles, literally, the same as a regular revolver, weight, function, etc. It is expensive but well worth the price.
    • Please read above, All "Pros".
    • None
    By Jim N.
    boise, Id.
    Well built, cycles great
    March 20, 2021
    Everything I hoped it would be. No it's not a colt python action, but it works well. The leather holster is in the same vein. Solid and well built for the money. Weighs like a real gun, which I personally don't mind.
    • Built solid, cycles well.
    • Heavyish, and wouldn't mind 8 round capacity vs 6.
    By Tim G.
    Solidly built
    March 19, 2021
    I bought the Alfa .22 caliber starter pistol and I am impressed with the overall quality of the pistol. I needed a reliable starter pistol, because when training dogs timing is everything, and cheaper pistols will let you down and you'll miss the precise training moment with cheaper equipment. The Alfa works very well, and in all conditions. The extra cost is money well spent.
    • Safety Orange color
    • Nice storage case
    • Secure lanyard attachment
    By Judy
    Huntley, Illinois
    Exactly what I was looking for to replace my old training pistol.
    February 12, 2021
    Love the orange handle and the tie ring on the bottom - although none of us ever drop and lose our training pistols, right. The gentleman I spoke with was very knowledgeable and the ordering was straightforward and easy. I had the gun in a couple of days. Thanks.
    By Gil C.
    Bellmore, NY
    December 19, 2020
    Fast service and a quality product
    • Quality product
    By Thomas
    Well made blank gun
    October 21, 2020
    The Alfa .22 caliber blank gun, It is well made, feels like it has quality through and through! has not missed a beat since I have started using it, both in single and double action. love the orange handle just in case you drop it in the heat of training action.
    • Heavy duty, orange handle, quality!
    • None
    By Aaron A.
    Brooks CA
    Works Great
    October 9, 2020
    No complaints and easy to use.
    By Juan
    El Paso, Texas
    Feels great in the hand
    September 23, 2020
    Great solid product. With good upkeep it should last a good while or lifetime.
    By Jim
    St. Louis, MO
    The .22 model is junk The 209 primer model is much better
    August 26, 2020
    I returned my original .22 alfa because after firing it, the spent casing do not come out of the cylinder without using something to force them out. After receiving a replacement .22 and shooting several different mfg blanks, the same thing. Shoot one round and you can not extract the casing without force. So frustrating! Buyer beware.
    By Thomas
    Review for Alfa .22 Caliber Double Action Blank Starter / Training Pistol
    October 19, 2018
    High quality pistol. Easy to use and travels well.

    By Ryan M.
    Review for Alfa .22 Caliber Double Action Blank Starter / Training Pistol
    October 18, 2018
    By Luke N.
    Review for Alfa .22 Caliber Double Action Blank Starter / Training Pistol
    October 18, 2018

    By Tom B.
    Review for Alfa .22 Caliber Double Action Blank Starter / Training Pistol
    October 11, 2018

    By David C.
    Review for Alfa .22 Caliber Double Action Blank Starter / Training Pistol
    August 3, 2016
    Very loud. Best to use ear muffs. No problems ejecting empties. I tried a load meant for the dummy launcher. Won't do that again.
    By Charles M.
    Review for Alfa .22 Caliber Double Action Blank Starter / Training Pistol
    July 19, 2016
    I'm a Starter for Track and Field races, and that's the primary use of my Alfa .22 caliber blank starter. I just put 150 blanks through it, July 16, 2016, and it worked flawlessly. I used BOTH, crimped and blank cartridges, and both worked great. One note, if you use 'crimps' you'll need to point the barrel down, or horizontal to the ground to prevent the crimps from moving. I gave it '4-Stars' because I've only used it once. However, after cleaning it, I don't expect any problems and look forward to using in the upcoming track seasons.
    By Carol M.
    Review for Alfa .22 Caliber Double Action Blank Starter / Training Pistol
    June 17, 2016
    Arrived ready to go. I took it out of the box, read the instructions, loaded it and began using it with ducks to work with my dog. Easy to load/unload. Came with a box of blanks and a cleaning brush.
    By Stephanie D.
    Review for Alfa .22 Caliber Double Action Blank Starter / Training Pistol
    May 22, 2016
    I am glad I spoke to a representative as he steered me in the right direction. The gun is awesome.
    By George C.
    Review for Alfa .22 Caliber Double Action Blank Starter / Training Pistol
    May 17, 2016
    It has worked with all the FAT that I have worked with. I would and have recommended it to all young track starters.

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