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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.
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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.
I used this title for four legs of the AKC Junior Hunter title, and it and my dog did very well together. I never had a problem with the pistol. Friends advised me to stay away from the very cheap pistols, and I\\\'m so glad that I did!
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 1166 Reviewed: Featured Review
This is a great pistol. This is very well built and durable. The orange handle is very nice, makes it easy to see if you happen to drop it in the field
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 1145 Reviewed: Featured Review
"Used last evening for the first time for a seven team indoor meet and it performed flawlessly for more than 50 cycles with black powder caps and no cleaning. I am pleased with what I am seeing so far."
I am a Track and Field official and purchased three of these last summer for myself and other officials. Mine was used last evening for the first time for a seven team indoor meet and it performed flawlessly for more than 50 cycles with black powder caps and no cleaning. I am pleased with what I am seeing so far.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 3257 Reviewed: Featured Review
"Very pleased with the Alfa .22 blank/starter training pistol."
The Alfa is awesome for training dogs. My older dog is a 3 year old female. She kept wanting to break on the shot last year. This will allow me to pop off several rounds, so I can simulate a hunting situation and stop her from breaking. I will also use it to train two of her pups when I start introducing them to the gun.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 15145 Reviewed:
I work for one of the largest firearms manufacturers in the U.S. and I have to tell you I'm impressed. The fit and finish on this revolver are very nice. In fact the fit is so good on mine that the cylinder stop doesnt even leave a trace line on the cylinder. The gun has a nice heft to it and not only does it look like the real thing but it feels like the real thing. I especially like the both the lanyard ring and the bright orange grip, two very useful features. The grip is ergonomic, fills my hand and is very comfortable. The bright orange color is a huge plus in todays world by giving a visual indication that this 'may not' be the real deal. This is the new gold standard in blank firing revolvers and frankly leaves the very highly sought after H and R and NEF blank firing revolvers in the dust. The $200 price tag may seem a little pricey to some but this is one of those instances where you get what you pay for. In fact if you can even find a NEF or a HR in decent enough shape that you would want to own, try getting one for $200. To say that I'm pleased with this purchase would be an understatement!
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 26109 Reviewed:
I am a high school track and field official, I bought the Alpha because I heard one fired at a meet recently and most starters use a 22 caliber pistol from H and R which is no longer in business. The Alpha is much louder than the H and R. I'm extremely pleased with the gun. Thank you, Dennis Thibeault.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 27020 Reviewed:
"The starter gun is really easy to load and use just like a real revolver."
Liked: Easy to load/unload and reliable performance.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 1162 Reviewed:
"I use my Alfa 22 blank pistol to start indoor track meets. It works very well and is very loud. I have actually used it at outdoor track meets and it is louder than some 32 blank pistols I have used."
I use my Alfa 22 blank pistol to start indoor track meets. It works very well and is very loud. I have actually used it at outdoor track meets and it is louder than some 32 blank pistols I have used. I am very pleased with this pistol.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 1152 Reviewed:
I got my alpha pistol a few days ago and love it. It's well built and looks like it will last. It's no toy. I chose the.22 so I could use different levels of sound for pups and older dogs. I was told it might jam with acorns but pointing it down it works perfect. I like all the orange on it for safety. I feel the product is well worth the money.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 102 Reviewed:
"Make sure to sell blanks, dummy launcher blanks cause problems!"
All/Most of the Starters who have purchased a New or Replacement Pistol more recently have nothing else but. And if they need anything, Ammo, etc that is available at least within the same price range. They would rather pay a little extra than settle or hope for good and timely service. Some have rarely had a problem issue with others. But nobody feels they are JUST OK with your service level. It's not expected as much as assumed.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 10328 Reviewed:
I have used this product a lot -at least several times a week since it's purchase and have had no misfires. However it is very difficult to get the spent blanks out. I have to hit the cylinder with a bumper in order to get them out to reload. I am not the only one who experienced this difficulty.
It is not as good as my old NEF ( I lost the cylinder ) but better than many out on the market.
Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 1813 Reviewed:
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.
Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 30702 Reviewed:
"As long as I point it down or level, it works fine."
If I point the pistol up into the air, it sometimes doesn\'t want to fire because the blank cartridge slides back out of the cylinder and catches on the way to the firing position. As long as I point it down or level, it works fine.
Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 1182 Reviewed:
"the narrower bore end of the cylinder (which prevents use of true bullet rounds) tends to collect junk."
I'm not using the gun for a dog (but I love the Corgi), using it as a track&field official for race starting. we use the 22 indoors, I also have a 32 (from you) for outdoor meets. for indoor meets with the 22, I may shoot up to 50 or so rounds over 2 to 3 hours. outdoor meets can be either the same or a lot less depending on how the meet is set up.
we use black powder blanks as we need all of sound, flash, and smoke so that runners do not have to look at us while timers on the opposite end of a track can "see" a start without relying on sound, which can have a significant delay at those distances. both the 22 and 32 Alpha are excellent at that, especially due to the porting of blast and smoke out of the top of the barrel. meet participants have noted to me the better sound and flash/smoke of the Alpha compared to a different brand blank firing gun when used back to back in a meet.
with black powder, the gun must be cleaned after about 50 rounds, sometimes more frequently. the usual problem is that the cylinder will not open or will not go back into position while reloading. the usual cause is junk from spent rounds either clogging the shell ejector or collecting at the bore end of the cylinder. the narrower bore end of the cylinder (which prevents use of true bullet rounds) tends to collect junk. the extractor has tight enough tolerances that almost anything will impact its positioning. I typically carry at least a cleaning brush with me all the time.
Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 1173 Reviewed:
I have only used this one time, but it performed well. Had some trouble finding a holster. Trigger guard is oversized. It's a good thing for a glove hand but not a major problem either way. Ended up using a Judge holster. Report was much better than previous pistol. Outlet on top of the barrel works great, just need to be careful as flames do show.
Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 24565 Reviewed:
"Gun is fine, but I have 1 dog, and it keeps changing to 11."
The gun is very stiff, probably because it is new. Two of the chambers were very tight loading blanks and real hard to eject. I cleaned, brushed, and oiled moving parts thoroughly and am expecting better results next time out. It's too popular of a gun to be bad.
Product Rating: 3 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 27515 Reviewed:
"Action is rough and cylinder release hard to operate."
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