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Steve Says:

Using a .209 blank pistol is a great way to save a few bucks:
  • 209 shotgun primers are very inexpensive compared to other blanks.
  • 209 shotgun primers are pretty easy to find locally.

    We DO NOT sell the 209 primers since they are VERY expensive to ship because of additional handling fees. Make sure you can get them locally. Any good gun shop will have them for folks that reload shotgun shells.

    Double Action means that you can "cock" the starter pistol and fire it or you can pull the trigger without cocking the hammer. It will fire either way - that's Double Action.

    This blank pistol is our highest-quality primer pistol. This is what I use for my dog training.


  • 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.




    "Works fine with no problems."

    By: James R. Coulter From VA

    Chesapeake Bay Retriever. Owns 2 dogs. Competes.

    Works fine with no problems.

    Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 1137
    Reviewed: 2011-07-26
    "Had mine for two years. Best one I ever bought. Others give out after a month or two."

    By: Clark Thompson

    Shepard.

    Had mine for two years use at PD in swat training best one I ever bought others give out after a month or two

    Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 3224
    Reviewed: 2012-11-16
    "Worth every penny"

    By: David Schneider

    German Shorthaired Ptr. Owns 4 dogs. Hunts. Family pet. Competes.

    worth every penny

    Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 4238
    Reviewed: 2013-10-22
    "After 4 years, I wish that I bought it sooner. Never failed."

    By: Harold Petsch From WI

    labs. Owns 2 dogs. Hunts.

    After 4 years. I wish that I bought it sooner
    Never failed. My other cheaper pistols broke & had to be replaced after 2 years!


    Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 4758
    Reviewed: 2013-10-31
    "Super nice! Works every time!"

    By: Steven Pitrucha From TX

    Hunts. Competes.

    Super nice! Works every time!

    Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 5849
    Reviewed: 2013-11-27
    "It was at my house in 2 days!"

    By: Deb Anderson From SD

    Owns 4 dogs. Hunts. Competes.

    Placed my order on a Sunday, and it was at my house in 2 days!

    Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 9816
    Reviewed: 2014-04-09
    "It's everything that I had expected."

    By: Robert Lombardi From CT

    Owns 11 dogs. Hunts.

    It's everything that I had expected.

    Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 13554
    Reviewed: 2014-09-08
    "I couldn't be happier with it."

    By: Robert Lombardi From CT

    English Cocker. Hunts.

    I couldn't be happier with it.

    Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 13282
    Reviewed: 2014-08-30
    "High quality, solid feel and balance."

    By: David McDonald From TX

    Hunts. Family pet. Competes.

    Very nice blank gun. High quality, solid feel and balance. Runs good single or double-action. Pretty loud, which is the desired result. I would endorse this model to anyone who is serious about their tools and training.

    Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 13161
    Reviewed: 2014-08-26
    "Rugged and loud."

    By: Lee From Rural RI

    Owns 4 dogs. Family pet.

    Rugged and loud. When small fireworks were legalized in RI about ten years ago, I started using 22 blanks to keep Canadian geese from destroying my lawn on the river's edge. Now the 209's do it. My dogs also perk up when they hear the pop, and they come in to me if they are out in the fields. The low cost of the primers is the main reason for getting the Alfa pistol, and even though I've already had one jam in the first fifty rounds, the gun seems solid and easy to use.

    Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 15240
    Reviewed: 2014-11-05
    "Pistol was as ordered."

    By: Stephen Moore From WA

    Hunts. Competes.

    Pistol was as ordered.

    Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 16105
    Reviewed: 2014-11-30
    "good for competitions"

    By: SW From FL

    Owns 5 dogs. Hunts. Family pet. Competes.

    Louder than a 22. Maybe not so good for starting a pup, but good for competitions.

    Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 15170
    Reviewed: 2014-11-04
    "Very Satisfied!!"

    By: Roger Ehret From IL

    Hunts. Competes.

    This is my 2nd Alfa Starter Pistol. Very Satisfied!!

    Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 18375
    Reviewed: 2015-02-05
    "Just purchased my new Alfa pistol, and it works great."

    By: Herb Girtz From MN

    Hunts.

    Just purchased my new Alfa pistol, and it works great. It has a nice feel with good hand grips and a solid action.

    Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 18341
    Reviewed: 2015-02-03
    "Very reliable."

    By: Nick Moe From MI

    Owns 4 dogs. Hunts. Competes.

    Very reliable.

    Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 19611
    Reviewed: 2015-03-21
    "I got 1000 209 primers for $37"

    By: Chris Doggett From TX

    Owns 3 dogs. Hunts.

    Was having a tough time finding blanks for my .22 caliber blank gun, plus they were expensive. I got 1000 209 primers for $37

    Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 19696
    Reviewed: 2015-03-26
    "Every high school track starter should consider this starting gun."

    By: James Beecroft From MN

    Every high school track starter should consider this starting gun. The retort is loud enough and concussive enough for all automatic timing systems, and you will save at least fifty dollars a meet or more on spent powder.

    Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 19987
    Reviewed: 2015-04-07
    "Excellent pistol."

    By: RICHARD ANDREWS From IL

    Competes.

    Excellent pistol. Finally have one worth the money.

    Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 20210
    Reviewed: 2015-04-15
    "Best gun out there."

    By: BARRY BRANDT From NE

    Owns 2 dogs. Best gun out there. The cheaper ones will work for a year or so, but spend the money and buy this one that will last forever.

    Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 20437
    Reviewed: 2015-04-25
    "Shipping was fast and quality of product is great!"

    By: Andrew From IA

    Shipping was fast and quality of product is great! I have already recommended GDS to a few friends for their next purchase!

    Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 21159
    Reviewed: 2015-05-27
    "This gun is very well made."

    By: Robert Matson From PA

    Owns 3 dogs. I wanted a training pistol that had a locking cylinder. My new pistol has performed flawlessly since the day it arrived. I expect this gun to last me a very long time. This gun is very well made.

    Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 21485
    Reviewed: 2015-06-09
    "Best tool out on the market today!"

    By: BRIAN SMITH From OH

    Owns 2 dogs. Hunts. Family pet. Competes.

    Just had a chance to try it at a trial. Best tool out on the market today!

    Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 23778
    Reviewed: 2015-09-27
    Customer Review #26858

    By: Carl Hampton From CA

    Labs. Owns 20 dogs. Hunts.

    Nice pistol.

    Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 26858
    Reviewed: 2016-01-30
    Customer Review #27832

    By: Clifton Satterwhite From SC

    I am a Track and Field starter and ordered the incorrect pistol. Gun Dog is a very good company and I am sending back the Alfa primer and ordering the Alfa 32 blank starter. Gun Dog Supply responds very fast and gets your order to you quickly.

    Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 27832
    Reviewed: 2016-03-06
    Customer Review #27818

    By: Edward Livaudais From LA

    Hunts. Family pet. Competes.

    Only had this pistol for a short period but like the feel and action. Feels like a solid product and look forward to a long service life.

    Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 27818
    Reviewed: 2016-03-06
    Customer Review #28533

    By: Peter Law From CA

    Lab. Owns 2 dogs. Hunts. Family pet. Competes.

    A great product. I wish I had purchased sooner. Ordering was easy and shipped out quickly. Thanks Steve!

    Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 28533
    Reviewed: 2016-04-02
    Customer Review #29661

    By: Mark Yacobucci From VA

    Hunts. Family pet. Competes.

    High quality piece of equipment that you can rely on for years to come. We use these in our trial practices and they are great.

    Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 29661
    Reviewed: 2016-05-24
    Customer Review #29794

    By: Mike Stolhand From OK

    Owns 5 dogs. So far it's great! The trigger pull is much better than my old starter pistol. Solid made pistol, should last for years.

    Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 29794
    Reviewed: 2016-05-31
    Customer Review #30996

    By: JB 19 From NH

    Owns 4 dogs. Hunts. Family pet.

    I did a lot of research before I bought this starter pistol. Belonging to a bunch of Versatile Hunting Dog Clubs, I had the opportunity to try numerous pistols. The Alfa pistol proved to be the most reliable. The quality of the pistol speaks for itself.

    Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 30996
    Reviewed: 2016-08-04
    Customer Review #30972

    By: Elizabeth Stromeyer From MA

    Owns 2 dogs. Very solid piece. Trigger pull not too heavy to use double action even with lady hands!! 209's nice loud report. Easy to load and unload. Overall a big improvement over the .22 blank pistol we've been using. Orange grip's a great idea. Makes it easy to locate in the training pack.

    Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 30972
    Reviewed: 2016-08-03
    Customer Review #31592

    By: Janice Masica From MI

    Golden Retrievers. Owns 3 dogs. Hunts. Family pet. Competes.

    A friend of mine has this gun and I really liked it, so when my first, cheap starter pistol died on me, there was no question that this was going to be my new gun. I love it!

    Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 31592
    Reviewed: 2016-09-21
    Customer Review #31909

    By: PATRICK WATT From IN

    GSP. Owns 12 dogs. Hunts. Family pet.

    Great training pistol!

    Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 31909
    Reviewed: 2016-10-18
    "Its a great training tool and always fires!"

    By: Perry Puncochar From MN

    Labs. Owns 7 dogs. Hunts. Family pet. Competes.

    Its a great training tool and always fires!!

    Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 1175
    Reviewed: 2011-07-26
    "excellent product"

    By: No Name

    labs. Owns 2 dogs. Hunts. Competes.

    excellent product

    Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 1179
    Reviewed: 2011-07-26
    "Awesome!!!"

    By: Stephen From IL

    Lab. Hunts. Family pet. Competes.

    Awesome!!!

    Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 1184
    Reviewed: 2011-07-26
    "Reliable, easy to load and well built."

    By: Michael Black From AK

    Lab. Competes.

    Reliable, easy to load and well built. For a trainer (amateur or professional) you can not have equipment that fails you in the field and this pistol has not failed.

    Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 1186
    Reviewed: 2011-07-26
    "If you are looking for a great training 209 primer pistol get the Alfa 209!"

    By: Luis Bouza

    Lab Retriever. Owns 2 dogs. Hunts. Family pet. Competes.

    If you are looking for a great training 209 primer pistol get the Alfa 209! It is well built, and reliable. It takes any 209 primer which are very easy to find and very inexpensive. The shots are clear and laud. I highly recommend it!

    Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 1196
    Reviewed: 2011-07-26
    "holding up very well with frequent use"

    By: Leroy Buckler From MD

    lab. Owns 3 dogs. Competes.

    reliable shoots every time

    holding up very well with frequent use

    have recomended it to several others, all are pleased


    Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 1197
    Reviewed: 2011-07-26
    "Winchester primers work the best, others must expand when fired and don't eject easy"

    By: John Luttrell From SD

    Labradors,Springer. Owns 5 dogs. Hunts. Family pet. Competes.

    Winchester primers work the best, others must expand when fired and don't eject easy

    Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 1202
    Reviewed: 2011-07-27
    "Built like a gun, not a toy."

    By: Jeff M From OR

    black labs. Owns 2 dogs. Hunts. Family pet. Competes.

    Built like a gun, not a toy.

    Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 1208
    Reviewed: 2011-07-27
    "I have shot hundreds of primers through this training pistol without as much as a missfire. Worth every cent.... "

    By: Mark Helmer

    Labradors. Owns 2 dogs. Hunts. Family pet. Competes.

    I am currently training two dogs at the Master Hunt test level. I have also co-instructed a class for retrievers at a retriever club for the last three years. I have shot hundreds of primers through this training pistol without as much as a missfire. Worth every cent....

    Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 1251
    Reviewed: 2011-07-27
    "Very happy with the pistol."

    By: George Meddaugh

    Black Lab. Hunts. Family pet. Competes.

    Very happy with the pistol. Thank You.

    Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 1255
    Reviewed: 2011-07-27
    "Works great!!"

    By: Rick Coffman From IA

    golden retriever. Hunts. Family pet. Competes.

    Works great!!

    Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 1266
    Reviewed: 2011-07-27
    "Worked every time."

    By: Anthony Chillura From TX

    GSPs,Labradors,English Springer Spaniels. Owns 6 dogs. Hunts. Family pet. Competes.

    Worked every time. Easy to use. Primers are easy to find.

    Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 1698
    Reviewed: 2011-08-05
    "Durable, reliable, and no issues."

    By: Will Sanborn

    Love the Alfa 209. Best starter pistol/blank gun I have ever owned. Durable, reliable, and no issues. I have recommended it to friends.

    Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 1702
    Reviewed: 2011-08-05
    "Absolutely great"

    By: Felicia Russell From OK

    The pistol was absolutely great until someone accidentally poured an energy drink in my gear bag without telling me. Of course, it would have been a little hard for the dog to explain in a way I would have understood. Regardless, let's just say I have good reason to believe Monster drinks are a bit corrosive. I loved the pistol. I'll be getting another soon.


    Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 1705
    Reviewed: 2011-08-05
    "Top shelf. Flawless"

    By: T Trier

    I use both the Alpha 22 and 32 to start track events. Both are top shelf pieces that work flawlessly. I bought both at gundogsupply because of the good price and friendliness! I buy the hard to get black powder shells from gundogsupply as well. I use the 22 for work at the start line because it isn't as loud. The 32 is really loud and I use it when starting away from the starting line or when there is a big starting stagger.

    Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 1706
    Reviewed: 2011-08-05
    "The gun is very realistic when used for training in the field."

    By: Angie Haas From WI

    German Shorthairs. Owns 4 dogs. Hunts. Family pet. Competes.

    It a great tool for training. The gun is very realistic when used for training in the field.

    Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 1829
    Reviewed: 2011-08-29
    "Very reliable, easy to load and unload."

    By: Douglas Miller From SC

    GSP. Owns 2 dogs. Hunts. Competes.

    Very reliable, easy to load and unload. Will last a very long time.

    Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 2296
    Reviewed: 2011-09-01
    "This is the one you want."

    By: Tim Richardson From TX

    Labrador. Owns 3 dogs. Hunts. Family pet. Competes.

    Some primers didn't fit in the gun very well. Drilled out the cylinders and that fixed the problem. Never have had any problems with the gun. Heavy construction. Worth every penny. Don't waste your money on cheap training pistols. This is the one you want.

    Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 1138
    Reviewed: 2011-07-26
    "A great tool to have when training"

    By: Jim Wood From NJ

    1GWP 2GSP. Owns 3 dogs. Hunts.

    Quality is great i use pistol min. 4 times a week no problem cheap to use, works great. I had a n.E.F. Was a good gun but as it got older the pin would fall out once i lost the cyl., No way with the alpha just a great tool to have when training. Jim

    Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 1139
    Reviewed: 2011-07-26
    "I have been through 2 other training pistols that did not stand up to all weather conditions or heavy use, this one does."

    By: Pat Sake From WI

    The most durable, rugged and reliable starter pistol I have ever owned. I have been through 2 other training pistols that did not stand up to all weather conditions or heavy use, this one does. The 209 primers obviusly have the real shotgun sound, are economical and readily available. Definitely worth the investment for the exceptional quality.

    Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 1140
    Reviewed: 2011-07-26
    "I have now used this pistol for a year shooting over 500 rounds through it with no difficulties."

    By: Stan Scoble From MB

    Labrador Retriever. Owns 2 dogs. Hunts. Competes.

    I have now used this pistol for a year shooting over 500 rounds through it with no difficulties. This pistol must be kept clean, and serviced routinely should last me a number of years.

    The only alteration I made was to remove the lanyard ring. I believe a light belt holster is more practical for dog training purposes where use of both hands is required.

    Stan


    Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 1172
    Reviewed: 2011-07-26
    "good solid pistol"

    By: Stephen Zalick From NJ

    bouvier. Family pet. Competes.

    good solid pistol, way better than the cheap versions.....fairly loud report for primer used....overall quite satisfied

    Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 1143
    Reviewed: 2011-07-26
    "Very well made compared to other starter pistols I have, and the primers for it are relatively cheap!"

    By: Kaj Larson From KS

    German Shorthairs Pointers. Owns 20 dogs. Hunts. Family pet. Competes.

    The Alfa 209 Primer Starter Pistol I purchased from Gun Dog Supply is excellent. It is very well made compared to other starter pistols I have and the primers for it are relatively cheap! Gun Dog Supply's shipping was also very quick and their website is user friendly!

    Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 1169
    Reviewed: 2011-07-26
    "Great quality and reliability"

    By: Michael Ayers From NY

    Labrador Retriever. Hunts.

    Great quality and reliability

    Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 1168
    Reviewed: 2011-07-26
    "Went through 60 shots flawlessly."

    By: Steve Griffis From NE

    Brittany. Hunts. Family pet.

    Dang Reliable, love this startergun, Used it at
    a track meet when theirs died, went through 60
    shots flawlessly, it performs well, easy to clean.
    great product.
    SMG Central Nebraska


    Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 1144
    Reviewed: 2011-07-26
    "The Alfa is well made, works smoothly and is much more durable than other brands."

    By: Lon From WA

    pointing labs. Owns 2 dogs. Hunts.

    I've used many brands of blank pistols and most of them are so cheaply made that you spend time tinkering around and less time dog training. The Alfa is well made, works smoothly and is much more durable than other brands. It's a bit pricey but with the blaze orange grip its hard to misplace.

    Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 1160
    Reviewed: 2011-07-26
    "Best on the market for handler/trainer who trains more than one dog every 7-10 years."

    By: Roger M. Green

    Deutsch-Drahthaar. Owns 5 dogs. Hunts. Family pet.

    Best on the market for handler/trainer who trains more than one dog every 7-10 years. The Alfa is a professional quality training aid. RmG

    Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 1155
    Reviewed: 2011-07-26
    "I like the weight and it is easy to load."

    By: M Elaine Goodner From OR

    labrador. Owns 2 dogs. Competes.

    I like the weight and it is easy to load.

    Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 1153
    Reviewed: 2011-07-26
    "Great product- well built and perfect functionality."

    By: Mike Poehler From IL

    Brittanys. Owns 5 dogs. Hunts. Family pet. Competes.

    Great product- well built and perfect functionality. The only drawback for me is the weight. Pretty heavy for wearing all day training or at a Field Trial, though some may prefer this as you'll surely notice if you drop it and the Orange grips make it easy to find and fit nice in your hand.

    Wish they still offered it in nickle finish though-


    Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 1268
    Reviewed: 2011-07-27
    Customer Review #27702

    By: Stan Scoble From

    Owns 2 dogs. Hunts. Competes.

    When you receive the pistol ensure that the excess lubricant is thoroughly removed before firing, other than that it works as designed and intended.

    Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 27702
    Reviewed: 2016-03-02
    "No problems and fired hundreds of times"

    By: Gregory Lee

    Labs. Competes.

    Like all guns, you must clean it occassionally. Otherwise works great. No problems and fired hundreds of times

    Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 5339
    Reviewed: 2013-11-12
    "Excellent starter pistol and functions great."

    By: Ron Jenks From MI

    Hunts. Competes.

    Excellent starter pistol and functions great. Just a bit heavier than expected. Other than that, it's nice.

    Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 11174
    Reviewed: 2014-05-30
    "Fires reliably"

    By: Paul Hansen From IL

    Pointer. Owns 8 dogs. Hunts. Competes.

    Fires reliably but is too heavy and should have been manufactured with an eight shot cylinder

    Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 1199
    Reviewed: 2011-07-26
    "Well built"

    By: Scott Bodenstab From TX

    GSP. Owns 5 dogs. Hunts. Family pet. Competes.

    Like:
    Well built.
    Easy to handle and has never not fired.

    Don'ts:
    Little too heavy.
    Harder to squeeze trigger for women and younger kids while helping me train.
    Pro trainer says he has worn one out in a couple years.
    Had Six Shooter that got stolen. Really liked it. Lighter and easier to pull trigger.


    Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 1165
    Reviewed: 2011-07-26
    "stainless steel would be better"

    By: Jack Gravely

    Labs. Owns 2 dogs. Hunts. Competes.

    stainless steel would be better

    Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 1171
    Reviewed: 2011-07-26
    "In the short time I have had this pistol it has operated very well and appears well made."

    By: Stan Scoble From

    Owns 2 dogs. Hunts. Competes.

    In the short time I have had this pistol it has operated very well and appears well made.

    Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 19323
    Reviewed: 2015-03-11
    "When I tried to clean it part of the mechanism at the firing pin came loose and fell into the works."

    By: Thaddeus Belefski

    field bred English springer spaniel. Hunts. Family pet. Competes.

    When I tried to clean it part of the mechanism at the firing pin came loose and fell into the works. I had to take it to a gun smith to repair it. I didn't expect that dabbing it with solvent could loosen something. Otherwise it has performed flawlessly.

    Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 1177
    Reviewed: 2011-07-26
    "Easy to shoot."

    By: Sharon D From MD

    Owns 2 dogs. Hunts.

    Easy to shoot. Very pleased.

    Product Rating: 4 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 17073
    Reviewed: 2014-12-28
    "It's a little off to the left."

    By: Terrell Cooke From Tx

    Owns 15 dogs. Hunts.

    It's a little off to the left.

    Product Rating: 3 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 20684
    Reviewed: 2015-05-05
    Customer Review #1136

    By: Tim Harris

    Labs,Goldens,Chessies. Owns 12 dogs. Hunts. Competes.

    I'm a professional trainer (www.ruggedretrievers.com) and use the blank pistols on a daily basis. The Alpha 209 Primer Pistol is probably one of the worst I have ever owned. I purchased 4 of these a few years ago. Had not even had them 6 months when problems started. I am now down to 1 working Alpha pistol. A complete waste of money. I will never purchase these again, nor will I recommend them. Since the H&R .22 caliber, 9 shot blank pistols are no longer being produced, I am still looking for a reliable blank pistol that will stand up to daily use.

    Product Rating: 1 out of 5-stars.
    Review ID: 1136
    Reviewed: 2011-07-26
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    Alfa 209 Primer Starter Pistol

    "Our highest-quality primer pistol. This is what I use for my dog training." -- Steve

    Alfa 209 Primer Starter Pistol
    $199.95
    Code: 2182
    Temporarily sold out. Expected to be back in stock by late February, 2017.

    Alfa 209 Case and Accessories Alfa 209 Barrel Detail Alfa 209 Shell Ejector Alfa 209 Cylinder Detail Alfa 209 Hammer Detail Alfa 209 Grip Detail

    Video of Alfa 209 Primer Starter Pistol


    Restricted shipping. ONLY Available to U.S. addresses accessible via UPS. Shipping prohibited to Puerto Rico.


    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.


    Alfa 209 double action revolvers are rugged and reliable.

  • Limited Lifetime Manufacturer's Warranty
  • Bright orange grips -- easy to find if you drop it in the field
  • Grips made of high impact polymer
  • 6 shot swing out cylinder allows easy loading and unloading
  • A lanyard ring is included for security
  • Bright orange cap on the barrel is a reminder that the revolver is not a firearm
  • Comes complete with a carrying case and cylinder cleaning brush
  • .209 primers recommended


  • The design and superior manufacturing quality of the Alfa is at the same level as those of licensed arms. The Z-MAC zinc-aluminum frame with a rust resistant blued finish and the high strength heat-treated steel parts promise trouble free usage. Thanks to the automated drop safety lock and machine tooled steel double-action-trigger mechanism the revolvers are absolutely safe.

    Alfa 209 Primer Blank Pistol Specifications:

    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 pistols and/or blanks.

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    Alfa Blank Pistol Owner's Manual, downloadable in .pdf format.
    Click here to read the Alfa Blank Pistol Owner's Manual.


    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 (elitecustomguns@gmail.com), 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.

    Country of Origin: Made in Czech Republic.


    Alfa 209 Primer Starter Pistol
    Item # 2182
    $199.95

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