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98% Recommend this product (93 of 95 responses)
By Steve
Baltimore, MD
.209 primer pistol
April 22, 2024
Quality product
By Eric
Perfect for exposing your dog to their first gun
March 28, 2024
This pistol operates easily and reliably (brand new). My 4 month old lab puppy did great with it and i was able to progress her nicely to shooting the gun right beside her to kickstart retrieves. Now Im confident she can handle some next level boom sticks.
  • 209 primers are easy to find
  • None yet but its brand new
By Tom O.
Quality product
August 17, 2023
First impression is a nice fit. The gun has a heavy feel. operation is smooth. very pleased so far. In the product description. It was recommended by Steve.
By Rhonda
great pistol for training
August 2, 2022
I love this pistol. It is solidly made, well constructed compared to others I've used. The only problem is finding 209 primers to use with it.
By Karen
Great blank gun
June 9, 2022
We use this blank gun in our training program and it holds up much better than other models we have tried. The primers can matter though as we found clarinex primers gummed the gun up a lot but other primers did not.
Fairport, New York
Alfa 209 Starter Pistol
June 5, 2022
Needed a starter pistol for dog training and hunt tests. You will be able to find cheaper models than the Alfa but they will not match the quality, and reliability of it. I purchased the 209 primer model. Have used it for about a month now and am very happy with it.
  • Ease of use, reliability.
  • None
By Carl
Wilton, NH
Great dog training pistol for the shotshell reloader
February 11, 2022
Good quality, Very happy with the purchase. If you already reload shotshells, you should have 209 primers available and not have to worry about getting a separate supply of blanks for dog training. Plenty loud for the application.
  • Compact and fits in a jacket pocket. Nicely made, quality manufacturing.
  • If you don't reload, you'd need to find a source of 209 primers locally. Perhaps one of your hunting buddies reloads and can help you out.
By Mike K.
Quit Working
January 8, 2022
I have an Alfa that I used for probably three seasons. It has stopped revolving to the next blank. I am really disappointed as I thought this brand and model costing over $200 would be durable. It lasted only a little longer than the last THREE cheap pistols I owned. I want one to last!
By Steven
209 blank pistol
November 4, 2021
Very solidly built, easy to clean and maintain.
By Mark
Howell, N.J.
A professional tool for your dog training needs
September 28, 2021
Revolver arrived quickly and had obviously been cared for before delivery, coming with preservative oil all over the parts. Cleaned oil off, dry fired, and several days later actually used the revolver. Worked flawlessly. Revolver is very well made and is a high quality arm. Double action fire is smooth and "lock-up" is perfect. Single action fire is equally flawless. To be frank, it has a better trigger pull than my Colt Detective Special.
  • Well made, a professional tool. Smooth double action trigger pull. Smooth single action lock-up and trigger pull. I would anticipate this arm will last a lifetime for the average hunter-trainer.
  • Heavy to carry, but, that's what you get with a quality tool such as this. A good belt for your holster will help support this weight, just as when carrying a handgun.
By Sean
Greenfield, Massachusetts
Great starter pistol
September 24, 2021
This 209 starter pistol is perfect! This is the first I have owned, but I have borrowed many different models. The Alfa 209 surpasses them all. Easy to clean, great feel in the hand, smooth action, perfect weight. It is the first starter pistol that didn’t make me feel like I was fumbling with a kid’s cap gun. ( I am 6’4, 250lbs) I used it recently for 2 Junior hunt tests, to great effect. I familiarized myself with it and did some steady training with my dog before the tests. I went in with total confidence in the Alfa 209. Zero fear that it would fail or hang me up.
  • -Feels like a standard pistol in the hand
  • - Double action
  • -Easy to clean
  • -comfortable textured rubberized grip
  • -ejector makes unloading a snap
  • -swing out cylinder makes loading easy
  • -full frame, so a holster would be better than a pocket.
By Randy
Starter Pistol
June 6, 2021
Nice pistol, works great, very comfortable to handle.
  • good grip
  • Easy to load
By Brett
Northern Michigan
Great Track Starting Pistol
May 7, 2021
Using to start track meets. Well made gun. 209 is plenty loud and shells ar one-fifth the cost of 32 blanks.
By Jim J.
Fruita, CO
Great training pistol
January 8, 2021
Very well made, feels like a real firearm. Operation is very smooth.
  • Construction
  • smooth operation
  • feels like a real firearm.
  • Cost a little higher than others but otherwise no cons
By S M.
5 Stars for the Alpha 209 Primer Starter Pistol
December 25, 2020
Gift for my son-in-law who says this Alpha 209 Primer Starter Pistol is great for training his Labrador Retriever.
  • The pistol is nicely weighted with a comfortable grip.
By Webfootkennel H.
St. Louis mo
Alfa primer gun 1st and last that you'll ever need
December 19, 2020
Webfootkennel retriever training camp uses 100 primers a day in training. We’ve tried every make and model available and the others don’t hold up. The Alfa is a solid well made primer gun that can withstand the rigors of daily use . Spend the money buy the best! I have a collection of broken starter pistols and I’ll only use the Alfa
  • Heavy built, high visibility always fires
  • Easy to load and unload
  • Heavier gun than all others
By Jay M.
Charlottesville, VA
Been using this training pistol for years!
October 4, 2020
Just bought my second Alfa primer pistol. My other one has provided years of use but finally needed a little TLC from the repair shop. I bought the second one so I wouldn’t be without while the original was in the shop. A spare or extra gun is always good to have on hand for training days. These training pistols are loud, good mechanically, and economic to operate using the 209 primer loads. It’s a must have for retriever training. I recommend highly. It would have to be gold plated to earn a 5 star rating but this is a great training pistol for most needs. Repair service is hassle free and easy should you ever need it. Only reason I did was because of all the use I put my original through over last 7 years.
  • Quality for price
  • Economic cost of 209 loads
  • Nice and loud for long marks
  • Doesn't come with a holster unless you buy the kit package - Standard revolver holsters available separately.
  • Requires some break in for ease of use
  • Frame will pit if not kept cleaned and oiled - like most guns.
By Christian
Buy it!
September 3, 2020
Love it, you need it, don't hesitate, buy it.
By Justin T.
Review for Alfa 209 Primer Starter Pistol
October 18, 2018
By John P.
Review for Alfa 209 Primer Starter Pistol
October 18, 2018
Love the pistol. Works great . A great quality made pistol. As long as you clean your pistol on a regular schedule it should last a very long time. I used my pistol 5 days a week.
By Tommy B.
Review for Alfa 209 Primer Starter Pistol
October 11, 2018
You get what you pay for. I bought junk before and now I own the best.
By Tommy B.
Review for Alfa 209 Primer Starter Pistol
October 11, 2018
It's better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it. The first aid kit was way more than what I expected. The first aid book is laid out so it's a know brainer. Explains so one can understand what to do or what not to do.
By Lynn P.
Review for Alfa 209 Primer Starter Pistol
October 11, 2018
As a first time buyer/owner of a pistol of any sort, I would've benefited from directions on how to clean the pistol, how often, and what type of oil to use. This was omitted in the user guide. Big omission, I think. Otherwise, the pistol works great, is easy to use and load.
Review for Alfa 209 Primer Starter Pistol
October 18, 2016
Great training pistol!
By Janice M.
Review for Alfa 209 Primer Starter Pistol
September 21, 2016
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!
By JB 1.
Review for Alfa 209 Primer Starter Pistol
August 4, 2016
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.
By Elizabeth S.
Review for Alfa 209 Primer Starter Pistol
August 3, 2016
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.
By Mike S.
Review for Alfa 209 Primer Starter Pistol
May 31, 2016
So far it's great! The trigger pull is much better than my old starter pistol. Solid made pistol, should last for years.
By Mark Y.
Review for Alfa 209 Primer Starter Pistol
May 24, 2016
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.
By Peter L.
Review for Alfa 209 Primer Starter Pistol
April 2, 2016
A great product. I wish I had purchased sooner. Ordering was easy and shipped out quickly. Thanks Steve!
By Edward L.
Review for Alfa 209 Primer Starter Pistol
March 6, 2016
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.
By Clifton S.
Review for Alfa 209 Primer Starter Pistol
March 6, 2016
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.
By Stan S.
Review for Alfa 209 Primer Starter Pistol
March 2, 2016
When you receive the pistol ensure that the excess lubricant is thoroughly removed before firing, other than that it works as designed and intended.
By Carl H.
Review for Alfa 209 Primer Starter Pistol
January 30, 2016
Nice pistol.
Review for Alfa 209 Primer Starter Pistol
September 27, 2015
Just had a chance to try it at a trial. Best tool out on the market today!
By Robert M.
Review for Alfa 209 Primer Starter Pistol
June 9, 2015
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.
By Andrew
Review for Alfa 209 Primer Starter Pistol
May 27, 2015
Shipping was fast and quality of product is great! I have already recommended GDS to a few friends for their next purchase!
By Terrell C.
Review for Alfa 209 Primer Starter Pistol
May 5, 2015
It's a little off to the left.
Review for Alfa 209 Primer Starter Pistol
April 25, 2015
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.
Review for Alfa 209 Primer Starter Pistol
April 15, 2015
Excellent pistol. Finally have one worth the money.
By James B.
Review for Alfa 209 Primer Starter Pistol
April 7, 2015
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.
By Chris D.
Review for Alfa 209 Primer Starter Pistol
March 26, 2015
Was having a tough time finding blanks for my .22 caliber blank gun, plus they were expensive. I got 1000 209 primers for $37
By Nick M.
Review for Alfa 209 Primer Starter Pistol
March 21, 2015
Very reliable.
By Stan S.
Review for Alfa 209 Primer Starter Pistol
March 11, 2015
In the short time I have had this pistol it has operated very well and appears well made.
By Roger E.
Review for Alfa 209 Primer Starter Pistol
February 5, 2015
This is my 2nd Alfa Starter Pistol. Very Satisfied!!
By Herb G.
Review for Alfa 209 Primer Starter Pistol
February 3, 2015
Just purchased my new Alfa pistol, and it works great. It has a nice feel with good hand grips and a solid action.
By Sharon D.
Review for Alfa 209 Primer Starter Pistol
December 28, 2014
Easy to shoot. Very pleased.
By Stephen M.
Review for Alfa 209 Primer Starter Pistol
November 30, 2014
Pistol was as ordered.
By Lee
Rural RI
Review for Alfa 209 Primer Starter Pistol
November 5, 2014
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.
Review for Alfa 209 Primer Starter Pistol
November 4, 2014
Louder than a 22. Maybe not so good for starting a pup, but good for competitions.

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