If you look around hard enough at SHOT Show you’ll find some really innovative stuff. Standing 10 feet away you’d never know that Twisted Industries was one of them, but if you stop and ask, “Hey what is all this stuff,” they’ll explain that they make are rimfire conversion kits for some of the most popular carry pistols in the US.
Why would I want a rimfire conversion for an already pretty take Ruger LC380? Well maybe it’s tame for you and me, but even a .380 is a lot of commotion and recoil for someone who has never shot a gun before. .22
You could of course argue, well why not just start them on a regular .22? And of course you could. But helping someone find, shoot, and even carry a gun is better when it is less complicated. Then, if you live in a place where .22LR is back down to under 10 cents a round, shooting the gun regularly, to concentrate on performance, is a lot less daunting.
There are good arguments on both sides of training with rimfire vs. your chosen carry cartridge, and these kits aren’t for everyone, considering that they cost almost as much as the full gun. But if you sell people guns and train them for a living, and some of your favorite suggestions are the Ruger LC380, LC9, or Kel-Tec P9 and P11, it could be these kits are a worthwhile investment.