2 differences between plastic and wooden rifles

A rifle is one of the most powerful and difficult accessories in the color guard. Often reserved for the most elite performers, a rifle requires a high degree of technical experience and discipline to use.

When used correctly, rifle wielders can bring a color guard's performance to the next level, showcasing the group's mastery, skill level and artistry all at once.

While there are many different types of styles, colors and sizes of rifles, they are made out of two basic materials: wood and plastic. While both are used in similar ways, they do have differences directors should understand before purchasing one or the other.


The weight of wood rifles may be a little more difficult to control than plastic because there are many varies of wood. Instructors will have to be vigilant about weighing the rifles prior to handing them out to their guard. It's much easier for manufacturers to create perfectly balanced plastic rifles.


Both plastic and wood rifles tend to be very durable. However, there are some concerns to take note of. First, plastic rifles are typically covered in polyethylene, which is highly crack resistant. Yet, it can warp over time, and the rifle can fray at the ends. Wood rifles, on the other hand, are made from dense trees, but can break if continuously dropped on hard surfaces. That's why instructors tend to use plastic rifles for rehearsal and wooden ones for live performances.

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