Dry-Fire Training, Part 6 – Ace Virtual Training

Ace transforms the shooting experience by combining a VR app and a handset. Improve and change the way you train with Ace virtual reality.

In April 2023, while at A Girl and A Gun National Conference in Grand Junction, CO,  I was introduced to the revolutionary virtual training from Ace. When I first tried the program, I immediately knew I needed it.

When I tore my Achilles in May 2023, I used Ace throughout the summer. It helped me keep my skills sharp while recovering. I practiced on a virtual range from a seated position since I couldn’t stand or walk easily.

What is Ace?

Ace is a next-level dry fire training tool. It is a Virtual Reality (VR) app on the Meta Quest 2 or 3 Platform and a handset. The app immerses you in a dynamic virtual range. The handset is modeled after a real handgun and functions like a real handgun. The handset is similar in weight to a real handgun, weighing roughly 2lbs. The trigger pull is also realistic with a break and reset point matching a real handgun’s break and reset point. 

The Ace app in combination with the handset is the closest you can get to live-fire training without actually going to a physical range. The simulation is so realistic. The developers have even added nature sounds to the app so the virtual range imitates a real range as closely as possible. 

Ace History

Ace is new, and the first of its kind. My husband and I are Founding Players and Beta testers for Ace. We have been testing the app and handset since June 2023. In December 2023, Ace went public and the developer released an improved handset, the Arctus. New content is being continuously added to the app, from drills to mini-games to gear. The developers welcome ideas and input to help shape the Ace experience. Many of the recently added features came from user suggestions.

The Community

The developers want Ace to be a community for individuals seeking the shooting experience. With the multiplayer option, you can meet up with your friends, near or far, on a virtual range and take turns challenging each other to have the fastest time or highest hit factor. Ace also offers live competitions. Compete against other Ace users around the world. The active leaderboard shows your rank against other Ace members.

Ace is more than just a training tool. It is a place that’s supportive and welcoming to all. The developers are using technology to remove barriers to an awesome shooting experience. With Ace, you no longer have to worry about ammunition costs, limited range access, safety risks, or state and travel restrictions.

Ace has partnered with Staccato and CZ. A handset replicating the Staccato P has been released. Additional handsets will continue to be released. Within the app, you can unlock the CZ Shadow 2 – a digital replica of the real model.

The app is updated frequently, with new drills to test your skills, and practice options for various shooting sports disciplines. Ace is partnered with the USPSA, so users can practice qualifiers. EG-CZ Academy is also a partner and their Stage One is an available drill.

What do you need to get started?

1. Become an Ace Club Member

Pay as you go. Billed monthly to fit your budget. The monthly plan is $19/mo.

Best value (Save 25%). Billed annually. The yearly plan is $168/year ($14/mo).

An Enterprise plan is available for Departments, Teams, or Academies.

A free Limited plan is also available. Receive unlimited access to the open range with various targets.

2. Purchase Your Realistic Ace Handset ($199)

Choose from either the Arctus or the Staccato P.

Use MEAGHAN10 to save 10% on your order through Ace. The discount code is good through July 31st, 2024.

3. Get a Meta Quest headset. 

Ace is compatible with the Meta Quest 2 or 3 headset. The Meta Quest headset is the most common and affordable headset on the market today. The Meta Quest is sold separately and can be purchased directly from Meta’s website or from businesses like Best Buy or Target.

What’s to come?

The developers will be releasing season 3 soon. Improved weapon and optic customization will also be coming soon. You will be able to change multiple parts of the gun, and you’ll be able to adjust the virtual optic to match your real optic’s settings.

Final Thoughts

Ace is for shooters of all skill levels and disciplines. It’s the right product for the gamer looking to virtually meet up with their friends, or the woman looking to improve her skills without feeling like she’s being judged. Personally, I have noticed a huge improvement in my pistol skills since I started using Ace. In addition to improved performance, I saved $8,665 on ammunition while firing 28,882 virtual rounds (as of June 11th,2024).

Ace Savings and Rounds Fired




Meaghan Roble is an anti-gunner turned gun activist. She is a USCCA-certified instructor and an NRA-certified range safety officer. Meaghan is also an A Girl & A Gun Chapter Facilitator. She owns her own Firearms Training and education business, Roble Defense, and enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience with others.

Want more content from Meaghan? Follow her on social media. Facebook – @mroble16, Instagram – @mroble16, and YouTube – @M1ssM3gO



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