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Old 10-04-2011, 08:18 PM   #21
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I've recently started practicing by dry firing with a laser bore sight installed, keeping the sight picture and laser dot on the center of target and trying to keep it there while pulling the trigger.
Haven't been doing it very long, but have already seen a substantial improvement at the range. I'm sold on dry firing!
Congrats. Trigger control is one of the easiest ways to improve accuracy and see results faster. You just found a simple, easy, and FREE way to improve your accuracy without spending thousands of dollars in ammo. And you are helping smooth and mate your trigger internals to each other as well. It's a win-win!

I prefer to hit the range and practice using live ammo too. But you can bet your butt that I sit in my recliner with my favorite guns and practice trigger control using dry fire methods during every commercial break at night. Even if I could afford to spend several hours and several hundred rounds per day at a range, I can practice even more by dry firing. 500 rounds per day is great practice. 500 rounds per day and 500 dry fire exercises per day is even better in my book.
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I've recently started practicing by dry firing with a laser bore sight installed, keeping the sight picture and laser dot on the center of target and trying to keep it there while pulling the trigger.
Haven't been doing it very long, but have already seen a substantial improvement at the range. I'm sold on dry firing!
Which gun are you talking about, Gordo? Is it a Buckmark that you have?
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Which gun are you talking about, Gordo? Is it a Buckmark that you have?
No, since I scoped the Buckmark it is more of a longer range plinker.
I've mostly been dry firing my Sig 226 as it is the gun I have with me most of the time and the one I am most proficient with.
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Yea but the snap caps dont put pressure on my firing pin.
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Waste of money? A few bucks to save your investment is worth it to me.
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Ive yet to have a gun damage due to dry firing. If something like that has ever happened, I'm sure any manufacturer would fix the gun at no charge to you.
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Depends on the gun... Some you shouldn't and some it doesn't matter. Personally, if a gun can't take the abuse of dry firing I don't need it... Or I just don't need to dry fire it.
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One caveat with ruger 10/22. If you replace the factory barrel with an aftermarket barrel do not dry fire it without an empty case. It wont hurt the firing pin but it will bugger up the edge of the barrel's chamber.

Never ever never dry fire a 22lr with a snap cap. The rims of snap caps are harder than firing pins. It will damage your firing pin. It says so right on the snap cap packaging.
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If you want to use snap caps, it won't hurt anything, excepting as noted in the above post. Note also to be sure the Rugers are assembled correctly, or you will get the same results.
Lots of firearms, as the Ruger MK series may be dry fired without harm. Dry firing is excellent training. If you use a camera and if you are CCW it is an excellent way to improve trigger squeeze and draw and review what you are doing. Which includes using some form of snap caps.
Going to the range is of course, a good way to practice, but so is dry firing. It is just another tool. Unless you are very currently experienced shooter, there are many benefits to gain from it. I use several MK series Ruger firearms II's and III's and they get dry fired many, many, times at every class, with no issues yet. Most of my larger caliber firearms I do prefer to use snap caps. I can practice better with them, tactical loads, malfunction clearing etc and the feel of weight is more realistic.
I like dry firing as a training aid, I encourage students to use it if they can, and if not, or if you are not comfortable with it, use the snap caps and practice. In my opinion it is a good way to discover and eliminate, those bad habits. But it's just an opinion and my thoughts.
If you don't believe in it, don't do it. The world won't end and there are other ways to get practice, just GET the practice. That is the important part.

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Never ever never dry fire a 22lr with a snap cap. The rims of snap caps are harder than firing pins. It will damage your firing pin. It says so right on the snap cap packaging.
That is indeed correct. Dry firing is an excellent exercise and it is very good in improving your trigger control and aim. Lasers work very well as POA exercises as well. I use both methods when I train at home.

For those who want to dry fire and do not have snap caps or want to dry fire a 22lr rimfire, a simple and inexpensive alternative is to use a foam ear plug. It protects the firing pin and does no damage to the chamber. YMMV
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