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nsin 08-01-2013 01:52 PM

Dry firing?
I've seen some people mention it a time or two, but how bad is dry firing your gun without snap caps or the orange plastic rounds? I've heard that its not a big deal, and I've heard that it is.

I don't want to mess up my firing pins so I guess spending $10 is not a big deal to be safe.

vincent 08-01-2013 02:13 PM

Depends what kind of firearm you're talking about...

The general rule is dry fire a centerfire is okay...

And dry fire a rimfire is not...

However there are always exceptions to those rules...

When in doubt, snap cap it...or just see what the owners manual says...:p

Snap caps have other uses too, good for practicing clearing jams/FT..'s...

Olympus 08-01-2013 02:41 PM

Vincent is right. Do not dry fire rimfire guns. Do not dry fire revolvers with a hammer-mounted firing pin.

But other than those, I pretty much dry fire the crap out of everything else. Never had any problems.

danf_fl 08-01-2013 03:18 PM


If I can replace the firing pin easily (i.e. 1911, Browning Hi-Power), I will snap away.

AR10 08-01-2013 03:38 PM

If you hear a metal on metal sound as you dry fire any gun, metal is striking metal.

Take a hammer, and a piece of steel, and replicate that sound. Even if it is a small sound, replicate it with your hammer and a piece of steel, 1,000 times.

Now in good light, look at your piece of steel.

Glock has changed their policy on repeated dry firing, and now warns against it without snap caps.

nsin 08-01-2013 04:09 PM

Thanks for the info. I dry fire from time to time my glock and m&p. Like I said I guess it wouldn't hurt to get some caps to be safe.

DenverSteve 08-02-2013 02:56 PM

Dry firing is not harmful to any semi-auto firearm. Some people have reported damaging firing pins but as a dealer, shooter, instructor and retired cop who has dry fired thousands of times, I've never seen any verifiable evidence that it has ever caused any trouble.

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