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Old 03-22-2010, 12:12 AM   #1
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Is it rocommended to use snap caps in firearms prior to storage?

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Is it rocommended to use snap caps in firearms prior to storage?
Snap caps are for dry firing your gun. Not needed for storage...
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Is it rocommended to use snap caps in firearms prior to storage?
No...they are used for dry firing and trigger practice, not for storage.

What type of storage exactly. Routine safekeeping or longer term? You may want to be sure it's well lubricated and kept in a dry environment if the latter.
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I always relieve the tension on the springs before storage. I always use snap caps. Mine are home made so if it's cost your worrying about, (they can be pricey) home made caps cost me what? $.30?

I suggest they be used.

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I always relieve the tension on the springs before storage. I always use snap caps. Mine are home made so if it's cost your worrying about, (they can be pricey) home made caps cost me what? $.30?

I suggest they be used.
I'm totally confused. Why do you need snap caps for storing your gun?
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I'm totally confused. Why do you need snap caps for storing your gun?
Please refer to the first sentence of my post.
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Please refer to the first sentence of my post.
I assume you mean that you won't store a "cocked" gun. All of my handguns but one have an external hammer so I just de-cock them. Most striker fired guns are built so you can safely dry fire them without snap caps - necessary as most require you to "pull the trigger" to disassemble...
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I assume you mean that you won't store a "cocked" gun. All of my handguns but one have an external hammer so I just de-cock them. Most striker fired guns are built so you can safely dry fire them without snap caps - necessary as most require you to "pull the trigger" to disassemble...
Quoted for truth. There's no need to use snap caps for storage.
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Just as an info trinket, spring wear is caused by the cycle of compressing and releasing a spring. Springs can be left compressed for long periods of time without problems. I have mags that have been left loaded for years and they function just fine...

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