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Old 09-23-2013, 04:55 PM   #11
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I was told to never dry fire a .22. Has that changed?
Yes & no. For the vast majority of .22s that is true.
However, if anyone has figured out how to disassemble a Ruger MK3 (see manual, disassembly, step 1.) without dry firing, I'd be happy to hear about it. But then, the design of the bolt/firing pin assembly takes this into account. Even then, this is only for disassembly/ reassembly. Extensive dry fire practice is another matter entirely. The design doesn't look so robust to where I'd try it.
If your (rimfire) gun's owners manual doesn't say specifically that you can dry fire, don't.


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I have dry fired guns -- rifles and pistols -- for decades with no harm to any gun. Now, I don't do it excessively, like dry fire practice - but I don't believe the occasional "snap" will harm most guns.



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As far as dry firing not necessarly 22lr but any rimfire, if you have to take the gun apart fine. I would probably put a fired case in the chamber and use that as a snap cap. But you shouldn't dry fire a rimfire if you can help it. The firing pin is position to strike the rim of the case and if there is no case there it can strike the edge of the chamber and can cause it to deform from the firing pin strikes. Most any modern centerfires it should be just fine to dry fire. Competition shooters dry fire their guns hundreds of thousand times. I'm sure there are other opinions but thats mine.

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As far as dry firing not necessarly 22lr but any rimfire, if you have to take the gun apart fine. I would probably put a fired case in the chamber and use that as a snap cap. But you shouldn't dry fire a rimfire if you can help it. The firing pin is position to strike the rim of the case and if there is no case there it can strike the edge of the chamber and can cause it to deform from the firing pin strikes. Most any modern centerfires it should be just fine to dry fire. Competition shooters dry fire their guns hundreds of thousand times. I'm sure there are other opinions but thats mine.
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FWIW, the design in the Ruger Mk3 halts the forward progress of the firing pin so that it will not (in theory) strike the chamber face...assuming everything is in good working order.
It bugs the hell out of me, but it's in the book.
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For the sake of greater clarity:
FWIW, the design in the Ruger Mk3 halts the forward progress of the firing pin so that it will not (in theory) strike the chamber face...assuming everything is in good working order.
It bugs the hell out of me, but it's in the book.
You actually read the instruction manual? Dang!!! I might ought to try that.


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