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Old 01-23-2014, 03:10 AM   #1
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So I preface my question with this;

I am directing this question to the experts here. Please, I have heard forever from enthusiasts, I truly need to ask this of the gunsmiths who have SEEN PERSONALLY the answer to my question. And prefacing that I have been shooting handguns for decades now. It was and is my understanding that modern centerfire handguns can be dry fired, and slides can be released dry (without ammo) by use of the release lever without consequence or harm to the gun. I understand there is a limit to this, I dont mean forever, like 100k times, but within practice drills. Has anyone seen damage caused by doing either of these? If so can you share what you saw? I dry practice now and then, and had "an enthusiast" get severely tweeked as I did, saying that it will (not might, not over time) damage the gun to dry fire it, and will damage the gun to release the slide lever without ammo in it...
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Old 01-23-2014, 03:56 AM   #2
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I am not a gun smith but many of the gun smiths on here will agree it depends on the gun. I had a Beretta tomcat that the firing pin broke because of minimal dry firing. I also have a 1911 that I have dry fired many times with no issue.
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I've replaced enough parts that I don't let the slide slam forward without a round ready to go into the chamber (on any semi-auto).

I've dressed many slide stop areas on slides because people have used the stop as a release.

I use to tell my kid, "Just because you can do it, does it make it right?".
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These functions are designed to include a round. Not having one puts added stress on Parts.
How quickly this will have a negative affect depends on the gun.

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So, I have taken many handgun training courses, every one of them uses dry fire practice (including the dry slide release). I take it that each of you would agree that the dry fire practice can and likely does damage to the gun?
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Snap caps were made for a reason.

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Snap caps were made for a reason.

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Agree - Cheap insurance against Murphy's Law
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So, I have taken many handgun training courses, every one of them uses dry fire practice (including the dry slide release). I take it that each of you would agree that the dry fire practice can and likely does damage to the gun?
Dry firing a modern centerfire semi-auto is safe. Snap caps are not required, but they are handy in testing the cycle (feeding and ejection). I have heard personally from trained professionals that they dry fire their own handguns thousands of times at home for practice. I don't do that because I don't feel the need and it is boring as heck.

Safe does not mean accident-proof. I don't know of any evidence that guns break down from dry firing any more than from firing live ammo.
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Dry firing a modern centerfire semi-auto is safe. Snap caps are not required, but they are handy in testing the cycle (feeding and ejection). I have heard personally from trained professionals that they dry fire their own handguns thousands of times at home for practice. I don't do that because I don't feel the need and it is boring as heck.

Safe does not mean accident-proof. I don't know of any evidence that guns break down from dry firing any more than from firing live ammo.
Some firearms require something like a snap cap or live round to stop the firing ping from going too far forward.

Grab a rim fire .22 SA revolver and dry fire 100 times.
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Some firearms require something like a snap cap or live round to stop the firing ping from going too far forward.

Grab a rim fire .22 SA revolver and dry fire 100 times.
I wrote center fire.
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