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Old 03-19-2014, 01:08 PM   #11
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Plus, I was taught the more your gun stays in your holster the better! Most all deadly gun accidents happens when the gun is out of the holster!


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Plus, I was taught the more your gun stays in your holster the better! Most all deadly gun accidents happens when the gun is out of the holster!


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Unless your carrying a glock with a clipmagazine a barrel shroud and a thing that goes up. Then they just go off randomly....
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Dry firing a modern centerfire semiauto is fine. Most modern DA revolvers are also safe to dry fire. Rimfire - look in the manual. Ruger Mark, yes. Hammerli Trailside, no. Kel Tec PMR, (AFAIR) no.

Plastic 22 snap caps should be safe to dry fire, although the manuals say nothing.
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I dry fire my centerfires and over decades have had just one broken firing pin, the tip broke off the pin of my Star PD 45ACP. This was 10 years ago, Star parts were hard to find as they were out of business so I had to get a new firing pin fabricated. The gunsmith said his pin wouldn't break but I don't take the chance now. I've read this is a problem with Star due to design and poor metal in the small parts.

Anyway, it shouldn't be a problem with well made centerfires. My Colt Government Model has been dry fired more than any gun I have with no breakage. Star should have copied it better!
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Thanks for the responses, I have thought about asking from time to time and wanted to ask but always forget, then last night I was watching Youtube and an older guy had a S&W .38spl that didn't look that old and he was making the statement that you should never dry fire a gun like that because the firing pin is attached to the hammer, and I just wondered what would possess someone to say that. My opinion is that wouldn't the firing pin take on less stress being dry fired than live fired so why would dry firing do even more damage to the gun than live firing?
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an older guy had a S&W .38spl that didn't look that old and he was making the statement that you should never dry fire a gun like that because the firing pin is attached to the hammer, and I just wondered what would possess someone to say that.
The striker pin attached to the hammer may hit the frame and break.
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The striker pin attached to the hammer may hit the frame and break.
But wouldn't that be a possibility regardless of whether it's being dry fired or live fired?
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But wouldn't that be a possibility regardless of whether it's being dry fired or live fired?
Good question! This is a familiar warning from the older generation shooters who dealt with those firing pins all the time. No testing, no science, just the lore... A lame but honest answer!
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Look at the manual. If it doesn't say anything about dry firing, it's probably not an issue.

We dry fire semi automatics and revolvers all the time on our range. It's part of making the line safe. All center fire revolvers though.

Try telling a POST instructor on a police range you aren't dry firing your weapon with the rest of the line cuz it might break something

Your ears will be burn. They will be on FIRE. Saw it happen once. Never saw that person again either....

And all our POST guys are old school. 85% of them are also armorers.


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A broken firing pin is my biggest nightmare, i'm a bit ocd and everytime I get done dryfiring, live firing or cleaning my revolver, before I load it up with defensive ammo and put it away, I always cock the hammer and decock it with my finger on the trigger and watch through the gap to make sure the firing pin is coming through the frame. Am I the only one that does this or am I just weird? I literally have nightmares about my gun not going off when I need it the most.
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