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Balota 10-22-2012 01:28 AM

Another Snap Cap Thread
This isn't about whether to use snap caps or not. Some do, some don't. But for those that do, I have a question. How long do these things last?

I was doing some dry fire with snap caps. I racked a little too far and wound up with a jam. I locked the slide back and ejected the magazine, but the snap cap would not come out of the chamber. The extractor had failed to pull the cap out. I couldn't shake it out, I couldn't tap it out. Finally had to push it out with a cleaning rod.

The edge of the snap cap feels a little rough. Some of the enamel on the outside is also roughed up. The body is just aluminum, so it gets eaten up by the steel parts in the pistol. Any idea how many cycles they're good for?

trip286 10-22-2012 02:03 AM

Man, I don't think there would be like an average to go off of here. I think this is one of those things that you just use until it's worn out and then you just throw away. Keep a few extra on hand.

Balota 10-22-2012 03:10 AM

Probably right. I got the snap caps about 6-9 months ago, but I haven't been using them that much (at least I thought I hadn't). I used them for a while randomly mixed in to magazines, maybe 2 snaps with 5 live rounds. I also used them off and on for dry fire practice. Mostly chasing the damn things around was too much hassle and went with empty dry fire.

Edit: For a while I was alternating 5 live and 5 snap. That way I could practice a dry fire between live rounds. About 4-5 weeks of that actually helped break me of jerking the trigger.

Lately I've been using them to practice magazine changes including racking the slide to reload from slide lock. But I didn't think I'd used them that much. Actually the ones that look like they've been used the most are not the one that jammed. But its edge seems the most abraded.

Guess I'm just being stupid cheap. Drop the next $15 on new caps. If they last 6 months it's just $30 per year. But the $15 is another box of practice ammo. Eh, never mind me whining. Got any good suggestions for where to get snap caps for less?

NM. Found on Amazon for about $11.

trip286 10-22-2012 03:25 AM

I don't use them myself. I used to, but ran into the exact thing you're running into now.

danf_fl 10-22-2012 11:36 AM

Be very careful with snap caps.

There are two very loud noises with snap caps:
1. One is when the firearm goes "click" when it should go "BANG" (think self-defense),
2. One is when the firearm goes "BANG" when it should go "click" (think when checking a firearm out in the kitchen).

If I don't use them, I avoid those noises.

winds-of-change 10-22-2012 02:15 PM

I would imagine once they stop ejecting, it's time to buy new ones. :D

Balota 10-23-2012 04:00 AM


Originally Posted by winds-of-change (Post 985515)
I would imagine once they stop ejecting, it's time to buy new ones. :D

Yes, mom!:o

winds-of-change 10-23-2012 04:27 AM


Originally Posted by Balota (Post 986389)
Yes, mom!:o

*mumbles something profane under my breath*

Balota 12-09-2012 02:12 AM

Someone on a different forum had a YouTube link showing how to disassemble and clean the striker chamber and its contents on an XDm. As I was watching the disassembly process, I noticed that the striker has a long slot that keeps the striker from rotating. The retaining pin goes through that slot. Apparently, when you don't use snap caps, the striker hits the retaining pin. That is the impact that causes the pin failure. From now on, I'm committed to using snap caps for dry fire practice.

c3shooter 12-09-2012 03:32 AM

Just buy Remington ammo.

You will get anough dud rounds to let you practice your "5 live, 2 dead" routine.


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