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Old 06-06-2012, 06:45 AM   #11
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You can also use snap caps for malfunction drills
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it's all about training and not about protecting the gun.
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You can also use snap caps for malfunction drills
Definitely. And I do when I'm training others. I personally dont use them to dry fire when I practice. However; if my students want to use them to dry fire I do not discourage them from it. I don't force the issue on them. I think it comes down to personal preference.
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Old 06-16-2012, 02:35 AM   #14
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I use snap caps at the range. I load my son in laws mag and he loads mine placing a snap cap where ever we feel like it. It teaches you to rack and asses and it proves you anticipate a recoil and push. dfter awhile you learn not to push just like you would not do if you were dry firing.
Thanks for this post. I love this idea and will have to try it.
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As for protecting the gun. Most guns probably don't need them. However I've seen it said more than once not to dry fire some older firearms, Colt revolvers come to mind. If you plan on dry firing a lot, they are cheap insurance. Like many other preventive measures, it can be hard to prove their worth beyond anecdotal evidence. That doesn't mean they aren't helping.
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I use snap caps to practice reloading my 870 pump shotgun. Helps a lot with my reloading and cycling speed. Although it may not help much with a pistol it helps immensely with a shotgun. Just my $0.02.
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Im gonna invent Tactical Snapcaps!! Just paint a skull on it and charge twice as much You know some of you would buy before some of your buddies did first Muwahaha im a freakin genius Muwahaha.

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Well them I'm making zombie snap caps!!!

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Its all a revenue generator. Snap caps are a result of ignorance. Somebody one day decided without any scientific study that dry firing your weapon all of a sudden was bad because it could damage the firing pin or whatever. If I dry fire my weapon for practice how is it going to damage my weapon? When you dry fire a weapon you have a hammer strike a firing pin and no explosion occurs. When you fire a live round an explosion occurs and releases thousands and thousands of psi in the chamber and forces another round to chamber. How is dry firing with just a click and no chamber pressure, explosive forces or anything internally stressful to the working parts more harmful than firing actual rounds?

Someone once told me that dry firing was like hyper extending your arm when you throw a ball. I disagree. The hammer strikes the firing pin which causes the firing pin to move forward and stop till it either strikes brass to set the primer off or in the case of dry firing stops when it hits the firing pin housing. Ive dried fired my Rock River AR-15 and my Kimber 1911 many a times and after 3-4 yrs. and have had no problem.

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Some new guns will give instructions that you CAN dry fire them. Like the new model Rugers. The old model Rugers however are not to be dry fired. The hammer can actually knock the firing pin and the firing pin retainer out of place. Worst case scenario is having this malfunction when you need your gun the most. Then any older revolver that has the firing pin attached to the hammer will hogg the firing pin hole out causing the firing pin to travel too deep and will eventually ruin the gun.

If you want to know why not to dry fire a gun, get a gun manual or go to your LGS and talk to them. They can show you first hand why you should not dry fire a gun.

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