should you use snap caps before storage?

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by firejeff67, Mar 21, 2010.

  1. firejeff67

    firejeff67 New Member

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    Is it rocommended to use snap caps in firearms prior to storage?
     
  2. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

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    Snap caps are for dry firing your gun. Not needed for storage...
     

  3. Jpyle

    Jpyle New Member

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    No...they are used for dry firing and trigger practice, not for storage.

    What type of storage exactly. Routine safekeeping or longer term? You may want to be sure it's well lubricated and kept in a dry environment if the latter.
     
  4. DougB

    DougB New Member

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    Snap Caps

    I always relieve the tension on the springs before storage. I always use snap caps. Mine are home made so if it's cost your worrying about, (they can be pricey) home made caps cost me what? $.30?

    I suggest they be used.
     
  5. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

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    I'm totally confused. Why do you need snap caps for storing your gun?
     
  6. DougB

    DougB New Member

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    Please refer to the first sentence of my post.
     
  7. NGIB

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    I assume you mean that you won't store a "cocked" gun. All of my handguns but one have an external hammer so I just de-cock them. Most striker fired guns are built so you can safely dry fire them without snap caps - necessary as most require you to "pull the trigger" to disassemble...
     
  8. ThorsHammer

    ThorsHammer New Member

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    Quoted for truth. There's no need to use snap caps for storage.
     
  9. NGIB

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    Just as an info trinket, spring wear is caused by the cycle of compressing and releasing a spring. Springs can be left compressed for long periods of time without problems. I have mags that have been left loaded for years and they function just fine...