Why snap caps?

Discussion in 'Firearm Accessories & Gear' started by Hectocotylus, May 6, 2012.

  1. Hectocotylus

    Hectocotylus New Member

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    So if it is safe to dry fire a gun what is the point of snap caps when you could just dry fire without it?
     
  2. Shoobee

    Shoobee New Member

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    First you need to learn the proper trigger pull. And snap caps relieve the stress on the firing pin when you are thus snapping-in.

    Snap caps also allow you to test a magazine and how the slide is feeding on your pistol, without using dangerous live ammo.

    Snap caps also allow you to practice your draw and shoot. This needs to be done in front of a mirror, about 20 times a day, every day, until you get good at it, perfect in every way. Snap caps protect your firing pin during the drill.

    You need a firearms coach.
     

  3. glock22gen3

    glock22gen3 New Member

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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.
     
  4. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    I use snap caps because I don't want to stress my gun by dry firing it and I use them at the range as Glock22gen3 describes. I practice with my guns at home a lot with snap caps.
     
  5. Hectocotylus

    Hectocotylus New Member

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    I understand the reasons for dry firing but why bother with a center fired firearm?
     
  6. sputnik1988

    sputnik1988 Active Member

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    I think its more for peace of mind than anything else, I don't use them. But, I see no problen with others doing so if it makes them more comfortable.
     
  7. Nch22000

    Nch22000 New Member

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    The primer on a live round is soft and prevents the firing pin from from slamming forward. With no round in the chamber when you let the hammer fall on the firing pin it has nothing other than a spring to stop it from hitting the breechblock. I don't like the idea of the stresses involved in this. Although Sig says it is ok to dry fire their pistols I'd rather have the peace of mind of the snap cap.
     
  8. LandMonster

    LandMonster New Member

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    1911's are weak where the hammer strikes the firing pin. Look at the face there, on the left side and you will see where the metal is thin. Snap caps take some of the pressure off this area while dry firing.
     
  9. ThinkFastHolsters

    ThinkFastHolsters New Member

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    Some manufactures recommend using snap caps in their pistols and others don't. Not sure if it's to cover their butts in case something does happen or what. I've never had a problem in center fire pistols either but I tend to use safe t trainer snap caps mainly because of their bright colors so they can't be confused for live ammo
     
  10. 03Armory

    03Armory New Member

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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.

    Sorry about the rant and run on sentences. lol
     
  11. MrWray

    MrWray New Member

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    You can also use snap caps for malfunction drills
     
  12. nukinfuts29

    nukinfuts29 New Member

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    it's all about training and not about protecting the gun.
     
  13. 03Armory

    03Armory New Member

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    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.
     
  14. Tedennis

    Tedennis New Member

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    Thanks for this post. I love this idea and will have to try it.
     
  15. Overkill0084

    Overkill0084 Active Member

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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.
     
  16. AFerree

    AFerree New Member

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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.
     
  17. Badshot320

    Badshot320 New Member

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    Im gonna invent Tactical Snapcaps!! Just paint a skull on it and charge twice as much :D You know some of you would buy before some of your buddies did first Muwahaha im a freakin genius Muwahaha.

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  18. drvsafe

    drvsafe New Member

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

    Sucka!!!
     
  19. Badshot320

    Badshot320 New Member

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    Claim Jumper!!!

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  20. 76Highboy

    76Highboy New Member

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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.

    Hope that helps.