Dry Firing - Safe for a Semi-Auto?

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    Dry Firing - Safe for a Semi-Auto?

    I've heard conflicting thoughts on this, so of course I'm raising the question here where I am sure to get only one (1) consistent opinion and response. LOL!!!!!But seriously . . .
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    Yes errrr No!! errr yess im so conflicted
    I think it depends on make model. I know some the manual says dry firing will not damage this firearm. Others Im not so sure.
    I dont dry fire my own of any make but thats just me.

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    I can't think of a single modern centerfire autoloading pistol that can't be dryfired without causing damage. Check your owner's manual to be sure. Rimfires are a different story, but certainly all Ruger rimfires these days can handle dry firing without a care.
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    Use snap caps and you'll be okay.
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    You have to dry fire some to disassemble them but again it depends on the model

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    The KelTec P3AT cannot be dry fired.
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    Most modern firearms can be dry fired, with the exception of many (most?) rimfires. Check your owner's manual to be sure.

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    Re: Dry Firing - Safe for a Semi-Auto?

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    The KelTec P3AT cannot be dry fired.
    Why not?

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    Dry Firing - Safe for a Semi-Auto?

    Ruger SR series are not recommended to be dry fired either

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    Dry Firing - Safe for a Semi-Auto?

    ^reason being the magazine disconnect

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big_Blue View Post
    Why not?

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    There is a screw that serves as the firing pin retainer (I think) that gets deformed and damaged during dry firing. Anyway in the manual there is a warning not to dry fire it.

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    I looked very carefully at my Glock 27 which is a striker fired mechanism.

    It is my understanding dry firing this type of mechanism cause zero damage as the firing pin does not "strike" anything w/o
    a shell being on the chamber. I believe all Glocks operate in this fashion.

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    Glocks & M&Ps can be dry fired.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CigarStix View Post
    I've heard conflicting thoughts on this, so of course I'm raising the question here where I am sure to get only one (1) consistent opinion and response. LOL!!!!!But seriously . . .
    Use snap caps, I broke the striker in my M&P 9c dry firing it without them.

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    Wish I had a dollar for every 'dry snap" (w/ no damage to any platform used) done during my career...I'd live next door to Bill Gates.



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