May 18th, 2007 02:19 AM
I don't know where I got the idea, but I usually test a new gun to see if it will feed an empty case. If it feeds the empty, it always seems to be reliable with any ammo I can find.
Anyone else perform this strange ritual?
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May 18th, 2007 11:43 AM
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It's not such a strange ritual, actually. It's been a recommended practice for many years. I don't remember exactly who was the first to write about it, but I think it might have been the late Major George Nonte in one of his handloading books in the sixties.
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May 18th, 2007 08:05 PM
Interesting, I will try it.
May 18th, 2007 08:21 PM
May 18th, 2007 11:39 PM
It is an interesting trick that has been written about for years but it proves nothing. Lots of handguns will feed an empty but FTF a full length round. Overall length, angle of round over feed ramp, and several other factors involved.
If your gun will feed an empty, it is a good training aid for overcome flinching. Just put an empty round somewhere in each magazine during practice. Let's you recognize flinching, trigger jerk, improper follow through, and let's you practice your immediate action drills.
Just cycling an empty into your gun by racking the slide is a waste of time.
May 18th, 2007 11:47 PM
Remember too - depending on which chamber fireformed a case - it may not totally freely enter your chamber.
I'd suggest feed tests with good quality dummy rounds first - and then live fire to establish what ammo the gun ''likes''.
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