New Store Policy: No Dry Firing!

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    New Store Policy: No Dry Firing!

    I was at the local Gun Store today checking out an SW 99 (9mm), as a courtsey I always ask if it's OK to dry fire the pistol before I do so. This time the guy tells me, "No more dry firing any pistols, the boss doesn't like it." Is this crazy or is normal? How am I supposed to evaluate the trigger pull?

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    I wonder if they are afraid of damage to the merchandise or an AD? I know stores that won't take their trigger locks off. I never buy guns from them.
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    Most stores are like that.. The one gunshop i visit lets me do it if i ask but im well known there ..

    Everyone is getting so worried about being sued

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    Having worked both sides of the counter so to speak this is not unusual , and it will become more common . The policy is in place for two reasons , 1. to discurage idiots and 2. liability . I suggest you indicate your intrested in purchace NOW and the trigger pull is the make or break on your decition . Speak to the manager if the store is that big , if not the owner . The likely will find a place for you to dry fire the model in question in a safe and controled manner .
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    No modern center-fire handgun or even the vast majority of modern rimfire handguns will not be harmed by dry firing.
    Sorry but, I want to test the trigger in addition to running the firearm through a visual inspection and a careful general function check before I buy.
    I would have to find another gun shop for myself.
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    I was examining a Kahr P9 at Sportsman's Warehouse last week, and asked the same question. The salesman provided a 9mm snap cap and told me to go ahead..
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    Quote Originally Posted by QKShooter View Post
    No modern center-fire handgun or even the vast majority of modern rimfire handguns will not be harmed by dry firing.
    Sorry but, I want to test the trigger in addition to running the firearm through a visual inspection and a careful general function check before I buy.
    I would have to find another gun shop for myself.
    Just my opinion on that.
    Yup, there was also a G17 today that I was VERY interested in. Now glock says on their site you can dry fire their pistols all day long. The salesman told me I could dry fire it once. Pretty weak.

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    The local Bass Pro Shop won't even take the trigger lock off the guns. I let them know there was no way I was going to buy a gun without dry firing the trigger. They said it was policy and there were no exceptions. No one I know will buy guns from them since that policy started.

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    I can see their angle - up to a point. But I also have to say that for many folks it is essential to be able to evaluate a trigger.

    I would not be clicking away dozens of times - one or two will do - and if the gun is cleared both by the staff and myself - and then even better have a snap cap to use - there should be no problem.

    Better still for stores with large inventory - might be to have demo versions available for customer dry fire test - then others remain as genuine NIB. An ideal solution which may well not for many be practicable.
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    +1 for snap cap

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    in someone elses words "The trigger is the gun"

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    My recent experiences have been that Gander Mountain provided a snap cap for dry firing, a local gun shop and Cabela's both simply allowed me to dry fire.

    I'd not purchase a handgun without the experience of dry firing it, so any shop that doesn't permit it won't see any of my cash sliding across the counter! They make their choices and I make mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimmyC View Post
    My recent experiences have been that Gander Mountain provided a snap cap for dry firing, a local gun shop and Cabela's both simply allowed me to dry fire.

    I'd not purchase a handgun without the experience of dry firing it, so any shop that doesn't permit it won't see any of my cash sliding across the counter! They make their choices and I make mine.

    Ditto on that, It's like buying a car without looking under the hood or going for a test drive, YOU JUST DON'T DO IT!

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    Yup, trigger is make or break for me. Every gun shop I have been to in OR has let me dry fire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AutoFan View Post
    The local Bass Pro Shop won't even take the trigger lock off the guns. I let them know there was no way I was going to buy a gun without dry firing the trigger. They said it was policy and there were no exceptions. No one I know will buy guns from them since that policy started.
    Is this the one in Dania beach? I had the same "issue" with them. But you know what? Their prices are well over the other shop around the corner so I don't buy from them anyway?
    It's their store, so they set their own rules. Gotta live by it.

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