Dryfiring Smith J-frames

Dryfiring Smith J-frames

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    Dryfiring Smith J-frames

    Can you dryfire Smith 637 J-frames on empty cylinder or use should I use snap cap??
    Need some practice with the trigger.
    Thanks,


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    Quote Originally Posted by wormy View Post
    Can you dryfire Smith 637 J-frames on empty cylinder or use should I use snap cap??
    Need some practice with the trigger.
    Thanks,
    S&W says it is ok.

    Q: Can I dry fire my Smith & Wesson?

    A: Yes, except for the .22 caliber pistols which includes models 22A, 22S, 422, 2206, 2214, 2213 and 41.

    .22 caliber revolvers such as models 17, 43, 63, 317 and 617 also should not be dry fired.


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    Use snap caps. Don't put any undue strain on any lifesaving tool.

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    pppfffttttt..............

    I have dryfired thousands of times with S&W revos, without snapcaps...it does NOT do any damage. Rimfires are a different story all together.

    I don't even own a .38 cal snapcap

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    If S&W says OK it sure is; otherwise they would put all sorts of disclaimers !
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    Quote Originally Posted by jfl View Post
    If S&W says OK it sure is; otherwise they would put all sorts of disclaimers !
    Especially since they come with a lifetime warranty.

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    it is ok to do it as long as it is not a 22lr model.
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    Snap Caps = Solving a problem that just does not exist with modern high quality revolvers and semi-automatic pistols.

    Just my personal opinion on that.
    I dry-fire all of my guns and have for years and I do not own one Snap Cap.

    The KelTec P3AT should not be dry-fired as per the user manual.

    I should add...Colt, S&W, Walther, SIG, Glock - knock yourself out as per their technical people because I called them and asked "first hand" when I researched an older post for CombatCarry.

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    I've dry fired many Smith & Wesson revolvers for many years without a failure.

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    I should add that I have absolutely no problem with anybody using Snap Caps if they want to use them or feel that they need to use them.
    My opinion is that it is a "feel good thing" only but, nothing wrong with feeling good.
    Given a choice I would much rather that good folks feel good than feel bad.

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    I use them...I figure what the hell. It has to be easier on the firing pin. It is worth my peace of mind. Lol, flame on..
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    I use them as well. For the small nominal cost it's worth it, at least to me. Kinda like a small insurance policy. Why would you have an insurance policy? Well, most people have some sort of insurance but probably will never need it. But that one time when you do need to use it, its money well spent.

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    I have had a bunch of S&W revolvers over the years and dry fired them all... NEVER had any problems.

    Snap caps are cheap and worth every penny if they make you feel better... but that's all they're gonna do, make you feel better!
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    Good post on Snap Caps over at the Ruger Forums by Iowegan. He's a retired gunsmith and knows his stuff. RUGERFORUM.NET - View Single Post - Dry Firing He's written a series of books, IBOK's or Iowegan's Book of Knowledge, he has published at that site in the library. If you join and hit the required post count you get access to them. I think it's 10 posts. He has one on the: GP100, SP101, MK series, Security Six series, Super Redhawk1911's (2 on this), and some on reloading and other topics. If he had the ones on the different guns printed they would be a bargain at $25.

    If the manual says it's ok. It's ok. If something did break S&W will send you label to ship it back and they'll fix it.

    The best thing about snap caps is you can practice loading, firing, and unloading sequences with them. Especially good for practicing loading with a speed strip. Also useful for those guns where dryfiring is otherwise a no-no e.g. rimfires, P-3AT.
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    Quote Originally Posted by threefeathers View Post
    Use snap caps. Don't put any undue strain on any lifesaving tool.
    +1. Don't care what the manual says on this topic. For me it is also an added safety feature as them purplish caps stand out thus ensuring you have triple checked that gun before pulling the trigger!
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