Smith & Wesson 642 Dry Fire

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    Smith & Wesson 642 Dry Fire

    I recently purchased a Smith 642 J-Frame. I am accustomed to shooting Sigs and Glocks so this longer heavier trigger pull is new for me. I am a big believer in training for muscle memory and I use snap caps in my semi-autos to practice my trigger technique. I do not have any .38 special snap caps, but I am wondering whether or not dry fire would be harmful to my new 642?
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    I do it all of the time. Hopefully it is not harming the firearm.

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    Go for it guys!!

    All my Smith wheelguns have been dry fired thousands of times without snap caps.
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    No Problem at all.
    That info according to S&W....knock yerself out.

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    'Click' 'Click'..........have at it. That is the cheap way to smooth out the action also!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SaddleSC View Post
    do not have any .38 special snap caps, but I am wondering whether or not dry fire would be harmful to my new 642?
    No. Modern revolvers have a floating firing pin. Thus, dry firing (with or without snap caps) will not damage it. Back in the days of single-action revolvers, when fixed firing pins were used --- yes, dry firing could damage the pin.

    So, dry fire to your heart's content (nice snubby, BTW ).

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    Like the others have said...dry fire it till your finger hurts. I have for 2 years now and mine is just getting smoother.
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    To my knowledge it should not be a problem.
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    You can dry fire without a problem.

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    good to know, my finger has been itching and about to get scratched.

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    Take a new snubbie and dry fire it 1000x and the trigger WILL be smoother.
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    For Smiths it is OK, I nearly always use snap caps though just because I believe it to be good practice and it is cheap insurance (even though you are not violating your warranty by dry firing the smith)

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