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    1911 Dryfire Question

    Can they be dryfired reguarly?

    Whats the myths and legends say on this?

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    I have dry-fired mine thousands of times; there is nothing wrong at all with it, it helps develop trigger control.....
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    I was always told:

    Centerfire - go for it

    Rimfire - don't do it
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    No problem. Just make double sure it's unloaded and pointed in a safe direction before you start!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glock40Texan View Post
    I was always told:

    Centerfire - go for it

    Rimfire - don't do it
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    I dryfire my Colt from time to time. No problem.

    Only gun I have EVER had a dryfire caused problem with was with my WWII production CZ Duo. It didn't take much dry firing before the firing pin broke. I don't think I dryfired it more often than the periodic function check. Some CZ's seem to have brittle firing pins.
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    Years ago when I was on an Army pistol team I'd dry fire the 1911 about 1/2 hour per night. Never had a problem with the weapon.
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    I dry fire my 1911's quite a bit. I wasn't wild about the metal to metal contact of the hammer to firing pin stop so I made a cushion out of a piece of cattle ear tag. Much quieter and no metal-to-metal contact. Not necessary but it made me feel better

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    The manual for my SW1911 said not to.

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    Dry firing a 1911 can wreck a good trigger job over time (assuming you have one), but it should be fine for a stock one.
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    Yeah pretty much although I’m old school, so I limit how often I dry fire for a number of reasons. I guess I’ve just seen or experienced too many of “Murphy's Law” validations along the way.

    In fact, the 1911 was my carry gun for nearly 30-years although the whole right brain/left brain thing’ now has me opting for no manual safeties (within reason). They simply have a way of being off when they're intended to be on, or vise-versa.
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    If you're going to do it I highly recommend you point the barrel at something that will stop a round IF you do screw up and have a ND. Use a purple snap cap and triple check the mag well and chamber before inserting the snap cap. The snap cap will protect that firing pin.

    Many folks (LEO's who practice constantly) who are very familiar and profecient with their weapons can become complacent, and that includes myself have had the one occasional brain fart in 40 years of shooting that can be noisy IF minor and a MAJOR Life Ending Event of letting one fly from our not following the Golden Rules.

    Speaking from the College of Hard Knocks, if you follow my advice dry fire away in total confidence.
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    I do, have had the gun for over 15 years and never noticed any ill effects...go for it!
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    You know, Snap Caps are cheap... though generally not necessary I still use them "just cuz"!
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    What advantage does the snap cap bring?

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