Oops, dry fired before I read manual...

Oops, dry fired before I read manual...

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    Oops, dry fired before I read manual...

    I dry fired my new Cobra Patriot .45 ONCE before I read the manual. I don't need to worry that I compromised the striker/firing pin/ rim, or anything do I? I won't do it again, just don't want to start off with a worry. Have not fired yet.


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    I wouldn't imagine dry-firing once would cause an immediate failure. They probably just don't want you doing it regularly.
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    And why would you not read the manual first? You get one for a reason.

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    Most likely no harm. Repeated dry firing probably would cause issues if the manual states not to do so.
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    Why did you buy a gun that you can't dry fire (.22 rim fire excepted)? I am very curious as to what damage might be caused to your pistol by dry firing.

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    Snap Caps are cheap insurance against damaging a firing pin, even in firearms whose makers say it's okay to do so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sgt45 View Post
    Why did you buy a gun that you can't dry fire (.22 rim fire excepted)? I am very curious as to what damage might be caused to your pistol by dry firing.
    It's been known to break firing pins.
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    Do not fire that gun at all!!

    You now have a fragmentation grenade if you fire that pistol it will explode and you will lose your hand and part of your arm!!

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    Do not fire that gun at all!!

    Send it to me and I will dispose of it safely for you.







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    So the manual says "DO NOT DRY FIRE the Patriot 9, the Patriot 380 or any pistol."
    I dry fire my Sigs, Springfields, Smiths, etc. all the time (dry fire drills!) and I've yet to encounter ant problems.


    The manual also says "DO NOT carry a loaded gun with a live round in the chamber while walking, or climbing or
    anywhere you might slip and fall, dropping the gun. A gun that is dropped, bumped or jarred with a live round in the chamber might accidently discharge even with the safety on causing injury to you or someone else."
    Uhm... I always carry with a round chambered... that's the idea.

    The manual also says "Feeding problems may occur using hollow point ammunition. Its use is not recommended."
    So this is plinker only, not self defense weapon.. right?
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    Re: Oops, dry fired before I read manual...

    LOL! If a gun can't handle a dry fire or two it's a piece of crap IMO. Relax mayne.

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    I'm sure it's fine. They have to make guns able to standup to a few dryfires due to "oops" moments. Shoot it soon, make sure it is fine, try to be more careful, and move on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pir8fan View Post
    And why would you not read the manual first? You get one for a reason.
    Probably a man. Men don't need instructions, besides, the instructions are but one man's opinion on how to do it. I've found there are many other ways.
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    Oops, dry fired before I read manual...

    Quote Originally Posted by jopair View Post
    I dry fired my new Cobra Patriot .45 ONCE before I read the manual. I don't need to worry that I compromised the striker/firing pin/ rim, or anything do I? I won't do it again, just don't want to start off with a worry. Have not fired yet.
    Relax - enjoy the pistol. And when you get around to it, read the Owner's Manual.
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    Dont take this the wrong way.... but you would be better off selling your cobra, spending a little more and getting a bodygaurd .380. cobra firearms are poorly made with bad fit and finish. I looked at getting one but found review after review where pins would work out from firing, problems with FTF or FTE etc. If you bought it to use as a carry gun, do you really want to bet your life on a gun with a reputation that is questionable at best? If its just a toy, have fun.
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