Does my Shield need broken in?

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    Does my Shield need broken in?

    Got a new SW Shield 9mm. The pawn shop guy told me to dry fire it a couple hundred times. Is that actually necessary? I'm shooting for the first time tomorrow.

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    A few hundred rounds should be minimal. 500 is an average benchmark to know dependability. It's up to you.
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    I don't carry a semiautomatic without having 200 (consecutive) trouble-free rounds through it. Part of that is just the fun of shooting a new gun and getting used to it, but it's still my MO.
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    "Dry fire it a couple times??????"

    What the heck is that supposed to do?
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    Sorry it was supposed to be a couple HUNDRED times. My iphone keyboard lags really bad.

    I plan on shooting quite a bit before even applying for a CCW. I just wanted to know if I need to dry fire it a bunch of times as he suggested in order to "clean out the burrs and loosen things up" (according to him).

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    I've put about 400 rounds through the pipe and it seems to be functioning smoothly - no FTE's or stove pipes but each time I shoot it whether it's 50 rounds or 500 I clean it that evening. I never dry fire anything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PJR202 View Post
    Sorry it was supposed to be a couple HUNDRED times. My iphone keyboard lags really bad.

    I plan on shooting quite a bit before even applying for a CCW. I just wanted to know if I need to dry fire it a bunch of times as he suggested in order to "clean out the burrs and loosen things up" (according to him).
    I think dry firing is a good thing. I use snap caps still, but it may not be necessary.
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    Personally I wouldn't dry fire a SA that many times without snap caps.

    Revolvers, yes. My S&W wheel gun has been dry fired a few thousand times.
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    You don't have to dry fire it. You can if you want, but it's not necessary for the gun.

    Here's what I do:

    Take it apart and clean it, then put it back together.

    Shoot it until you're comfortable with it and it appears to function fine - 100 - 200 round of range stuff for me (maybe more or less for you).

    Take it apart and clean it, then put it back together.

    Then test your carry ammo for functionality. Couple of mags for me.

    Take it apart and clean it, then put it back together.

    Load it with your carry ammo.

    Place it in your holster.

    Congratulations, you are good to go.
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    It's not necessary. Just put a couple of 100 rounds through at the range.
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    IMO NO...you don't need to Dry-Fire it a couple hundred rounds before shooting it. Did he happen to say why he suggested that?

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    Thanks all! This is my first firearm. Taking a class tomorrow. I just loaded the mags and my fingers are killin me..lol
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    That is one nice weapon do you have any pics?
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    I dry fired the crap out of my full size m&p 9 and it smoothed out a very gritty trigger. The trigger is better out of the box on my Shield than my full size ever got.

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    Post a pic if you can.... Here is my S&W 9c.
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