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I have also seen a number of discussions on the forum about ...
May 16th, 2007 03:05 PM
I have always heard that it is not good to dry fire weapons.
I have also seen a number of discussions on the forum about dry firing as a way to break in new guns.
Are people dry firing with caps, or simply firing the gun empty in order to break them in?
Your thoughts and input to educate this newbie is greatly appreciated.
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May 16th, 2007 03:08 PM
I've always heard it was bad for the weapon, I use snap caps.
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May 16th, 2007 03:13 PM
What I've been hearing is that it's perfectly fine with modern guns, but could be bad for older ones.
May 16th, 2007 03:22 PM
I use snap caps for dry fire practice.
Best way to break em in is to sling lead through them
May 16th, 2007 03:26 PM
I dont bother with snap caps, altho theyre not a bad idea. The only risk I run through a 1911 is that of cracking a firing pin spring. I replace them every 5000rds, and have never had a problem.
Racking the slide manually several hundred times on a new pistol is somewhat of a shortcut to break in. Not nearly as fun as the above mentioned lead method though.
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May 16th, 2007 04:10 PM
A few competition rim fire euro handguns should not be dry fired without an empty shell casing in the chamber.
The KelTec P3AT Manual states that that gun should NOT be dry fired. Just FYI.
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May 16th, 2007 05:38 PM
I hear what they say, I just cannot bring myself to dry fire without snap caps.
May 16th, 2007 05:43 PM
My GP-100 has been dry fired 1000's of times.
W/out snap caps.
Speed Six and Taurus Mod. 85 as well.
Glocks OK, as you have to pull the trigger to disassemble
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May 16th, 2007 06:15 PM
I have dry fired my Beretta quite a bit, in defensive shooting scenarios before we load up the real ammo.
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May 16th, 2007 06:20 PM
Depends on the gun. My Keltec P 11 always gets caps when I dry fire it. My Ruger P 95 and Kimber Ultra sometimes get caps but usually don't.
May 16th, 2007 07:56 PM
+1. Another firearm with which you should not dry-fire is the Colt King Cobra. Built like a tank otherwise, dry-firing one of these revolvers is a quick ticket to a factory repair job (it takes a special jig to replace the firing pin). Also, unless things have greatly changed, one should never dry-fire a rimfire firearm.
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May 16th, 2007 11:00 PM
Ruger & S&W can sometimes benefit greatly concerning smoothing the trigger pull by totally degreasing the internals with spray contact cleaner degreaser and dry firing the firearm 500 times or so.
It is important to completely degrease and remove all traces of lubrication so that the parts can polish themselves against one another at the contact points.
When you relube you should notice a somewhat smoother trigger pull.
Doing this will NOT harm the firearm at all.
ALSO: The Poor Mans Trigger job.
To crisp up a single action pull -
Cock the hammer.
Use a piece of hardwood to jack the hammer - AKA apply increased pressure to the hammer while you pull the trigger.
The trigger should feel noticibly harder to pull.
Do this a few times.
Doing that forces the sear to to come off the hammer hooks under increased pressure and will result in a crisper and less mushy/creepy SA pull when the trigger is pulled normally.
Only do this a few times.
This also works on the Colt 1911.
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May 16th, 2007 11:26 PM
I used snap caps in my Beretta 92FS.
Haven't used them yet in my XD.
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May 18th, 2007 12:45 PM
To break in a new gun, I use baby powder. The corn starch type. I will literally bury the gun in the powder and cycle the slide a few dozen times, as well as dry fire it. I will dry fire it until I can't see any more powder being blown out of it.
Repeat the same process a couple of times. After about 500 or so dry fire and cyclings, blow it out with compressed air and clean thoroughly.
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