October 14th, 2005 03:16 AM
Is dry firing hard on a handgun?
I was brought up with the belief that dry firing was hard on the firing pin, is this true? Reading in a tactial handgunning book the other day, made reference to the fact that while training, one should dry fire 5 for everyone one live round fired.
October 14th, 2005 03:50 AM
I believe that depends on the handgun.
For example: The manual that comes with a Glock encourages you to dry fire it, while the Kel-Tec manual says not to dry fire a KT.
Check with your handgun's manual. :)
October 14th, 2005 06:43 AM
Also if your gonna dry fire use snap caprs Gun techonlogy has come a long way in the past few years .
Even HK's have suffered broken firing pins from guys saying they dry fired a ton So use snap caps all should be good
October 14th, 2005 07:08 AM
Wow, never realized so may problems with dry firing. I have done so moderately, but since I started training w/ airsoft not as much.
October 14th, 2005 07:44 AM
Sigs have had some broken firing pins from dry firing IIRC. But we're probably talking about huge reps.
I asked Gunsite about snap caps. They said they don't recommend them because there's just so much risk that sooner or later, a live round is going to get in the gun instead of a snap cap. Their position was no ammo or anything that looks like ammo for dry fire. The interesting thing is, their pro shop sells the metal case snap caps.
October 14th, 2005 10:10 AM
There could be some substance to that but in fact - if anyone dry firing treats that gun as loaded anyways and follows rule #2 - then even if there was a discharge of a live round, no one gets hurt.
They said they don't recommend them because there's just so much risk that sooner or later, a live round is going to get in the gun instead of a snap cap.
In essence - dry fire requires all the safety rules - just because no bang every time, still need to be scupulous on safety.
I favor snap caps, the ones with spring loaded ''primer'' - I reckon anything that cushions FP blow has to be helpful. Was a time when dry fire of a rimfire was bad because of peening the breech face - in fact I still think that tho Ruger seemingly does not forbid dry fire IIRC on MkII type guns.
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October 14th, 2005 03:19 PM
Im pretty sure ruger says no on dry fire for a mark II that it can peeen the chamber i could be wrong memory is fuzzy must be drugs from having a tooth pulled
October 14th, 2005 11:34 PM
Older model rimfires shouldn't be dry-fired, cause the pin will dent the chamber. It is O.K. to do so with newer model rimfires.
Unless its my Glock, or 10/22. I dont dryfire any of my firearms without a snapcap. Not like replacing a pin is the end of the world. Its that I dont want the pin to break when I need the pin the most. I have a old Ruger "Standard" Model .22. I go as far as to count how many shots I use, to keep this beauty in shape.
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