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    Quote Originally Posted by shootpar View Post
    how do you know it is ready to protect you without firing it first?


    Cause it has these five little letter on it!




















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    Quote Originally Posted by Kerbouchard View Post
    Experience. And then, there is always dry-firing.
    Exactly. What I do time after time. My pistols are as dependable as I am. They are dependent on me for their care. I care for my pistols, and my pistols and I are reliable without a doubt. Never any doubt in my mind for a first shot. Never.

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    Check all the vaious functions... slide works fine, cocks, dry-fire, etc. Just leave the bullets out of this process.

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    If you're that concerned (paranoid much? JK!) clean it at the range then send a few rounds down. That small amount of residue shouldn't be a problem unless you're going to put it into long term storage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shootpar View Post
    I was wondering.....if your primary protection weapon has just been disassembled, cleaned, and put back together, how do you know it is ready to protect you without firing it first? I just cleaned my handgun after 50 rounds at the range. How am I sure it is ready and how do you feel about this? Thanks for the opinions and answers, D
    You can always do like I do, I guess...

    I take it on faith, because,

    a.) I carry an established name brand pistol of proven quality & reliability.

    b.) I have reassembled it correctly.

    c.) I use an established name brand of ammunition of proven quality and reliability.

    But since I'm cautious by nature, I always do this little drill after every cleaning session. (With a three times verified unloaded pistol.)

    Cock the hammer. Point pistol at the ceiling. Drop a number 2 lead pencil, eraser end down, down the bore. Pull the trigger. When the pencil is propelled out of the barrel, I'm assured the firing pin is functional and will strike a primer as intended.

    Of course, this tends to leave little black marks on your ceiling.


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    Another use of the pencil in the barrel:

    Put a small dot on a wall (in your shop.LOL) and with the pencil in place and your pistol just a few inches from the wall aim at the dot. See how far a spread you get at the pencil's point of contact after a few shots. Teaches good trigger control.

    I learned this from a guy 40 years ago. He was strictly a slowfire target shooter and wore one of those pinhole gizmo's over his shooting eye.

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    Put a small dot on a wall (in your shop.LOL) and with the pencil in place and your pistol just a few inches from the wall aim at the dot. See how far a spread you get at the pencil's point of contact after a few shots. Teaches good trigger control.
    Learned this technique in the Army years ago, with the M1911/1911A1 pistol. Excellent drill.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Crunch View Post
    Learned this technique in the Army years ago, with the M1911/1911A1 pistol. Excellent drill.
    Wonder if that will work with my Glock??

    Hmmmmm......
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    Another one here for placing a pencil down the barrel and holding the gun up to see if it is propelled upwards if for some reason your not sure or completly confident in your reassembly.
    Just remember that shot placement is much more important with what you carry than how big a bang you get with each trigger pull.
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    Quote Originally Posted by boscobeans View Post
    After cleaning and reassembly, cycle it a few times, dry fire it a few times then drop a pencil (eraser side first) or wooden dowel down the barrel. If it flies out of the barrel when you pull the trigger chances are that you are ready to go. It will come out fast so don't look at it or "You'll shoot your eye out."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dal1Celt View Post
    Wonder if that will work with my Glock??

    Hmmmmm......
    Why wouldn't it?

    You just have to rack the slide to reset the striker.

    With the 1911, you just manually cock the hammer.

    Same thing.


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    Keep it clean, lubed, and use quality ammo in a quality gun and it will go bang. Can I guarantee that 100% of the time no matter what it will go bang? No. Will I trust my life that I have done all I can to assure my pistol will go bang? Yes.

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    Example

    Using a BIC pen.
    You can also use that to see how good your trigger control is.
    Illustration is an exaggeration on the dot size and the "flyer" is intentional.
    Naturally your group will always be below your aiming point but, it will be quite representative of how steady you are holding your firearm during the trigger pull.

    About 1' away from the wall.


    Quote Originally Posted by boscobeans View Post
    After cleaning and reassembly, cycle it a few times, dry fire it a few times then drop a pencil (eraser side first) or wooden dowel down the barrel. If it flies out of the barrel when you pull the trigger chances are that you are ready to go. It will come out fast so don't look at it or "You'll shoot your eye out."

    bosco

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