Snap caps

This is a discussion on Snap caps within the Related Gear & Equipment forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; This is a stupid question but....On average how many trigger pulls can one snap cap take? Are they only one shot per cap? Beause that ...

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    Snap caps

    This is a stupid question but....On average how many trigger pulls can one snap cap take? Are they only one shot per cap? Beause that would be very expensive.

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    I've had my 9mm and 45acp for about 3 years and they still work fine

    lots of trigger pulls/resets in my glocks on them and they look like they'll be going for a long while to come
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    You can use them over and over again.

    I use A zoom; they work well. Also, I like the purple plum color. There is no chance of getting them mixed up.

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    The orange plastic ones in .223 that I used on my Stag 3L didn't last very long. But the Tipton snap caps that have a brass tail end and red plastic body seem to last for thousands of strikes. At least, I've had three different calibers that I've used for several thousand strikes. I don't recall any of the Tiptons ever breaking, though I'm sure they will at some point.

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    The snap caps that I think are best and the ones that I use are A-ZOOM. You can use them over and over again and they last very long time .
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    Quote Originally Posted by GM View Post
    The snap caps that I think are best and the ones that I use are A-ZOOM. You can use them over and over again and they last very long time .
    +1

    A-ZOOM are all aluminum and made to last.
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    +2 on A-Zoom. I keep them in everything as cheap insurance.
    After a while, the rim gets a bit nicked from the extractor, but they keep going.

    I once made the mistake of buying "weighted rounds" on the recommendation of a forum member. I thought they would be snap caps of the proper weight. No. Nothing in the primer pocket, so they are worthless as snap caps, and they are expensive.

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    Tiptons are fine for my handguns but they are not compatible for my shotgun (Mossberg 590). So I ended up and prefer to use Azoom on both my shotgun and my AR-15 rifle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SIGP250 View Post
    +1

    A-ZOOM are all aluminum and made to last.
    I also agree with this. I prefer the metallic snap caps, the weight is closer to real rounds. They can be shot thousands and thousands of times, no problem.
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    Why do we need them if manafacturers say dry firing will not harm the gun?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hazard123 View Post
    Why do we need them if manafacturers say dry firing will not harm the gun?
    for me to practice malfunction solutions as well as some sort of realism to my training.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hazard123 View Post
    Why do we need them if manafacturers say dry firing will not harm the gun?
    I use them on the line when I want to show a shooter that they are anticipating the shot. If someone else staggers your mags with real rounds and snap caps you can see the gun nosedive when they hit the snap cap. I use it myself to keep me honest. They are a very good training tool.
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    We did that to simulate hang/dry fires at qualifying, the instructor also set up our mags in the pouches so we wouldnt know which mag had the ftf and which wouldnt
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    They can be used for a number of drills/practice on and off the range.

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    The A-Zoom ones are supposed to be pretty much the best you can get, but the rim does get chewed up over time. Quite a few people have reported that it eventually completely jams up their weapon and they have to toss the snap cap (after spending the time and effort to clear the weapon).

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