Alternatives To Snap Caps?

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    Alternatives To Snap Caps?

    Not that I've actually used them yet, but are there any other reliable inert training/dummy rounds that I can use in the house for practicing and dry firing? I'm looking for .22LR, 9mm, .40 S&W, and 12 Gauge.

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    Color an empty case, so it's unmistakable. A spent 22 case works as is. You can fill an empty primer pocket with silicone sealant or a plastic insert.
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    That's a great idea! I would have never thought of that. And they chamber properly that way?

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    Quote Originally Posted by samefly View Post
    That's a great idea! I would have never thought of that. And they chamber properly that way?
    Yes. It is also a very good idea to drill a hole in the side of the case.

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    This was recommended to me for my SA revolvers too. Not drilling a hole in the side of the case tho...may I ask why?
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    A driled case can't be easily mistaken for a live round.

    If you're going to make your own dummies fill the whole case with silicone sealant, not just the primer pocket. That way the bullet won't crush in the case after getting chambered a few times. For 12 gauge, get the clear plastic ones with the spring in them if you're only going to dry fire. If you're going to practice loading/unloading etc, get the solid orange plastic dummies (I forget the name, Brownell's has them) the clear ones will crack, they don't take the abuse that the orange ones will.

    I pretty much don't bother with snap caps or dummies for dry fire, only for loading or handling drills. No problems yet.
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    I've always used a case that sized, deprimed, and bullet seated to the correct overall length. To add a little weight, I fill it with silicone seal before seating the bullet. Then silicone the primer pocket. Adding weight helps with feel, I will usually make enough to fill a couple of mags.

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    once fired rounds are not a good idea. the round has been expanded and you will have to close the slide on it to chamber the case and that will damage the extractor

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    Depending on what your goals are, a replica airsoft or BB/pellet gun may also work. If they happen to make a replica of your carry gun, you can actually practice drawing it, taking aim, and firing, all in the comfort of your home or backyard.

    Keep in mind that the .22LR dummy rounds typically aren't good for dry firing. Since they are rimfire the rims are usually still made of aluminum or brass and will dent up like crazy if you fire with them in there. The centerfire rounds typically have a rubber spot in the middle, so those are fine.
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