What Is The Best Brand Of Snap Caps?

What Is The Best Brand Of Snap Caps?

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    What Is The Best Brand Of Snap Caps?

    I use A-Zoom snap caps in 9mm and .45 for dry fire for my Glock 17 and 30. After a while they get pretty chewed up. There is also Tipton snap caps and probably others. What do you think it the best brand and why?
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    I tried some snap caps (I forget which brand) that had a translucent plastic body and a spring inside. They jammed up my gun - I couldn't eject them! Ever since then, I've used nothing but A-Zoom (in multiple calibers) without any problems. They get dinged up eventually, but I don't object to buying more when I need to.

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    A-Zoom is what I use in my concealed carry classes.
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    +1 on A-Zoom

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    Another vote for A-Zoom. They're pretty sturdy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rodspade View Post
    I tried some snap caps (I forget which brand) that had a translucent plastic body and a spring inside. They jammed up my gun - I couldn't eject them! Ever since then, I've used nothing but A-Zoom (in multiple calibers) without any problems. They get dinged up eventually, but I don't object to buying more when I need to.
    The translucent plastic ones with a spring inside are Tiptons. Thanks for your thoughts!
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    And yet another vote for A-Zoom
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    I use the Tipton and they work great. I saw a pretty negative video on Youtube about A-Zoom and how it leaves pieces on the cap behind. It convinced me not to use them.

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    I have found A Zooms do wear quickly when cycled in .45's and 9mm's.

    Why someone does not make a painted brass snap cap with the polymer primer I do not know. If I reloaded I would just make an empty cartridge and glue in a rubber plug for the primer (For my revolvers I just took spent casings, tapped out the primer and glued in rubber plugs in the primer holes).
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    Those are available on eBay. Primer pocket drilled out and filled with usually red silicone.
    They could easily be mixed up with live rounds so....I certainly would go the extra step and possibly use a brightly colored nail polish and color code the actual bullet portion of the cartridges.

    Quote Originally Posted by PEF View Post
    I have found A Zooms do wear quickly when cycled in .45's and 9mm's.

    Why someone does not make a painted brass snap cap with the polymer primer I do not know. If I reloaded I would just make an empty cartridge and glue in a rubber plug for the primer (For my revolvers I just took spent casings, tapped out the primer and glued in rubber plugs in the primer holes).
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    Quote Originally Posted by rodspade View Post
    I tried some snap caps (I forget which brand) that had a translucent plastic body and a spring inside. They jammed up my gun - I couldn't eject them! Ever since then, I've used nothing but A-Zoom (in multiple calibers) without any problems. They get dinged up eventually, but I don't object to buying more when I need to.
    This echoes my experience as well. The tiptons just get destroyed if you dry fire very much. I have some orange a zoom now and will use them occasionally. I've transitioned to loaded dummy rounds. With 147 grn bullets they weigh almost the same as normal. There's a significant difference in dry firing with a weighted mag for me. It's much more realistic especially when practicing reloads.

    I honestly only use dummy rounds for the weight benefit. I've dry fired tens of thousands of trigger pulls without snap caps with my g19 and it hasn't caused any issues.

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    I saw these recommended on another forum. No personal experience with them though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rammerjammer View Post
    I saw these recommended on another forum. No personal experience with them though.

    38 SPL BRASS SNAP CAPS SET OF 10 KP TACTICAL | eBay
    those look interesting but I didnt see any in .45acp? Also I do not like ebay, do they have a storefront or website?

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    I use A-Zoom, no issues.
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    Thanks everyone for your comments!
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