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Old 01-22-2013, 06:02 PM   #1
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Dry firing with 226 classic 22

Hey all. New to handguns and picked up a p226 in .22. Shoots great and I'm loving it. With ammo being pretty scarce right now though, I'd like to be able to do some type of practice at home. The people I talk to stress practicing dry firing. This is an issue as I currently only own a rimfire gun. As I understand it, rimfire guns are generally not to be dry fired because of possible wear on the firing pin or the face of the barrel.

What I was wondering was if I could just remove the barrel, guide rod, and spring and just practice dry firing like that. That way the firing pin has no point of contact. The only downside I could think of was a difference in weight, lose of slide action, and the inability to practice trigger control in SA. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

Here is my current set up (yes I realize it is ghetto but practice is practice). The rubber bands are to keep the slide in place since there is no longer anything internally to do so. I'll probably attach something to the barrel to compensate for the lose of weight too.

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Old 01-22-2013, 06:11 PM   #2
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I would recommend trying a foam earplug in front of the hammer or purchase some snap caps. Congrats on your purchase.
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Old 01-23-2013, 06:30 AM   #4
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Thanks a bunch guys. I looked into snap caps and shied away from them because of possible durability issues. The foam earplug idea is perfect though and exactly the kind of solution I was looking for. Thanks!
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Not a problem. The P226 22lr is a great way to get started. Do you plan on getting a caliber x-change kit?
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I have always been told never intentionally dry fire any rimfire weapon. The only way I would is with snap caps.
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.22 snap caps don't really exist. There are dummy rounds but not meant to take firing pin impacts - only prove action.

I use #4 drywall plugs. They are cheap and fit in the chamber perfectly. In some guns, you can even load them in the mag and they cycle perfectly.

Hope this helps.
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@MattyLite: I do plan on getting the x-change kit but I'm a little strapped for cash at the moment.

I will look into the drywall plugs jackl4. Thanks. May have some laying around in the garage somewhere. The earplug trick has been working great for me though.
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.22 snap caps don't really exist. There are dummy rounds but not meant to take firing pin impacts - only prove action.
I had a machinist buddy make me up a few by machining brass bar stock. Sadly he went to the great beyond recently.
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You will be happy with the x-change kit.
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