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View Poll Results: Dry firing, which is it?
Dry firing without stop damages gun 23 35.38%
Dry firing without stop does not damage gun 42 64.62%
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Old 03-30-2013, 08:30 AM   #1
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Dry firing?

I have always believed in dry firing only with a snap cap with my pistols. Beretta's product manuals advise against dry firing without using something to stop the firing pin. However, I hear many people saying dry firing trigger training without a stop is not a problem. Which is it? I do not want to hurt my new Sig 1911. Thank you!
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Old 03-30-2013, 08:39 AM   #2
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Put a little tab of leather under the hammer. Easy.

Just remember to remove it before shooting the pistol.
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Old 03-30-2013, 08:55 AM   #3
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I use snap caps for dry firing
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Depends on the gun. I dry fire my striker fired weapons without snap caps often, never with concern for damage.
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Cool

I don't make it a habit, but after cleaning and lubricating, I do dry fire once to check all is good to go.
I never do it on a .22LR guns or rifle though.
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Old 03-30-2013, 10:12 AM   #6
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It's fine.

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It is safe to dry-fire our center fire pistols. You would want to use a snap cap or plug if extensive dry-firing is done. Always count your dry-firing in your live fire count to be sure all springs and pins are in top condition. DO NOT intentionally dry-fire any rim fire pistol such as the Mosquito, .22LR conversions or Classic Pistols.
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I agree depends on the gun.
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Old 03-30-2013, 11:18 AM   #8
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Dry firing?

I always use a snap cap. The cost of a snap cap is much less than the cost and time it takes to repair a gun.
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I always use a snap cap. The cost of a snap cap is much less than the cost and time it takes to repair a gun.


Yep.
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Old 03-30-2013, 12:44 PM   #10
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I dry fire the **** out of mine without snap caps and never had an issue, except 22's like the other gentleman said, the firing pin on those can hit the edge of the chamber and either damage it or break the firing pin.
I find that the trigger loosens and smooths up without spending a fortune on ammo.
I also recall sig saying somewhere to count dry fires as actual shooting when it comes to replacing the springs, hmm, don't know bout you but I've never replaced a spring or had to. In fact my brother just retired from a life as a cop, carried a 229 for most of his career and says he never did either.
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hammerless I use snaps. With a hammer I use a rubber earplug cut down to fit the channel.
Sometimes I'll go nekked but not often.
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A little dry firing with or without Snap Caps on a centerfire gun doesn't do much wear. I can tell you from experience even with snap caps a lot of drying firing in double action will wear out and break parts.
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I dont think it would cause immediate damage for most modern guns however long term some damage can be done to the firing pin. With Glocks long term dry firing without snap caps has been proven to cause damage to the breech face. With my Sigs I use snap caps and and ear plug in the space between the firing pin and the hammer.
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I have been told that for limited dryfire, snap caps are not needed but if you are going to spend some serious training time with dry fire... then snap caps are advisable. They arent expensive so what the heck.
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I have been told that for limited dryfire, snap caps are not needed but if you are going to spend some serious training time with dry fire... then snap caps are advisable. They arent expensive so what the heck.
This is well-said.

You guys can sweep the internet and call SIG to verify, but SIG 200-series pistols have been ID'd in some damage caused by excessive dry-firing.

Now what is excessive?

Who knows.

You don't need to buy anything, tho, as any piece of old leather, boot lace, wadded cloth, whatever will cushion the hammer for those who care to DF 10,000 x's a month...
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