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Old December 22nd, 2012, 02:26 PM   #1
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Dry firing a .22 semi auto pistols with snap caps?

My local dealer said this would be ok for the gun. Sounds ok but wanted to see others opinions.
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Old December 22nd, 2012, 02:28 PM   #2
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What kind/model of auto pistol? I'd think with snap caps it would be ok for sure, some are safe to fire without according to the mfgs (but snapcaps are never a bad idea)


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Old December 22nd, 2012, 02:28 PM   #3
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Snap caps simulate a loaded round and should be fine in any gun safe for use.
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Old December 22nd, 2012, 03:08 PM   #4
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If you plan to dry-fire with snap caps, buy a bunch of them. I haven't found any that don't get chewed up by the firing pin in short order. Aluminum and plastic.


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Old December 22nd, 2012, 03:58 PM   #5
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It depends on the firearm. Some of the newer production 22s won't allow the firing pin to travel forward of the bolt face. Dry firing those presents no real problem. Disassemble the piece and push the firing pin to it's most forward position. If it can't extend beyond the bolt face, you're okay. I've shortened pins on a Buckmark and a 1911 conversion kit with good results. You only have to crush the rim, overtravel provides no real benefit and does harm when the trigger is tripped on an empty chamber.
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Old December 27th, 2012, 12:01 PM   #6
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snap caps

What other have said is valid. Some .22 rim fires are ok to dry fire but most are not and a snap cap never hurts.
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Old December 27th, 2012, 12:33 PM   #7
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Snap caps simulate a loaded round and should be fine in any gun safe for use.
What he said.....


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Old December 27th, 2012, 03:56 PM   #8
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They have snap caps for 22lr? That's news to me. The only ones I've ever seen say specifically not to use for dry firing on the package.

ETA: anyone have a link to some they use?
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Old December 27th, 2012, 04:00 PM   #9
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Ruger Mk2 & 3's have firing pin stops..... no ill effects from dry firing them if that's what you have.


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Old December 27th, 2012, 04:02 PM   #10
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Have seen them at shows for years, but now that I'm looking for some, can't find any.

Here's a link to what Midway has to offer: http://www.midwayusa.com/product/213...-package-of-10


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Old December 27th, 2012, 04:03 PM   #11
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When I bought my gsg 1911 from GC they advised me never to dry fire it. Could break the firing pin. Maybe it's only that gun but ill trust my dealer.


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Old December 27th, 2012, 04:12 PM   #12
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Make sure they're snap caps and not "action proving dummies"; the aluminum action dummies are NOT meant to be used as snap caps. If you don't have any snap caps, a dry wall screw anchor works really well, too (I've also done this with my 17HMR.)

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Old December 27th, 2012, 04:12 PM   #13
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They have snap caps for 22lr? That's news to me. The only ones I've ever seen say specifically not to use for dry firing on the package.

ETA: anyone have a link to some they use?
This.
I was about to purchase some from Atlantic Guns in Rockville and John told me "Those are not snap caps...they're just plastic caps to load and unload and will crack and break if used like snap caps"
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Old December 30th, 2012, 04:44 PM   #14
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I just use fired cases...you get a bunch of them every range trip lol
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Old December 30th, 2012, 05:06 PM   #15
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I just use fired cases...you get a bunch of them every range trip lol
Not the same. Snap cap "primers" are spring loaded to provide some resistance to the firing pin. spent primers are already indented, providing no resistance making the firing pin extend to max "reach" each time.

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Old December 30th, 2012, 05:23 PM   #16
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Fired cases work perfectly
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Old December 30th, 2012, 05:45 PM   #17
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Fired cases work perfectly
How do you know?

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Old December 30th, 2012, 05:58 PM   #18
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Why wouldn't they? The pin is hitting exactly what it was designed to hit.


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Why wouldn't they? The pin is hitting exactly what it was designed to hit.
No it isn't. You think it strikes perfectly each and every time with no deviation? The firing pin hits primer brass perfectly each and every time? The primer would have to concave the exact measurement each strike. It doesn't.
Does anyone really know why snap caps work?? Wow

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Old December 30th, 2012, 06:23 PM   #20
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They have snap caps for 22lr? That's news to me. The only ones I've ever seen say specifically not to use for dry firing on the package.

ETA: anyone have a link to some they use?
Curious -- what's the point of snap caps if you can't dry-fire them?
Tipton snap caps are probably the best.
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