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Old September 6th, 2018, 09:04 PM #11
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It depends on the gun. A number of rimfires it causes issues. But not all. The Ruger 10/22 manual specifically says it is fine. AR-15 it is fine. There are some older pistols where it is no bueno. The M57 and P64 come to mind. In most cases, it is unlikely to destroy it first time out. Do it a thousand times and it may cause problems.

A Glock, 1911 and a ton of others, no problems.
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Old September 6th, 2018, 09:07 PM #12
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I'm anal. I use snap caps!!
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You may be doing it wrong... that's not where they go.
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Old September 6th, 2018, 09:19 PM #13
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It depends on the gun and frequency. With a Kel Tec pf9, for instance, dry firing it can wreck the screw that retains the firing pin and cause it to fly out the back. Theoretically on something like a glock, it could cause metal fatigue to the back of the breech face and/or the firing pin and cause them to fail. Giving the firing pin something to strike that will adsorb some energy with snap caps is the best way to practice in a mechanical sense. Safety is another issue, and you must be VERY sure you aren't mixing snap caps with live ammo unless you intend to. Some will mix in a random snap cap into mags to work on clearing malfunctions or flinching at the range.
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It depends on the gun and frequency. With a Kel Tec pf9, for instance, dry firing it can wreck the screw that retains the firing pin and cause it to fly out the back. Theoretically on something like a glock, it could cause metal fatigue to the back of the breech face and/or the firing pin and cause them to fail. Giving the firing pin something to strike that will adsorb some energy with snap caps is the best way to practice in a mechanical sense. Safety is another issue, and you must be VERY sure you aren't mixing snap caps with live ammo unless you intend to. Some will mix in a random snap cap into mags to work on clearing malfunctions or flinching at the range.
I think I'll keep the practice of using snap caps. Obviously, it can't hurt. I always lock up the live ammo when I get home but definitely a good tip.
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It depends on the gun. The vast majority of my center fire guns can be dry fired without damaging then. However, I have a Beretta Pico which should never be dry fired. I broke a firing pin from dry firing. When I contacted Beretta support to get the replacement, they informed me that the Pico should not be dry fired. Ever since I've used Snap Caps with it, I've had no problems.


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As others have stated, most modern centerfire guns can be dry fired with no damage but there are a few exceptions. Care should always be taken to avoid dry firing any rimfire and again there are a few exceptions.

On older firearms, manufacturing methods of the times mean that some have components that may be brittle, fatigued or already microscopically damaged from use. I bear this in mind on my milsurp shooters and always use snap caps with the pistols. So far, I have not found any issues common to my Mosin-Nagant or SKS rifles and have not bothered with snap caps for them. Now, if you have a very rare, all matching rifle like a '66 Rasheed where parts are impossible to find, it would be wise to exercise great care to avoid any unnecessary dry firing.
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Not a handgun, but centerfire. My memory from 18 years ago tells me the Browning BT100 trap shotgun tended to break firing pins when dry fired. The BT99, not so much. I have only my well-worn memory to rely on. May very well be a faire tale.
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I've been told that Ruger SR9s should not be dry fired without a magazine inserted.
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I’m just curious; as long as the firearm is pointed safely at the downrange berm, why “cringe?”
While I agree that it doesn't harm the gun, I too dislike this practice. I always see people lazily do a visual clear and then pull the trigger lazily down range. Well finally, someone I know had a ND into the ground because of it. It was a safe direction, but apparently rang my friends ears pretty bad. Still, what was the point of this practice?

The practice itself isn't bad to show a range officer it is clear like in IDPA, but you need to do a good visual or tactical check as your #1 means of clearing. Otherwise you'll end up like the guy I know.
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I’ve heard of dry firing a lot damages some firearms. If you do it a lot you should use snap caps. https://www.handgunforum.net/glock/1...#/topics/18537
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