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    Default Dry Firing - harmful to the gun?

    Is it harmful to the revolver or pistol to dry fire it?
    I have a 9mm and a .45ACP semi-auto, and a .38/.357 revolver.
    What's the word on dry firing? Thanks for your feedback.

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    for the most part it seems to be alright with most modern centerfires, i still always use snap caps. there seems to be some concern about stress on roll pins, or a firing pin block causing a break, or two piece firing pins. a lot require them to be dry fired to field strip, such as a glock, or springfield xd. i believe the beretta 92fs is one with a 2 piece firing pin and they recommend not dry firing, i'm not sure if that's for "just in case" or they noticed an issue in testing. you have other guns such as the cz p-01 which had to be dry fired 4,000 times without a failure, it's a double roll pin gun which is what some people worry about breaking... just for the record, i have a p-01 and still use snap caps though. what specific guns do you have? btw, rimfires are not recommended to be dry fired.

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    Quote Originally Posted by belercous View Post
    Dry firing tends to peen/work-harden the shoulder of the firing pin, which will lead to a premature failure of the part. It also does lesser damage, but still damage, to the block or bolt. Generally it's not a good idea.

    It is a good idea to have something for the firing pin to hit upon to slow/stop it's travel. Snap-caps are made for a good reason.
    Thanks, belercous! Sounds reasonable. Appreciated.

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    Dry firing a centerfire gun does nothing to harm the gun. The firing pin is centered in the chamber, and when dry fired it hits nothing. RIMFIRE guns should not be dry fired. The firing pin will hit the chamber shoulder and can cause damage to the gun.
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    Modern day center fired pistols, it's ok to dry fire. Revolvers and rim fired, it is not a good idea to dry fire them.

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    You guys are terrific - thanks for the responses!

    So what is a rimfire gun? i thought that any gun that takes a round with a primer is a center fired gun, and so why would it be bad to dry fire revolvers? Forgive my ignorance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JazzDoc View Post
    You guys are terrific - thanks for the responses!

    So what is a rimfire gun? i thought that any gun that takes a round with a primer is a center fired gun, and so why would it be bad to dry fire revolvers? Forgive my ignorance.
    Rimfired guns are mostly .22cal. pistols,rifles,and revolvers. They have what looks like a solid base when struck by the firing pin they will fire.

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    Dry fire until your fingers bleed. Get snap caps, make certain you have a safe target that will stop a N D and then get to worl on fundamentals.

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    Thanks for the great advice.

    What do snap-caps actually do? Do you need a magazine full of them for a semi-auto?

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    you can use one, or as many as you desire... if you want to practice clearing the chamber use as many as you want, otherwise one will suffice since it's not going to be ejected until you rack the slide. that is on a hammer fired gun anyway... i suppose with these striker guns (i'm a hammer guy) you would need to rack the slide every time. the material on the primer area of the snap cap stops the hammer when it is fired, all of them i've seen are soft unlike primers.

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