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dry fire?
#1
So...
New here, so please be nice?

Just a question though...is DRY fire so *forbidden because of the possible danger to the public, or is it actually harmful to the gun?

I have always wanted to know this.
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#2
For a rimfire (.17 or .22 cal), a black powder, and some older shotguns and firearms, dry firing is really bad and can break things.

For any modern non rimfire, it is not an issue IMO.
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#3
Certain guns like rimfires or the old Star single actions shouldn't be dry fired with an empty chamber. You can break the firing pin. You should be fine with a snap cap of some kind.
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#4
welcome

Like others have said, it depends on the firearm. Some firearms (most centerfires) can be dry fired. Most rimfires cannot be dry fired. The instruction manual should tell you if it is or is no safe to dry fire a particular firearm.

As far as dry firing being a danger to the public, dry firing is not something generally done in public. Also, if a person removes all ammunition from the room they are dry firing in, checks to make sure the firearm is unloaded multiple times, and dry fires in a safe direction, the public will not be in danger by someone dry firing.
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#5
rmagill;48595 Wrote:the public will not be in danger by someone dry firing.

But they will still be freaked out by it. Anyone want to deal with my angry mother in TX when I dry fire at the TV as a reward for finishing a cleaning and fighting to get the slide pin back in? You can have at it. Smile

And well... there's this.





Oh that video never gets old, I cackle every time I watch it.
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ArcticSplash;48602 Wrote:
rmagill;48595 Wrote:the public will not be in danger by someone dry firing.

But they will still be freaked out by it. Anyone want to deal with my angry mother in TX when I dry fire at the TV as a reward for finishing a cleaning and fighting to get the slide pin back in? You can have at it. Smile

And well... there's this.





Oh that video never gets old, I cackle every time I watch it.
Family generally doesn't count as "general public", especially across state lines. Wink I hate putting together my 1911, which is why I don't shoot it that often. Undecided

So much for keeping your finger off the trigger until shooting and treating every firearm like it is loaded. Rolleyes Seriously, though, thanks for sharing the video. I always appreciate more fodder for the "why you should always follow the 4 laws" cannon.
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#7
Even better: you can clearly see the hammer go up 1 frame before "BOOM".


Big Grin
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#8
Two questions about that video. First, if there was a loaded mag in there, why did the slide lock back? Second, if there was a loaded mag in there, why can't you see any glimpse of brass through the open ejection port?

I say the video is staged.
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#9
There are some who will still say that excessive dry fire is a bad thing and can cause problems even with a Glock. When I do actual dry fire practice I use snap caps. When I do function checks or any kind of maintenance task that requires dry firing I do it on an empty chamber. YMMV

Also just out of habit and good practices, I also dry fire in a safe direction. Even when I check the chamber 50 times, a small part of me still expects a boom instead of a click.
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Warpt762x39;48654 Wrote:Two questions about that video. First, if there was a loaded mag in there, why did the slide lock back? Second, if there was a loaded mag in there, why can't you see any glimpse of brass through the open ejection port?

I say the video is staged.

Probably +1?

The cartridge could have been pressed down to the barrel and he was expecting to see the whole cartridge in the receiver when looking in the ejection port without looking at the barrel to see a rim pressed up against the barrel. That's quite an easy mistake to make.


There had to have been a mag in place because anything in the receiver would have fell out or dislodged. I can't tell if he pushed the slide lock up but when the slide racked back, look at his hand.
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