Dry firing?


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luckyred13
October 24, 2006, 01:22 PM
Does anyone know how I can dry fire a NAA Companion without causing damage?

It would be cool to see a kind of percussion snap cap that is made of hard rubber or plastic.

Is it simply a case of removing the nipples?

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mp510
October 24, 2006, 01:26 PM
On a percussion muzzle loader, allowing the hammer to hit the nipples, will over time batter them.

luckyred13
October 24, 2006, 01:30 PM
I wouldn't intentially hit a bare nipple. I just wanted to know if removing them so that the hammer falls on an empty chamber, or covering the nipples with something would prevent any damage?

timothy75
October 25, 2006, 06:59 AM
Nipples are cheap and life is short click away. Plus an exploding cap isnt the softest buffer anyway, and you might just get it out of your system. Good luck

4v50 Gary
October 25, 2006, 08:27 AM
A spent percussion cap with a bit of silicone will go a long way.

sundance44s
October 25, 2006, 08:47 AM
Dry fireing on nipples not only damages the nipples but it will ruin the face of your hammer ... i bought a display gun that had been done this way .. the hammer face was a mess .

luckyred13
October 25, 2006, 10:50 AM
I did assume that the nipples would damage the hammer as well as the nipples themselves.

The spent cap with a little silicone is a great idea though! I have some stuff at work that is a gel-like silicone that dries to a very rubbery consistency. At least using this is easier than perfectly trimming tiny, tiny pieces of rubber!

Don't know whether I am being naive, but I'm still pretty surprised that nobody makes a manufactured cap for dry firing :confused:

Wwalstrom
October 25, 2006, 10:57 AM
I've got a set of nipples that has been "reground" due to mushrooming (from live fireing, not dry firing). Once they're to the point of no return, I think I'm gonna cut off the cone, drill out the flash-hole, and press in some delrin pins ... so I can use them for dry-firing. Heck, I may use one with a delrin pin in each cylinder as a empty/safe chamber indicator.

Chawbaccer
October 25, 2006, 06:17 PM
Maybe it is possible to get some brass rod the correct length and threaded for the cylinder, probably be easy on the hammer.

Smokin_Gun
October 26, 2006, 11:45 AM
If ya gotta dry fire a C&B Rev just adhere a piece of rubber or leather to the hammer where it hits the cone.
IMO there is no reason to leave a cylinder unloaded if it has safety notches or pins to rest on. If you must leave one empty just rest the hammer on the cone. If checkin' the trigger pull jus' pull the cylinder out and snap away.
Hell Clint Eastwood did it with Walkers and all three of the others in "The outlaw Josey Wales" but he wasn't payin' for the cones and hammers...LoL!

Dithsoer
October 29, 2006, 01:28 AM
When dry firing my c&b revolvers I just loosen the mainspring screw some so that the hammer doesn't hit the nipples so hard.

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