What's the deal..?


November 13, 2008, 06:56 PM
What's the deal with SnapCaps? Never heard of em until I came onto THR. Are they really necessary, or are they a hoax? Please, do tell

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November 13, 2008, 06:58 PM
they are the real deal. they help reduce the wear associated with dry firing.

November 13, 2008, 07:13 PM
theres differant brands, other than "Snap Cap" brand, but they all do the same thing.

either a soft plastic int he shape of a bullet, or plastic with a spring loaded "primer". these serve as something for the firing pin to strike, rather than just dry firing

see: http://www.marstar.ca/ammo/snap-caps.htm

November 13, 2008, 07:19 PM
Try taking a class and doing malfunction clearance drills without them. 100%necessary? Perhaps not. Good idea? Sure. At home I don't practice in a room with any live ammunition when doing gun malf drills. Snap caps. :)

November 13, 2008, 07:30 PM
hmm... now you guys got me interested. How many times would you be able to dry fire on one snapcap? What are some good snap caps? I found A Zoom aluminum snap caps on Cabelas... thanks for the help, I'm new at snappies

November 13, 2008, 07:58 PM
They'll last a long time. A-zooms are good. There are others that appear more fancy and I don't know the exact longevity of them. After awhile they'll get beat up and scratched, but who cares. These are functional training aids, nothing more. Let's just say they are a good investment for dry firing and for practice in general. But even with snap caps, remember: empty gun is still always treated as loaded and go from there.

November 13, 2008, 08:22 PM
The type of snap caps I prefer are Pachmayr as they have springs in them. The springs soak up the force of the firing pin, keeping the pin from breaking. I use 'em on my good 'over and under' as well. I bought 'em at Cabelas for $17.99 + tax.

November 13, 2008, 08:30 PM
I use A-Zooms in my o/u shotgun so I can store it with the firing pin springs un tensioned. The springs in my gun are the flat type not coil and taking the pressure off of them will make them last longer.

November 14, 2008, 07:37 AM
Way back yonder, I used to make my own by removing the primer from spent shells, and filling the pocket with automotive silicone.

Didn't always feed in an auto-loader, but worked great in revolvers.

November 14, 2008, 09:05 AM
that's nify, but remember a snap cap is only good if the firing pin is making contact with it. otherwise you might as well not be using one at all

a style similar to armsport works very well, with the spring inside taking the brunt of the impact from the pin when it strikes.

(i dont reccomend armsport)

November 14, 2008, 04:42 PM
so are Azooms any good then? cause i don't see any springs

November 14, 2008, 04:48 PM
They have good rep. There's no spring, but there's a bit of rubber or something like it where the primer would normally be, the firing pin strikes that cushion.

The Bushmaster
November 14, 2008, 05:28 PM
I don't drill with snap caps. Instead I have made up dummies for the calibres that I practice clearing drills with. And Yes...They are marked for positive identification...

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