Snap Caps


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Tiomoid
July 19, 2009, 07:14 PM
Why are they always sold in packages of 5+ do they wear out quickly? Should I discard my Snap Cap after a few hundred dry fires?

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JImbothefiveth
July 19, 2009, 07:17 PM
I don't think they wear out quickly unless they are rimfire snap caps. You should probably check them after a while. I think it's probably because they are for 5-shot wheelguns.

average_shooter
July 19, 2009, 07:20 PM
They're probably sold five or more to a package because people tend to use them for function checks, that is, ensuring that the firearms works properly without having to risk damage when firing live ammunition. These function checks may include cycling the slide which would require more snap caps to be in the magazine. Also, most revolvers these days hold five or six shots, if not more.

I haven't found my A-Zoom snap caps to be worn out quite yet, and I've used them hundreds of times. It's not the firing that wears them, it's the cycling. The rims on my .45ACP caps are chewed all to hell, but still work through a 1911. And my .357 Mag caps got chewed up a little by the extractor on a Marlin 1894, but they still work just fine in a revolver.

SSN Vet
July 19, 2009, 08:00 PM
think J frame double action revolver my friend...

Tiomoid
July 19, 2009, 10:32 PM
For a revolver it makes sense.

I usually put my snap caps through my .45ACP, I like to spend 20-30 min a day practicing grip and trigger control. I figure that that works out to several hundred "snaps" a week. I find that aiming at a moving target on TV is nice practice as well, this training helps me to keep track of my target. A good friend of mine was taught by his father (long ago) to sit in the house and aim through the window at the hubcaps of passing cars to work on picking up a fleeing deer (no ammo of course). Never seen him miss....

Boba Fett
July 19, 2009, 10:41 PM
They're probably sold five or more to a package because people tend to use them for function checks, that is, ensuring that the firearms works properly without having to risk damage when firing live ammunition. These function checks may include cycling the slide which would require more snap caps to be in the magazine. Also, most revolvers these days hold five or six shots, if not more.

Pretty much how I use them.

Actually, I wish they came with more, especially for the price.

Guns and more
July 20, 2009, 10:30 AM
Five in a pack? If you get the .223 you get two.

meytind
July 20, 2009, 10:31 AM
I wish any snap caps besides revolver calibers came in packs of 5.

eye5600
July 20, 2009, 11:36 AM
I can't say that snap caps are an example, but in general, manufacturers are not above packaging small items so that you need to buy just a little more than you need.

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