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Snap caps

Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by jutinlee, Feb 23, 2014.

  1. jutinlee

    jutinlee Well-Known Member

    In not sure if this is the right place but I did a search and nothing came back.
    Can anyone recommend some snap caps for me?
    I am unfamiliar with who are trusted manufacturers and what to look at.
    I want them for training with my 1911 Kimber Pro Covert 45acp.
    I intend to train clearing fail to eject type situations having a partner mix snap caps into the magazine randomly.
    Any tips.
  2. Dframe

    Dframe Well-Known Member

    Never considered them for that purpose (I just use them for Dry-fire) but I like the A-Zoom since they're made of metal and seem to be quite durable.
  3. hey_poolboy

    hey_poolboy Well-Known Member

    I'll second the a-zooms. I have several and they've worked well for me.

    Some will say just load a dummy round and fill the primer pocket with silicone or something similar. If you do that I'd make sure to paint it a bright color so as to not mix it up.
  4. rogerstg

    rogerstg Well-Known Member

    I use A-Zoom as well and have no complaints.
  5. Racinbob

    Racinbob Well-Known Member

    I'd say it's hands down. A-Zoom wins. That's all I use and they cycle like great which is what it sounds like you're looking for.
  6. matrem

    matrem Well-Known Member

    I bought some .40 & .45 A Zooms a few years ago to help with teaching my wife & daughter to safely "master" my 1911s, Glocks, and XDs in the dark.

    They worked well.

    Before that, my only experiences with A Zoom had been bottle necked rifle rounds.

    I wasn't impressed with the few of those I'd tried.

    Maybe I got a few "duds", or maybe they've improved their "bottleneck" process since then?

    Tipton makes some that have worked well for me.
  7. Speedo66

    Speedo66 Well-Known Member

    I've seen in the past where people have deprimed a case and inserted a piece of pencil eraser in place of the primer as a snap-cap.
  8. Schwing

    Schwing Well-Known Member

    I have done something similar but I just leave a spent primer in the case. If you do this, I would recommend either powder coating them or at least coloring them with a marker so they are not easily mixed in with live ammo.
  9. matrem

    matrem Well-Known Member

    Do you just pull the primer out from the outside, or is seating a new bullet part of the process?

    Um, before we get to pickin nits....

    A Zooms & Tiptons don't cost all that much.
  10. Speedo66

    Speedo66 Well-Known Member

    If the purpose of a snap cap is just to release the firing pin, I wouldn't think a seated bullet is necessary.

    Same with .22's, just insert and rotate a fired case to where the firing pin will hit a part of the rim not previously struck.
  11. matrem

    matrem Well-Known Member

    This is from the OP.

    Just trying to answer him.
    Will do my best to answer your specific question, if/when I see the thread you start.
  12. Dr.Rob

    Dr.Rob Moderator Staff Member

    A-zooms are better than the plastic ones. Heavier weight makes them feed better for the purpose you want.
  13. jutinlee

    jutinlee Well-Known Member

    Thank you Dr Rob
  14. Captains1911

    Captains1911 Well-Known Member

    I prefer Tipton over Azoom. My experience with Azoom is the metal rims get chewed up easier.
  15. skoro

    skoro Well-Known Member

    I've used the A-zooms and Tiptons in a variety of calibers. While both work well, the Tiptons seem to hold up better.
  16. RussellC

    RussellC Well-Known Member

    I've worn out both kinds. Azooms eventually get chewed up, and you will begin finding tiny aluminum pieces in your gun. Easily cleaned. The plastic ones with metal inserts were better in this regard, but dont live as long. As they get beat up a crack will form, (usually from a jam up) and are no longer tight.

    All this said, and although they will need replaced from time to time, I strongly advocate getting them and dry firing the poop out of your gun.

  17. Cooldill

    Cooldill Well-Known Member

    A-zooms work well.
  18. Frank44

    Frank44 Well-Known Member

    A-zooms seem to be more available in the LGS's in my area. Tipton's may have too be ordered on-line. I personally prefer the Tipton brand.

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