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When to change snap caps?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by RicVa, Jul 2, 2004.

  1. RicVa

    RicVa New Member

    May 24, 2003
    My latest pistol purchase (CZ Rami - love it) came with a bunch of snap caps. When do I need to change the snap caps? How many trigger pulls can one take before losing effectiveness? A bunch of them came with the Rami, so I might as well use them.
  2. Walt Sherrill

    Walt Sherrill Senior Member

    Jan 1, 2003
    Winston-Salem, NC
    There is no set number...

    Just watch the "primer" on the snap cap. When it starts to get seriously indented -- which will allow overtravel of the firing pin -- replace it.

    You'll be surprised how quickly snap caps -- even the good ones -- can wear out. (But its still cheaper than firing live ammo, if all you want to do is speed trigger breakin.)

    Note: while most center-fire handguns don't generally require the use of a snap cap, the CZ semi-auto pistols, because of their firing pin retention system, do -- and you're doing the right thing to use snap caps with the RAMI.

    I dry-fired my original 75B Military thousands of times without a problem, but busted the roll pin in my functionally similar 40B in a few hundred strokes.

    Some of the newest CZs have doubled roll pins, and that might be the case with the RAMI; if so, a busted firing pin retention roll pin is much, much less likely.

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