Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by TEX, Aug 16, 2011.
you can dry fire a 1911 all day long every day and it would still take years before anything bad happened, if ever.
A metal rod will not get longer no matter how many times you strike one end.
Many, many IDPA shooters will put tens of thousands of dry fires a year on their gun. Not a problem to report.
Your friend said a long firing pin would make full auto.
My brother in law told me filing down the firing pin would make full auto.
Realistically, length of the firing pin is in no way tied to full auto.
Too long would jam into the primer and make holes in it.
Too short would not make contact.
You can dry fire anything except rimfires if I'm not mistaken.
P.S. I've never actually seen one wear out, but ...could happen.
I think that is physically impossible.
The only things I can see happening - and with an immense amount, at that - might be increased wear on the firing pin spring, or repeated impacts on the firing pin stop could crack it. (Jan Libourel, former editor of Gun World and Petersen's Handguns, once reported this, but since that gun had a considerable amount of live fire as well, he could not say if the dryfiring actually caused it. And this is an easily replaced part.) If a very large amount of dryfiring is being contemplated, just use a snap cap. A few random dry snaps here and there won't hurt a thing.
There are a few centerfire handguns I've seen that the manual specifically says not to dry fire. I've never been curious enough to inquire as to why. Two that come to mind are the new Coonan 357 and Freedom Arms revolvers.
As for dry firing a 1911, others have covered that well but I'll add that it's more detrimental to drop the slide on an empty chamber. Interesting how myths of dry firing persist but half of the yahoo's I see handling a 1911 at a show slingshot the slide. I see it a lot at IDPA after showing clear too.
I bet your friend would do better at IDPA if he spent time dry firing.
-cleaned the FP
-cleaned the hole
-cleaned the channel
-put a new spring in
-tried another FP
-finger spun a drill bit through the hole (both directions)
-cleaned the retainer plate.
Any other suggestions while we're still on the subject?
As for dropping the slide on an empty gun I do know that 1911's make a much more brittle and "glass like" CLACK! when the slide meets the barrel than any other semi auto I have. Based on this harsh "hammer on an anvil" like sound I ease my 1911 slides either with my other hand or at least by pushing my trigger finger strongly against the slide to cause drag to slow it down as it slides forward after showing clear. And in fact it's become habit on all my semis to do this one handed with the trigger finger pushing quite hard against the slide at meets.
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