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Dry firing G17

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Acal, Jun 22, 2010.

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  1. Acal

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    Since I just got my Glock, I can't stop holding it around the house. I carry it around unloaded just feeling it in my hands. But a question... is it okay to dry fire it? (I'm assuming "dry fire" is the right term... i.e. no bullets or mag, cock the gun and pull trigger)

    I don't do it all the time but once in awhile I get the urge to inspect the chamber and dry fire it a bit. Am I damaging it??
     
  2. nalioth

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    Dry fire it until your finger cramps, you won't hurt it.
     
  3. Acal

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    Thx! Puts my mind at ease...
     
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    You can dry fire a Glock until your finger goes numb.
     
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    A little story on dry firing Glocks: A person I know (let's call him Jim) acquired one of the very first G19s. His job as a state agent required him to travel extensively. To relieve the boredom of long trips he would dry fire that G19.

    The firing pin broke, so he called Glock and told 'em he'd broken the firing pin while dry firing. Glock informed him that you can't break a firing pin by dry firing, but they sent him a new firing pin.

    Several months later, same thing, same answer from Glock and a new firing pin.

    Several months later, same thing. This time the Glock rep told him that they had put a Glock on a machine and that it took over 250,000 dry fires to break a Glock firing pin.

    His answer? "Yup, that sounds about right."

    Dry fire away, you won't hurt it.
     
  7. The Lone Haranguer

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    I would grow bored with it long before it hurt the gun. :p
     
  8. Acal

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    It should not hurt anything. I personally still prefer to use snap caps in mine (A-Zoom). I don't want to prematurely wear out the firing pin spring, or cause whatever imaginary wear I can think of. It also just sounds so horrible when it hits an empty chamber, I just can't take it I love my guns too much. :)
     
  10. Strahley

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    You'll break a nail before breaking something in the Glock by dry firing it
     
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    In order to take the gun apart for cleaning you must dryfire it. Not only can you dry fire it you can run it over with a bulldozer, throw it off a cliff, bury it for ten years.....well, you get the picture. I defy you to hurt that gun, if you do I will buy you a new one. VA27, what was the deal with jims glock?
     
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    It'll be fine. You have to pull the trigger to field strip it anyway. I have a Glock 19 and love it!! I've dry fired mine quite a bit and it's fine. For sustained dry fire practice you may want to get snap caps though. Enjoy your new Glock!!

    Evan
     
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    Acal:
    My Glock 17 has had over 20,000 rounds through it in the last 9 or so years, so that probably equates to 50,000 dry fires. I chipped the front of the firing pin at around 10,000 rounds, but it still shoots fine, replaced the recoil spring at 7,000 rounds (didn't need to), changed the sights out for Heinie Straight Eights (halved my group sizes) and installed a 3.5 pound connector (5.5 pound trigger pull as a result).

    The only thing lots of dry fire will do is smooth out the trigger pull.
     
  14. harmon rabb

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    Lol. Dry fire it until you're bored and your finger is numb.
     
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    you won't hurt it all. i shoot about 30,000rds a year and do at least that many dry fires on my guns a year, if not more.
     
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    The owners manual states that the weapon must be dry fired in order to field strip it......It is not harmful to a Glock to dry fire it.
     
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    A reasonable person could wonder if there was difference between repeatedly dry firing and doing it only when the gun is broken down. No need to act like a jerk.
     
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    My apologies, you are correct. I neglected to consider that aspect.
     
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    He droped it from a plane?! That is insane.


    Is dry fire when the gun goes "CLICK" or pulling the trigger? I think its when you hear "CLICK" ????
     
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    Dry firing any center fire firearm will not harm it. There are some pistols that have a mag disconnect and are not to be dry fired without a mag inserted.
     
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    Dryfire away. Many who compete using a Glock put thousands upon thousands of dryfires on their Glocks. It'll hold up.
     
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    Personally, I do not dry fire. I use a 22 conversion unit for my centerfire handguns and a S&W 17 or 617 when practising revolver drills.
     
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    Out of all the guns I have, I think the only one that says don’t do it is my Taurus PT145 (2nd Generation).

    From page 5, point #22 of my Taurus PT145 owner manual:
    SAFETY FIRST: Dry firing is bad for this firearm, whether the hammer block is engaged or not.

    Now I don’t know if the Taurus is made differently than my name-dropper brands, or whether Taurus is just being more cautious, but I figure why take the chance? I just use a snap cap for extended dry firing practice and don’t worry ‘bout it.

    The KISS principle donchaknow?
     
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    Lawyers are responsible for most of today's gun manual content. The sentence above is company-lawyer-required.
     
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    Not all centerfire handguns are safe to dry fire. The Beretta Tomcat may have a broken firing pin with very little dry fire, as I found to my disgust. HK USPs at one time suffered from firing pin breakages, I don't know if this was a result of dryfire or live fire.
    TL,DR: follow the manual and use snap caps as a precaution. But the Glock firing pin seems to be indestructable.
     
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