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So, dry firing a revolver is okay?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Citadel99, Nov 14, 2004.

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  1. Citadel99

    Citadel99 Member

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    My new S&W 642 or my Ruger GP 100. Is it fine to do lots of dry fire with it or will I do damage to the revolver? It seems you hear people saying dry fire and then you fear people saying not to. What's the deal?

    Mark
     
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  3. GoRon

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    According to the manual you may dry fire your GP-100 as much as you want.
     
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    Occasional dry firing is moslty harmless. If you plan on doing a lot of dry fire practice it's probably a sound investment to get some snap caps.
     
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    Or you could just get some empty casings and paint them orange or some other color.
     
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    I find empty cases don't last for very many firings before the primer has collapsed to the full excursion of the firing pin. At which point they don't really do any more good than dry firing empty. If you're not dry firing thousands of times I wouldn't worry about.
     
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    You can always remove the primers and fill the primer pocket with silicone sealant. Just make sure the silicone is fully cured before using them for practice. I don't even bother, I just dry fire my revolvers except for rimfire revolvers. Colt Trooper/Lawman mark III's should not be dry fired. Some of the firing pins were overly hard and can break when dry fired.
     
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    Dry firing may be hard on a few parts...but not nearly so hard as firing with live ammo - nobodys trying to tell you that's hard on your gun, are they? - JM.
     
  9. GoRon

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    GP-100 Manual

    Here is what Ruger says about dry firing a GP-100.

    This is the manual in PDF, page 11 discusses dry fire.

    Don't know about S&W.
     
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    From personal experience. Just three days after I purchased my first hunting handgun, a S/W 657, I was confined to my bed for 17 weeks from a neck injury. During that time I dry fired my 657 at targets on the wall of my bedroom and at game animals on the TV while looking at hunting tapes. I didn’t keep count of the number of times I did that but it was pretty constant so I’d have to put the number to at least 5K. So what did I end up with after 17 weeks of this, a right forearm like Poppy’s, and a 657 with an action that was as slick as goose sh%T that I knew intimately. So as far as a 657 goes it helped and S/W says on their website that dry firing is OK for all their guns except a few 22lr configurations.
     
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    Here's what the Smith & Wesson website says, from their FAQ:

    Q: Can I dry fire my S&W handgun?

    A: Yes, except for the .22 caliber pistols which includes models 22A, 22S, 422, 2206, 2214, 2213 and 41.

    .22 caliber revolvers such as models 17, 43, 63, 317 and 617 also should not be dry fired.

    Q: Why can't I dry fire my .22 pistol or revolver?

    A: Dry firing a S&W .22 pistol or revolver will cause damage to the firing pin.


    http://customersupport.smith-wesson.com/pages/faqs
     
  12. Citadel99

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    Thanks all for the good info. Alamo, thanks for the difinitive answer with the link!

    Mark
     
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    Freedom Arms owners manuals say that:

    It is not advisable to dry-fire your revolver, as this may damage the firing pin. Freedom Arms® has snap caps available for all center-fire calibers.​

    Not sure what/why they recommend no dry firing without snap caps. They do sell snap caps made themselves that are a kind of cross between the ones shown in the top photo and the excellent AZoom snap caps. (Moreover, they're quite reasonably priced! :D )
     
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