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Dry Firing?

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by Esox357, Oct 19, 2010.

  1. Is it okay to dry fire my S&W 1911 without damaging it? I read the manual and couldn't find out where it says not to do it unless during disassembly otherwise no mention. Esox357.
     
  2. MD357

    MD357

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    Shouldn't hurt it but if you are going to do it frequently, get some snap caps.
     


  3. mrsurfboard

    mrsurfboard The Anti-Glock

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    I don't know about S&W, but Kimber says its ok and goes on to say manually lowering the hammer by holding it and pulling the trigger is bad for the gun.
     
  4. rsxr22

    rsxr22

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    I always recommend people to get snap caps, but i dont even have any LOL
     
  5. Rinspeed

    Rinspeed JAFO

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    I've never used a snap cap in my life and most of my handguns have seen thousands of dry fires. If one of them breaks because of it then I'll just fix it. :dunno:
     
  6. bac1023

    bac1023

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    I never had an issue dry firing my 1911s.
     
  7. i like the way you think. :cool:
     
  8. Texas Bulldog

    Texas Bulldog

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    on my 1911's and revolvers i put a foam earplug between the firing pin and hammer.
     
  9. because Kimber's firing pin is made of stainless steel while their hammer is MIMed-up :couch:
     
  10. Quack

    Quack Rent this space

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    if dry firing a gun is bad for a gun, then just thing about the forces that are involved when you fire a live round.
     
  11. BOGE

    BOGE Millennium Member

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    Not exactly the same Quack, IMO. I've seen more Ruger tranfer bars broken & more 1911 FP stops cracked from what I believe to be excessive dry firing. Again, it is just MY OPINION based upon my observances. I recommend a snap cap.
     
  12. Magus

    Magus Deo Vindice

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    A little dry firing isn't going to hurt any quality made 1911 or any handgun for that matter.

    That said, if you plan on doing any extensive dry firing for practice purposes, it's still best to invest in some snap caps. They're very cheap in the long run and worth the piece of mind.