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Should i dry-fire my glock before putting it away???

Discussion in 'General Glocking' started by Police305, Nov 13, 2012.

  1. Police305


    Oct 26, 2012
    Miami, FL
    I was wondering if it would be harmful to leave my triggers in the "ready" position for long periods of time???...or should I always dry-fire my Glocks before putting them away???
  2. RacerRon


    Nov 9, 2010
    S.E. Missouri
    No dry fire needed as the firing pin is not tensioned until you pull the trigger. When "cocked" the pin is actually resting against the pin safety block until you pull the trigger. The take up you feel is the pin being pulled back building spring tension.

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  3. Arc Angel

    Arc Angel Deus Vult!

    Sep 20, 2003
    Penn's Woods
    What planet are you from? :freak:
  4. dhgeyer


    Jul 15, 2011
    Actually, with the gun in the "ready" state the striker spring is partially tensioned. The first, lighter, part of the trigger pull tensions it the rest of the way.

    Leaving the spring partially tensioned will not hurt it. Dry firing it once or twice when you clean it will not hurt it. You're not going to harm the gun either way.

    A couple of good reasons to go ahead and dry fire it:

    1. The owner's manual calls for doing this to test the reset. This is one of several simple tests they specify as part of routine inspection. RTFM. Dry firing it that one time also assures you that you got it back together properly.

    2. With the trigger pulled and not reset you can tell at a glance that the gun is not ready to fire. I don't know about anyone else, but I like having that instant information before I even touch the pistol the next time. Of course you still TREAT it as though it were ready to fire - standard disclaimer.
  5. ChicagoZman


    Jun 29, 2010
    My 23 has been kept ready (when not being shot, cleaned or otherwise inspected) for twenty years without harm to trigger components.
  6. poodleplumber


    Apr 23, 2009
    The striker spring is, as said above, under partial tension when cocked. Lots and lots of people keep Glocks loaded and chambered, necessarily cocked, for years at a time, and the springs last just fine.

    So it seems to me it is owner preference. I don't see any harm to dry firing to de-cock, but it shouldn't be considered in any way necessary, and may well be of negligible benefit.
  7. curlysir


    Aug 15, 2011
    NE Texas

    This is the reason I do it also. Just make sure it is unloaded before you do it.
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2012
  8. alwaysshootin


    Nov 14, 2005
    All firearms, going into the safe, are dry fired, or hammers dropped. All firearms, not in safe, are loaded, and ready! Safety activated, where applicable.
  9. SJ 40

    SJ 40

    Jan 17, 2011
    I use the same routine,it works. SJ 40
  10. Arc Angel

    Arc Angel Deus Vult!

    Sep 20, 2003
    Penn's Woods
    It's NOT harmful. The spring that's most affected is the (FP) striker spring. This spring is designed to be under a minimum of (figures vary) 70% + extension pressure virtually all of the time.

    If you're regularly maintaining your Glock, you will be changing out your striker spring every 12 to 18 months, anyway; and, as we all know, neither prolonged extension nor compression wears out a spring. Springs wear out from repeated use, not from being in a prolonged static state.

    As far as, 'function testing your Glock'? I function test all of mine while I'm cleaning them, as well as immediately before loading one, too. Furthermore, of the things that more commonly go wrong with a Glock the striker spring isn't one of them. About the only time I'm ever genuinely concerned about a striker spring is when I'm changing the recoil spring.

    On a Glock, recoil springs and striker springs should usually, but not always, be changed together.
  11. Giggity-Giggity

    Giggity-Giggity Giggity-Goo!!!

    Feb 2, 2007
    Gun Tot'n in Quohog
    I always keep my bedside G23 chambered and trigger at the ready.
  12. barres


    Aug 9, 2006
    For me I would be live-firing my Glock, as it is always kept ready for carry. YMMV.
  13. Sid Nitzerglobin

    Sid Nitzerglobin

    Oct 30, 2012
    Unless I read it wrong, the manual for my 17 Gen 4 seemed to indicate that you should dry fire prior to transport presumably as a safety measure (there's a reference to always having the trigger in the depressed position prior to and during transport).

    I'm a noob so I have generally been following that routine so that I know it's "safe" when pulled from its case, same deal when practicing draw from holster at this point.

    Is it overkill w/ a weapon I know is clear when put away? Given that no one else has access to this gun and I still do the clear check immediately after removing the pistol from the case, I imagine so.
  14. Arc Angel

    Arc Angel Deus Vult!

    Sep 20, 2003
    Penn's Woods
    No, it's not really overkill; to do otherwise would be to violate Cooper's First Rule Of Gun Safety: 'The Gun Is Always Loaded.' I understand what you're saying; but it can't be just a rule; in order for you to be genuinely safe, it has to be A HABIT. ;)

    On the other hand, ....... because I know that my guns are always loaded I simply treat them that way ALL OF THE TIME, and don't make any extra work for myself.
  15. Seale Team

    Seale Team

    Aug 20, 2012
    I always keep my trigger in the rear position so I can tell at a glance if it is definitely not loaded versus perhaps loaded. I never keep my bedside gun charged.
  16. Warp


    Jul 31, 2005
    This ^ is my only consideration on whether or not I dry fire a Glock (other than for disassembly)
  17. ca survivor

    ca survivor

    Dec 25, 2011
    this is what I do also and a light coat of gun oil on metal surfaces.