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What Everyone Should KNOW about DryFiring Their Pistol >>

Discussion in 'Tactics and Training' started by TheLastDaze, Nov 14, 2009.

  1. OK, First of all I'm either man enough or stupid enough to share my ignorance with glocktalk public.

    650 rounds later I'm still not at 100% with DA (glock)triggers, so I've posted in the past. EVERYONE recommends DRYFIRE, DRYFIRE etc.... So I buy a couple snap caps, but man what a pain to do, so I've never done it, UNTIL NOW..

    Some of you noobies and old-timers may already know you DO NOT have to eject your snap cap AT ALL...

    That's right I'm an idiot and never thought to even try to (reset) the striker without ejecting round (as I've never had to practice dryfire in my life), simply have a snap cap in and fire, then move slide back approximately 1/4" and you're ready again..

    I'm sure EVERYONE KNOWS this, just thought I'd share for the possibility SOMEONE may not...
  2. glockfanbob


    Aug 27, 2006
    Yep, I can't imagine dry firing with ejecting a snap cap all the time.

  3. for me, personally, i dont see the need to repeatedly dry-fire a glock...since its the exact same trigger pull ever time....

    but now on my Sig 229 when i had it, i dry fired the heck out of it with a snap cap to smooth out the trigger and get accustomed to the double action pull....

    again, nothing wrong with dry firing a glock, just dont see the need for it
  4. Thanks for the tip ,I've been around guns and shooting for over 35 years . Owning a Glock is new to me and I want any and all the information I can get . Thanks Mike
  5. Slotback

    Slotback Glock 35 Millennium Member

    Dec 23, 1998
    Passing on lessons learned never hurts. No matter when it is learned.
  6. Even my wife is sitting here giggling after I read your post to her. LOL
  7. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

    Nov 24, 2005
    Muscle memory,..... you are trining your ming, grip, stance and trigger finger.
    It's a lot cheaper than bullets.
  8. Palmguy

    Palmguy Boom.

    Oct 29, 2006
    NW FL
    I agree with faawrenchbndr...dryfire is important for practice. It's been the single most important practice technique in improving my shooting.
  9. glockman513

    glockman513 CCW Instructor

    Sep 25, 2006
    SW OH / NKY
    A lot of repetitive dry firing will have the same affect as a .25 cent trigger job. But I mean A LOT of dry firing.
  10. Using snap caps is beneficial in areas other than resetting the trigger. They are useful when doing drills on malfunctions. As one member mentioned "muscle memory". When you have a FTF you slap the magazine and rack the slide. This way you will most likely slap and rack rather than just reset the trigger. What you do during drills you will most likely do doing a real life situation.
  11. thanks, I feel so much better now.....:tongueout:
  12. toshbar

    toshbar Timber Baron

    Oct 20, 2009
    Eastern NC
    Just going to put this out for the OP:

    You also can hold the trigger back after dry firing, rack the slide, and then practice on your trigger reset and getting off another dry fire.
  13. hatrix


    Nov 5, 2009
    I'm gonna go ahead and admit that I didn't know this lol.

    I've only dry fired the snap caps a couple times with my glock but damn, I feel stupid for not thinking of this :crying::rofl::rofl:
    I just assumed most people used em for revolvers and dry fired without anything in autos
  14. I am????

    Holy Cow! I'm not sure that's even legal in my state.:supergrin:
  15. Brucev


    Jul 19, 2009
    It has been a long time since I've owned a Glock. Recently I bought a G-22RTF. I very much like the pistol. But it's far different that a 1911 trigger. I've been dry firing the pistol at night to develop control, etc. I understood that one did not need to use snap caps to dry fire a Glock. Is this information incorrect? Sincerely. Brucev.
  16. Mr5150


    Oct 23, 2009
    That KILLED me! :rofl:
  17. JBaird22


    Nov 18, 2005
    As far as needing to use snap caps to prevent damage in a Glock, they are not needed. The design of the gun and parts doesn't make the weapon susceptible to damage from dry firing. I think the OP was talking about using them in place of live ammo or an empty chamber.

    I treat dry fire practice like malfunction drill practice in that I pulled the trigger, gun went click, I tap, rack reassess.

    Dry firing is necessary in all firearms to building trigger finger strength, muscle memory and develop proper trigger control.
  18. .45Super-Man


    May 4, 2007
    The point of dry firing isnt so much to smooth out the trigger, as it is to focus on sight alignment as you pull the trigger. Once you've released the striker or hammer without disturbing the sight picture, you're good.
  19. Gallium

    Gallium CLM

    Mar 26, 2003
    "Muscles" don't have "memory". :) What I assume you mean is, you are allowing those neural pathways in your brain to become familiar with the task so that it can become a subconscious action (like walking, breathing, etc).

    There is a GTer here (JAMROCK), who if memory serves me proper, damaged his Glock from dry firing. Not saying this is the case, just saying that's what HE said.


    THEPOPE Nibb

    Feb 2, 2006
    Fort Wayne, Indiana
    As I am sure you all know, dry-firing a Glock is the way to field strip it, and as such, it is designed for "dry-fire"....

    Now, if you hold that trigger back, and move the slide a bit ( 1/4 inch, or less...)

    you can now let loose the trigger slowly to experience the "re-set" feature of that trigger...and dry-fire again.

    Maybe some other pistols can do this, too, I only know it's a fact about Glocks.

    " Betty...bam-a-lam.........."........I am noww:cool:out