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Why don't stores have snap caps behind the counter?

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by Aceman, Feb 6, 2013.

  1. clinttho


    May 2, 2012
    I was surprised that Cabelas let me dry fire all the guns I looked at the day I bought my FNX, and I would not have purchased from there had they not. One of the lgs here will let you, one won't. Dunno about gander mountain but I'd guess they won't let you try triggers. I don't need to field strip but I do like to dry fire and test the action- if I can't I figure I might as well save the money and order it sight unseen.

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  2. Booker


    May 10, 2006
    I split a thumbnail testing a S&W revolver using that technique.

    That was back in the day when S&W put the firing pins on the hammer! :crying:

  3. mist


    Aug 15, 2010
    If the manufacturer permits dry firing of a particular firearm I see nothing wrong with it as long as permission is granted by the seller. Dry firing a brand new revolver, especially with a blued finish, may be frowned upon in an attempt to keep the cylinder turn ring to a minimum.

    As stated in previous posts, I've seen people, sellers and purchasers, do some pretty stupid stuff in their attempts to impress others with their handling abilities. Spinning the cylinder and slamming it shut, using the slide lock to drop the slide on an empty chamber, slamming a magazine home "Magnum P.I." style to name a few. Watching them is like watching a train wreck; you want to close your eyes and turn away but you can't.
  4. Hines57

    Hines57 Simple Member

    Jan 17, 2001
    On the road
    I believe you meant field, not filed.
  5. clinttho


    May 2, 2012
    That's what gets me, particularly with the revolver one. The employee could have bent the ejector rod or crane, broken the locking bolt (just off the top of my head) with his mishandling, then tells me not to dry fire, claiming its bad for the gun. I'm wondering if some gun store employees get all of their training from movies?! And not from books or workshops/classes. It's crazy they'd let the clerks cowboy the revolvers like that but not allow dry firing.

    Going back to the original point- yes, gun shops should have snap caps for each display gun, at least in a box behind the counter (far enough behind that customers can't access them and steal them, as one poster hypothesized) if they don't want you to pull the trigger on an empty chamber. heck, what would it hurt to keep one in the mag or cylinder of every display gun? If the clerk is watching no one will make off with any of the caps. And if the customer wants to fire the gun it's "safe" for the gun, and it will only help sales as there are certainly customers who need to test the trigger to commit to buying a firearm. I doubt anyone would refuse to buy because snap caps are present. Doesn't make sense not to have them IMO, unless the gun store wants the guns action to be kept either opened or closed and not worked much to retain the NIB finish on the display models.

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  6. grg3d


    Mar 3, 2009
    Maine USA’s not just you that dry fires the weapon; I would never purchase a gun from the display case. To me it’s used…. as it’s been handled by everyone and I prefer one that has not been dry fired 200 to 300 times before I purchase it :whistling:
  7. RWBlue


    Jan 24, 2004
    Buy your own snap caps. Take them with you. If a gun store has issues with dry firing then the snap caps solve the issue.

    Personally, I have been buying most everything over the internet because it is not available locally.