Back stop for dry fire?

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  1. KiloBravo

    KiloBravo NRA Life Member

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    I like many others on here, practice dry fire exercises.

    I was just wondering what everybody here uses for their backstop when they do so? I have heard of the 5 gallon bucket full of sand before. That seems like a good plan.

    I personally use a stack of old soft back books duct taped together really tightly. I know from experience, that bullets get trapped in soaking wet books, and they tend to sometimes bounce off of dry ones and land right in front of them.

    Any other ideas?
     
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    Don't bother. Just use common scene and make double and triple sure the pistol is unloaded before dry firing.
     

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    Exactly!!! +100000000

    Just remove the magazine, double check the chamber, and then check it again.

    Why do these threads keep popping up? :dunno:
     
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    Okay, that didn't take long.

    Of course I always double and triple check the chamber. I was not trying to imply that step should be overlooked. I was just referring to the idea as an additional safety net. I also follow all other safety rules when handling any firearm.

    My thinking behind it was this..."Do not point a gun at anything you are not prepared to destroy." I would much rather destroy a stack of old outdated books then the bullet going into the closest neighbor's house.

    Of course, I realize there should be no bullet going anywhere. It was just an honest inquiry for those that do choose to do something like I had originally mentioned.
     
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    If you are ABSOLUTELY sure the weapon is unloaded, then where is the danger of shooting something?
     
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    It just offers me an extra piece of mind. That is all. I personally prefer using something a little extra.
     
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    They have fancy backstops available online that would work and are expensive.

    I, personally, just ensure that the firearm is not loaded. Then make sure that there is no cartridges in the room. Then double check that the firearm is not loaded and do my dry fire drills.

    I do point the weapon in a direction where if there was a cartridge in it, the projectile would not go through a window to the neighbors house or anything like that.

    Same thing you probably do when you go to clean your Glock (if you have one).

    ETA: Check out this website: http://www.safedirection.com/firearmsafety/ballisticpadsandcases.html
     
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    Good call. I also make sure all ammo in a completely different room when I dry fire. I also generally just point my Glocks at the same stack of books when I strip them down to clean.

    Call it OCD if you want to. I don't think it hurts to do something a little extra.
     
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    Nothing wrong with wanting to be as safe as you can be. I edited my above post to include a link for you.
     
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    Thanks. I have seen those before and it is a pretty cool idea. I was just too cheap to spend the money on it, lol. :wavey:
     
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    Yeah lol, that is why I said fancy:rofl:

    There are probably others, but for something like that it will probably cost some cash.

    I'd rather spend the money on another firearm and just be safe:supergrin:
     
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    .22LR Conversion kit - $300.00
    550 .22LR rounds @ Wally World - $15.99
    1 hour of range time - $14.00
    Not having a Negligent Discharge in the House - Priceless.

    After Start-up cost for less than 6 cents a pull you can practice your trigger pull AND your aim.

    Or you could get a second firing pin and grind it down so it will not strike a primer. Just mark the firing pin, and swap it in when you want to dry fire.
    (Yes, I've seen the movie Shooter too many times)
     
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    Hello;

    Just remember, Live Ammo should be put away, and no where near the firearm, when dry-firing.

    Check, re-check, and use you're smarts.

    hardeyes
     
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    Roger that! :wavey:
     
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    Check, check, and check. I totally agree with your post. Just wanted to throw something out there for discussion, that's all.

    I appreciate the input.
     
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    Hello;

    Be safe DeerPredator, and take care.

    hardeyes
     
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    +1 Nothing wrong with overdoing firearm safety. I personally just lock the slide back and stick my pinky in the chamber and then visually inspect it. That is enough peace of mind for me.

    All this paranoia of having any ammo in the room is a little extreame. :dunno:
     
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    If you really don't trust yourself enough to be able to guarantee a firearm is unloaded....

    Then a couple of phone books duct tapped together nice and tight will do just fine.

    Or just get rid of all your guns, and this won't be a problem...
     
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    I usually aim a shirt or coat hanging on my closet door. Its roughly person shaped and makes a good target. There is nothing but laundry and boxes in that closet, so even if I make a boo-boo the round would probably get trapped in there and not hurt anything important.
     
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    Hello;

    Putting away Live Ammo, is just another safety measure. It's a personal choice.

    hardeyes
     
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