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Dry firing is important, but I don't trust snap caps

Discussion in 'General Glocking' started by KCTanfoglio, Jan 23, 2010.

  1. KCTanfoglio

    KCTanfoglio

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    I think trigger practice is great, but I don't think dry-firing does a gun any good no matter what anyone says. Hit something enough times and something is going to break, period. Examples - Chinese water torture, the Grand Canyon, the Liberty Bell, any Alcatraz escape. See if your wife will let you smack her diamond engagement ring a few thousand times with a tack hammer.

    And the snap caps I've used look like the firing pin has poked deep into the plastic or composite or whatever it is at the primer position after a few dozen snaps.

    Anybody have any other techniques? I've used pencils, but I don't think the erasers have much slow-down properties. Phone book? Won't fit.

    Firing pins are $50 and if you crack the breech face, yikes. Time for a new slide. Or a new gun. Anyone invented a rubber/practice firing pin?
     
  2. Dexters

    Dexters

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    3 is 2
    2 is 1
    1 is none
     

  3. KCTanfoglio

    KCTanfoglio

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    Is that part of the Da Vinci Code?
     
  4. Max1775

    Max1775 Marine Infidel

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    Nope, I dry fire without snap caps, empty chamber.
     
  5. JoshK

    JoshK

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    i'm no physicist by any means, but i highly doubt dry firing a Glock creates enouugh inertia to cause damage to the internal parts.... especially cracking the breech....
     
  6. Airborne Infantryman

    Airborne Infantryman Nuclear Trunk Monkey

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    There's supposedly "pics" of breech face damage due to dry firing. I don't believe it, but at the same time, I don't dry fire without Snap-Caps. If you get the ones with the spring loaded primers, they should last a long while.
     
  7. KCTanfoglio

    KCTanfoglio

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    I saw them, too. Pics are here - http://www.glocktalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1158357&highlight=breechface
    Scroll down a little...
     
  8. TRX450R_Racer

    TRX450R_Racer Punisher

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    It means
    if you have 3 guns and 1 breaks you have 2
    if you have 2 guns and 1 breaks you have 1
    if you have 1 gun and it breaks you have none
     
  9. G36's Rule

    G36's Rule Senior Member

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    There are many pictures out there of GLOCK breech face damage due to .... something...

    I don't think anyone has proven the dry firing is the cause, but it isn't going to hurt to use snap caps or dummy rounds to do your dry firing with.
     
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    Were these genuine A-Zoom or Pachmayr brand? The recent 9mm A-Zooms that I bought have no spring, but just what appears to be a hard silicone "primer". After hundreds of firings, the primer is unmarked. When the firing pin hits, there is a thunk instead of steel hitting steel.
     
  11. KCTanfoglio

    KCTanfoglio

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    I've got them both - Traditions (where the spring is clearly visible) and A-Zooms. The Traditions look like a brass piece in the primer area and they get dented up pretty quick. A-Zooms look a little more rugged, but don't know if there is a spring inside.
     

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  12. M4J0R T0M

    M4J0R T0M

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    I dry fire mine constantly, no issues yet. (Fingers crossed)
     
  13. njl

    njl Crusty Member

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    Join GSSF...all your Glocks get lifetime warranty. Dry fire to your heart's content...if your breach face or striker break, Glock will replace them.
     
  14. Jim S.

    Jim S.

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    What kind of firing pin cost $50.00??? Surely not the stock pins.
     
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    I dry fore as well. No issues.
     
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    Sometimes I even dry fire as opposed to dry fore, as I put in the last post.
    My bad.
     
  17. AustinTx

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    I don't know if a snap cap will prevent the breech face of a Glock to break with dry firing.

    I do know that with a snap cap, in the chamber, it's different from an unloaded chamber. I think it will have to absorb at least some of the impact.
     
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    vmann Controller

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    i dont think you need to goin gssf to get a lifetime warranty, that pretty much happens when you buy a glock, but joining gssf is still a great thing!!
     
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    as stated above. get the snap caps with a spring loaded primer area.
    you'll be set.
     
  20. cowboy1964

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    Hard to believe anyone really thinks dry firing a Glock several hundred (or even several thousand) times will damage it. It just ain't gonna happen.

    You'll wear it out far faster by shooting it.