Dry firing a rifle?
I have a question. I've recently been appointed to oversee the emergency firearms team at our zoo mainly because I'm the only one in management who handles firearms outside of work. I'm trying to get a good program of training going. There's a lot of people that this is the only time that they handle a firearm. What I was planning was once a year that we actually go to a range and they fire the various weapons we have. On the off time, I was planning on doing quarterly sessions where they have to handle and load the firearms and I was hoping that I could go through an entire process including firing. So my question is whether it is too hard on the firing pin to dry fire it that often without the resistance of a primer? My gut tells me it isn't a good thing, but how else can I go through a firing procedure with the staff? If it is a bad thing, is there something out there that would allow me to dry fire it safely without damage to the pin and rifle? I am going to have them load unload the rifle and shotguns with dummy rounds so they get a feel for the firearms. I was also planning on using an air gun on these quarterly sessions with a target so people get used to aiming and firing a firearm even though it's just an air rifle. If someone can let me know about the dry firing I would appreciate it. If you also know of some alternative ways to deal with dry firing I would appreciate those suggestions as well.