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Old 10-07-2009, 10:49 PM
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Dry fire

Is it bad to dry fire a rifle? i have heard that its bad to dry fire weapons, i have also heard that you should practice with dry firing to get your technique down.

Why would it be bad, is it the fact that firing pins are hardened and the harder the metal the more brittle it is, so the primer is a cushion for the pin, and the force if the pin slamming into its housing will possibly fracture or shatter the pin. ive heard that, it makes sense but is it true?

what about rimfire weapons ? they dont have the same mechanism, is it ok to
dry fire one not the other,

what does everybody think?
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Old 10-08-2009, 01:57 AM
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Re: Dry fire

I have dry fired my rifles hundreds of times its a great way to practice trigger control and follow up. I have never had any problems. I use dry firing whle I am hunting a lot if I am out and I see an animal and I am not going to shoot it I will MAKE SURE THAT THE RIFLE IS CLEAR and range the animal dial the scope and take a couple practice dry firings at it its good practice and for me it helps to control the flinch. When I was in the marines it was a commonthing to do we called it snapping in and all it was is dry firing just to get in the practice of good trigger control..
Its also a good thing to store your rifle with the pin in the down position (down position is after the trigger is pulled) it helps to keep the spring from getting weak
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Old 10-08-2009, 06:36 AM
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Re: Dry fire

thanks for your help ill practice my trigger controll like that then.
i dont know anyone who stores a gun cocked that seems like a really bad idea. thats like putting a thousand pounds in your car before parking it for the winter, theres just no reason for it
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Old 10-08-2009, 02:11 PM
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Re: Dry fire

On rimfire guns, the firing pin strikes the rim or side of the back of the case. If there is no case in the chamber, the firing pin may strike the edge of the chamber which will damage the chamber and/or the firing pin. Not good.
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Old 10-08-2009, 03:42 PM
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Re: Dry fire

i though it was bad so you can do it on centerfire not rimfire
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Old 10-08-2009, 08:48 PM
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Re: Dry fire

Since I do a lot of dry firing indoors (nosey neighbors from Kalifornia or some other people's republik), I use spent .22 l. r. cases from the same rifle I practice with. That way, I guarantee the firing pin will not strike the edge of the chamber. Each empty is good for 4 or 5 firings.

I stuff a small piece of paper tissue into the cases to avoid getting primer residue in the barrel, since the impact of the firing pin tends to disloge the crap left-over from the original firing.
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Old 10-08-2009, 08:58 PM
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Re: Dry fire

i just came on to the website to ask about using empty shells for that.
the paper stuck in there is a real good idea.
thanks
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