fossils and guns":3hb0p98i said:I do dry fire all my guns, but very rarely (certainly not over and over) as a general rule. I never know which guns can take it and which can't.
DUMB QUESTION OF THE DAY: What do snap caps do??
Plinker MKII":iisyszon said:Snap caps are usually some kind of plastic material and have the same demensions of the actual round. The idea is to deaden the blow of the firing pin going forward without something to deaden the blow when no primer is present. Especially in the case of rimfire guns since the firing pin will most likely slam into the chamber wall and either break the firing pin or damage it in some way as to make the gun not work or unreliable. I have some for .22s, but after a while you need to get new ones since the plastic rims can only take so much abuse. I've read that shotguns also should never be dry fired, but not sure exactly why. I guess just follow the same rule for rifles and you can't go wrong. Some snap caps can also be used to see check the action to see if it will cycle a round, this done manually, by hand. The safety value in this case is really great, since cycling live ammo is never a good thing in the home or garage.
Nothing Dumb about that question!
Yes. The Mark III has a firing pin stop that prevents the firing pin from contacting the rear of the barrel and damaging the edge of the chamber. If you are going to dry fire the pistol extensively, the stop pin and firing pin will eventually wear and contact could occur, and we recommend replacing both the firing pin and the firing pin stop from time to time. You should also monitor the contact of the firing pin with the rear of the barrel.
208packinheat":37yehdkw said:In fact in the FAQ's on Ruger webpage, they announce the all Rugers are made to handle "dry fire".
thought i would add actual words...and make sure the caution was presented!! :!:
"Yes. All Ruger rifles can be dry fired without damage, and dry firing can be useful to familiarize the owner with the firearm. However, be sure any firearm is completely unloaded before dry firing!"