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Hi All,

So, how bad for the gun is it to dry fire it.
I dont do it very often, but if I have pulled the slide back.....I dont want to put the gun away with the firing pin ready to fire....so I have to dry fire it.
How dangerous is this?
What can I do in a situation like this, where I need to dry fire it?
 

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Well it doesn't help any of them so i would grab the snap cap if you must hear that hammer hit the spring. You dont really need that noise for dry fire, in fact it may be better not to.
 

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there is a thread on here about this. one guy uses a pencil with eraser end down barrel and lets it fly. the pencil gets some good air time. :laugh: :yes:
 

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Cool.
Like I said, I dont do it very often at all....and I dont like doing it....but I dont like to put my firearms away with the firing pin engaged.
 

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It's bad for both rimfire guns and older firearms not designed to be dry-fired but a modern firearm can be dry-fired with no ill effects, I do it all the time.
 

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Re: How bad is it to dry fire my high points or any other firearm for that matte

I have done it, I try no to as to prevent wear. But have not had any bad effects from doing it thus far.
 

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I dry fire all the time but I dont cock the weapon, there is no need unless you are wanting to get the feel of the trigger but I still reason its counter productive to dryfire cocked.
 

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Its not good to dry fire a rim fire weapon, but you shouldnt have any problems on a centerfire pistol for sure. Unless its super cheap.

Snap caps can be made or bought at gun shows if you really are that worried about it. I always ask at LGS if I can dry fire it one time and I've never had anybody tell me no.
 

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I might dry fire a weapon once if I've just re-assembled it. If it has an external hammer, or a decocker, or is a bolt action, I try never to dry fire it, only because I see no point in it. An internal striker, well, sometimes you have no choice...

I dry fire all the time but I dont cock the weapon, there is no need unless you are wanting to get the feel of the trigger but I still reason its counter productive to dryfire cocked.
How do you dry fire a firearm that's not cocked?
 

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rimfires are an absolute no-no as it will swage a part of the barrel so a round wont chamber. pre WWII guns it is OK but should be avoided if possible. some surplus CZ pistols have brittle firing pins that wont handle it but these are well documented. some small modern striker fired pistols dont like it, raven, bryco/jennings/jiminez etc. otherwise almost all modern centerfires can do it without damage. some designs rely on dry firing for dissasembly. Glocks are notable as are GSG-5s for needing this.

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Those who said not to dry fire rimfire guns, agreed, but with the exception of the 10/22. ;)

Don't dry fire your Hi-Point! Use snap caps like everyone has mentioned or the pencil trick. I've actually broken the firing pin while dry firing just to see how many times I can actually dry fire before it breaks. Luckily Hi-Point was nice enough to send me an updated version of the firing pin assembly.
 
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