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Dry firing a .22 pistol

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by werner, Aug 14, 2010.

  1. werner

    werner St Helens, Oregon Member

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    Whats the consensus on dry firing a .22. Picked up a GSG 1911 and the neighbor has a S&W .22a.
     
  2. toobigtofail

    toobigtofail PDX Member

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    Don't do it a lot. Every now and then probably won't damage the gun. Just don't do it all the time.
     
  3. elsullo

    elsullo Portland Oregon New Member

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    A firing pin hits hard, and should only strike a soft metal like brass. A rimfire gun has the firing pin strike the hard steel breech if there is no round in the chamber, and it can easily damage the firing pin. If you want dry-fire practice put a spent shell in the chamber so that the firing pin has softer metal to hit............................elsullo
     
  4. Kimber Custom

    Kimber Custom Vancouver, WA Bronze Vendor Bronze Vendor

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    Use #4/6 drywall anchors from the hardware store for a snap cap. (A tip I picked up from another NWF member)
     
  5. MountainBear

    MountainBear Sweet Home, OR Well-Known Member

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    Dry firing a .22 will generally damage the chamber before the firing pin. The fact that a .22 firing pin is generally shaped like a chisel doesn't help. Constant battering against the chamber will peen a burr into the chamber and the gun will have problems feeding and extracting. The gun will then need to be taken to a gunsmith to have the burr ironed out.
     
  6. cyclesurvival

    cyclesurvival Vancouver Well-Known Member

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    use a spent case and make sure the firing pin hits new spot every time.