Ok so I was wondering if there is any "real" ill affects of dry firing a weapon. I know in the Army we have to do a functions check after we disassemble and reassemble our weapons, which consists of dry firing the weapon several times to make sure all the functions are working correctly. This has become a habit of mine even with my personal firearms. I can't see how dry firing a weapon would have adverse affects on it, seeing that when you fire a weapon the huge amounts of pressure in the chamber and barrel do not damage the weapon, how would a dry fire be so terrible for it. The only reason I ask is because an older friend of mine who has a lot more knowledge than I do in the world of firearms says its the worst thing you can do to a gun besides cleaning and lubrication. What are your thoughts on the matter. P.S. Sorry for the novel!