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Old 02-03-2019, 11:37 AM
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Soft dry fire to prevent damage to firing pin?



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So, it's been quite a few years since I shot my Ruger, but I am planning to, soon. I just took down the action, put it back together and cycled it. Is there a way to dry fire without hitting the firing pin at full force? I can't remember...
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Old 02-03-2019, 12:10 PM
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If you have the proper protrusion it doesn't matter, other wise you could get some snap caps.
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Old 02-03-2019, 12:55 PM
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Or a yellow dry wall anchor. Just remember to take it out...
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Old 02-03-2019, 05:51 PM
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If you have the proper protrusion it doesn't matter, other wise you could get some snap caps.
So, it's safe to dry fire, now? I'm so confused...
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Old 02-03-2019, 06:44 PM
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If the firing pin is installed correctly, at full extension is will still be .005" short of striking the breech face. It has a stop pin in the bolt to prevent over extension. Bolt pocket depth is nominal .042" and firing pin protrusion is nominal .037" if set up correctly.
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Old 02-03-2019, 06:46 PM
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I use #4 drywall anchors for ALL of my .22 rimfires. I even keep some in my pocket for when I go to gun shops and in case I run across some .22's at garage sales or estate sales.
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Old 02-03-2019, 09:09 PM
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I use #4 drywall anchors for ALL of my .22 rimfires. I even keep some in my pocket for when I go to gun shops and in case I run across some .22's at garage sales or estate sales.
me too, the BEST snap caps, they even eject perfectly too ! better to be safe than sorry when dry firing.
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Old 02-03-2019, 10:49 PM
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They won't feed from any of my magazines I insert them by hand into the chambers.They do extract and eject well except NONE of my Winchester .22 bolt guns will eject them,I have to wrestle them loose from the ejectors.
If you use a fresh one you can check for firing pin indentation in it's rim when you try dry firing a gun your looking at possibly buying.
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Old 02-05-2019, 09:01 AM
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I appreciate and maintain my firearms but I use them as the wood and steel tools they are.

The only weopons I don’t dry fire are some early weopons that through design flaw or metallurgy deficiencies can damage themselves.

To me not dry firing is like being afraid to actuate your cordless drill without putting a load on it. We’re talking about hardened steel components that have been purposefully married to one another.

I fear many of us are spending more time coddling and accessorizing our firearms than we are becoming proficient with them.
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Unless the firing pin is leaving a little dent in the breech face it should be safe to dry fire. No matter what kind of rimfire it is. "Should" because there might be special cases I don't know about but the dent is the problem. No dent, no problem.


I routinely dry-fire my 10/22's. I have one non-Ruger .22 pistol and one .22 adapter for a 9mm Glock that can not be safely dry-fired.

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Old 02-05-2019, 06:49 PM
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My question is just which rifles is it that are being damaged by dry firing. I have owned and dry fired dozens of 22 rifles and never had any damage to any of them. Never even heard of this problem years ago or maybe people didn't know this might be a problem. Not saying it didn't and doesn't happen to this day. Another thought is how many of our cherished oldies previous owners dry fired their rimfires at will. Famous gun writer Jim Carmichal also mentions on page 459 of his Book of The Rifle that you need not worry about dry firing harming your gun only some of the older designs may be a problem. He also goes on to say all modern rifles and pistols can be "fired to doomsday with no harm done." That be said I'm not going to do that at my age. His book is a very interesting read if you can find one. it was copywrited in 1985 with a second printing in 86. published by Outdoor Life Books.
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