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Old 08-28-2006, 11:35 PM

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Dry fire Bearcat?

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Hi Guys,

I've tried searching, but couldn't find a clear answer. Is it safe to dry fire a New Model Bearcat without snap caps?

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Old 08-29-2006, 10:05 PM
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Welcome to RimfireCentral.

It is my opinion that the Ruger Bearcat should not be dry fired without a snap cap or other device to cushion the firing pin.

Removing the cylinder changes the weight and balance of the revolver.

If you use fired cases, be sure to rotate them to present an uncrushed section of rim to the firing pin for each "shot" and afterwards clean out the primer ash which will be broken loose. It is abrasive, and you'll not want to shoot live ammo with that in your chambers and bore.
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Old 08-30-2006, 08:24 AM
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Don't know if it is "safe" or not but I've been dry firing my New Bearcat for a long time and my Single Six's for many many years and have never had any problems with any of them.

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Old 08-30-2006, 08:53 PM

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It clearly states in the Ruger Bearcat manual, page 15 (first paragraph), that "The Ruger New Bearcat revolver can be dry-fired without damage to the firing pin or other components"

Most people forget to carefully read their gun manual. I know I have and have missed an important fact or two. I hope I'm not breaking web rules by posting the link below in case you lost your manual. Manual is usually also found on Ruger site. Thank you.

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