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Old June 3rd, 2013, 11:54 AM   #1
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Dry firing a 22.

Sometimes I want to dry fire a 22 like when I'm guaging the trigger. Does anyone else use pencils like this? I'll somtimes just put my finger there to stop it also.




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Re: Dry firing a 22.

I use snap caps or spent casings to dry fire.
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My RoughRiger 22 revolver has a safety that allows the hammer to drop but blocks it from striking the firing pin, so dry firing it is no risk. And if I lose track of where I'm at when shooting, the used shell is still in the cylinder.

What concerns me more is my new Henry lever action. It's easy to lose track of whether I've fired all 15 rounds or not unless I look at the breach while working the lever.
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I use snap caps or spent casings to dry fire.
I'm to cheap to buy snap caps and spent casings can only be used a few times. Plus if you are doing this on a semi-auto they eject each time. Sometimes you just want to do it a couple times and that is when my fingers work the best.

If I'm working on an AR15 lower I will also just "catch" it with my fingers.
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My RoughRiger 22 revolver has a safety that allows the hammer to drop but blocks it from striking the firing pin, so dry firing it is no risk. And if I lose track of where I'm at when shooting, the used shell is still in the cylinder.

What concerns me more is my new Henry lever action. It's easy to lose track of whether I've fired all 15 rounds or not unless I look at the breach while working the lever.
That is one advantage of shooting left-handed. I can always see inside the chamber when working the lever. But when I'm dry firing it at home I'll use a pencil then too.
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Wall anchors really work?
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The wall anchors work good but they can lose there protect in a only few dry firing so be careful . The new Cimarron / Uberti have 2 steps in cylinder pin , the last steps keep the hammer from hitting the firing pin . Personally 22 are too cheap too dry fire .

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The wall anchors work good but they can lose there protect in a only few dry firing so be careful . The new Cimarron / Uberti have 2 steps in cylinder pin , the last steps keep the hammer from hitting the firing pin . Personally 22 are too cheap too dry fire .

Mine has two steps in it. thanks
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My Ruger SR22 and LCR22 both say dry firing them is OK.
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I've been dry firing my firearms for 44 years without adverse effect, In the military, dry firing is done by every new recruit for at least a week on every firearm that they qualify with. I don't think that you'll do your firearms any harm.
Perhaps our wisest authority on all gun matters; "Iowegun", will put a definitive answer to this matter.
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I've been dry firing my firearms for 44 years without adverse effect, In the military, dry firing is done by every new recruit for at least a week on every firearm that they qualify with. I don't think that you'll do your firearms any harm.
Perhaps our wisest authority on all gun matters; "Iowegun", will put a definitive answer to this matter.
Perhaps. I guess it matters what YOU have been dry firing for 44 years and I don't know if the military is teaching dry firing rimfire firearms, but I doubt it, bet they are center fire.

In general, its bad to dry fire a rimfire (any caliber). Center fire is generally ok to dry fire. There are exceptions to both of course. The reason is the position of the firing pin. In a center fire weapon, the pin is in the, duh, center. So when its dry fired, it can't hit anything. If there is a cartridge there, well, ok. If not, its just air, there is nothing else for the pin to hit as its aligned to the center of the chamber.

In a rim fire weapon the firing pin is aligned to the edge of the rim and potentially can hit the edge of the chamber. Both the pin and the chamber are usually hardened steel. When you hit hardened steel with hardened steel, something has to give. So this is why you usually do not want to dry fire a rimfire without something in place between the pin and the chamber edge to absorb the blow of the hammer/pin. Anything softer than the pin/chamber and hard enough to take the blow will do. Snap caps, wall anchors, spent casings etc. They are all softer than the steel and hard enough to take the hit.
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The yellow wall anchors work great for .22 snap caps.
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Perhaps. I guess it matters what YOU have been dry firing for 44 years and I don't know if the military is teaching dry firing rimfire firearms, but I doubt it, bet they are center fire.

In general, its bad to dry fire a rimfire (any caliber). Center fire is generally ok to dry fire. There are exceptions to both of course. The reason is the position of the firing pin. In a center fire weapon, the pin is in the, duh, center. So when its dry fired, it can't hit anything. If there is a cartridge there, well, ok. If not, its just air, there is nothing else for the pin to hit as its aligned to the center of the chamber.

In a rim fire weapon the firing pin is aligned to the edge of the rim and potentially can hit the edge of the chamber. Both the pin and the chamber are usually hardened steel. When you hit hardened steel with hardened steel, something has to give. So this is why you usually do not want to dry fire a rimfire without something in place between the pin and the chamber edge to absorb the blow of the hammer/pin. Anything softer than the pin/chamber and hard enough to take the blow will do. Snap caps, wall anchors, spent casings etc. They are all softer than the steel and hard enough to take the hit.
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Though true in most cases, My Ruger .22's were all designed by Ruger to be dry fired. The firing pin on my 1022's for example can't impact anything but rim. With no last shot hold open dry firing is part of the process.
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