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Old March 12th, 2017, 09:36 PM   #1
 
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Hi, without snap caps am i damaging my GP100 doing dry fires?



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Old March 12th, 2017, 09:56 PM   #2
 
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Not according to Ruger! So dry fire all you want.
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Not according to Ruger! So dry fire all you want.
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Maybe Murphy was just messing with me, but my experience contradicts the typical, "sure, no problem, dry fire it all you want" response. I bought a new "200th Year of American Liberty" Security Six back in '76. The manual gave dry firing the green light. I don't recall snapping it a huge number of times, but it was on it's way back to Ruger with a broken firing pin within two months. The usual quick turn around and no charge service had it back to me in a bit over a week. That's the only broken firing pin I've ever experienced because since then I've always used snap caps. It's your gun and you're certainly free to do what you please but firearms are mechanical devices that do break. The more precautions you take, the more you limit breakage. By the way that Security Six is still going strong 41 years later.

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No, but then again, snap caps are cheap insurance.
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With a GP100, maybe more important than the snap caps acting as protection, it gives you a safe way to load and unload using dummy rounds. Breaking a GP100 by dry firing it would be pretty rare, but snap caps are cheap insurance as stated.
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I usually dry fire a new revolver a couple of thousand times to smoothe the action without new springs or an action job.
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If you have to ask, buy the snap caps.

As mentioned several times already, it's cheap insurance.


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If you want snapcaps just push the primer out of a fired case and replace it with a piece of lead pencil eraser cut from one of those pink flat eraser.

It is a sorta cheap way.
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Just cut a small square of plastic or rubber about 1/8 inch thick to sit in the hammer channel just above the firing pin. This way the hammer will strike the rubber/plastic pad rather than the firing pin. Takes a little effort to get the pad cut to exact dimensions so that it wont fall out during the dry-fire practice session but works like a charm. Just don't forget to remove the pad after dry-firing session ends.
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Just cut a small square of plastic or rubber about 1/8 inch thick to sit in the hammer channel just above the firing pin. This way the hammer will strike the rubber/plastic pad rather than the firing pin. Takes a little effort to get the pad cut to exact dimensions so that it wont fall out during the dry-fire practice session but works like a charm. Just don't forget to remove the pad after dry-firing session ends.
I started doing this with a small square of an old mouse pad...also with an o ring that would fit in the opening and sort of squeeze into an oval that would stay in place...I have always felt a bit better if I'm not creating constant metal to metal contact..regardless of Ruger's urging to go ahead and dry fire.

Just a matter of practice as some of the non Ruger guns I have can be damaged by dry firing without "protection"...just my way.
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If Ruger owners would just take a few minutes to read their owner's manual, these questions wouldn't come up nor would people devise things (like wproct ) that aren't needed. Take a look at this thread .... especially post #16 where I went into detail about dry firing a Ruger. Dry fireing
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When Ruger says it's OK to dry-fire, they're not necessarily saying it's OK to do it several thousand times.

Among seriously competitive CAS Ruger users, excessive dry-fire has been linked to transfer bar breakage & those guys will typically replace the TBs on a regular basis to avoid it happening during a match.

I'm not interested in defending the statement, I offer it for what it's worth.
It's a very simple matter to obtain snap caps & use 'em, which addresses the matter very simply.

Rube Goldberg solutions offer more complexity, without offering a truly better solution.
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Ruger says it's ok..... ruger is the one who will take care of any issues...... why is this an issue???? I dry fire the hell out of my revolvers, no ill effects yet
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I guarantee you'll think it's an issue if you need your Ruger to stand between you & a guy with a knife in a parking lot, or a guy busting in your front door with a gun, and your transfer bar breaks on the first shot because you've dry-fired it several thousand times in front of the TV.

Make your own decision, just make it an informed decision.
I own several Ruger handguns, none above the .22s are recreational-only guns, and I've spent thousands on maximizing some for defensive purposes.

Not all Rugers are mere range toys, where a "Durn- busted my transfer bar, guess that gun goes back in the bag till I can call Ruger for a shipping label." is nothing more than a nuisance.
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