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Old March 16th, 2017, 04:50 AM   #1
 
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Safely dryfire a rimfire

One of the the challenges when working on or evaluating a rimfire is that you shouldn't dry fire a rimfire but the best way to test the action or a trigger job is to dry fire. I've found a solution that works quite well. I wouldn't sit around & do this all day long but for testing and protecting the gun, I insert plactic, yellow wall anchors in my .22/22 WMR's when they're not being used. This enables me to test work or to allow the occasional dry fire without risk of damage.




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good idea. I have used scrap leather for the same purpose.
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Good idea. I've made homemade snap caps for centerfire cartridges by removing the primers and replacing them with pencil erasers sized to fit .
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It wasn't my idea, as much as I would like to take credit for it. I read it somewhere and tried it. I probably haven't had an original idea my entire life.

I don't like using old cartridges, just for safety sake. I wouldn't ever want to have someone else confuse the real thing for my homemade snap caps & these yellow wall anchors are clearly not live rounds. I have used de-primed, side-drilled cartridges to test the action my my Marlin, but once I've tested I put those away in my gun cleaning bag for the same reason.
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It wasn't my idea, as much as I would like to take credit for it. I read it somewhere and tried it. I probably haven't had an original idea my entire life.

I don't like using old cartridges, just for safety sake. I wouldn't ever want to have someone else confuse the real thing for my homemade snap caps & these yellow wall anchors are clearly not live rounds. I have used de-primed, side-drilled cartridges to test the action my my Marlin, but once I've tested I put those away in my gun cleaning bag for the same reason.
I need to clarify that empty cartridges were used.
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Nice idea. Gonna have to try that.
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Functional and looks neat. Thanks for sharing.
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Yeah, these little wall anchors work great. They will even eject from some pistol and rifle actions when cycled manually. They fit in stick magazines and rotary ones, too. I bought a box of 100 a year ago, still have 50 or so I've never used. Better than snap caps.

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neat idea
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Great idea.....
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Don't you mean "Dry Wall Fire"???
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Blue is Better

Even though they're cheap enough, I found these yellow anchors don't hold up that well to dry firing.

Last time I needed to get more, I went to my local Ace. They didn't have any boxes of yellow anchors, but they had bins of single counts. The correct sized ones were blue, and are made of a bit harder/tougher material. I only bought 3.

I'm still using the first 2 in both of my Mark pistols well over a year later. They're a little scuffed up, but are not smashed/deformed at all. IIRC, they were around 65 cents each.
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Ive got some of the yellow ones (Lowes) .. had to buy packages with the screws, but Great tip TestEngineer.. Ill check at my local Ace next time there for those blue ones- they are an old established hardware store - the best stocked I've ever seen... they have EVERYthing ...
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My LGS uses the yellow ones

I have been using Winchester dummy rounds. They dent like a regular round and I like them for testing guns at shows, having been stung once on a gun with a bad firing pin. The wall anchors are probably easier on the gun. One I don't recommend is the all plastic orange dummy. If you use them too much the rims get squished thin. I had one tear off in a Marlin 39 and had to disassemble to remove it.
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