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Old December 27th, 2011, 07:49 PM   #1
 
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Dry firing a Mark III?

Probably a stupid question, but can you dry fire a Mark III without damaging it?



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Old December 28th, 2011, 04:22 AM   #2
 
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To be on the safe side, I would use a snap cap or fired case if you are going to do it regularly
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Old December 28th, 2011, 04:24 AM   #3
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me42 ... Here is what Ruger specifically states on the issue

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Q. Can I dry fire my Mark III pistol?
A. Yes. The Mark III has a firing pin stop that prevents the firing pin from contacting the rear of the barrel and damaging the edge of the chamber. If you are going to dry fire the pistol extensively, the stop pin and firing pin will eventually wear and contact could occur, and we recommend replacing both the firing pin and the firing pin stop from time to time. You should also monitor the contact of the firing pin with the rear of the barrel.
As a practical matter, unless you plan on doing thousands of dry fires you are not likely to wear out the firing pin stop to the point that the firing pin will make contact with the breach end of the barrel. I wouldn't worry about it ... just check it from time to time and replace it if/when it becomes an issue. My MKIII512 still has the original firing pin and firing pin stop at over 60,000 live rounds and at least a few hundred dry fires.
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Thanks guys. I looked through the book but couldn't find anything that specifically addressed dry firing.
I never thought of using a spent case; seems like a good idea.
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I have dry fired my 22/45 RP many, many times with no damage. However, it has helped to make the trigger much better than when new.
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wouldnt do it .....i did it and got a dent in the chamber of min dont know if the firing pin stop isnt working i havent gotten around to checking but still would not recommend it with out snap caps
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