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Old February 10th, 2014, 08:56 AM   #1
 
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Dry firing Mark III s

Is dry firing the 22.45 a problem, or do I need snap caps?



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Old February 10th, 2014, 10:01 AM   #2
 
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Occassional dry firing should not hurt the gun. Heck, the Ruger maintenance and safety instructions require you dry fire the gun for certain procedures and do not reference requiring anything special (caps etc.) to do so.
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The manual states that it is OK to dry fire. But if you are going to do it often for practice I would suggest using some yellow dry wall anchors that you can pick up at Home Depot or Lowes. They work just as good as the snap caps and cost next to nothing. I can get about 10 shots out of an anchor. They also eject just like a regular round. YMMV
The only issues I have had using the anchors is the rim breaking off after too many dry fires on the anchor and it not ejecting. I had to push the anchor out with a cleaning rod.
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Ditto on the above, and I'd also make sure that you have the solid pin firing pin retention pin as opposed to the hollow roll-pin; the solid one is far more durable, and can reduce the chance of breach damage from dry-firing.

That said, these guns (and probably most .22s) really aren't designed for extensive dry-firing-extensive .22 live fire, yes; dryfiring, not so much. Dry-firing is something better suited for centerfire guns (using snap caps, ideally).

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Your manual states that it is ok.
That said, some folk prefer not to.
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As others have said, its okay to dry fire, but I'm with the others. If you're going to dry fire often, invest in snap caps (make use they are the type the can be "fired" in a .22, i.e.; rimfire). The yellow wall plugs will extract, but can't feed them from the mag for training.
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OK I will just order some snap caps off EBAY, thats where I seem to find them cheapest. Thank You.
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