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Old 06-09-2009, 08:10 AM   #1
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Recently, one of my students e-mailed me and credited me with a drill that perhaps saved someone's life. I gave this same advice at LFI I in Phoenix when Mas allowed me to give the study classes in the eveningss following the regular instruction.



Perhaps I'm paranoid but there is simply too much old platoon sergeant in me to take anything for granted when it comes to safety.

Especially since I'm getting older with the whimsey tha follows that affliction and having many students who are young with the impulsive audacity of their age.



You MUST dry fire if you are to maintain your skill level with a firearm. In the Army, on the Berlin Brigade Rifle team we would dry fire up to 6 hours a day, the 6th Army AMU did the same as did Col. DePasque of the 63 ARCOM AMU.

But you must take every precaution NOT to let a live round go.



Take two magazines, paint them a bright color, white, bright yellow, a color you can identify in low light. Put only snap caps in them. No other bullet will ever be inserted in these magazines.



Then make certain you begin your session with no magazine in the gun, pull the slide back and feel into the chamber. This is very important because a live round from the mag you dropped may very well be in the chamber and in some handguns it is hard to see.



Once done put the painted mag in the handgun and dry fire untill you are tired, then quit.

Drop the mag, pull the slide back, take you expelled snap cap put it back in the mag and then use your normal safety routine to reload a live magazine when necessary.



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Old 06-09-2009, 09:49 AM   #2
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That's good advice.



Have fun at LFI II.



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Old 06-09-2009, 10:36 AM   #3
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I intend to, looking forward to seeing Mas and Gail and meeting Marty.

I see that he is giving an LFI I in 4 days while there, wow there are going to be some very tired folks.
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When i dry fire my glock 17 with no practice rounds in the pistol does this damage anything ? And does cocking the pistol slowly damage anything ? Thx
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G'day.



No, you won't damage anything by dry firing your G17 without drill rounds in it. That isn't to say that there aren't guns that could be potentially damaged in such a manner, but you are good to go.



Cocking slowly cause damage? None there as well.





With that said, NEVER, EVER dry fire a rimfire without a fired case in the breach.
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Old 08-17-2009, 11:17 AM   #6
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Hello,



I just do what the old bullseye shooters did and use a mag filled with lead. It helps improve grip, IMO, due to its weight, and will not accept live rounds for anything.



I will admit to recently melting the lead out to make boolits, but did replace it with solder. A little lighter and closer to the actual loaded gun feel.



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I have one of those mags in 45acp from my old friends inheritence. I wondered what is was for. thanks Josh.
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Dry-practice with older (1911), Star auto pistols can and has caused firing pin breakage.
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I have recently learned that the Ruger 10/22 is OK to dry fire on an empty chamber.



Still don't recommend it, but we did it for hours at Appleseed and I could find no damage (or anyplace where the firing pin impacted, for that matter) afterward. I wasn't taking the range master's word that it wouldn't damage the rifle, but it sure didn't.



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As long as there is a relief cut at the chamber for a rimfire's firing pin you are good to go on dry firing a .22. Many of the older .22s don't have this cut. Its my understanding that most modern semi-auto 22s do.
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