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Dry Firing/Dropping Hammer On Empty Chamber..

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I have a FireStar_M40.

I've read in a few firearms forums that the FireStar_M40 shouldn't be dry fired on a empty chamber without using a snap cap, because of problems with the firing pin breaking if done so.

The other situation is this.

I'm looking to shoot some competition such as IDPA, IPSC, USPSA, etc.. but at the end of each stage the SO's require you to drop the hammer on a empty chamber. This action would be the same as dry firing.

Thanks for your comments on both of the above.


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Hello. It's been a while since I looked at a FireStar M40, but on these guns I believe that the firing pin is held in place with a traditional retaining plate rather than the vertical steel pin that fit through a notch in the firing pin. When the trigger is pressed, the internal firing pin safety moves out of the way and the firing pin is free to move w/o hitting anything. I don't think the FireStar series of pistols suffers the same liklihood of firing pin breakage as might older models like the Star Model B, P, and A. Firing pins are hard to get but with the FireStar you are probably OK to drop the hammer at the end of a match. For dry-firing I'd still use a snap cap just to be on the safe side.

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