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Unless the engineers designing the pistol gave a great deal of thought to dry firing, the pistolwill at some time suffer for it.The 1911 is a classic case.Do it too much and you can either 1)crack the firing pin retainer plate or 2)wedge the firing pin to where you will either have failure to feed or slam fires(Mas Rapido,Amigo).Many other guns suffer from this "deletion of design" fault.If in doubt-dont.Or obtain some sort of snap cap.In the early sixties in the Marine Corps we removed the firing pin,spring,and retaining plate-substitutting a piece of inner for the retaining plate to take up the hammer blow.Ciao
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