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So I dry fire my centerfire weapons here and there, of course without issue as they are designed to handle it unless it’s excessive then I have been under the impression that a snap cap is the best insurance.

Well I picked up a Smith and Wesson M and P compact in .22 caliber today on a whim, and I have not had a .22 in the stable for a long while, so checking it out I forgot and dry fired it a couple times. Then I was like, “crap you idiot!” I know that it CAN cause damage as the pin may break from striking the chamber wall, but how likely is it from a few dry firings here and there? The manual says not to at all, but is that just to deter the regular practice of it? I would like to think that a few times would’ve fine even for a .22. Am I wrong?

My old Ruger MarkII and 10/22 got dry fired all the time on accident and I never broke a firing pin so it seems that the 22’s can handle at least SOME small amounts of dry fire. Otherwise wouldn’t we hear more about everyone having to get new pins?!
 
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you should probably be fine - there is the danger of breaking firing pin like you said or peening the end of it out of shape or peening on the edge of the chamber but once or twice probably won't cause that


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It doesn’t take much to damage a 22 in my experience.


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Most modern 22LR's can be dry fired with no issues. It's mainly the older guns where the firing pin would actually strike the chamber rim. Of course always consult your owner's manual when it comes to dry firing.
 
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Absolutely not knocking what the gun’s manual may say on dry-firing, I have a first-person experience with the exact pistol you’re talking about.

My local Sheriff’s Office offers handgun safety training periodically. For the class (which, in my case, was conducted as part of a broader “Citizens’ Sheriff’s Academy” program), everyone gets to extensively dry-fire a S&W M&P-22 following a safety briefing. In my class, some 20 or so of us dry-fired the pistols probably a hundred times each before later going to the adjoining range and firing 50 rounds each.

Granted, I assume these guns are receiving departmental armory care and attention; not sure how much - if at all - such care would head-off troubles brought about by extensive dry-fire.

Regardless, I was really impressed with the gun - it’s on my “list” for sure.



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^^^^^ Good to know thanks. Appreciate the comments guys.
 
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I always use a snap cap no matter what.

IIRC, all Kel-Tec pistols are strictly no dry-fire due to the design of the lightweight, high velocity hammer on them.


 
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I always use a snap cap no matter what.

IIRC, all Kel-Tec pistols are strictly no dry-fire due to the design of the lightweight, high velocity hammer on them.


KTs are throw away guns with X amount of trigger pulls built into the life expectancy. Use them as you see fit....
 
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Originally posted by PASig:
I always use a snap cap no matter what.

IIRC, all Kel-Tec pistols are strictly no dry-fire due to the design of the lightweight, high velocity hammer on them.


KTs are throw away guns with X amount of trigger pulls built into the life expectancy. Use them as you see fit....


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KTs are throw away guns with X amount of trigger pulls built into the life expectancy. Use them as you see fit....
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I always use a snap cap no matter what.

IIRC, all Kel-Tec pistols are strictly no dry-fire due to the design of the lightweight, high velocity hammer on them.


KTs are throw away guns with X amount of trigger pulls built into the life expectancy. Use them as you see fit....


Why not ask Trayvon Martin how he feels about being shot with a Kel-Tec?

Oh wait, he's dead.


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KTs are not built for the long haul, they do work well for their intended purpose. My P11 needed constant deburring, something no other compact pistol I have shot ever needed. I swear the slide was never hardened on that thing.
 
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Center fire snap caps are very useful and I have and use them in several calibers. .22 "snap caps" are intended for testing feed action and chamber size. If you buy the aluminum cased snap caps in .22 and dry fire, they will be destroyed quickly by the rim fire striker pin. I use cheap drywall anchors on .22 guns to dry fire. They will actually feed on some semi-autos....

 
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Center fire snap caps are very useful and I have and use them in several calibers. .22 "snap caps" are intended for testing feed action and chamber size. If you buy the aluminum cased snap caps in .22 and dry fire, they will be destroyed quickly by the rim fire striker pin. I use cheap drywall anchors on .22 guns to dry fire. They will actually feed on some semi-autos....



^^^^That is pretty cool!!
Keltec used to say 6000 round life expectancy on their web site, guess they build them better now, or just omit it...
 
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I think a few dry fires won't hurt, but don't push it.




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Try using spent 22 case
 
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Got some anchors and they work great so no need to stress the pin and breech face I guess. Thanks guys.
 
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