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Old December 31st, 2016, 03:14 PM   #1
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Anybody dry fire practice with your M&Ps?Is it safe? Will it harm the gun dry firing?
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Old December 31st, 2016, 04:54 PM   #2
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Shouldn't. Striker fired pistols have centerfire firing pins and do not strike the breech face like a rimfire would. If you still feel uncomfortable doing it buy a pack of Snap Caps.
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Old December 31st, 2016, 05:05 PM   #3
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I try to daily. I sometimes use snap caps, sometimes not. The snap caps help in practicing reloads as well.

Guns is perfectly fine to dry fire without snap caps though.
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Old December 31st, 2016, 06:54 PM   #4
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Anybody dry fire practice with your M&Ps?Is it safe? Will it harm the gun dry firing?
Yes.

No harm experienced to date, and my oldest (shipped in 07/07) is still functioning flawlessly with all it's original parts.
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Old January 1st, 2017, 06:33 AM   #5
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Yes - I haven't had an issue with my M&P. Probably around 15,000 live fire rounds and at least 3x that many dry fire - still using the original parts that came with the gun back when I bought it in 2008.
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Old January 1st, 2017, 07:29 AM   #6
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Here's a link to S&W's FAQ's:

Q: Can I dry fire my Smith & Wesson?

A: Yes, except for the .22 caliber pistols which includes models 22A, 22S, 422, 2206, 2214, 2213 and 41.

.22 caliber revolvers such as models 17, 43, 63, 317 and 617 also should not be dry fired.

Q: Why can't I dry fire my .22 pistol or revolver?

A: Dry firing a S&W .22 pistol or revolver will cause damage to the firing pin.
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Absolutely CORRECT ^^^^^^^^
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Old January 1st, 2017, 01:43 PM   #8
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I broke the striker on my very early 9c by dry firing it. I am under the impression the earliest MP's had MIM strikers. The one S&W sent me to replace the broken one was clearly different and I suspect they are now machined from bar stock or investment cast and then finish machined.

I use snap caps when dry firing any of my guns, without exception.
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Old January 1st, 2017, 03:18 PM   #9
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Trad1, some vintage .22s had firing pins that could hit the edge of the chamber and hurt things. I use a piece of spent brass to cushion the firing pin and almost never dry fire my older .22s. But modern manufactured guns have better tolerances and the firing pin can no longer do that... IF it's been made correctly. If in doubt ask the manufacturer if it's possible for the firing pin to contact the chamber or barrel. DO NOT ask if it's OK to dry fire a .22 because they'll tell you "No" due to the vintage guns out there that weren't made correctly and could be harmed.

Centerfire? Dry fire to your hearts content. If it's a quality gun it'll hold up to it, if not you want it to break while dry firing. I dry fire at least 10x more than I live fire. I have yet to hurt anything. FWIW, on an external hammer gun (1911 & P-35 come to mind) I cut a piece of leather to fit where the hammer strikes as a cushion for it.
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Old January 1st, 2017, 04:26 PM   #10
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I don,t have a .22 I,m worried about dry firing my M&P 9c and 9 shield.
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Old January 1st, 2017, 08:38 PM   #11
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Yup, we covered that and then some. They are centerfire. Dry fire them as much as you want.

I dry fire my centerfires far more than I live fire.
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Put a coin on the end of the barrel to make it more interesting....................
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Or balanced on the front sight if it has a suitable spot. Trigger control is rapidly learned with that exercise.
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Old January 6th, 2017, 04:15 AM   #14
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I broke the striker in the first MP I owned by dry firing it. They originally shipped with MIM strikers and that turned out to be a huge mistake.

S&W sent me a new striker (today they would probably make you ship the gun back or take it to an armorer) which I installed myself.

I always use snap caps. It doesn't hurt to add a little cushion for the striker and they aren't that expensive.
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Old January 6th, 2017, 06:30 AM   #15
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If your breaking the striker by just doing dry fire`s, somethin`s bad wrong to start with.
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