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This is a discussion on Safe to dry fire yet? within the MP Reference forums, part of the Smith & Wesson MP Forum category; I've always heard it's OK to dry fire center-fire guns but not rim-fires. At least on SIGs. From the SIG Sauer web site's FAQ: "Is ...


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Old February 2nd, 2014, 08:59 PM   #91
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I've always heard it's OK to dry fire center-fire guns but not rim-fires. At least on SIGs. From the SIG Sauer web site's FAQ:

"Is it safe to dry-fire my pistol?

It is safe to dry-fire our center fire pistols. You would want to use a snap cap or plug if extensive dry-firing is done. Always count your dry-firing in your live fire count to be sure all springs and pins are in top condition. DO NOT intentionally dry-fire any rim fire pistol such as the Mosquito, .22LR conversions or Classic Pistols."
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Old April 24th, 2014, 10:34 AM   #92
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Unload, show clear, hammer down, ???? Wait Mr. R/O I need to put a Snap cap in 1st?????
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Old April 24th, 2014, 08:48 PM   #93
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Snap caps for rim fire guns because the firing pin can hit side of the chamber, because there is no rim of the cartridge there.
No need for snap caps with center fire pistols or rifles.
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Old April 24th, 2014, 10:30 PM   #94
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Actually, the previous design of our own beloved M&P pistol's striker had a design defect that allowed them to break, if not used with a snap-cap.
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Old April 24th, 2014, 11:16 PM   #95
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S&W switched from a carbon steel striker to a stainless one, a few years ago. I got a free one from them and "upgraded" my 9c, which was made in 2010. The reason for the switch was the carbon ones were breaking.
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Old November 2nd, 2014, 09:10 AM   #96
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M&P can be dry fired without snap caps. YMMV though, and I would recommend snap caps. I do not use them though.
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Old November 17th, 2014, 06:12 PM   #97
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i do dry fired on my mp m9 full size all the time...
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Old November 17th, 2014, 06:37 PM   #98
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My 2012 MP 9 has no less then 15 000 dry fires and a little over 5500 rounds through it. I've never even touched a snap cap and I'm still going strong.
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Old February 16th, 2015, 06:38 PM   #99
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Going to who I trust the most with this question hickok45

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPDcZKTRbqA
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Old May 8th, 2015, 01:08 PM   #100
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I did buy one of the sliver striker assemblies a year or so ago to have a spare, but all three of my M&P's, including an '07, are still on their originals.

I do use snap caps, but don't fully rack the slide when dry firing. I rack it about 1/4"; just enough for the striker to reset. That way, I'm not having to reload mags full of snap caps (I actually only have three in 9mm).
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Old June 15th, 2015, 04:20 PM   #101
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Dry fire away... No snap-caps. Snap-caps are required for hammer-fired guns like the 1911, but completely irrelevant for a striker-fired gun.

JW
That's incorrect. The 1911 can be fired endlessly without snap caps and the only wear is to the firing pin return spring, which should be replaced each time the recoil spring is replaced. Our armed forces trained dry-firing with them for over 80 years, and competitive shooters of all stripes continue to do so. There simply isn't a mechanism for damage dry-firing the 1911.

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Old July 5th, 2015, 06:21 PM   #102
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Dry fire away... No snap-caps. Snap-caps are required for hammer-fired guns like the 1911, but completely irrelevant for a striker-fired gun.

They are handy in training mixed in with your training ammo to train clearance drills. That's it.

JW
This is also incorrect for some striker fired pistols. The Springfield Armory XD-M stops the striker against a stop pin that will break under sufficient stress and repetition. Fortunately, you can replace the pin with a rolled pin that has enough strength that it will basically never break.

The OP is correct in asking the question. You basically need to know enough about the design/build of the individual firearm before being able to answer the dry fire question on any weapon.
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Old July 5th, 2015, 06:54 PM   #103
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I dry fire my M&P's all the time. So far so good
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Old July 6th, 2015, 12:53 AM   #104
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I've dry fired my M&P without snap caps thousands of times and its been fine.
Same here, its part of our training... regular dry fire sessions.

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Old July 6th, 2015, 12:24 PM   #105
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Tens of thousands of dry-fire with 2- M&Ps... NEVER an issue. Dry-fire is critical to trigger control.

I haven't hear a single issue since the striker mods YEARS ago to the updated version.

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