Friday, April 9, 2010

Dry Fire

Dear Cal:

A quick question. Is it ok to fire the pins on spent cartridges if I was to dry fire?
Andrew B. Zambia

I would certainly say, “no.” A spent primer already has the striker indent so there would be nothing for the striker to land on. If you don’t have any snap caps I would suggest taking a fired cartridge, removing the spent primer, and filling the pocket with very hard rubber, plastic, or even an epoxy that dries quite hard. This will give the primers some purchase to protect the striker if the hammer falls.

Good shooting,