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FEATURE | DRY FIRE

use care not hurt the barrel crown-you can
do that, can't you?
After your practice it would not hurt to run
a dry cleaning patch through the chamber/
barrel (from chamber end if possible) to
remove any old primer/powder debris
from the empty cases that might have got
hammered loose. Mop up the receiver with a
Q-tip for the same reason.
Centerfire guns, whether pistol or
handgun, do not have this chamber rim
damage situation. You can dry fire them
empty and it is no big deal. I suspect I dry
fired my Remington 700 around 10,00015,000 rounds annually when competing (I
put a lot of grease on the bolt's locking lugs
to protect head space and to prevent galling).
I never had a firing pin problem. But if you
are dry firing a gun with a 2-part hammerstruck firing pin like a Colt Python (for this
example) you may eventually inertia-stretch
the firing pin until it snaps in half and flies
out of the barrel-been there, done that, got
the shirt. But bolt guns like a Remington 700,
ARs, M1As, etc., no sweat. Guns like the 1911
with its robust firing pin can dry fire for a
1,000 rounds with no problem-but do keep
them lubed well.
Okay, this all sounds like a bunch of
work-it is! However, serious competitors
do it a lot and many in cowboy and combat
type handgun matches work in reloading
drills as well-ever seen how fast top SASS
competitors reload those shotguns or
watched a top combat match shooter flip out
and in magazines in a pistol while running to
the next target scenario?
Actually, I have seen some competitors
wear out a gun's action from putting a couple
hundred thousand dry fire rounds through

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their guns. They win at the highest levels,
too. The rest of us mere mortals need not do
that to win at local and maybe (only maybe)
state matches-but a couple hundred dry
firing rounds the week before shooting a
40-round rifle silhouette match for example
is not too much to ask if you want to win or
be genuinely high hit count competitive.
Space permitting at a match during live
fire you may be able to continue dry fire
practice under actual range commands
(ask permission from the match director
and where on the firing line you can go). I
have done that at matches, even national
championships when I discovered I was
making marksmanship errors (or nerves
were getting to me)-helped me get it
together for the rest of the particular match.
Okay, here we go ...

HANDGUNS
Safety First! Hand gun reactive target and
defensive shooting can be effectively dry
fired. With your empty (check and double


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