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Well I was in my firearms class geting certified for law enforcment my instructor said you can practice triger pull and other points of shooting by dry firing. he said it would not do anything to the pistol and that the myth about dry fireing is just that a myth. so i supose my question is that i am wondering if dry fireing will hurt my rifle if i do it?
 
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Dry-Firing

In my experience dry-firing does the most damage to hammer-fired firearms, like revolvers and lever-actions, especially the older styled guns-the firing pins are just too fragile to take all of that unwarranted vibration. Concerning modern rifles and pistols, this should not be a problem (I practice with my .45s by dry-firing and have yet to encounter anything even remotely resembling a problem).
Howwever, to completely erase the risk go buy a set of plastic spring loadedsnap caps- they're like $8 for 2 rifle bullets or like 6 handguns and absorb the vibrations, rendering the firearm completely safe to dry-fire.
 

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I have read that dry firing rimfire rifles will damage the barrel and firing pin but dry firing center fire rifle should be ok. But to be safe (epsecially if you have a nice rifle) i would buy snap caps.
 

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MY understanding is similar to those set out above. Dry firing will not harm centerfire rifles or hand guns, at least .45s. During the late Mid-to-late 70s the USMC had you spend close to a week preping for the rifle range every year by practicing teh various sitting, nealing and prone positions and dry firing the M16 for nearly 4 or 5 hours a day. Talk about boring. But, the point is that was a ton of dry firing and we never had problems with live ammo after this adventure in dry firing. But, when I dry fire my bolt action .308 or my .45, I use snap caps just to make sure.
 
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