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 Post subject: Bad to dry fire??
PostPosted: Tue Feb 20, 2007 12:15 am 
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I'm still new to all of this, I was wondering if it's bad to dry fire my shotgun. I own the Mossberg 535. Thanks for all your help!
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 Post subject: re: Bad to dry fire??
PostPosted: Tue Feb 20, 2007 6:54 am 
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The only time i dry fire is when i fully take apart my fun then put it back together. I woulnt dry fire too much.


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 Post subject: re: Bad to dry fire??
PostPosted: Tue Feb 20, 2007 8:40 am 
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Get something called a "snap cap" for your gun. It is basically a plastic or machined aluminimum shell that goes into the chamber, and softens the movement of the firing pin. "A-Zoom" brand is my favorite, but there are many others. I would not recomend dry firing on purpose. It's a good idea when you store your gun make sure the snap cap is in the chamber and release the hammer with the trigger. Avoid storing the gun "cocked" to reduce damage to the hammer spring. (from being compressed for a long time)


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 Post subject: re: Bad to dry fire??
PostPosted: Tue Feb 20, 2007 12:48 pm 
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I've dry fired my 935 a few hundred times know problems yet. I let you know if the firing pin breaks but I don't think it ever will.


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 Post subject: re: Bad to dry fire??
PostPosted: Tue Feb 20, 2007 6:13 pm 
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I use "snap caps". They are a lot less expensive than replacing the firing pins. This way I can leave the gun "uncocked" when I'm not using it.


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 Post subject: re: Bad to dry fire??
PostPosted: Wed Feb 21, 2007 6:53 pm 
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some use snap caps u can also use a spent shell aka the hull


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 Post subject: re: Bad to dry fire??
PostPosted: Wed Feb 21, 2007 9:31 pm 
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Don't know about dry firing a Mossberg but the 870's in squad cars get dry fired 1092 times a year for many years. I've never heard of a firing pin breaking on service weapons.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2007 9:05 pm 
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yea some say it breaks the pin some dont it hasnt hurt any ones that I know, but snap cap makers are trying to make money so, more power to em.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2007 9:37 pm 
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Military Mossbergs get dry fired everytime they go inside of a building.

Outside most buildings there is a 55 gallon drum filled with sand, prior to going into the building, you visually clear the chamber, close the action (empty magazine, of course) point the gun towards the sand, take the safety off and pull the trigger.

That happens a few times a day..........


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 Post subject: Re: Bad to dry fire??
PostPosted: Mon Nov 09, 2009 12:00 pm 
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thats the 590a1 correct military man? thats what i have so i suppose its safe and normal to dryfire it


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 Post subject: Re: Bad to dry fire??
PostPosted: Tue Nov 10, 2009 10:41 am 
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I have not seen a pump of any make break a firing pin or spring or any other part from dry firing. Even if they did, parts are cheap and they are easy to work on.

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 Post subject: Re: Bad to dry fire??
PostPosted: Sat Dec 12, 2009 6:42 pm 
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I have always dry fired all of my pump guns, remington, ithica, mossberg, nova winchesters, etcc...... never had a problem

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 Post subject: Re: Bad to dry fire??
PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 11:55 am 
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I have never had a problem dry firing a pump or auto. It is over/unders and side by sides that you must use a snap cap on. That said, I now use snap caps on all my shotguns. They are cheap and I sleep better knowing that I can't break a firing pin.


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 Post subject: Re: Bad to dry fire??
PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 12:11 pm 
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I dry fire my 500 and 870 all the time, and have for years. I've had my 500 since 1991,it was built in the late 70's and if I could have hurt it by dry firing it I would have by now. My 930 only gets dry fired when I put it in the safe. I used snap caps in my Savage 311 SXS, but they were very cheaply made, and they broke pretty quick. I've got new caps coming for it because I don't want to dry fire it.

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