Dry firing

Discussion in 'Training Forum' started by Kreig, Mar 22, 2012.

  1. Kreig

    Kreig New Member

    I have heard multiple viewpoints on this and I want to see what you guys think. Is it neccesarily bad to dry fire my Gen 4 G17? Or does it really do enough damage that I should buy the snap caps?
  2. iGlock

    iGlock Lead Farmer

    As far as i knw the firearms you shouldnt dry fire are the rim fire type guns. Other than that, dry fire away.
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2012

  3. Kreig

    Kreig New Member

    Cool, thanks. I like her to much to have screw her up on something stupid like that.
  4. iGlock

    iGlock Lead Farmer

    Also from what i read online dry firing smooths out the action in your trigger.
  5. las4wo

    las4wo New Member

    I have a buddy that has owned Glocks for years and he is a believer in dry firing. He has never a problem.
  6. nyycanseco33

    nyycanseco33 Well-Known Member Supporter

    Should be fine, the Glock is designed to be dry fired anyways due to its takedown procedures when cleaning/field stripping it... If you are still concerned about it then I suggest buying some snap caps, the are cheap and also serve a dual purpose of helping with your form and trigger reaction while dry firing, I hope this has helped :)
  7. sgtcowboyusmc

    sgtcowboyusmc New Member

    I have been dry firing Glocks since 1988 when I got my first! Never had a problem with it. I have no idea about Gen 4 as I do not have any but it is a Glock after all!;)
  8. Matthew780

    Matthew780 Very Sensitive Guy (^;)

    Just offering my experience with a Glock 21: I have dry fired this gun so many times every day for the last two years, I couldn't tell you how many times I do it in checking my chamber in a days time. When I'm home, every time I walk away from it for even a few seconds, when I get back to it I release the mag, open the chamber and check for a bullet, close the slide and dry fire it, then replace the mag.

    Like I said... I have done this dozens of times per day for over 2 years with the same handgun (1st gen. G-21 45 auto). No problems.

    And YES, it does smooth out the trigger somewhat.
  9. SHOOTER13

    SHOOTER13 RETIRED MODERATOR Sponsor Lifetime Supporting Member

    Welcome to the Glock Forum Kreig !!

    Dry firing a Glock is OK...
  10. KeenansGarage

    KeenansGarage Hiding in plain sight....

    What they said! Welcome to the Glock Forum and dry fire away! I practice all the time and dry fire all the time...it's all good in the Glock world!
  11. G-23

    G-23 Premium Member

    I had heard through very good sources earlier in the last year that GLOCK was going to ask for users to start using snapcaps. Upon checking my notes from class I saw I asked about this issue and was told the decision hadn't been pasted down to the instructors.

    The following underlined statement by me is incorrect and I apologise for any miss understanding it might have caused.

    During our last recertification it was explained that Glock now has reversed itself on the dry fire setup. Glock has asked that from this point on that snap caps be utilized during dry fire practice.

    With that said, hundreds of thousands of GLOCK owners have dry fired their guns for years without any known issues... to me anyway. I think there were a couple of reports where the breech face collasped from the firing pin slapping the metal but I never witnessed it.

    The wife and I still dry as we have always done, but we do get out the snap caps if we remember. My oldest G-23 has had everything replaced at one time or another except the slide. So, I can't really say why Glock has changed positions but they have.

    That's all I know.

    I imagine someone could get a large build up of carbon in the firing pin channel (forward of the pin)and that could put pressure on the breech. Placing a snap cap in front of the breech face might help offset the pressure it sees somewhat, I don't really know.
    Last edited: Mar 23, 2012
  12. KeenansGarage

    KeenansGarage Hiding in plain sight....

    I do have to ask, don't you still have to dry fire to take apart the gun?
    I cannot see them recommending to have a snap cap in the barrel during gun disassembly.
  13. nyycanseco33

    nyycanseco33 Well-Known Member Supporter

    IMHO it's all legal writing to cover their a.... Nobody wants to be held liable for a person who doesn't use common sense or takes the time to learn proper techniques... I think dry firing is fine and yes you are right you need to dry fire without a snap cap to field strip it
  14. dry firing is just fine buddy, have a blast lol
  15. cvitter

    cvitter New Member

    Armorer's certification? I just took the course this month and there was no mention of this. In fact they repeated the old mantra of "dry fire away" nothing bad will happen to your firearm. I would be surprised to hear that the guidance has changed (alarmed too).
  16. Matthew780

    Matthew780 Very Sensitive Guy (^;)

    Agreed. I've clicked mine off so many thousands of times with no trouble what-so-ever, I think I've proven it to myself that dry firing doesn't hurt a Glock one bit. And all these guys here that have done the same thing? I wouldn't worry about the Glock at all from this point on.

  17. G-23

    G-23 Premium Member

    I had to go back and check my notes for sure and you are correct. I specifically asked about it because it had come up in discussion earlier in last year. Many of use were told Glock was going to chance directions but by the time I asked, it had not happened.

    :eek:Please accept my apologies for putting out bumb dope. :eek:
    But remember it can't hurt either. I'll attempt to change my earlier post.
    Thank you for making me look back and giving me a chance to correct my error!
  18. Tommycourt1

    Tommycourt1 Tommycourt1

    I dry fire my Glock Model 26 gen 3 every night so I can get used to my weapon. I have noticed that it fires easier as maybe the slide and trigger action is in better shape. I do not use any snap caps and hopefully have not harmed my baby. I practice with my right hand as I am right handed and also my left supported and unsupported, should I ever have to use it, I don't want to be in a vulnerable position. I am asking the same old question, is it ok to dry fire. This is my first Glock and I love it. Please someone give me an accurate answer.
  19. ccarter

    ccarter New Member

    Look up hickok45 on youtube. That dude dry fires a lot and it doesn't seem to give his Glocks any trouble. He has a ton of Glock videos and I have found every one of them beneficial. If you own a Glock I suggest you watch vids. He gives you a straight forwards opinion on everything and he is an amazing shooter.
  20. Glockinator19

    Glockinator19 Certified Glock Armorer

    Dry fire at will! It's okay, but it wouldn't break the bank to buy a pack of snap caps, less than $15