Skip to comments.Gun Gripes Episode 84: Dry Firing (video only)
Posted on 01/04/2014 6:00:18 PM PST by servo1969
Published on Jan 4, 2014
This [video] discuses the damages that can be caused by dry firing.
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Don’t EVER dry fire someone else’s firearm.
Don’t EVER touch someone else’s motorcycle without their approval.
Important etiquette everyone should know.
3rd is their girl.
What’s that? Don’t ever dry-fire someone else’s girlfriend?
Chamber a snap cap first.
Didn't cause any harm.
***I dry fired an M1 rifle endlessly in basic training in the Army.***
Same here with the M-16 and M1 carbine.
I did break the firing pin of a H&R single shot 12 ga shotgun when I dry fired it.
Never dry fire a .22 as the firing pin can damage the rim of the chamber.
Perform a Function Check on an M16-Series Rifle 071-311-2026 Conditions: Given an M16-series rifle that you must confirm is operable. Standards: Perform a function check and ensure the rifle operates properly with the selector switch in each position. Performance Steps 1. Check an M16A1, M16A2, or M16A4 with the selector lever in the SAFE position (Figure 1). Figure 1. Selector lever in SAFE position. a. Pull the charging handle to the rear and release it. b. Place the selector lever in the SAFE position. c. Pull the trigger (the hammer should not fall). 2. Check an M16A1, M16A2, or M16A4 with the selector lever in the SEMI position (Figure 2). Figure 2. Selector lever in SEMI position. a. Place the selector lever in the SEMI position. b. Pull the trigger, holding it to the rear (the hammer should fall). c. Continue to hold the trigger to the rear while pulling the charging handle to the rear and releasing the charging handle. d. Release the trigger with a slow, smooth motion until the trigger is fully forward (the hammer should not fall). e. Pull the trigger (the hammer should fall). 3. Check an M16A1 with the selector lever in the AUTO position (Figure 3). Figure 3. Selector lever in AUTO position. a. Place the selector lever in the AUTO position. b. Pull the charging handle to the rear and release it. c. Pull the trigger, holding it to the rear (the hammer should fall). d. Continue to hold the trigger to the rear while pulling the charging handle to the rear and releasing the charging handle. e. Release the trigger. f. Pull the trigger (the hammer should not fall). 4. Check an M16A2 or M16A4 with the selector lever in the BURST position (Figure 4). Figure 4. Selector lever in BURST position. a. Place the selector lever in the BURST position. b. Pull the charging handle to the rear and release it. c. Pull the trigger, holding it to the rear (the hammer should fall). d. Continue to hold the trigger to the rear while pulling the charging handle to the rear and releasing the charging handle. e. Repeat step 4d twice. f. Release the trigger. g. Pull the trigger (the hammer should fall). 5. Stop the function check any time the rifle does not function properly. 6. Turn in the malfunctioning rifle to the unit armorer. Evaluation Preparation: SETUP: Have Soldiers use their assigned rifles and magazines. BRIEF SOLDIER: Tell the Soldier to perform a function check informing the evaluator if the rifle malfunctions. Performance Measures GO NO-GO 1. Checked an M16-series rifle with the selector lever in the SAFE position; verified the hammer did not fall. 2. Checked an M16-series rifle with the selector lever in the SEMI position; verified the hammer fell. NOTE: Perform either step 3 or 4, as appropriate. 3. Checked an M16A1 rifle with the selector lever in the AUTO position; verified the hammer did not fall. 4. Checked an M16A2 or M16A4 rifle with the selector lever in the BURST position; verified the hammer fell. 5. Stopped the function check at any time the rifle did not function properly and notified the evaluator. Evaluation Guidance: Score the Soldier GO if all performance measures are passed. Score the soldier NO-GO if any performance measure is failed. If the Soldier scores NO-GO, show the Soldier what was done wrong and how to do it correctly. References Required Related TM 9-1005-249-10
As them boys said in the video, it’s OK to dry fire some firearms, and others only with snap caps, and still others NEVER. Someone else’s (including those belonging to me) falls in the latter category.
You can dry fire your own as many times as it takes to keep in practice, and on many firearms it will not cause any harm. I use snap caps with spring loaded “primers”.
at the urinal, do not ever ask a man if he needs a shake.
Never mow another man’s lawn!
Definitely belongs on the list!
Reminds me of that joke where little Johnny describes to his class in graphic detail, the story of the WW2 warhero of his family... the punchline being, “And the moral of the story is ‘DON’T SCREW WITH UNCLE FRED WHEN HE’S BEEN DRINKING!’”
#4-6 plastic wall anchor inserts make nice cheap snap caps for a .22.
Motorcycle and girlfriend?
Similarities from “Whose Line is it Anyway?”
What I appreciated the most is that even though they clearly had all those firearms set up beforehand, EVERY TIME either of them touched one, they CLEARED IT THEMSELVES. Even if the other guy just had!
Firearm safety rule #1: EVERY GUN IS TO BE TREATED AS LOADED WHEN YOU PICK IT UP UNTIL YOU CLEAR IT YOURSELF AT THAT TIME!!!
Plus, they STILL were careful about where they pointed the firearms AFTER they cleared them.
Thanks! I’ll remember that as I can’t get .22 shells anywhere!
They note that some guns are okay, but others should never be dry fired. Glocks are fine (it’s part of the dis-assembly process, anyways), while antique firearms should never be dry fired.
I keep the little inserts in all my .22s until I want to have a trigger session with live fire. The wall anchors will not feed smoothly through a semi magazine, but they will seat in the firing chamber to allow dry fire practice. The extractor will pull them free of the chamber when you want them out, usually, if you haven’t flattened the plastic rim too much.
They have one of their episodes devoted to gun store etiquette.
I took the Gray Guns course. Those of us with the Sig P226 were advised to practice by dry firing. Bud said if we were able to damage the pistol by dry firing, he would personally pay for the repairs.
Fuggedaboutit with a rimfire ANYthing, though...
Here’s a neat cleaning tip for shotgunners: Take a spent 12 ga. shell, cut the brass off the shell casing, knock the primer out of the middle, push your cleaning rod thru the center hole and fit it into the bore of the gun. The brass keeps the rod centered so it doesn’t scrape the edge of the bore chamber......
I like Eric and Barry’s videos. Been subscribed to their channel for quite some time.
Glad to have them on our side.