Front Sight’s Monday Blog: You Won’t Hurt Your Gun Dry Practicing…

August 31st, 2009  

Last Monday, I showed you a video that demonstrated a flaw in shooting technique that 99% of all gun owners have to a lesser or great extent and then I told you how to correct it in the comfort of your own home.

As a result, the most frequently asked question was a variation of this question: “I have been told for years not to dry fire a gun. Will dry practice (pressing the trigger and allowing the hammer to fall on an empty chamber) hurt my gun?”

Well, here is your answer…

Back in the “old days” when guns had fixed firing pins, like the .38 special revolvers where the hammer and firing pin were a single piece of steel, it was not a good idea to dry practice with those guns because it was said that the firing pin would stretch over time from not impacting the primer and this would cause it to break prematurely.

And even today, you should never dry practice with a rim-fire weapon like a .22 revolver or semi-auto handgun or rifle because the firing pin normally strikes the brass rim of the cartridge case and without the cartridge in the weapon, the firing pin will strike the hard steel face of the chamber and damage the firing pin.

Other than older, fixed firing pin weapons and any .22 rim-fire weapon, it is perfectly fine to dry practice with modern, center-fire weapons with free-floating firing pins.

This includes just about all modern weapons including Glocks, XD’s, 1911’s, modern revolvers with transfer bar type ignition systems, pump and semi-auto shotguns, bolt action, lever action, and semi-auto rifles.

The good news is that dry practice costs you nothing and you can dry practice in the comfort of your home. I would suggest you get our Dry Practice Training Manual to SAFELY practice the proper techniques.

Having our dry practice manuals will help too. You can order them here: Front Sight Dry Practice Training Manuals

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Or better yet, come out and take a course with us. In ONE five-day course you will improve your skills to a much higher level and learn more than a lifetime of practicing on your own.

Don’t take my word for it, read and listen to a sample of our hundreds of thousands of students who now shoot faster and more accurately than 99% of the gun owning population, simply because they attended a course at Front Sight. Front Sight Students Tell It Like It Is.

And if you want the knowledge, mindset, and skill at arms to protect yourself and your family — but do not yet have a 30 State Concealed Weapons Permit, the world-class training that Front Sight provides, or a Springfield Armory XD Pistol — then take advantage of Front Sight’s Greatest Course, Gun and CCW Permit Offer Ever.

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See you next week.

Dr. Ignatius Piazza
Founder and Director
Front Sight Firearms Training Institute

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