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On one of the other channels there is a new thread on Dry Firing 1911's. There are some interesting comments. All say it is okay. I searched 1911 Addicts but saw no thread related to this.

First let me say I have been handling, shooting, and carrying 1911's since the 1970's. I have had the opportunity to shoot almost every other kind of pistol, even carried a few of them for short times. The 1911 is my pistol of choice. I was taught long ago not to drop the slide hard without something in the magazine to slow the slide down. I have been told that dry firing can damage the sear and hammer hooks. So I never slam the slide unless it is picking up a round.

But I will admit that I have dry fired 1911's gazillions of times in the past. I never noticed any damage to internal parts. I have broken rifle firing pins that were two piece. I have also seen titanium rifle firing pins fracture. I do use snap caps in 1911's and rifle now.

So what is the professional opinion of you addicts out there?

[For full disclosure and before someone brings it up, I own Harbour Arms. We make snap caps for special target rifle calibers and some pistol calibers too. ]
 

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I don't think it is a written rule but this is what i have always heard. I dry fire mine a lot doing drills like keeping a dime balanced on the end of the muzzle. A guy at the shooting range wanted to see one of My Alchemy Baers . When i handed it to him he racked the slide and let it fly on a empty chamber. I wanted to take him out back and hang him from the flag pole.
 

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I don't think it is a written rule but this is what i have always heard. I dry fire mine a lot doing drills like keeping a dime balanced on the end of the muzzle. A guy at the shooting range wanted to see one of My Alchemy Baers . When i handed it to him he racked the slide and let it fly on a empty chamber. I wanted to take him out back and hang him from the flag pole.
 

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A guy at the shooting range wanted to see one of My Alchemy Baers . When i handed it to him he racked the slide and let it fly on a empty chamber. I wanted to take him out back and hang him from the flag pole.
That would have set me off big time. If a person I don't know well, I tell them not to do it, strangers never handle my firearms.
 

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Never heard any bad things about dry firing 1911s, but I know some manuals address it.
You have a website? Was looking for some snap caps for other guns. Any discounts for us special guys?
 

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There is an older post below(dry fire mag out/in) that Joe C answered any questions. I dry fire mine a lot,not sure if I'm into gazillions yet!!!
 

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It takes about 40 years to work up to a gazillion dry fires. Yes to me, dry firing means cocking the hammer and pulling the trigger. As we know, you do not need to manipulate the slide to do that. But please make sure your chamber does not have a live round in it. You don't want to join the I shot the TV dry firing club.
 
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