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Dry firing?

Post by Gatorr » 19 Jun 2010, 08:17

Hey guys,

I know this has been covered in other parts of the forum before, but I just read a thread on barf.com that was talking about dry firing.

Pretty much, everyone thought dry firing a centerfire gun is fine, but one guy commented that shotguns shouldn't be dry fired.

I tend to think this guy is full of sh!t - considering that, number one - as far as I know, a shotgun's firing pin is the same as any other centerfire gun, and, number two - the guy is posting on arf.com, and i only half-believe anything posted on that forum.

Does anyone have an expert opinion? I have always dry fired my shotguns, but, after reading that, I thought "Oh crap, maybe I'd better stop doing that!"

Thanks.

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Re: Dry firing?

Post by blueorison » 19 Jun 2010, 11:05

Gatorr wrote:Hey guys,

I know this has been covered in other parts of the forum before, but I just read a thread on barf.com that was talking about dry firing.

Pretty much, everyone thought dry firing a centerfire gun is fine, but one guy commented that shotguns shouldn't be dry fired.

I tend to think this guy is full of sh!t - considering that, number one - as far as I know, a shotgun's firing pin is the same as any other centerfire gun, and, number two - the guy is posting on arf.com, and i only half-believe anything posted on that forum.

Does anyone have an expert opinion? I have always dry fired my shotguns, but, after reading that, I thought "Oh crap, maybe I'd better stop doing that!"

Thanks.
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Re: Dry firing?

Post by flyingirish04 » 19 Jun 2010, 17:49

Depends. You should not dry fire older shotguns, especially single shots, over unders, and side by sides. In fact I keep spent shells in each of my old guns, in case someone does. What can happen is that the firing pin shoots forward and won't stop in the empty chamber and shoot out and break.

The newer shotties have protections against this, for the most part. I know at Cabelas they don't care if you dry fire theirs.
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Re: Dry firing?

Post by Gatorr » 20 Jun 2010, 10:17

Thanks guys.

My only shotgun right now is a Mossy 590A1, so it sounds like the expert opinion on here is that I shouldn't worry about dry fire damage.

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Re: Dry firing?

Post by ChuckD » 20 Jun 2010, 22:24

I'll agree with the above. Newer shotguns are good to go, but older ones I wouldn't dry fire.

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