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Old 06-03-2012, 01:57 PM
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New GSG 1911 - dry fire and box contents




I pick up a new GSG 1911 this week. The sales person I purchased the gun from had no particular objection to dry firing the firearm as he was demonstrating/selling it to me. Since I am buying the one that was in the display case I had a few questions for the forum members here:

1) Should I have any particular concern over any irreversible damage it might have sustained? (I was always taught never to dry fire a .22)

2) When I disassemble for an initial cleaning before heading to the range for the first time, should I look for any marks that would indicate damage has been done?

3) Would anyone know the standard contents that I should ensure are passed along inside the case? I read one review that indicated it came with one extra mag, but it seems most are listed as coming with just one (no extra).

Thank you for any insights you can provide.
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Old 06-03-2012, 02:16 PM
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some rimfires are ok to dry fire. What does the owner's manual say??
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Old 06-03-2012, 03:33 PM
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The case should have a bag containing the following items:
Manual/Warranty Card/Caution paper
Two allen wrenches (One for the barrel screw and a smaller one for the sights)
Orange chamber flag
L-shaped chamber cleaning brush
Wrench for the barrel thread cover
Bag with two different sized front sight blades

The gun only comes with one magazine. I would caution against dry firing, go to your nearest hardware store and pick up a box of Hillman Part No. 370326 yellow ribbed plastic anchors, size 4-6-8 x 7/8". 100 for around $4.00, cheaper than snap caps and last longer.

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Old 06-03-2012, 05:03 PM
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I would always use snapcaps or similar when dryfiring a 22.

From what I remember, the wear and tear on the gun when dryfiring once equals firing 20 rounds on a 22.
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Old 06-03-2012, 06:11 PM
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Do not dry fire the GSG 1911 .22, the firing pin will break...
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Old 06-03-2012, 09:28 PM
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The case should have a bag containing the following items:
Manual/Warranty Card/Caution paper
Two allen wrenches (One for the barrel screw and a smaller one for the sights)
Orange chamber flag
L-shaped chamber cleaning brush
Wrench for the barrel thread cover
Bag with two different sized front sight blades

The gun only comes with one magazine. I would caution against dry firing, go to your nearest hardware store and pick up a box of Hillman Part No. 370326 yellow ribbed plastic anchors, size 4-6-8 x 7/8". 100 for around $4.00, cheaper than snap caps and last longer.
+1 i wouldn't dry fire any .22 even if the manual say it is safe !
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Old 06-04-2012, 06:33 AM
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Thanks for the comments. I know it is bad to dry fire a 22, just wondering if on the GSG 1911 if there is a way I can tell if it has caused an issue before I take possession of the firearm this week.
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Old 06-04-2012, 02:04 PM
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Do not dry fire the GSG 1911 .22, the firing pin will break...
Check the firing pin.
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Old 06-04-2012, 09:31 PM
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......so what does the GSG owners's manual say about dry firing?
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Old 06-04-2012, 10:37 PM
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I just save the spent casings and load that into the chamber to use for my dry firing practice.
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Old 06-05-2012, 10:00 AM
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......so what does the GSG owners's manual say about dry firing?
Absolutely nothing that I can find. I still wouldn't do it.
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Old 06-07-2012, 01:38 PM
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Do not dry fire the GSG 1911 .22, the firing pin will break...
+1
My club uses them for our NRA basic pistol class & they break at the firing pin block opening. I had a local machine shop make a few without that opening and
So far we haven't broken any of those.
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Old 06-11-2012, 12:53 PM
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I changed the hammer, sear etc in my GSG and wanted to dry fire it afterwards to check it out. I put an old school style match book on the back of the slide and snapped the hammer onto that. It protects the firing pin, but allows you to get the feel of the trigger.
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Old 06-13-2012, 03:34 AM
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was chatting to a long time rim-fire shooter and he recommends using a plastic cut out like from a ice-cream container the size of a .22 case base and glue it on ?? make a few at a time and throw out the bugged ones ?? havnt tried it my self yet but i'm going to give it a go
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Old 06-13-2012, 05:11 PM
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Go with USAFE7Ret's suggestion of the Hillman Part No. 370326 yellow ribbed plastic anchors, size 4-6-8 x 7/8" (or any manufacturer size 4-6 at your favorite local hardware store). It's a cheap and perfect fit. The yellow color is also helpful as it provides a visual indicator that it's not a live round in the chamber.
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Old 06-13-2012, 11:01 PM
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Definitely get something other than the steel barrel breech face for the firing pin to contact.
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