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Old 04-16-2004, 08:09 AM
Firebison Firebison is offline
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Is it OK to dry fire my 1911

I always heard that it is bad to dry fire most guns. I own a Wilson Protector and a Kimber Ultra RCP II. The Kimber manual actually says lowering the hammer with your thumb can damage the gun and seems to encourage the dry fire procedure. Can anyone demystify the dry fire rule for me?
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Old 04-16-2004, 08:19 AM
shane45-1911 shane45-1911 is offline
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Please do a search under "dry and fire". There are plenty of posts about it on this site.

And it is perfectly fine to do with a 1911.
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Old 04-16-2004, 02:01 PM
Jim Keenan Jim Keenan is offline
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It's OK, and not just to lower the hammer. In the past, a common trick of military and civilian target shooters was to tie a string to the hammer so it could be cocked with the off hand without changing the position of the shooting hand, so they could dry fire at a small wall target. Some even drilled a small hole in the hammer for the string, and these hammers turn up from time to time to puzzle newbie collectors.

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Old 04-16-2004, 10:02 PM
chuckshoun chuckshoun is offline
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I dry fire at a horizontal line and a vertical line as part of my training routine. I've been thumbing the hammer back, but I think I'll try the string idea. I use a Pachmyer (sp?) snap cap, to reduce any stress on the firing pin, too.
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Old 04-16-2004, 11:34 PM
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One of the things bulls eye shooters used to do, and they may still do it, was wrap tape around a pencil until it was a loos slip fit in the barre, seat the eraser against the breech face and then "fire" a group of pencil dots.
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