Dry Fire Pros and Cons

It seems that just about every shooter has their own personal “policy” on dry fire. Put simply, dry firing your firearm is when you pull the hammer back and pull the trigger with no ammunition in the chamber. Some gun owners go to great pains to see that the trigger is never pulled on their guns except when loaded at the range under their direct supervision. They believe that dry firing a gun can lead to problems with the firing pin and in a rimfire caliber gun can even cause damage to the mouth of the chamber. Other shooters have no problem dry firing their guns on a regular basis as long as its under safe conditions. These shooters think it’s a cost-effective way to practice shooting techniques without the need for ammunition. If you’re not quite sure where you stand on the subject of dry fire yet, be sure to watch the video above for more on what exactly it is as well as a closer look on what fuels this often-overlooked debate.

What Do You Think?

So does dry fire pose a real risk to the condition of your firearms? Is it only an issue that affects rimfire guns? After you hear both sides in the video, vote this week’s poll and let us know what you think about dry fire in the comments. Have you had a firearm break as a result of dry fire or have you incorporated dry fire practice a regular part of your training routine? Let us know below!

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