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October 25, 2019
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Wisdom is merely the realization of how little one knows, therefore I am wise.

                                                                                                                             

October 26, 2019
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I thought as much , I do understand how dryfiring a .22 is hard on the firing pin because of the shape . I also understand how a hammer fired pistol should be ok . 

  What I worry about is the pin spring being fully compressed and pounding on the spring seat  possibly damaging the pistol frame.

   I really want to practice trigger discipline but dont wanna damage my new pistol.

October 26, 2019
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October 26, 2019
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Technically, I’m sure there is no problem with dry firing a DW. I guess I’m just old school, but I always use snap caps when dry firing any of my revolvers. I dry fire a lot, as it’s a very inexpensive way to fine tune my trigger control skills. I sometimes will dry fire for an hour at a time, and the results at the range the following day are worth it. I’m no metallurgist, but I can’t help but think that the firing pin bottoming out on the frame that much could eventually cause a fracture. I’ve heard of it happening, but I think it was on hammers with a firing pin nose attached like an older Smith or Colt. The spring loaded pin on a DW probably mitigates the potential for damage, but the minimal cost of a set of snap caps is painless insurance.

October 27, 2019
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One of the many cool things about a Dan, is that you can dry fire it with the cylinder in the open position.

October 27, 2019
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When I responded earlier I was on my phone which really limits my ability to post. Now that I am back in front of a desktop I will echo 3ric, if you do a lot of dry firing snap caps will offer extra insurance as well be more realistic if you are doing training like emergency reloads and the like. If just practicing trigger squeeze not so much, but the snap caps sure won’t hurt. 

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Just to make sure, this applies to ALL DW’s, not just 22s

January 24, 2020
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Jake2670 said
Just to make sure, this applies to ALL DW’s, not just 22s  

At least all the small frame revolvers .. the large frame trigger group is different and I’m not sure about those.

January 27, 2020
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Do not dry fire a rim fire. Without a case in the chamber the firing pin strikes the rear face of the cylinder and the edge of the chamber. VERY BAD. The firing pin can break too. I doubt dry firing harms the frame of a DW. Practicing trigger control by dry firing also polishes the lockwork and and inside frame. Several thousand trigger pulls is somewhat like a trigger job. The steel is extraordinarily hard. Not soft like an older Smith. Dan was a metallurgist and consummate machinist. Investment cast frames enabled harder steel to be used. 

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