Do Snap Caps help "break-in" a Pistol. please?

Discussion in 'Disabled Hunters & Shooters Forum' started by GConn, Feb 25, 2011.

  1. GConn

    GConn Member

    Feb 2, 2011
    Do Snap Caps help "break-in" a Firearm, please?

    The title pretty much covers it..."Do Snap Caps help "break-in" a Firearm, please?"

    I mean, I read all the time that it takes, you know, "a couple hundred", or "500" - or whatever number or rounds having been shot through a firearm - to have it performing accurately/properly.

    Do Snap Caps help in this way also, or are they simply to practice "form" (technique) with?

    Thanks in advance,
    Last edited: Feb 26, 2011
  2. Alpo

    Alpo Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    NW Florida
    The rounds being shot is to have the mechanism of the gun work. The moving parts to rub against each other and "mate" together. You can do much of it without firing. When I got my first Rossi 92, I just sat there and cycled the lever a few hundred times. Bolt action rifles, I usually run the bolt a few hundred times before it ever goes to the range. With an automatic pistol, I work the slide, then pull the trigger. Repeat. Over and over.

    With a magazine-fed firearm, snap-caps are helpful in making sure the gun feeds correctly. The feed lips are right, the ramp is right, the lifter is right. You can't tell that just by cycling the action. You need to have a cartridge being loaded.

    With a revolver, the best way to "shoot-in" the gun without expending ammo is dry firing. If you are one of the people that worries that dry firing will damage your gun, then having a set of snap-caps in the cylinder, as you click it a couple of hundred times every day, is probably a good idea.

    They certainly don't hurt.

  3. GConn

    GConn Member

    Feb 2, 2011
    "Alpo" - thank you much...Good info.

    I'm sort of on the fence as far as dry-firing goes, but greatly tend to err on the side of caution (and it's simply an old habit - to not dry-fire) so I am going the Snap Cap route.

    As you said; "they certainly don't hurt".

    Thanks again.
  4. woolleyworm

    woolleyworm Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2009
    SW Fort Worth
    Same here as to what Alpo stated.

    I own snapcaps for every caliber I own. They are great to have when you're teaching a 10yr old how different guns function and my son went through the first 40-50 "firings" of his Henry rifle with .22lr snapcaps. The rimfire snapcaps need replaced after a 8-10 strikes, but they are well worth it.
  5. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    they are also wonderful tools to train yourself against flinch and quickly clearing jams/dead rounds on the range. I just mix them in randomly in the magazine when I shoot. then when i get a click instead of a boom its an automatic response for me to slap the bottom of the mag and rack the slide. I usually am back on target and shooting again before most figure out why the gun didnt fire...
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