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I want to start doing the wall drill. Will it be harmful to my tcp 738 without snap caps? If so why? I have done a google search, some say it will not do harm, some say it will. So I thought I will ask fellow Taurus members.
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Why risk damage? Snap caps are cheap and there is no shortage of them yet.....
 

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There's a chance to do damage. For the price of snap caps I wont take the chance. With my luck the firearm would fail when I needed it the most.
You beat me to it.
 

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Bad. Really bad. Use snap caps.
 

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Bought most of mine on Amazon due to qualifying for free shipping. Did buy some from Midway on sale, but their shipping charges broke me of sucking eggs.
 

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Bought most of mine on Amazon due to qualifying for free shipping.
Same here, I got the A-Zoom 9mm ones from Amazon for a reasonable price with free shipping. The local Academy stores (2 in this area) have both been out of the 9mm for weeks.

 

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Bad, very very bad!
 

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If Taurus say don't do it I guess you probably shouldn't. I have been dry firing most of my guns without snap caps (except rimfires of course, and a CZ52) for a few decades now and never had any problems. You could take the firing pin out of a 1911 or AR and use them for a pin punch if necessary, I think snap caps are just another shooting accessory someone figured out they could make money on.
 

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Aren't you supposed to dry fire to take down the gun?
Yes, but I think the difference there is once, once in a while for cleaning and maintenance vs 200 dry fires during and evening of trigger control practice.
 

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Snap Caps are easy to make. Using decapped/resized brass I put Permatex in the primer pocket and allow to cure. In addition I drill a few small holes through the case and also seat a bullet for better feel and weight.


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Saw a lot of "snap cap good" and "snap cap bad" but no "snap cap good because...". What is the reason , for or against? As for "dry firing" for take down, at least with the 709, you have to pull the trigger to release the slide.
 

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Yeah, I have the 709. Sorry, I should've clarified. I never liked dry firing because I heard it's bad, but when the manual says to dry fire for maintenance then for that particular gun, I guess dry firing can't be all 'that bad'. Maybe striker fire differs from other types of firing, but I agree it can't be good to repeatedly dry fire hundreds of times for practice without a snap cap, placing undue stress in areas not meant for it when the primer should be absorbing the firing pin impact.
 

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Why risk damage? Snap caps are cheap and there is no shortage of them yet.....
Speak only for where you are gbusmech, 45 snapcaps are hard as heck to find here where I live.
 

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Careful, A-Zoom makes both dummy rounds and snap caps. You can't dry fire on dummy rounds and I believe they are color coded blue. The snap caps are a reddish brown color. No need to ask why I know this. ;-)
 
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