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Beretta buddies were chatting and I heard one of them talking about how "...the Beretta (92 model) is one of the few pistols that's okay to dry fire." I didn't think so, but I have not had much experience with a Beretta besides the short while I was in the service before I made it to Special Forces where we were given HK's.

Is this true?
 

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From what I understand any pistol is fine to dry fire, excluding many revolvers. Although dry firing any firearm with snap caps would be prefered. I've "snaped in" lots of dry fires with a m9(and much more with long rifles) while in the service and never had a problem. I'm sure the person who was issued the pistols (or rifles) before me also did the same. I've also read several articles that recommended dry firing on a religious basis as a way to improving accuracy.
I have to admit I don't dry fire my own collection on a frequent basis but do sometimes. Mostly because i dont have the time.

Either way, with milt issue or my personal collection, I've never damaged a beretta, or any other pistol, by dry firing.
 

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I've also been told to never dryfire a rimfire. I would recommend checking the owner's manual to see what the manufacturer says. My remington .22 rifle said very clearly in the manual not to dryfire. If you need a manual you can probably download one from the manufacturers website. I don't worry too much about it with a centerfire but I don't know what the risk is.

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I've also read several articles that recommended dry firing on a religious basis as a way to improving accuracy.
Is that to reduce flinching from anticipated recoil?
 

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When one dry fires rimfire pistols the firing pin will hit the breech face. That metal is way harder than the brass cartridge! After a while the breech face will have a dent and the firing pin can get flattened or damaged.
 

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Gunrunner, I dryfire most all my guns except for the rimfires of course. I had a 92F and never had any problems with it and did plenty of dryfiring with it. Im dryfiring my mod 60 as I sit here, I just did a trigger job on it a few days ago and just love the way the double action feels.
 

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El Padrino said:
From what I understand any pistol is fine to dry fire, excluding many revolvers. Although dry firing any firearm with snap caps would be prefered.
What is the danger specific to revolvers?
 

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El Padrino wrote:
I've also read several articles that recommended dry firing on a religious basis as a way to improving accuracy.
Is that to reduce flinching from anticipated recoil?
Fuelburns, that has always been my understanding for dryfiring, and also to practice trigger control.
 

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It's been about 10 years since I've read the article about this but I think it had something to do with cylider timing. I may be wrong about this being the reason. Somebody else may be able to offer a more detailed explanation though.
 
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