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joemama
09-10-2008, 12:22 PM
I just got my upper and put it together but I'm not sure if I should play with it to much.

Fjold
09-10-2008, 12:25 PM
Go crazy, have fun. Clear some rooms and destroy the zombie hordes.

wksun88
09-10-2008, 12:27 PM
don't worry, shouting at your AR won't do any damage to it.... :D
sorry couldn't resist.
I dry fire my AR all the time and I figure since it's a centerfire rifle it should be fine. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong! ;)

Blacktail 8541
09-10-2008, 12:31 PM
Have fun, clear some rooms and destroy the zombie hordes!

+1 It won't hurt it at all.

joemama
09-10-2008, 12:32 PM
sadly I can only play with it for now. I had to beg my wife to get my upper and now i have to wait a month to get a scope. :(

Patriot
09-10-2008, 12:41 PM
Just CHECK, CHECK, and CHECK AGAIN to make it is unloaded first :eek:

ocabj
09-10-2008, 12:53 PM
sadly I can only play with it for now. I had to beg my wife to get my upper and now i have to wait a month to get a scope. :(

That's why Eugene Stoner designed it with iron sights in the carry handle / upper receiver.

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5968
09-10-2008, 1:34 PM
Dry fire away!!! Just make sure that it is unloaded! :iggy2:

Dirtbiker
09-10-2008, 1:43 PM
If you play with it too much you will go blind...

Oh wait what are we talking about again???

Matt C
09-10-2008, 1:43 PM
IT won't hurt it, but IMO you should not even have live ammo in the same room. An AR is to powerful to mess around with.

Mississippi
09-10-2008, 1:55 PM
Unload and have fun. You cant hurt it.

joemama
09-10-2008, 3:22 PM
lol well thanks for all the input. dont worry i havent bought any rounds for it yet. no need cuz i dont have a scope. I ordered the upper without any sights.

tophatjones
09-10-2008, 5:45 PM
You could get a carry handle sight or more compact types of BUIS to get started with. Everyone should learn the irons first anyways.

usmcchet9296
09-10-2008, 6:04 PM
You should use snapcaps
We are always taught in the Corps not to dry fire your weapon it can damage the firing pin or crack the aluminum lower reciever.

Matt C
09-10-2008, 6:05 PM
You should use snapcaps
We are always taught in the Corps not to dry fire your weapon it can damage the firing pin or crack the aluminum lower reciever.

FUD I saw weapons in BCT that must have been dry fired 2000 times every cycle, 2 cycles a year for 20 years. They were fine.

sorensen440
09-10-2008, 6:08 PM
your gtg on dryfire practice
just dont dryfire without the upper attached as it can damage your lower

devildog999
09-10-2008, 6:09 PM
You should use snapcaps
We are always taught in the Corps not to dry fire your weapon it can damage the firing pin or crack the aluminum lower reciever.

When I was in the Marine Corps, we would sit for hours and dry fire at a barrel with silhouettes of the targets all over it. It is only bad to dry fire if it is open shotgun style. That can cause some problems.


2/5 huh, I was with 2/4. Stationed with you guys in San Mateo attached to the 5th. Nobody else wanted us :)

pdq_wizzard
09-10-2008, 6:18 PM
just don't dry fire a lower with no upper!!!!

sorry sorensen, some how the page did not re-fresh

Guntech
09-10-2008, 7:26 PM
Just CHECK, CHECK, and CHECK AGAIN to make it is unloaded first :eek:

And don't point it at someone lol.. and I'll give you a +1 USMCCHET on the snap caps.

smle-man
09-10-2008, 8:07 PM
You aren't going to break the firing pin on an AR; last time I was at the BOQ at Camp Roberts I noticed the nails in the closet to hang clothes hangers on were M16 firing pins. I remembered a WO telling me that during VN there was a shortage of M16 firing pins because they were being used as roofing nails for bunkers and the like. You won't break the firing pin. You are more likely to loose it and the cotter pin when cleaning it.

eric1972
09-10-2008, 10:00 PM
When I was in basic training back in '91 in the Marine Corps, we would also dry fire the A2 all the time, we'd all sit in groups around a circle with a trash can in the middle tapped with mini silhouette targets. During the whole time when we live fired I never heard of a problem of a weapon not firing. I was thinking to myself that couldn't be good but I guess it is okay!

BP88
09-10-2008, 11:44 PM
We did a lot of dry-fire exercises when I attended Army basic at Ft. Sill. So no, it's not bad to dry-fire an AR15.

palakaboy
09-11-2008, 12:10 AM
i dry fire all the time...

sometimes even with my left hand...

it helps to lube it up once a while as well..

and as eric1972 said...
we'd all sit in groups around a circle with a trash can in the middle tapped with mini silhouette targets.

it can be more fun in groups!

sorry but i couldnt resist.

BP88
09-11-2008, 1:55 AM
i dry fire all the time...

sometimes even with my left hand...

it helps to lube it up once a while as well..

and as eric1972 said...


it can be more fun in groups!

sorry but i couldnt resist.

lol, that's so dirty.

.223
09-11-2008, 1:59 AM
i dry fire all the time...

sometimes even with my left hand...

it helps to lube it up once a while as well..

and as eric1972 said...


it can be more fun in groups!

sorry but i couldnt resist.

Try it backwards with your off hand; it's like someone else is shooting for you.

BP88
09-11-2008, 2:06 AM
Try it backwards with your off hand; it's like someone else is shooting for you.

Just when I thought it couldn't get any dirtier... :eek:

gcvt
09-11-2008, 3:13 AM
This thread was fine right up until post #23.

BP88
09-11-2008, 3:27 AM
This thread was fine right up until post #23.

Yeah, but in a sense it was already done at post #2. :)

gcvt
09-11-2008, 3:32 AM
LOL....clearly :)

DDRH
09-11-2008, 7:56 AM
i think i might've dry fired without the upper a few times...what would happen? so far it's ok, only done it maybe 3-5 times...i won't be doin' it again though.

ar15barrels
09-11-2008, 8:01 AM
Don't dry fire if you have a 22 conversion kit or dedicated 22 upper installed.

Fjold
09-11-2008, 8:24 AM
i think i might've dry fired without the upper a few times...what would happen? so far it's ok, only done it maybe 3-5 times...i won't be doin' it again though.

Without an upper assembly installed, the front of the hammer will hit the lower receiver and you can crack either (or both) of them.

offrdmania
09-11-2008, 8:25 AM
I was just going to ask about a rim fire. Please explain why a dedicated rim fire could get damaged?

ar15barrels
09-11-2008, 8:30 AM
I was just going to ask about a rim fire. Please explain why a dedicated rim fire could get damaged?

On most rimfire guns, the firing pin will strike the rim counterbore if there is not a cartridge present.
This can damage the barrel by causing a burr on the edge of the chamber.
It's also not good for the firing pin.

Centerfire gun's won't have the same problem because the firing pin is out in the middle of the chamber where there's nothing to hit.

Fjold
09-11-2008, 8:30 AM
I was just going to ask about a rim fire. Please explain why a dedicated rim fire could get damaged?


The rimfire firing pin since they are offset from the center of the chamber, will often hit the edge of the 22lr chamber during dry firing and peen itself and the edge of the chamber. It can get so bad that the firing pin may not retract, which sets you up for a slamfire or the chamber will be distorted such that it will not chamber a cartridge.

Edit:
Randall types faster.

DDRH
09-11-2008, 8:47 AM
Without an upper assembly installed, the front of the hammer will hit the lower receiver and you can crack either (or both) of them.


ic, well i hope my lower's ok...gues i'm just looking for re-assurance...Thanks for the tip

Lumpia is sarap!
09-11-2008, 8:57 AM
Two words: Snap caps.