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Old 01-18-2020, 6:39 PM
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Hey friends, Today I pulled my Tavor apart to do some routine cleaning. When I pulled the bolt out the firing pin slid out in two pieces! Any idea what could have caused this? I wrote to IWI but I'm within one month of the warranty expiring, we'll see if they replace it. They're 20 bucks, not going to break the bank but I'm a little shocked to see this
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Old 01-18-2020, 6:43 PM
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Is it a clean break?
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Old 01-18-2020, 6:45 PM
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Is it a clean break?
Yes, there's no deformation or missing material. Its a perfectly flat separation.

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Old 01-18-2020, 8:08 PM
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Is the break mushroomed out? Has the gun been running with a broke firing pin?
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Is the break mushroomed out? Has the gun been running with a broke firing pin?
It doesn't appear mushroomed on either piece. I'm not sure when the firing pin broke so I can't say if it was fired like that. There's a chance it broke on the last round I fired but its more likely the gun functioned with the broken firing pin. I put some rounds through it last weekend with zero issues. .
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What snap caps did you use?
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None, ever
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I broke a firing pin in an 870 clone from LOTS of dry firing without a snap cap. It was a clean break.

LOL, the sucker flew out the muzzle and hit what I was dry firing at a couple of yards away.
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I broke a firing pin in an 870 clone from LOTS of dry firing without a snap cap. It was a clean break.

LOL, the sucker flew out the muzzle and hit what I was dry firing at a couple of yards away.
That's pretty wild. I didn't know snap caps would do that. I've never really had the desire to purchase any
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That's pretty wild. I didn't know snap caps would do that. I've never really had the desire to purchase any
Double check - he said no snap caps, it was the firing pin that went flying down the muzzle

Which goes to show that dry firing can be hard on the firing pin. A snap cap can sometimes help reduce the shock.

If I planned to do a lot of dry firing I would use them. I do use them for various things. I like to make sure my striker shotguns are decocked and I use snap caps to reduce the shock when I do, and of course the break action ones then must be stored with the snap caps in the gun.

I like the spring loaded Tipton 12ga snap caps.
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Yep, no snap caps.

Reason I shared the story, was to imply that maybe NvidKiller's broken FP might also be from dry firing without snap caps.

I have them, for every gun, but 12 gauge a-zooms are a big chunk of aluminum and make a racket when hitting a wood floor, so if I was just dry firing to practice my push-pull technique or to smooth the action, I didn't use them. LOL, now I do no matter what
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Double check - he said no snap caps, it was the firing pin that went flying down the muzzle

Which goes to show that dry firing can be hard on the firing pin. A snap cap can sometimes help reduce the shock.

If I planned to do a lot of dry firing I would use them. I do use them for various things. I like to make sure my striker shotguns are decocked and I use snap caps to reduce the shock when I do, and of course the break action ones then must be stored with the snap caps in the gun.

I like the spring loaded Tipton 12ga snap caps.
Whoops, read that wrong. Mines been dry fired I'm sure more than a few times over the last 5 years. I wouldn't consider it excessive but I have never been able to really decock this thing with the charging handle like other rifles. I usually just let her fly
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Yep, no snap caps.

Reason I shared the story, was to imply that maybe NvidKiller's broken FP might also be from dry firing without snap caps.

I have them, for every gun, but 12 gauge a-zooms are a big chunk of aluminum and make a racket when hitting a wood floor, so if I was just dry firing to practice my push-pull technique or to smooth the action, I didn't use them. LOL, now I do no matter what
The A-zooms cycle good though, and that is a plus. The Tipton spring loaded ones are plastic, and the rims can break easy if you cycle them plus they are short. They really work well in single/double/triple barrel break actions though.
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Definitely contact IWI USA. They may want to check it out and see if there is a heat treat issue or something with it. Thatís how deficiencies are discovered in materials and processes and are the catalyst for many firearm or firearm parts recalls, the end user. At the very least you may score a replacement for free. If not just shuck out the 20 bucks for a new one and carry on. They are good guns.


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