I'm sure you could dry fire in order to field strip the gun for a lifetime and do no damage.Hi Folks,
the Ruger site FAQ's state that one should look at replacing the firing pin and the firing pin stop pin with excessive dry firing of my Mark III. How much is excessive?
If you want to get it for $0 simply call Ruger customer service which will send out such cheap parts as a goodwill gesture. They probably want to kiss up to folks who shoot so much they can manage to wear out such parts as they're likely to buy even more guns.By the way, eve if you manage to dry fire enough to cause wear to the firing pin stop and firing pin, the firing pin stop will set you back a huge $2 and the firing pin, $3.50, available from shopruger.com.
I agree with North country gal on that score. And, I do appreciate that many don't see any purpose for dry firing, that is, if it's for nothing more than simply snapping away aimlessly. However, having trained hundreds of officers over the better part of 30 years, and teaching countless others, I can assert that dry firing with a gun made to withstand it, and with a purpose is indeed not only a viable thing, but one which is well recommended. Dry firing at a bull with one short series of practice shots will most assuredly help any shooter to control trigger and sights better, and give the shooter a more distinct picture of what his muscle control is--or, more likely is not--than any fortune spent on rounds that add the distraction of the gun's report and recoil.As much as I have dry fired Marks, certainly many thousands. I wouldn't lose any sleep over it.
How did the pin get bent when it's supported on each side? I can understand fatigue and possible elongation of the firing pin slot, but I am not seeing how the pin got bent in the middle and came out of a straight hole, still crooked.It doesn't have to take too many dry firing sessions to start to see damage to the stop pin especially with the newer Mark III's. The only way to know for sure if you've gone too far is to periodically remove it from the bolt and inspect for signs of damage. Here is one example from a customer's Mark III that didn't have much time on it dry-firing, let alone time out since it left the factory. This was from early 2005 and the gun was manufactured in July of 2004.