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I was in the process of cleaning my Ruger SR9, when a buddy decided to drop by for a drink. he noticed my SR9 on the counter and snatched it up. He asked if he could dry fire it, and against my better judgement i told him he could. Im not too big on my nice firearms being dry fired, but once in a while wont hurt i figured. After dry firing the SR9 he kept the trigger recessed, depressed the slide stop lever and half cocked the firearm. with the slide not even completely forward he attempted to dry fire it again. I quickly snatched my gun and told him how big of an idiot he was for whatever the hell it was he was doing. I almost had a heart attack. im very passionate about my firearms and only want them used correctly. i assume what he is doing is incorrect and could possibly damage the internals on my gun. Am i wrong to thing you should not treat a firearm this way?
 

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A. you don't just snatch up someone's weapon WITHOUT ASKING first. Your friend is a bonehead who needs schooled in some etiquette. .

Did he check the chamber BEFORE he tried to break it for ya?

I think I'd be telling him if he wants to dry fire a pistol with no snap caps, Dunham's sells some pretty nice Beretta's & CZ air soft replicas he can break for about $20.

Sounds like maybe that's what he should be sticking with anyway. ;)
 

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yes, he did check the chamber first. thx for the reply. i wont ever again let ANYONE touch any of my guns.
 

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I wouldn't let that "friend" handle a squirt gun around me if that is the way he treats the guns of others!!! He would have either pulled back a bloody stump or learned the hard way about pepper spray if he tried that with my gun!! Its idiots like this that create gun "accidents" and make responsible gun owners look bad.
 

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As long as there's an empty magazine in it it can be dry fired without worry (or the magazine safety removed). It's designed not to fire out of battery. Not seeing a cause for concern.
 

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I'm with Rick_a, dryfiring is fine. He even asked to dryfire it. Sounds fine with me. Most modern firearms can be dryfired and are rugged enough to handle little mistakes made by friends. Invite him back over and show him how to appropriately pull the slide back and dryfire.
 

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The manual even states it is allowable with the magazine inserted.

DRY FIRING
Going through the actions of cocking, aiming and pulling the trigger on an
unloaded gun is known as “dry firing.” It can be useful to learn the “feel” of your
pistol. Be certain that the pistol is fully unloaded (both the chamber and magazine
are empty) and that the pistol is pointing in a safe direction even when you are
practicing dry firing. The RUGER® SR9CTM pistols can be dry-fired without
damage to the striker or other components as long as the magazine is inserted.
 

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"The RUGER® SR9 pistols can be dry-fired without damage to the striker or other components as long as the magazine is inserted." - from the manual

Freaking out over something your not quite sure about seems a bit...left. :D I couldn't resist.
 

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I'm with the other posters that dry firing with an unloaded mag. is fine....However, whatever he was attempting to do with the trigger depressed while pushing the slide forward seems like an inappropriate way to handle a firearm....just my opinion.
 

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A man who would grab your gun without asking is the kind of man who would grab your wife or girlfriend without asking. Not that there's any equivalence there....


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thx for your opinions folks. it was not so much the dry-firing that bothered me. it was the fact the he was racking the slide while pulling back the trigger. i have never witnessed anyone operating a firearm in that manner. that being said... time heals all wounds and i am over it! see u on the next posting
 

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I was in the process of cleaning my Ruger SR9, when a buddy decided to drop by for a drink. he noticed my SR9 on the counter and snatched it up. He asked if he could dry fire it, and against my better judgement i told him he could. Im not too big on my nice firearms being dry fired, but once in a while wont hurt i figured. After dry firing the SR9 he kept the trigger recessed, depressed the slide stop lever and half cocked the firearm. with the slide not even completely forward he attempted to dry fire it again. I quickly snatched my gun and told him how big of an idiot he was for whatever the hell it was he was doing. I almost had a heart attack. im very passionate about my firearms and only want them used correctly. i assume what he is doing is incorrect and could possibly damage the internals on my gun. Am i wrong to thing you should not treat a firearm this way?
Back about 40 years ago I was part of a reloading ring of close relatives. One day 4 of us were doing "gun cleaning day" at my uncle's house when his wife came in from shopping or whatever. She walked over the table, picked up my fully assembled 1911, press the muzzle to here temple, finger on the trigger and said : "IS IT LOADED?".

We all 4 said simultaneously " YES, ALL GUNS ARE ALWAYS LOADED".

By the way I must say that back then dry-firing was frowned upon. If you dry fired a weapon in a gun store (back then we're talking SEARS and K-MART and JC PENNY and every hardware store), you would be escorted out of the store and banned.


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thx for your opinions folks. it was not so much the dry-firing that bothered me. it was the fact the he was racking the slide while pulling back the trigger. i have never witnessed anyone operating a firearm in that manner. that being said... time heals all wounds and i am over it! see u on the next posting

Racking the slide while pulling the trigger shouldn't cause any trouble, since your finger would still be on the trigger (unless you're blazing fast) as the slide cycles when you shoot the pistol. Still, it's poor form to have your finger on the trigger unless you're planning to shoot, so your friend gets a "bad boy, no biscuit".


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Folks often keep the trigger depressed after dry firing to get a feel for the reset after the slide cycles.

As long as the gun is properly cleared beforehand and kept pointed in a safe direction it's no different than dry firing normally. It simulates the way the trigger behaves in actual cycling.
 

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...and the trigger will reset well before the slide fully cycles. That's pretty common as well. Chances are your friend may be able to teach you a thing or two.
 

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That's not a big deal, but for me, the only people I show any of my guns to are fellow "gun people" when we go shooting.

What would earn someone an *** chewing would be if someone "Hollywood flipped" one of my revolvers, that person would never touch one of my guns again.

Also, dry firing a dealer's or seller's guns at a store or gun show is bad form and will probably not make you a very welcome visitor unless you bought the gun after dry firing it. Dealers aren't into people who want to click away on guns in the case and then leave without buying anything.
 

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Also, dry firing a dealer's or seller's guns at a store or gun show is bad form and will probably not make you a very welcome visitor unless you bought the gun after dry firing it. Dealers aren't into people who want to click away on guns in the case and then leave without buying anything.
I have never heard or experienced this.

I ask if I may dryfire and the dealer says, "Sure." I have yet to be turned down.

Dealersare into it because they want to make a sale and dryfiring does not damage new firearms (the exception being older firearms such as rimfires).
 
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