Myth – “Dry firing guns can damage them or wear them out.”

Fact – Dry fire exerts virtually no wear on most firearms.

Other than some slight wear and tear on some moving parts, dry fire does no harm and is crucial to learning to shoot better. Besides, if a firearm is doomed to failure if exposed to dry fire how can it ever hope to withstand the tens of thousands of pounds of pressure exerted inside the barrel every time a live cartridge is discharged?

Let’s pretend that dry fire will wear out parts prematurely. Ammunition is expended after one firing and must be replaced in order to shoot again, too. Having to occasionally replace some other component is just the cost of learning how to shoot better.

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