Should you dry fire a gun before storage?
Properly designed coil springs will not be damaged if stored compressed.
That is why coil springs were invented.
Leaf springs can take a set, so it is best to dry fire them with a snap cap in the chamber.
This is doubly true with O/Us and SxS as they are more likely to be damaged due to dry firing with no snap cap..
Can bullets explode if dropped?
Yes a bullet could potentially be set off if it falls just in the right angle from the right height etc. This however is extremely unlikely to happen. The primer (the part that ignites the gunpowder in the ammunition) needs to be hit by enough force and is rather small.
Is it OK to dry fire an AR 15?
In fact, dry fire training is better than live fire for many skills. But what you may not know is how to safely do dry fire practice with your AR-15. … simply remove the bolt carrier group while you’re doing your dry fire practice. 99% of dry fire training can be done without an active trigger.
Can dry firing a shotgun damage it?
When no cartridge is present, the firing pin strikes the hard steel of the breechface. Repeated dry-firing of a rimfire can eventually peen the firing pin, dulling it and causing misfires.
Is it bad to dry fire a semi auto shotgun?
There is a very miniscule chance that it will do any damage to the firing pin or anything else. Even if it did damage or break the firing pin, they are easily replaced by almost any gun owner.
Is it bad to leave a shotgun cocked?
It won’t hurt it. If you dry fire 100s of times a day it might, but once in a while is no big deal. If you’re that concerned, fire it with a spent shell in the chamber.