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Dry Firing a Nelson Conv

Post by Magload on 3/5/2017, 2:18 pm

Can I dry fire my new Nelson conv with out snap caps or dry wall anchor.  Ruger says I can dry fire my Mark III but it makes me as nervous as a long tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs.  I been taught not to 60 years ago not to.  Don
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Re: Dry Firing a Nelson Conv

Post by joy2shoot on 3/5/2017, 3:17 pm

From the Nelson web site


  • Designed by Bob Marvel
  • Machine work by McMillan Machine Co.
  • All springs are chrome silicon
  • Last round lock open
  • Custom Low profile “buried” sights (Fully Adjustable)
  • Dry fire safe

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Post by ric1911a1 on 3/5/2017, 3:50 pm

I asked Larry Nelson about it. He said to dry-fire all you want.............
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Re: Dry Firing a Nelson Conv

Post by Magload on 3/5/2017, 6:04 pm

Thanks because I need a lot of it and putting something in the chamber every shot is a real pain.  Don
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Re: Dry Firing a Nelson Conv

Post by Russ OR on 3/5/2017, 10:29 pm

With my AA & Marvel I use a piece of dense rubber about 3/8"x1/2"x5/32" with a paper punch hole in the center. - Cock, wedge it into the firing pin recess centered on the Firing pin -  dry fire - keeping trigger held back, pull hammer all the way back, release trigger, set hammer down on hooks - dry fire - repeat.
Even if it (or any 1911) is safe to dry-fire w/o damage to firing pin or breech face, this still saves unnecessary metal to metal shock. - 1911s can use thinner pc of dense rubber. 

Check with your Dr. (er Gunsmith) before trying at home.

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Re: Dry Firing a Nelson Conv

Post by rich.tullo on 3/7/2017, 7:07 am

Russ OR wrote:With my AA & Marvel I use a piece of dense rubber about 3/8"x1/2"x5/32" with a paper punch hole in the center. - Cock, wedge it into the firing pin recess centered on the Firing pin -  dry fire - keeping trigger held back, pull hammer all the way back, release trigger, set hammer down on hooks - dry fire - repeat.
Even if it (or any 1911) is safe to dry-fire w/o damage to firing pin or breech face, this still saves unnecessary metal to metal shock. - 1911s can use thinner pc of dense rubber. 

Check with your Dr. (er Gunsmith) before trying at home.
That works but downs that wear down the clockworks?  Another solution would be to file off the edge of a yellow drywall anchor. My only concern is wear and tear on the firing pin from the dry firing not from hitting the breach. Although I would not want to do it, it can be replaced. I will have Nelson replace mine.
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Re: Dry Firing a Nelson Conv

Post by UtahDave on 3/7/2017, 8:44 am

I use a cone shaped faucet washer on my Muzzleloaders to keep from damaging the nipple and hammer cup.  I never thought of doing that in a modern pistol.  

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Re: Dry Firing a Nelson Conv

Post by Jack H on 3/7/2017, 12:04 pm

I cut a piece of magnetic card to fit around the extractor.  I let the firing pin hit the card.  Drywall anchors and similar seem to dent and become useless real quick.
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Dry Firing

Post by Fusion on 3/10/2017, 9:29 am

I'm new to the 1911 world. Can I dry fire my 1911 without doing damage?

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Re: Dry Firing a Nelson Conv

Post by Wobbley on 3/10/2017, 10:18 am

Fusion wrote:I'm new to the 1911 world. Can I dry fire my 1911 without doing damage?
You can dry fire a long time without damage, but eventually the firing pin spring might weaken or break.  I use snap caps

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Re: Dry Firing a Nelson Conv

Post by teg2658 on 3/12/2017, 1:42 pm

I started the bullseye game in 1975 and dry fired a 1911 45 almost daily. I have yet to break a firing pin or do damage. As far as 22 I never dry fire, I shoot 22 conversions on a 1911 receiver.
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Re: Dry Firing a Nelson Conv

Post by JayhawkNavy02 on 3/12/2017, 10:12 pm

I dry fire the snot out of mine for 2 years running, zero issues.
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