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  1. #11
    empty cases should be fine we used quite a few in the cfs class. sometimes you even get failure to feeds in addition to the click rather than bang issue. and they are always available. I haven't seen any damage on my glock or xd's or even 1911's. I wouldn't use them on a aluminum commander or variant unless it has a ramped barrel though. Yes ideally snap caps are probably better but it takes away from the spontaneity of it. the only issues I see are if You are in a group and shooting different calibers, stick to the caliber of your firearms.

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    If you opt. to use reload brass and no powder take and drill a small hole to show you that no damage will resault

  4. #13
    Quote Originally Posted by n4sxx:234805
    If you opt. to use reload brass and no powder take and drill a small hole to show you that no damage will resault
    I disagree! This deforms the brass even more! And potentially leaves Sharp burrs or metal shavings to damage your gun. Please, people, stick with dry practice or snap caps at home, or use live rounds at the range. The potential damage to your gun is not worth the relatively tiny expense for a pack of snap caps. And a pack is all you need. Even the feedway malfunction drill only needs three to set up properly. Don't skimp on that gun you just paid good money for: invest in it.

    And spontaneity? Really? When has that line of thinking ever been a good idea? LOL

  5. #14
    Quote Originally Posted by Providence Ranch View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by n4sxx:234805
    If you opt. to use reload brass and no powder take and drill a small hole to show you that no damage will resault
    I disagree! This deforms the brass even more! And potentially leaves Sharp burrs or metal shavings to damage your gun. Please, people, stick with dry practice or snap caps at home, or use live rounds at the range. The potential damage to your gun is not worth the relatively tiny expense for a pack of snap caps. And a pack is all you need. Even the feedway malfunction drill only needs three to set up properly. Don't skimp on that gun you just paid good money for: invest in it.

    And spontaneity? Really? When has that line of thinking ever been a good idea? LOL
    Providence Ranch sounds like a broken record, but he is absolutely right. How are you paying $15-30 PER box of ammunition, extra liability insurance, range fees, targets, hearing protection, magazines, holsters, and we're talking about "not being able to afford" $10 and shipping for five Snap Caps to practice drills that will save your life and others? Man Up and buy the proper equipment for the training you need.

    Thanks for sticking to a principle, Providence Ranch! Keep hammering and they'll eventually hear it!

  6. #15
    I do agree that ideally one should use some form of snap cap if possible, heck I have them in calibers I don't own. that being said, Is is okay to only practice malfunction drills when you remember to prep your gun for it? Out at the range and forgot them, no practice today then? Rob Pincus was the first person I trained with who utilized empties, and we used a lot of them. Personally I would use pre-made ie store bought snap caps to homemade ones,(empties included), but to not train because of not having the (right) setup, isn't the solution either. I have seen absolutely no evidence of scratched feed ramps or what other problems on any of my guns due to them.

  7. #16
    Thanks for all the suggestions. After some more thought about what you guys say it wouldn't make much sense for me to pay so much for the weapon and all the ammo and training it wouldn't make sense to skimp on the $5 or $10 for snap caps.

  8. #17
    How did you get to train with Rob Pincus? I really enjoy his segments on "Best Defense". I always wondered what he was using when he did malfunction drills, as watching him was what sparked the idea that I needed to do it.

  9. #18
    They have a ICE trainer in South Dakota, Last year I took the Combat Focus Shooting class. This year Rob came down for the Advanced pistol handling class. We did a lot of unorthodox training, good stuff. He was the first person I saw do the empty case thing. If one is squeamish about ruining their guns with empties, don't take his class. lol Do take his training, it is quite an eye opener. Weak hand only malfunction clearing is possible, but hard on gear. My glock kydex holster looks like it got ran through a snow blower. point is, gear is expendable, period. Most people who want to save their guns, never learn to use them. I am not advocating abusing them, but they will pick up scars. It is every ones choice as to how serious they actually are willing to train. Is your financial expenditure(gear cost) more important than being able to know you can run it? In less than ideal conditions, in the event your life depends on it? I have never seen other shooters actually bring snap-caps with them to any training class, even informal training. Talk is one thing doing, another. The guys on this site seem to take it seriously though. If you do I applaud You. In my Utah CCW classes I utilize snap caps alot, even staging different malfunctions for the students to fix.

  10. #19
    Quote Originally Posted by reno92 View Post
    ...My glock kydex holster looks like it got ran through a snow blower. point is, gear is expendable, period. Most people who want to save their guns, never learn to use them. I am not advocating abusing them, but they will pick up scars. It is every ones choice as to how serious they actually are willing to train.
    Reno92, this is a blasphemy to those that buy it new and expect it to be a showpiece after a year of carrying and training! The truth is if you want to learn anything, it is going to be damaging to the gun AND the equipment. There is a reason that police and military trade-ins look the way they do...most of it is NOT carry marks but training damage.

    I always buy a gun that I'm going to carry from the used category but in over 90% condition, that way I save a lot of money on it but the action and bore have a long way to go for training, dropping, throwing, whatever is necessary to learn and survive and I don't hesitate to do it because I might damage the finish.

    Gun owners have to decide if they are collectors and need to protect the pristine finish or if they are survivors and need to learn the skill necessary to survive, which means sacrificing tools and equipment to sharpen the mind.

  11. I can virtually guarantee that using unsized, empty brass will cause you serious headaches. I make dummies as needed for whatever caliber I want by drilling 1 or 2 holes through the case about 1/3 of the way up from the base before cleaning or sizing. This way there are no burrs or deformities on the outside of the case. I load with whatever odd bullets I have on the bench usually from some long ago project so most of the time, the bullets are different than my normal loads.
    My thoughts are that if a shooter can't look at his ammo as he's loading it and recognize these marked dummy loads, he's too distracted or incompetent to be using a firearm.

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