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Ohio Annie
April 21, 2005, 10:58 AM
For bullseye beginners there is a good article in the new issue of Shooting Sports USA about starting out with a Ruger MkII. Excellent, helpful article for a beginner like me, except for what I think is a major error. It says to never dry fire any rimfire and goes on to talk about putting in a firing pin of titanium. I have been told repeatedly that the firing pin in the MkII is not hurt by this. In fact, that is how I got rid of my ".357 flinch."

Anyway, good article otherwise.

LHB1
April 21, 2005, 03:50 PM
Annie,
I don't think the potential damage is with the firing pin. I have always heard that dry firing a .22 rimfire pistol or rifle can cause a burr to form on the side of chamber where the firing pin impacts without a cartridge present. Such a burr can interfere with proper feeding and/or seating of cartridges in the chamber and in extreme cases can ruin the chamber.

Good shooting and be safe.
LB

Jim Watson
April 21, 2005, 04:39 PM
It is possible to design a .22 with a positive firing pin stop so that the firing pin will not strike the chamber rim in dryfiring. My FLG says that a High Standard HAS a stop but since it is just a roll pin it can itself get battered down and let the firing pin hit the barrel. I don't know about a Ruger. I fail to see what advantage a titanium firing pin offers the beginner.

Ohio Annie
April 22, 2005, 06:01 AM
The nice thing about the article is it has a list of things to do when you reach each performance plateau. the firing pin change is the second thing mentioned. The first is to change the grip.

I'm leaving mine stock except for a red dot. It is the fixed sight blued one with 6 inch barrel. I would like to see my performance optimized before I change the pistol.

Trapp
April 28, 2005, 08:05 AM
The Ruger MarkIII has the firing pin stop.........