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Old February 3, 2013, 09:20 AM   #5
Mike Irwin
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Your Dad was probably taught that by his Dad.

At one time dry firing a gun could damage it. Broken springs from dry firing were pretty common with older guns. Dry firing rim fires could also damage the chamber on many firearms.

It's also a general safety concern.

There are still some modernish guns that should not be dry fired, including the CZ 52, 50, and 70, and the Tokarev TT-30/33, among others. They've been known to break firing pins on limited amounts of dry firing.
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