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Old February 4, 2013, 12:30 PM   #23
Mike Irwin
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"I wonder if "don't dry fire" is even older than cartridge guns. I would think dropping a hammer on a percussion cap nipple wouldn't be good for it."

Quite correct. I've seen more than a few percussion guns with nipples smashed flat from dry firing.
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