View Full Version : just dry fired Ruger SR40 about 5 times without mag in

September 8, 2011, 04:44 PM
I forgot you have to have the mag in to dry fire this gun!

Did I just do irreparable damage to the gun? It was only about 5 times max...then I thought...do I need the mag in? Then read and did face palm.

Or would a person have to dry fire hundreds/thousands of times without the mag to cause problems?


September 8, 2011, 04:54 PM
It is possible on the P-345. I'm not that familiar with the SR40. If it uses the same mag disconnect as the 345 then I'd be concerned.

September 8, 2011, 04:57 PM
nah,,,your fine......

I removed my silly mag release from my 2 SR9s I own
Great gun,beat it to death it will still shoot

September 8, 2011, 05:00 PM
Just remove the magazine disconnect... And Bingo! No more risk of damage...

September 8, 2011, 05:20 PM
I started thinking about it (I think, not worry, too much).

It is a good routine to only dry fire w the mag in...but...

over the life of the gun, the trigger will be pulled without a mag.

It will happen.

Sure it happens at the factory during assembly/firing.
It will happen with the mag not being seated fully.
It will happen during cleaning/disassembly.
It will happen at the counter of some gun shops.
It will happen when people forget to insert the mag at the range.

Is it good/ok to dry fire without mag thousands of times? Sounds like no. But it's going to happen a few times and a few times will not cause damage.

The end.

Will Beararms
September 8, 2011, 05:21 PM
The gun is now useless. I will take it off your hands for $50.00.

September 8, 2011, 05:23 PM

Will Beararms
September 8, 2011, 05:30 PM
Dude, it's a Ruger. They don't work well until you tie them behind the 4 wheeler and drag them for about 5 miles. I have a 22/45 that was my father's gun he carried as a self-employed registered forester and real estate officiando of sorts. He got it around 1997 and never cleaned it save a cursory wipe down. He died last August and I got it. It was covered in timber marking paint, dirt, grease and grit. The thing has never hung up.

I am glad you decided on a pistol. You wore us out in the process. ;)

September 8, 2011, 05:34 PM
Next time, I will take donations to quicken the process.

Now, to find a holster for it...

September 8, 2011, 06:12 PM
Does the SR40 use the same mag disconnect as the P-345?

I agree that for the most part Rugers are built like a tank. But I know for a fact that it only takes a few dry fires on the 345 to damage the mag disconnect resulting in a gun that may not fire when the trigger is pulled. My 345 became completely unreliable after only a few dry fires with no magazine and required a trip back to Ruger. This was from the first run of guns when there was no warning not to do so. Ruger sent me an updated owners manual when they returned the gun.

I smply don't know much about the SR40 guns. If it uses a different system then all is probably fine. If not, I'd be calling Ruger tomorrow and see what they say.

Will Beararms
September 8, 2011, 06:19 PM
Next time, I will take donations to quicken the process.

Good comeback!

September 8, 2011, 06:48 PM
I don't know but if there is a problem send it back to Ruger. They have one of the best customer service departments. I bought a Vaquero which was damaged by the owner. Didn't know it when I bought it because I didn't examine it close enough, (to busy drooling over the deal I was getting.) When I figured out the guy had messed up the gun enough where I couldn't shoot it I sent it back to Newport NH. Ruger fixed and re blued the gun for free, including shipping. The damage was done on purpose by the previous owner and Ruger still fixed it for free. What a gem when I got it back!

September 9, 2011, 06:46 AM
Is it good/ok to dry fire without mag thousands of times? Sounds like no. But it's going to happen a few times and a few times will not cause damage.

That's correct, you have no worries.

September 9, 2011, 06:56 AM
a few times isn't going to cause any serious damage. after a few hunnerd(misspelling intentional) times it might start to cause issues. I'm about to get me an SR9C and my first order of business is to yank that stupid disconnect