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Old May 9, 2022, 10:56 PM   #1
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"Dry firing" against the hammer block on heritage rough rider?

Most rimfire manufacturers advise against dry firing. However, the heritage rough rider has a hammer blocking manual safety (quite ugly) that I've heard some people say allows them to dry fire without fear of damage.

I am wondering if this might still be hard on the gun... just in a different way. The hammer and the hammer block are both steel, but the frame in which the hammer block pivots is Zamak. Do you think repeated hits of the hammer against the hammer block could eventually deform the pivot hole to the point that the hammer block would get loose and sloppy?

I am no metalurgist and don't know how strong/weak Zamak is... I just know it's not thought highly of in general.
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