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Old February 12, 2005, 05:56 PM   #1
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Safe to dry fire Walther P22 (rimfire)?

You usually can't dry fire rimfire pistols/rifles (I think); can you dry fire the Walther p22? I don't recall ever seeing any .22 snap caps.
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Old February 12, 2005, 07:04 PM   #2
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Almost any place that sells snap caps, especially the red/orange plastic ones should have them in .22lr.

My dealer advised me to simply put the Walther P22 safety on and that will keep the hammer from impacting the firing pin. I am not sure how much dry-firing the safety would withstand. But you can do it this way.

Neat little gun, isn;t it?
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Old February 12, 2005, 08:22 PM   #3
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I must've dry fired both of mine a couple of thousand times. No problems yet.
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Old February 13, 2005, 01:21 AM   #4
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How about an alternative to dry fire?

Walther makes a CO2 version of the P22 called the CP99
It's an 8 shot .177 air pistol that clocks 360 fps according to the specs.

360 fps is "basement/rec room *safe*"
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Old February 13, 2005, 08:53 AM   #5
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I don't own a P22, so there-

But as a general rule, dry-firing rimfire guns can lead to peening of the chamber's edge, since the firing pin (which just hits 'air' in a centerfire that's dry-fired) actually is designed to crush the rim against the chamber's edge. Without the rim, the firing pin hits the edge of the chamber and eventually breaks, peens the edge of the chamber or, if you're the lucky type, both.

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Old February 13, 2005, 10:45 PM   #6
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dry-firing rimfire guns can lead to peening of the chamber's edge
Except for Rugers...
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