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Dry firing when slide is slightly out of battery -- is this safe for my Glock?

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I came across this suggestion on a website and have seen the same suggestion posted elsewhere:

Basically, you put something in the ejection port to keep the slide slightly back. This allows one to be able to pull the trigger back without having to cycle the slide after every dry fire. Since the trigger bar doesn't seem to be in contact with the firing pin lug, this setup doesn't give the same feeling as actually letting the firing pin do its work but I was wondering could this cause any damage to a Glock?
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I don't see why it would cause any damage.

I have tried it but thinking out loud ... what would reset the trigger to allow you to pull the trigger again on the next dry fire rep? When I do dry fire drills I don't cycle the slide fully each time, only far enough to reset the trigger. It isn't very far. I'll have to try this at home tonight.
A piece of cardboard works for this.

I don't see where it would hurt anything anymore than normal dry fire would. I still like to use snap caps for every dry fire session though just because I am paranoid.
I'm missing something. What does this do for me?
If you dry fire a lot, it starts to get cumbersome to have to partially rack the slide so that you can reset the trigger. I dry fire so much in between visits to the range, that the last time I went to the range, I found myself instinctively reaching for the slide to re-rack it even though I have a full mag. Fortunately this went away after a couple of shots.

So the point of the cardboard trick is to avoid having to rack the slide after every trigger break.

Honestly, I'm not convinced this really helps me either, especially since you don't have that crisp break. We'll see...
no, won't hurt a thing. it simply prevents the "sear arm" of the trigger bar cruciform from releasing the striker engagement arm :)

you are still engaging the striker arm (lug), that's what is providing the forward tension when pulling the trigger, you're just not releasing it.

i use a-zoom snap caps in all my guns when i dry fire. yes, glocks can obviously deal with a lot more dry firing than many other pistols, as you must do that in order to disassemble, but a-zooms aren't expensive and last a long time so i use them :)
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