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Hello all-

Being a new Glock owner, I am spending a lot of time dry firing my weapon
@ home :cool:. Now, I carry in condition one at all times if I leave the house, so this means that often times when I want to dry fire, I have to remove the magazine and extract the round that was in the chamber. Before putting that extracted round back into the magazine that I will eventually re-insert for everyday carry, I make sure to examine it for any damage or dirt. If all is good, I put it back into the top of the mag.

Is this safe, or a bad habit? Is there any possible danger to myself by doing this repeatedly? Any unseen damage being caused to the round that is being repeatedly ejected, OR to the round that it keeps being placed on top of?

Normally I go to the range once a week, and when I do I fire whatever was in my magazines and replace it with new hydra-shoks before I leave, just to keep the ammo fresh.

Any well educated opinions are welcomed and very much appreciated.

Thanks
 

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"sometimes" the round can seat the bullet farther back into the shell. Typically this happens with JHP more so than FMJ. I usually will rotate my rounds in the mag. Good for you to dry fire!
 

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Like he said .... I wouldn't do it over and over with the same round. At least peel off a few rounds and bury the one that was previously chambered. I have seen people post about "testing" to see how many times it took before they saw any setback. It really varies though. Just mix them up and you'll be OK.
 
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Much appreciated Gents.

So constant extraction and re-loading of an unfired round can cause the bullet of that round to get "set back" further into the casing.

And just to grasp the big picture, what are the possible repercussions of "set back". I imagine that failures to feed are probably number one, but what about more dangerous scenarios, such as catastrophic failures that could result in injury or death?

Again, thanks for sharing your knowledge.
 

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It "could" result in the round having too much pressure since the bullet is set further into the casing. I show a round that had been set too far back once and it blew back powder in my face. Luckily I was wearing eye protection.
 

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Like VolGrad I peel of the top round and set it aside after a couple of times being chambered. But, if as you said, you go shooting every week and blast off that carry ammo you shouldn't have any problems. I actually had a set back from the factory with some cheaper rounds, definite difference in recoil that's for sure. I just finished dry fire malfunction drills myself, good for you. p.s. I always keep my loaded mags in another part of the room from where I am doing my dry fire. I'd hate to blow up the TV and give the dog a heart attack.
 
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p.s. I always keep my loaded mags in another part of the room from where I am doing my dry fire. I'd hate to blow up the TV and give the dog a heart attack.
LOL. That just gave me a visual of my poor dog freaking out. But yeah, I keep the ammo elsewhere. Some say "paranoid", I say "safe".
 

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Bullet setback can be very serious. I remember a long time ago going to a friends house. His brother, who shared an apartment with him, had just bought his first handgun a few weeks earlier. They knew I was a gun guy so they told me to go to his room and check out the gun. When I went in, he was cycling live rounds time after time onto his bed. I told him to stop - first and foremost for safety reasons. Then after controlling my temper to not beat his ass, I checked out his bullets. I have never seen setback so bad in my life. The JHPs had probably been cycled through thousands of times. He made it no secret that he had been doing it ever since he bought the gun. They were .40SW too, which are already a high pressure round. Funny thing is, I heard the genius still has the same bullets in his magazine for "defense" , despite my telling him to throw them out. Thankfully, my friend has since moved. He isn't into guns so it already freaked him out with his brother having one. After telling him how dangerous his brother was being - he was pretty on edge for awhile. Needless to say, I never went back to their apartment. Not worth dying over...

What I do when I unchamber a round - whenever possible - is put a little dot on the casing with a permanent marker. That way I can rotate the rounds and avoid setback. When I get 2 or 3 dots on all the rounds - I make sure to fire them. I usually try and shoot my defense ammo up once a month - but when you finally come across some Ranger Talons you want to hold onto them!

Steve
 

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a little bullet setback's not a big deal with 9mm or 45acp. certainly not a good thing, but it's not gonna blow up your gun in those calibers. it's more of an issue with the higher pressure 40cal ammo.


just leave one in the chamber, and press check it each morning to make sure it's loaded ;)
 
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Thanks for all the input.

I suppose I will keep doing what I am already doing: checking the extracted round for damage, shuffling it on down the magazine after a few extractions, and - the fun part- firing off that magazine at least every other week if not once a week.
 

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VolGrad, This is not the thread here but in regards to your above question, my wife has a Glock 17 and I have a Glock 21 and, yes, they both have a round in the chamber when we carry them. We have 3 options when things go south, as they say, and not in this order but what the situation dictates. 1st-our legs, run 2nd-our cell phones, call 911 and 3rd, and only as a last resort, use deadly force. There you are and I bet this will stir up some replies.

Good Shooting,

Mike
 

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MikeGlock - Volgrad was being facetious. He carriers with one in the chamber all the time as well. :D
 

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The Law, Thank you because I fell victim to one of VolGrad's jokes and I bet it will not be the last time this will happen to me. Ah, yes, stand by every one this is a give and take World, I take and can give back in the name of fun. Haha.

Good shooting,

Mike
 

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one in the chamber is the norm for me, to check if one is in the chamber, the fastest way is run your index finger over the extractor and if you feel a sharp drag then one is chambered but if it is smooth then the chamber is empty.
 
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