Jump to content
SASS Wire Forum

PSA: Don't dry fire your Ruger Wranglers


Recommended Posts

The Ruger manual says you can, but I experienced what seems to be a very common issue after dry firing one only about 50 times. Due to an apparently wide tolerance range, dry firing these could cause the firing pin to strike the face of the cylinder which creates a burr making it difficult or impossible to seat cartridges. 

 

I contacted Ruger after this affected one of my two Wranglers, and within 12 hours, they had responded stating they had shipped a new cylinder. So that's the good news. It also seems if you have been dry firing and have not encountered this issue, you are probably ok to keep doing it.

 

Here is a more detailed description of the exact issue I encountered: https://youtu.be/Wl0lf0RPAPs?t=84

 

 

0209211350a.jpg

  • Like 1
  • Thanks 6
Link to post
Share on other sites
1 minute ago, Marshall Dillon said:

I would guess the new cylinder will do the same thing and the over length firing pin is to blame

Yep -- putting spent brass in the cylinder is the answer. I don't think I'll try shortening the firing pin.

  • Like 2
Link to post
Share on other sites

I was taught as a youngster to never dry fire any 22 caliber firearm, handgun or rifle exactly for this reason.

  • Like 8
Link to post
Share on other sites

Be careful with even with snap caps, drywall anchors, or spent brass. Don't let the firing pin hit the same spot on your sacrificial "cases" twice.

 

Once they have been hit and flattened at that spot, that spot no longer provides full protection.

 

I can get about a dozen strikes on a sacrificial "case" by indexing/clocking it before tossing it in the garbage.

  • Like 3
Link to post
Share on other sites

Brownells carries a .22 chamber iron tool made for gunsmiths to fix up rim fire chambers that have been dry fired.  Has been a staple of their gunsmith line for at least 50 years.   Apparently, still needed to fix up the problem.  :lol:

 

Good luck, GJ

 

Hmmm, seems Brownells quit carrying this about 7 years ago.  So, see Midway - they have the same tool.

Edited by Garrison Joe, SASS #60708
  • Like 2
  • Thanks 2
Link to post
Share on other sites

Never, ever, ever, dry fire any rimfire firearm even if they say it is acceptable.

The chamber is damaged and it takes a heavy toll on the firing pin. Yes it can be simply repaired but there is damage done.

https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1007111192

 

 

I have always been a proponent of allowing buckaroo/buckerette to be allowed to insert a snap cap in the empty chamber to prevent damage to the firearm. As of yet, I have not been successful.

  • Like 1
  • Thanks 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

An interesting thing I found the other day while researching wrangler v Heritage. If you put the safety on, on the Heritage, it stops the hammer from going all the way forward, allowing it to be dry fired. This was NOT from Heritage, but another source.

  • Like 1
  • Thanks 2
Link to post
Share on other sites
6 hours ago, Dream Chaser, SASS #79316 said:

I got some of those yellow, I think #10, dry wall plastic things you use when hanging pictures so you screw in to them.  Obviously I do not remember what they are called.

Mollies?

Link to post
Share on other sites
On 2/9/2021 at 4:27 PM, Dream Chaser, SASS #79316 said:

I got some of those yellow, I think #10, dry wall plastic things you use when hanging pictures so you screw in to them.  Obviously I do not remember what they are called.

The are "hollow wall anchors":

 

0823118-23.jpg

Edited by John Kloehr
  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

Save the .22 brass that you’ve fired from that gun and use them as snap caps, just turn them a little each time. But it would be better to dry fire your center fire guns not your .22s. 

Link to post
Share on other sites

Remove the cylinder then replace the cylinder pin to practice/dry fire. I like the idea of using a plastic dummy during a match to lower the chance of damage if you have to "go around".

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...
×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.