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Old 02-01-2002, 01:12 AM   #1
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I have just bought a Davis D-22 Long Rifle Derringer and when reading the instruction booklet I noticed where it says not to dry fire the weapon. When I went threw a firearms course I was taught that dry firing gives you practice on how the gun is going to feel and what kind of trigger pull the weapon will have. My Question is this comment about not dry firing the Davis Derringer is it for safety reason or can dry firing this weapon harm the weapon itself?? The store I bought the weapon didn't know very much about Davis Derringers, so I hope someone can help me with this question if not maybe someone can direct me to who might know, since it seems the Davis web site is no longer running.
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Old 02-01-2002, 03:15 PM   #2
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If you dry fire your Derringer it could break your fireing pin.Just put fired brass in and fire it that way. Or you can buy some snap caps for it.

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Old 02-01-2002, 09:53 PM   #3
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From experience here. I screwed up my Davis DM-22 derringer by dry-firing. The firing pin will put a dent in the edge of the chamber. This removes support behind the rim of the cartridge causing it to give when the firing pin hits it. won't give it enough of a whack to fire the round.

I hope that made sense :smile:

The jist of it is that dry-firing WILL screw up a rimfire Davis derringer.

Old 02-02-2002, 05:43 PM   #4
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It`s probably so the gun doesn`t break even sooner than normal. :wink: My experience with Davis derringers may be atypical I dunno but I bought a .22Mag. Davis a few years ago. I fired exactly 1 shot with it,when I went to cock it for the next shot the hammer fell off in my hand! It actually broke in half! The metal was very porous. If it has broken a spring or something I would have had it fixed but my thinking was that all the parts would be manufactured the same way and of the same metal so if the first hammer broke after 1 shot it`s replacement could break anytime. I took it back and traded it on an NAA Mini in .22Mag. (which is built like a swiss watch) and never looked back. Hope you have MUCH better luck with your Davis than I did with mine! Marcus
Old 02-02-2002, 05:47 PM   #5
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My Davis 22 mag has a fifty pound trigger. What a joke.
Old 02-03-2002, 11:19 PM   #6
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Thanks for everyones imput on the question I had on the Davis Derringers they were much appreciated.

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