SNAP CAPS : Best & Worst




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F pav: Great info. Thanks

xDXPxJOEx456x1: I have a friend who is a reloader and what he does is that i give him my spent brass and he makes me snaps caps out of them for me.

James K.: HMMM, That first one could be used for emergency Earplugs,LOL...Really glad I watched this before purchasing some.Thanks for the vid

Joaquin Spandex: Excellent video, I was also on Amazon looking at options and I'm glad I saw this before buying anything.

Jamie Smith: Bought A-zoom for my shotguns. Brand new out of the box they won't cycle. Wish I had known *before* I wasted my money. 100% agree... GAR-BAGE!

mcjon77: REALLY useful video. I was just on amazon trying to decide which ones to get. I was leaning toward the Tiptons, and you confirmed it for me. Thanks!

martin h: Nicely done sir, I could not agree more. I have the EXACT same opinion/experience with Tipton. 

Jesse Green: Is Tipton the same as Traditions? They look the same except for the name.

Tom D.: Wow !!!! Wow !!! Learn to say more with 50% less words. Painful Chatty Cathy.

str8todragon4me: in years past i used the tipton style 12 ga snapcap in my home defence setup . worked like a champ!!!!!!! Good Video , taught me a lot .

justo222: great vid G2A! thanks for the info. i do have a question tho. at the beginning, you mention that the orange/no-name brand snap caps tend to shred the plastic as well as the cheap brass. towards the end, you mention that the tipton caps are currently the best because they use a better quality brass. however, the tipton's also use a plastic casing. even tho' they have a spring inside to reduce the force of the firing pin, doesn't their plastic shred like the plastic in the orange snap caps?

Cotton Boxer: thx. man, so for now tipton is my front runner so far, will check into others too before my final decision. thx. for steering me away from azoom's

Josh Wallace: With those last ones after so many dry fires that brass will be fully dented in from the firing pin and the firing pin will actually no longer be hiting the spring loaded brass and it would be like dry firing with nothing in the gun!

Colt: used all my JB weld epoxy to "weld" a small part of my car bumper back. The crap is insane.

Joseph Villani: Awesome! I was researching the purchase of snap caps and this helped me so much. Thank you!

robert shearer: You will have all that crap and then some every time you take your gun out to shoot. You're being way too anal retentive about it. Think about all the crap that get's into our Militaries guns and they still work.

BrewCityRider: Thanks for posting this very well done review. I'm taking your advice and getting the Tiptons. The last thing I need is for some shavings to get in my pistol.

Colt: jersey accent??lol

joey p: Thanks for the video... I really wish Tipton made snap caps chambered in 7.62x25 (for my CZ52). Oh well... (I also don't see any in 9x18).

Joe Darlington: Great video!

Scott Johnston: Really great review! Thank you!

Herman May: Just so we're all clear, this video reflects your *opinion*, not any sort of scholarly expertise. You deride the Pachmayr practice rounds because of their aluminum construction. In actuality, aluminum is stronger and more durable than brass. The brass cases from which commercial ammunition is constructed will also leave small shards of metal on and in the firearm. That's simply the nature of the beast. The extractor is going to chip away at the rim of the cartridge. The only way to avoid that is to use a revolver. You also made a strange comment about the practice rounds getting stuck on the chamber. That seems quite unlikely. More importantly, when a live round is fired, the case expands to completely fill the chamber. It almost immediately shrinks slightly as it cools following discharge. Nevertheless, the friction of that fit is likely to cause more damage to the rim when ejected, than any cold practice round. 17:00 - "It's not quite as good as actual brass." That seems like an odd statement. Please define "actual brass". While admittedly, there are different brass 'recipes', all brass is actual brass. Also, you suggested that the Tipton brass was better than the Pachmayr brass. The Pachmayr rounds are not made of brass; they're solid, milled aluminum. You mention ensuring that your Glock is 'specifically [kept] clean, since you carry it every day. It appears from your video that most of the metal parts inside the frame show signs of pitting. That seems off for a well maintained firearm.

Hugh Jorgan: Glory to America...but buy Italian products!! Whatever, douche.

Joseph Anthony: Thanks for the vid, I threw my A-Zoom Snap Caps away, thankfully I didn't use them that much.

Ocala Victory: Thanks for the review, G2A...very useful info. : )

Karl Shryman: 2:12 Buggggg!!!

mharm734: you left out the homemade version - trim a pencil erasor and squeeze into the primer pocket of a spent round. 

Chris Jensen: You don't need snap caps to dry fire most center fire handguns. If you had any idea the amount of crap being sprayed around the inside of your gun when you fire it you would not worry about flakes of polymer, brass or aluminum.

Kenneth Elston: You've got 2 dissimilar types of metals/materials knocking and banging into each other, one harder than the other, so something is going to give and hopefully it's something on the snap cap and not a part from your gun. You would get the same shards of metal in your gun if you made your dummy rounds out of spent brass. If shards of metal in you gun is causing it not to operate correctly you've got bigger problems than choosing the correct snap caps to use. Regular cleaning would take care of any particles that came off of the snap caps, fried or unfired brass. As someone posted "it's the nature of the beast". 

Fots T.: Great video! ThanX for the info!

Babakifo: Glad I watched this before purchasing.

Dustin Wright: Thanks for the video, good info!

devastateurface: Agreed, A-Zoom snap caps are crapola. I had some for my 1911, and the rims got chewed up by the extractor after a dozen or so chamberings.

Fish poem: Excellent information. Detailed, thorough, and absolutely useful. A little long? So what. Who else went to the trouble to save you and me a lot of grief. Nice work!

Marcelo Peralta: You dude need to cut your nails!

Antonio Babich: Why are you dry firing that many times? I use snap caps just to function check a firearm after I have worked on them. Not run drills with them. 

DavyCrockett: The same day I bought my Glock17 Gen4, I bought A-Zoom Snap Caps 9mm Luger 5pk @ $15.99 Cda. Found them hard to load in the mag; then, after racking one in the chamber it jambed and would not cycle. I had to push it out from the muzzle end, and then I saw a sharp shaving from the rim of the cap staying back in the chamber. I'm simply afraid to retry them, 'cause I don't want to damage anything in the barrel or action—Cheers!

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David Wood: I feel that I need to speak up in defense of snap caps. There is a debate as to weather it is okay or not okay to dry fire your guns. Personally I feel that if I can use a snap cap to decrease the wear on my guns then I will. I have been a blade smith since I was 14. That means I make knives from scratch in a forge. I heat raw steel red hot and beat it on an anvil with a hammer until it looks like a knife. I have done extensive metallurgical research over the years and I feel comfortable saying I know how ferrous and non ferrous metals work. From my research I know that if you take to pieces of steel no matter the composition and strike them together with force over an over again there will be ether deformation or cracking. I highly advocate dry firing your weapon for training and familiarity. All of us gun guys and girls need to know our guns inside and out. So if you have to dry fire your weapon to practice and over time the dry firing will start to wear on your weapon then what do you do? In come snap caps. I have been using snap caps with my glock 22 and my AR 15 M4 style rifle for about 10 years now. I Never had any problems with my guns getting jammed. My snap caps do look very thrashed. They are scratched and chipped and yes those small fragments have come off in my guns but again I have never experienced any problems with those tiny shards. Also any ammunition you cycle in your guns will leave small shards and residues in your gun. That is why we clean our guns. Now I am all for the makers of snap caps coming out with some special polymer, carbon fibber or whatever mixture that can withstand the abuse of cyceling through a gun thousands of times with ought ever showing signs of wear. However I an not interested in paying the price said alternative will cost. Now for the reason snap caps get beat up. Ferrous metals are the steels, non ferrous metals are your brass, copper, aluminum, silver, and gold. Non ferrous metals are much softer then steel and that is why they make good shell casings. Non ferrous metals will not scratch or scar steel. But steel will scratch, cut, and break non ferrous metals. So when you chamber a snap cap or any other form of ammunition There WILL be small shards and even residue left from the non ferrous metals inside your gun. Again that is why we clean our guns! Think of it this way. If you take a piece of wood and rub a candle on it what happens? The candle smears onto the surface of the wood. This is exactly what happens when you rub a piece of copper brass or aluminum over a piece of steel. I say all of this to help you understand how things work so you can better make up your own mind about how you will train with your guns. I choose to use snap caps because I know there is nothing that a snap cap can do to harm my guns. In my experience snap caps are a fine product to fix a very common problem and they do a fine job for the price. 

Sharpshooter686: I'll also say that for revolvers, the a-zoom work perfectly fine.

Nathan Dean: throw them away are you insane. u should recycle them. make some money off them.

Larry: This Guy rambles on for ever in every video he makes have never seen anything positive come out of him can't watch very long the tooth sucking is annoying, and good lovers have short fingernails!!

Headspace: Just bought the Azooms a short time ago and noticed this. I was wondering why the rim on these things is getting so torn up. My Sig seems to do more damage to them then my S n W Shield. Is there a particular reason for this?

phantomshotgun: be nice if tipton made 7,63x54r's only ones i find are from A-zoom with 2 bullets

Robert Simpson: Trim your freakin nails for gods sake! Holy crap!

conifergreen2: My Tipton snap caps failed after only a dozen fires in my SKS. The firing pin must have deformed the striking part as the primer part that is suppose to absorb the firing pin strike is now jammed up inside. At first smacking the base on a hard surface made the primer part spring back into position. But it no longer does. I would never buy Tipton again.

Ted Crum: The orange ones are "action testing cartridges", designed for safety training and testing, not dry firing. They're cheap enough that you can fill a mag with them. The expensive "Snap Caps" (trademark?) have the problem that they can't be distinguished from a live round when in the chamber. I colored the backs all mine red with a sharpie. I know I'm safe if I don't see naked brass. (Regular precautions still apply.)

hceuterpe: If you're a reloader, take a spent casing, and take a bullet (with NO POWDER) and seat the bullet and crimp. Then take a red sharpie and color the bullet red. Though I would still prefer the Tipton snapcaps to make a more visual distinction. Thanks for this video. This proves A-Zooms stink. The rimless extractor grooves tear up SO fast and they definitely leave Aluminum shavings in the gun. Had a weird feeling this couldn't be good. Mine are going in the garbage.
Rating:
SNAP CAPS : best & worst 4.5 out of 5

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