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!
phantomshotgun: be nice if tipton made 7,63x54r's only ones i find are from A-zoom with 2
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.
inspectyerbooty: i bought the same white gold ring 30 years ago..thanks for the great video
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
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
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
Jim Leffler: Over a thousand fires? Don’t have a shooting range nearby?
gary lopez: Good review, thanks for the info.
Johnny Kronaz: Do you reload your rounds? If not, then how on earth could you possibly
know that any snap-cap brass is worse than that of actual ammo? If you
don't reload, why would any of your regular rounds cycle through 50 or 100
or 1,000 times? Even if you do reload, I think that's well beyond the
limits of how many times you could ordinarily reload a cartridge. You're
only seeing that level of wear because these things allow you to fire them
and cycle them so many times. If you could only fire them once, you'd see
the exact same level of wear as a real cartridge.
Robert Simpson: Trim your freakin nails for gods sake! Holy crap!
khlash: It seems like there would be a way to use a spent catridge with the primer
punched out and a new bullet seated. Then fill the primer hole with epoxy
or something similar. Anyone tried anything like this?
Rob Z: please trim pinky nails
qq kk: It took you 25 minutes to tell us that? Useless.
Juan Rodriguez: awesome vid guy
FMJ_USA: good video but dude you are awfully concerned about snap caps
Leo Gutt: Great review!!
James Basler: I think maybe you are blowing this out of proportion......... Modern
firearms are made to operate and function with what little debris you are
complaining about. When you are done with your dry fire practice
session,clean your weapon,if it bothers you,and move on! There may be a
little O.C.D. involved here. Huh???
mdl casi: thanks great information
Marcelo Peralta: You dude need to cut your nails!
Nicholas Flanagan: Ok I'm not sure how easy it would be to do but before I even finished the
video I thought that I could make my own out of a spend cartridge and it
would work better(more reliable with real brass) and add a spring to it
like the brand you like and there you go. A simulation/dummy round that
will function the same as a real round with the added advantage of the
spring to save your gun/firing pin from damage. Heck I'm gonna try to make
some just to see how easy it is and maybe even sell some or just post a
video to help people with similar interests. These companies are all about
money. I think a quality product can be made and still make a profit off
this idea. Let's work this out together and find a solution. Forget the big
companies who would sacrifice quality for mass amounts of money for a
product that actually meets out needs and won't endanger our firearms or
our lives! (IE: if someone uses these in their CCW'S or duty pistols to
train. Extra debris in your fire will eventually cause trouble, and you
don't want that in a life or death situation)
genepierson: I'm curious...you said the A-zoom are crap and break down after just a few
times of using them. You also said the ones you showed in the video,
you've cycled 50 to 200 times. Why did you keep using them if they were so
Roque Arellano: Thanks!! SUPER HELPFUL!
fondoo: thank you for the review. this is helping a lot. thanks
Steven Wallerstein: Strongly disagree with you re AZoom snap caps.
Another69Dimension: Thanks, Just what I was looking for before buying any snap caps & feeding
through my gun$!
hxcrocker75: He sounds like Randal from Clerks.
Chris Ahlquist: Thanks for sharing. You should be able to edit this video down to about 10
or 12 minutes in length if you eliminate most of the repetition. I
appreciate that you are passionate about your subject matter, but brevity
is a virtue.
Kevin Palmer: They do make snap caps out of regular spent brass and a plastic bullet.
Marco Oyola: I agree that those aluminum ones are garbage. It only took about a dozen
times of cycling before they began getting stuck in my gun.
SpaceCityBeats: @robz lol, I second that motion.
hunter mcdougal: snap cap snap caps are designed to crap out after a few fires. they're just
for getting comfortable with loading and getting familiar with your weapon.
I use them just for speed load training, in which I never pull the trigger
because I still treat them as live ammunition.
thatoneshyguy: just go shoot a 50 round box of cheap fmj ammo.. you will have all that
debris plus cruddy powder... pick your poison
gun nut tony: is there a problem using a spent cartridge casing for dry firing purposes
therush2049: 15 bucks for 5 or 6 of them holy freak
OTKUGO: I never thought about these potential problems before - thanks. I do have
some A-Zooms, and they haven't caused any problems yet, but I think it's a
function of time since I've only "shot" them about 5 times. I'll stop using
them soon, before they get to the point that the aluminum is breaking off.
travis abram: I just bought the A-Zooms but it's for my revolver so there won't be any
wear and tear like there would be in a semi auto. But when I get more snap
caps I'll get the good ones.
DareU2Tread: Go to Academy.com and look up "traditions" snap caps, they look the same,
with the same mechanics, very well made, check them out, and let me know
what you think, just bought some today
GEORGE THEGREEK: ANYWAY. ALL THOSE SHARDS YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT ARE IRRELEVANT. YOUR GUN
UNDER LIVE FIRE MAKES MUCH MORE AND THEY ARE SCATERED BY THE PRESURES
ALLOVER. ON TOP OF IT THE SPENT GASSES CARRY A LOT OF BURN REMNANTS WHICH
MAKES IT EVEN WORSE AND STICKY ETC ETC. THE WHOLE DAMN MECHANISM OF THE GUN
is self cleaning up to a certain point. BESIDES THE BARREL WHICH IS SELF
CLEANING ALLTOGETHER. THE ALUMINUM RING IF APPLICABLE IS TO SOFT BY ANY
MEANS ANS IS JUST EXCAUSTED THROUGH THE FRONT OF THE BARREL
Anna Sendgikoski: Thanks man, you saved me a bunch of money! I saw your video last night and
then went to look for some Tiptons today. I couldn't find Tipton or the
other brands you mentioned, but I did find some almost exactly like the
Tiptons called Triple K. Spring loaded and polymer plastic casing in red.
Thanks a ton! I'll be subcribing!
Emma Jane: Gotta be from my hometown of Philly. Great review my man! Truly enjoyed it.
Mikey P.: Bro, you just saved me $13 on a 5-pack of those garbage AZoom snap caps,
and just in the nick of time. I bought some other items through Amazon just
two days ago and included the AZooms in my order. After watching your
complete stripping guide for a Sig P226 last night (which is awesome by the
way), I followed up with this video this morning. I immediately went to
check on my Amazon order and was able to cancel out the AZooms before they
shipped. Know that your videos are making a difference!
AxeUrFnAwesome: Make a video & show us.
geckster109: By the way.....to the guy doing the vid....could you please say "salsa
shark" for us?
DareU2Tread: today i picked up the red "traditions" snap caps, they are made with a
springed primer.A little pricey a package of 6 for $17 at Academy.I really
like them, I recently got a sig sauer P250 40cal, its double action only,
so i needed something to practice trigger control, great video
Milner62: Actually all firearms can be damaged from the firing pin being slammed
forward and hitting the firing pin stop that is machined into the firing
pin. The point of damage caused by dry firing is that the firing pin is
designed to strike a primer. With nothing to strike the pin slides forward
with full force and slams into the stop and over time this can and will
damage/break the firing pin. New or old doesnt matter in this case.
Milner62: @vettelover2009, i dont beleive that. every owners manual i have clearly
state to perform a function test but to not dry fire. My 1911a-1, says not
to dry fire, remington pump and bdl says to not dry fire. a functions test
in thise sense is to make sure the firearm doesnt come apart in your hands
as well as to check the action. hammer check isnt done cause you dont take
the hammer apart for field strip to clean the firearm.
JooseyJay: Coke nails. Or booger pickers. ;D
Zexy7ime: wait, why is your firing pin sticking out? Most pistols have a spring that
keeps it from sticking out (and slamming into a live round when the action
closes). Your firing pin might be sticking in your slide.
v8felon: Cool info but it could've been 10minutes
TheDustikus: Almost ordered some of the A-Zoom snap caps until watching this video,
thanks very much for taking the time to record and upload this, very