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.
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
Colt: used all my JB weld epoxy to "weld" a small part of my car bumper back. The
crap is insane.
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
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).
phantomshotgun: be nice if tipton made 7,63x54r's only ones i find are from A-zoom with 2
Joseph Anthony: Thanks for the vid, I threw my A-Zoom Snap Caps away, thankfully I didn't
use them that much.
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!
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
Colt: jersey accent??lol
qq kk: It took you 25 minutes to tell us that? Useless.
Robert Simpson: Trim your freakin nails for gods sake! Holy crap!
Ocala Victory: Thanks for the review, G2A...very useful info. : )
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.
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.
Karl Shryman: 2:12 Buggggg!!!
Hugh Jorgan: Glory to America...but buy Italian products!!
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?
mharm734: you left out the homemade version - trim a pencil erasor and squeeze into
the primer pocket of a spent round.
Rob Z: please trim pinky nails
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!!
Juan Rodriguez: awesome vid guy
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.
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?
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.
David Warner: Come on.
Will Mann: Great Video.
Jordan Cantillano: Damnit I saw this video after I already had bought the azoom ones. Well
good video to know about snap caps
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???
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)
Sharpshooter686: Why don't you just use spent brass, or just dry fire without a snap cap?
All these people who have a glock or any other polymer/modern pistol and
think that dry firing is so terrible need to re-think their logic.
You can dry fire a glock until your finger falls off. Nothing will happen
to it. Snap caps are junk altogether, period.
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
gary lopez: Good review, thanks for the info.
Jim Leffler: Over a thousand fires? Don’t have a shooting range nearby?
Roque Arellano: Thanks!! SUPER HELPFUL!
fondoo: thank you for the review. this is helping a lot. thanks
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.)
DavyCrockett: The same day I bought my Glock17 Gen4, I bought A-Zoom Snap Caps 9mm Luger
5pk @ $15.99 Cda. Found them hard to load in the mag; then, after racking
one in the chamber it jambed and would not cycle. I had to push it out from
the muzzle end, and then I saw a sharp shaving from the rim of the cap
staying back in the chamber. I'm simply afraid to retry them, 'cause I
don't want to damage anything in the barrel or action—Cheers!
Another69Dimension: Thanks, Just what I was looking for before buying any snap caps & feeding
through my gun$!
FMJ_USA: good video but dude you are awfully concerned about snap caps
Steven Wallerstein: Strongly disagree with you re AZoom snap caps.
AnarchyWorld: He sounds like Randal from Clerks.
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
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.
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
Babakifo: Glad I watched this before purchasing.