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Henry Stinson: What about the Ultimate Arms Gear company's snap caps? I don't know whether they have springs in them, but they are nickle cased. Available through Amazon (and others). Here's the description for the 9mm 9-19 parabellums: "These Trainer Cartridges are Inert Dummy Rounds Used for Training and Instructional Activities. Developed for Military and Law Enforcement Use - New Nickel case with ABS Plastic Insert Makes the Round Highly Visible. Popular with Many Departments and Agencies for Use In Immediate Action Training for Just That Reason. Completely Inert Dummy Training Round. Excellent for Classroom Training, Loading/Reloading Drills, Gun Handling Drills, Malfunction Drills and Diagnosing Shooting Problems. Each Round Uses A Solid Brass Case So There Is No Chance of Rim Breakage. Ultimate Arms Gear Designed by ST Action Pro."

nthefoothills: I've used the same 6 9mm A-Zoom snap caps for almost two years and hundreds of dry fires each. The paint is all worn off the rims and the front of the "case" but there are no chips or major deformations. I bore snake after dry firing. I just checked one of my Glock 19s and the caps and I don't see any chips anywhere. I'd stay away from the brass and the Tipton do look like the best. Just another data point for what it's worth. I've also used .357, .45, and 30-06 in a Garand without any chipping. The paint will wear off.

Steve H.: I'm not ready to throw out $150.00 worth of A Zooms to go buy Tipton Snapcaps.

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!

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

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!

TheSiegelayer: Great, I find this video 5 hours after I buy $30 worth of A Zoom Snap Caps.... :) Coincidentally, I searched these caps after I noticed the paint is already coming off of them from just 3 cycles. Was going to buy the Tipton's at Academy but they had every caliber in stock except for 9mm.

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

Christopher Pawlowski: myth: dry firing your gun hurts it.....no it doesn't hurt it...snap caps are a waste of money period...dry fire your gun the manufacturer did..prove me wrong

Ryan Allocco: very informative thanks for taking the time to make this video,it helped clear up some questions i had about snap caps , however sorry if I sound like a jerk but I think you could have cut the length in half if you didn't keep repeating the same thing over and over and over 

Susan Milam: Nice review and got my first Tiptons about 6 months ago and have served me well. Amazon reviews were good so bought them not knowing any better. They looked like a good product with the spring mechanism. Just lucked out getting the best snap caps. Thanks for your work!

Alex Roy: have you check out the laserlyte, what do u think of them?

Databyter: I had no ides they were so cheap. Thanks for the heads up. The price of caps is way too high for those solvable problems to exist. Good job.

Lanc Mac: Thanks for the good info... I just ordered some from Midway...

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

Nigel Hiley: push that baby, hard.

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.

John Doe: You made a good point about seeing where your firing pin strikes on the Tiptons. My local shop carries the A Zooms, so I thought those were ok. Going with the Tiptons now... Nice review.

Tartan FDO: Overall good video. I've never had a problem with A Zoom snapcaps but also never looked at snap caps at this level of detail either. This is enough to cause me to just buy Tipton

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.

Colt: jersey accent??lol

Adam Broughton: Great video. I've had some of the same observations and this is great information for people. Very well done. Thanks for posting.

wood chuk: Thanks for the info, i just got a pack of those cheep snapcaps.i"m going to throw them out becouse of this video.i will make my own.tks again

terrence gurnee: thanks! great info!

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?

F pav: Great info. Thanks

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

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

2basyq: Myth...Dry fire is bad for a gun truth... snap caps are only necessary as a training tool for drills not dry fireing Why do you waste your money on all of the snap caps you have bought over the years?

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 .

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!

Christopher Pawlowski: oh yeah and by the way dry firing means or = firing your weapon with an empty chamber

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

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

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.

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". 

Marcelo Peralta: You dude need to cut your nails!

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

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).

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

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

Anthony Azizannovichi: Nice video and very informing however the young man completely overlooks one VERY important facet........EVERYTHING he is talking about means NOTHING if you are using them in a REVOLVER. What he talks about ONLY applies to automatics. In a Revolver they will last 10 years regardless since they never get ejected out of mag or contacted other than where the hammer hits. Duh?

Scott Johnston: Really great review! Thank you!

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!!

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.

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

Rob Z: please trim pinky nails

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.

Anthony Azizannovichi: Another very important tip the young man omits from his otherwise great presentation is that professional gunsmiths tell you NEVER to load more than 5 of any kind of snap caps because the spring tension of the magazine pushing them up against the metal lips of the action will damage them easier. Simple math; they are made of plastic and soft brass, the gun made of steel.
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