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.
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
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
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
Hugh Jorgan: Glory to America...but buy Italian products!!
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
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 Warner: Come on.
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.
Nathan Dean: throw them away are you insane. u should recycle them. make some money off
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
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.