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I don't like to dry fire. But, my 54 year old semi-auto rifle doesn't have last shot hold open. So who knows how many times this rifle has been dry fired?
Here's what I observed when I was working on and cleaning the rifle.

Strap Tool
The firing pin is all the way it can go toward the breech.

Yellow Logo Symbol Metal
It can't go any farther than this.

Product Pipe Yellow Metal Steel
The firing pin is flush on the back of the bolt where the hammer strikes when in the firing position.

Yellow Automotive exterior Bumper Auto part
So in the firing position, the firing pin is short of the breech.

Auto part Rim Muffler Wheel Metal
The breech shows no signs of being hit with the firing pin.

So in 54 years, dry firing has not damaged this rifle. I don't dry fire on purpose, but have dry fired it many times from losing track of the number of rounds I have shot.
 

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It's great when you can determine that it is safe to dry fire your rimfire guns. It gives you a level of comfort knowing that you're not peening the breech face every time you drop the hammer on that empty chamber. I still won't make a practice of it though.
 

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Good design. Correctly engineered and executed on the production floor. That's how it's supposed to be.

I love it when everything comes together as intended.

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