How to dry fire a single trigger 1863?

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Naphtali
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How to dry fire a single trigger 1863?

Post by Naphtali » Mon Feb 01, 2016 10:47 pm

I have a friend who wants to learn to shoot one of my 1863s. The only one having double set triggers is having custom work done, so she cannot learn its mechanics on it.

I want her to learn to manipulate its mechanism, including trigger. How to set up the nipple-hammer nose that she can dry fire? I thought about fastening a leather strip across the nipple, but I doubt it will last long. It also may jam within hammer nose. Would using some sort of insert within the hammer nose - I guess taking advantage of "jamming within hammer nose???" - might work. But what to use?

Perhaps a better idea is to stop typing and ask for recommendations from shooters who have solved the problem successfully. So I'll stop now.
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Re: How to dry fire a single trigger 1863?

Post by Todd Birch » Tue Feb 02, 2016 10:42 am

I drill a hole in a hard piece of wood to fit over the nipple. The hammer hits the wood only.
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Re: How to dry fire a single trigger 1863?

Post by dennis g » Tue Feb 02, 2016 2:40 pm

Get a piece of fuel line hose or clear hose, like for aquariums. Cut just long enough to allow your hammer to fall, but not strike the nipple. I keep them on all my mls.

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Re: How to dry fire a single trigger 1863?

Post by Naphtali » Tue Feb 02, 2016 3:35 pm

Thanks, guys. I'm on it.
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Re: How to dry fire a single trigger 1863?

Post by snapcap14 » Wed Feb 10, 2016 8:39 pm

get a faucet washer
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Re: How to dry fire a single trigger 1863?

Post by Buzzard II » Tue Apr 02, 2019 7:07 pm

Older post, but still useful. Use a valve stem from a car tire. Cut the bottom off, the part that goes inside the wheel and put it on the nipple.

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