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No question is silly; in fact you may be saving some wear and tear by using your thumb as opposed to reciprocating the slide.

ALWAYS remove all sources of ammo from the room prior to beginning. Make that the most important part of your practice.

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ONLY if you`re practicing dry firing. Otherwise, you`re just about asking for a ND (negligent discharge) since you`d already have a round in the chamber.
 

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DaStray, how did the round get in the chamber if he didnt rack the slide?


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You never know how the round gets into the chamber. The accidental discharges are always from guns that weren't loaded. Its always "it wasn't loaded", or "I didn't know it was loaded". Negligence isn't an excuse.
 

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No prob,just don't short stroke it and let it fall on the half cock notch-it will ruin your sear surface.
 

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Um... BKC45ACP, its a dry fire session. If someone is incapable of keeping ammo out of their gun during a dry fire session or is unsure how to check, then I recomend gunbroker.com. Sell em off before you hurt yourself. Shmackey, I always thumb cock during dry fire sessions as my Open gun is dotted so racking the slide is a wee bit harder. That and an 18.5 lb spring
. Another thing to NOT do, as rex already pointed out the half cock situation, is to drop the slide on an emty chamber. Ease it back down if you choose the racking method.

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Nobody mentioned that you should use a snap-cap for dry firing to save the pin and spring. A bonus is, when you put in the snap cap, it pretty much ensures there is no live round in the tube.
 
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