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Which Snap Caps to practice with?

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I'd like to get some snap caps to practice clearing stoppages, question is which kind to get. There are rubber ones, brass ones, ones filled with rubber compounds and ones with springs. Does it make a difference to your gun? Is Armsport brand any good?
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I can't speak for all of them, but I can say that Azoom's suck in my 1911's. While super-durable, the aluminum body is too light and will slide forward in the magazine when the top round is pushed forward into the chamber. When I try to eject the magazine, it's jammed in by the forward round and I have to work to get it free. I think if the snap caps weighed more, I wouldn't have this problem, but they don't and I do.

Plus, they are rather dark in color and easily lost in the grass or shadows. I have seen ones that have a standard brass body filled with an orange polymer that forms both a soft primer for the fp to impact and a bulletnose profile for clean feeding. I haven't been able to find them locally, but when I do find them, I'll be sure to get a couple dozen.

The good thing about them is that they are extremely durable. If you don't just lose them, them solid aluminum body will last for several generations. You might have to replace the rubber primer after a few million snaps, but that's easy done.

Those cheap red ones with the springs under the primers tend to fall apart quickly. The Azoom is the most durable I've used.

Let me know what works for you.

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Originally posted by VaughnT:
I can't speak for all of them, but I can say that Azoom's suck in my 1911's.
Rats, it's my 1911 I want to practice the most with. I got 2 recommendations for Azooms from the Sig Forum but glad to hear about your experience. I heard somewhere about a brand called S.T. Action Pro, are these the ones that you described:
http://www.staction.com/
 

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The ones I have were sold under the Pachmyer name in a five pack. They have a brass base and plastic body with a spring inside. I've been using the one since April and it is holding up well. When it finally gives out there are four more to take it's place. Stay safe, Gary
 
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