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Old 12-16-2015, 12:52 PM   #1
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I've been practicing loading my practice ammo into the magazine (snap caps) and it was really stiff and I've scratched some of the bullets and there was a lot of rubbing as I was trying to fill the magazine. Would this harm/damage my actual ammo or cause any other problems? Don't want to move forward until I'm sure.
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Old 12-16-2015, 01:05 PM   #2
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Just a stiff new mag, pretty common. Just scratches on the snap caps not dents I assume?
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Old 12-16-2015, 01:14 PM   #3
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Unless you've actually scratched up the mag to any great extent, don't worry.

And, of course, welcome to the forum.
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Old 12-16-2015, 01:20 PM   #4
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Welcome aboard, the most common snap caps are the red A-zoom brand. and the paint scrapes off pretty easily. Nothing to worry about.
Just curious, what firearm do you have?
And don't be shy to ask questions. I am certainly not the all knowing wizard but will help with what I do know. We have a number of members with far more experience and expertise who will be happy to help.
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Welcome to the forum. Great bunch of people here.
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Old 12-16-2015, 04:47 PM   #6
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Welcome aboard.
As long as you did not damage the mag all should be well. Load it up and go shoot.
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Old 12-16-2015, 06:30 PM   #8
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Welcome to the forum and don't worry about those scratches. Everyone enjoys pictures and if all you have is scratches then you are good to go. We will all be sure saying that after we see those pictures.
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Welcome to the forum!

Unless something is up with the mag, those scratches should be fine.
I have scratches on my snap caps too (9mm-.223)
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Thanks for all the responses. No damage to the mag just scratches on the caps thank God.
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I bought I SCCY cpx-1. Any opinions?
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Welcome aboard, the most common snap caps are the red A-zoom brand. and the paint scrapes off pretty easily. Nothing to worry about.
Just curious, what firearm do you have?
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I bought I SCCY cpx-1. Any opinions?
I have seen only one SCCY at a gun show a couple of years ago. I don't recall what model it was. It seemed well made and the price was very affordable. But I was not looking for a handgun at the time so it did not follow me home.
I know they are made in Daytona Florida. Perhaps a member here has one or knows someone who does. Please let us know what you think of it.
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I have seen only one SCCY at a gun show a couple of years ago. I don't recall what model it was. It seemed well made and the price was very affordable. But I was not looking for a handgun at the time so it did not follow me home.
I know they are made in Daytona Florida. Perhaps a member here has one or knows someone who does. Please let us know what you think of it.
I like it but I definitely need to get my strength up. It's all I can do to pull the slide and load the mag
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A trick to working the slide on a semi auto is to get a good grip on the slide with one hand. Then holding the grip in the other push the grip forward while pushing the slide back.
Here is a good example of this technique.
http://blog.cheaperthandirt.com/rack...ique-strength/
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As a gal I have the same issue with racking a side on our 1911s. I use variations of that technique, depending on the individual gun and, yes, it can vary quite a bit from one gun to the next.

For instance, I've found that the heavier the cartridge, the heavier the spring used. I was looking at a small compact 380 in the store, the other day. Very easy to rack the slide. The same gun in 9mm, though, was definitely harder to rack.

Have also found that on our 45 autos, the full size size guns are easier to rack than the compacts, because the compacts have to use a heavier spring setup to operate, properly. For instance, our smallest 1911, our S.A. 1911 Compact, is right at my limit.

Anyway, I think it is important for us gals to try before we buy. Guys, if you're thinking about getting your gal a gun, take note.
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I like it but I definitely need to get my strength up. It's all I can do to pull the slide and load the mag
Here is a simple exercise that may help. Ball up your right fist, place it into the left palm and push hard with each arm and hold the pressure. Do that several times a day and it may strengthen the push/pull you need to rack a round.
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On some makers magazines the lips may have sharp edges inside. These will scratch the cases as they are loaded or cycled. More importantly, if they are digging in they may bleed off enough energy to cause the slide to not go all the way forward. I have had this with Taurus and Colt Mustang magazines. I just smoothed them with rubber cratex sticks or very fine wet or dry paper, 600 or 1200 grit. When they are smooth the cases slip in and out without the lips digging scratches and the slide went solidly into battery.. Something to check.

Another welcome from Texas.
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On some makers magazines the lips may have sharp edges inside. These will scratch the cases as they are loaded or cycled. More importantly, if they are digging in they may bleed off enough energy to cause the slide to not go all the way forward. I have had this with Taurus and Colt Mustang magazines. I just smoothed them with rubber cratex sticks or very fine wet or dry paper, 600 or 1200 grit. When they are smooth the cases slip in and out without the lips digging scratches and the slide went solidly into battery.. Something to check.

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Good idea. I do that on a regular basis when I find a mag that is less than smooth.
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Thank you so much for all your suggestions.
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Welcome from Central Florida!

I'm not familiar with SCCY at all, but if it has a hammer, you may try cocking the hammer before racking the slide. My wife has one hell of a time racking my 1911, but with the hammer cocked back, it's manageable for her.
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