Most won’t do this. And admittedly, I don’t do it with most firearms. But guns I shoot a lot, or dry fire a lot, get their firing pins inspected every so often.
Over the course of my shooting career, I have popped up more than once with a broken firing pin. Never when it really counted, but it has sidelined some training trips.
With experience I have come to believe that breakages don’t just happen catastrophically. There will be signs: Cracks or fissures that slowly migrate until the pin finally shatters or lets go.
- I don’t check it frequently. But I will look at them casually when visible.
- I don’t inspect it as it’s own event. It always happens during a major teardown.
- This is why I keep a jeweler’s 8x lupe on the cleaning bench.
- If you don’t have a lupe, modern shooters typically can get just as good results by setting their camera phone to macro imaging and zooming in on the pics.
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