Springfield Armory say not to dry fire their pistols excessively. Why are their pistol of such inferior metal that this may damage them? Dry firing in this day and age does not harm any pistol parts and allows the owner to practice draw and shoot. Making certain the pistol is empty. This policy of not dry firing was at a time when material use was not to today's standard. So practice to your hearts content, nothing is about to break. IF you are concerned and don't want to risk breaking a part, use snap caps.