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There's no need to use them.

That said, I use them. They're good for practicing reloads/clearing jams. Plus I already have a whole mess of them...so why not?
 

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Personally, I always use snap caps to dry fire and cycle my firearms.
Most times you probably won't need them because you would rarely dry fire except to check functioning after cleaning and reassembly, but just like the others said above for practicing cycling and multiple dry firings, snap caps will spare undue area wear on the firing pin in its place in the bolt.

Just a a tidbit of advice from my own personal experience: use Tipton or Pachmyr caps. The all aluminum A-Zoom ones suck
 

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Ditto!

There's no need to use them.

That said, I use them. They're good for practicing reloads/clearing jams. Plus I already have a whole mess of them...so why not?
 
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Snap caps are the cheapest insurance for your guns. I use them and always will. I have several different brands of them including Tipton, Pachmayr and A-Zoom. The aluminum A-Zooms can get chewed up a bit if you fully cycle them a lot, but there is little need for that. Just move the slide rearward enough to cock and then dry fire. I have A-Zooms that have been in service for several years and are still functional. Ugly but still work.
 
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