You had better apologize to your Father, I'm sure you showed hm see attitude/made faces when he slide closed,now go get some breakfast at his favorite place, and YOU get the check! No no harm whatso ever will come from letting the slide close. The gun is fired, and the slide slams back and forth with such force you hardly notice it. Just letting the slide close while pushing the slide lock is fine. Just make sure your finger isn't in the way.
Now why are you still sitting there, go grab Dad, and get to breakfast.
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Savage Axxis .308/Remington 700 ADL 7mm Magnum
This is the first I've ever heard of this possibly being an issue.
Guns aren't designed to require the buffer of picking up a round. Inversely they are designed to over come it- to a degree. While picking up a round from the mag may slow down the slide a minor amount, what stops the forward motion is never the cartridge. IMHO I just can't imagine cycling the unloaded gun could cause any issues that normal wear and tear don't already do.
I can't imagine an forces created by racking the slide, or dry firing, that could cause any damage.
Considering the forces the weapon is subjected to during live fire operations, the "dry fire" stresses are insignificant.
Even my Rimfire weapons get dry fired on a regular basis. My 1971 Ruger Mk 1 Target model has never had an issue related to such a practice.
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