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    Custom Dummy Cartridge's (Snap Caps)

    The problem I have had in collecting MILSURPS and vintage firearms is never having a way to safely dry fire or cycle test. This is especially true of firearms like the Nagant M1895 Revolver.

    I use to make my own using old brass casings, but for some firearms, the brass is hard to come by and it's hard to sacrifice a good casing, like the .300 H&H i just bought

    Well, I want to pass on one of my finds to you all. just so you know I have no interest in this company and am not being paid to post this, I just thought some of you might benefit from Ison3Dprints services as I have been.



    While looking for something else on Etsy I ran on a vendor that was making 3Dprinted "Dummy Rounds," out of curiosity I ask if he was able to my custom dummy rounds and his answer was yes.

    Since then I have made several orders with Ison3Dprints for not only dummy rounds but custom-made Remington 721/722/700 bolt tools.

    At first, I was skeptical if the 3D prints would hold up to the extractor and firing pin impacts, but I found that I had no issues with either. I was sure when I ordered the Nagant M1895 Revolver dummy that the rim might separate but I was dead wrong! I cycled the cylinder 5 rotations, that's five primer strikes on each dummy and 35 strikes total with no failures. If you look at the picture you will see no damage, collapsing, or wear to the insert that takes the firing pin hit. Had the same results when I tested them on my bolt action rifles, No Issues.

    Price-wise, they are cheaper than what you can find on the market.

    So far I have ordered and used, the 7,62x25mm Tokarev, 7,62x38R Nagant. Remington 7MM Rem Mag, 300 H&H Nag, 308 Win, and 270 Win.

    I will be ordering more oddities for sure like 6.5x53.5R, Enfield .410, 320 Britishicon,.44 S&W Russianicon.


    Unfortunately, ETSY has shut down his ability to sell these dummy rounds from his Etsy store telling him they will ban him if he continues. I guess plastic inert dummy rounds pose a risk to society and the buyer. Etsy is looking out for you. So you will have to reach him through his EBAY (another anti-gun place) to place any orders.

    https://www.ebay.com/usr/ison3dprints If he doesn't have any listing showing use the CONTACT link. For NON-dummy rounds, stuff like the Remington tooling, you can still reach out to him at his etsy store at https://www.etsy.com/shop/Ison3Dprints

    I just thought about something I did not check if he has a Pinterest account, ill ask on my next order.


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    What a great idea and perfect use for 3d printing. Thanks for the heads up-- Salt Flat

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    Attractive colors too! That way we can find them on the shop floor with our waning eyesight...
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    What is the primer compound made of?


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    Quote Originally Posted by usabaker View Post
    I guess plastic inert dummy rounds pose a risk to society and the buyer.
    I suppose maybe they think it's like "candy cigarettes"...remember those?
    https://www.etsy.com/market/candy_cigarettes
    apparently those aren't as dangerous as plastic play bullets.

    On a serious note, there is a guy on ebay that 3d prints adapters for loading presses. I have a Hornady iron press and, as designed, primers go everywhere more often than where they should, and find black dust gets all on the ram and other parts making a gritty pull. I have a custom primer catch tray for my Hornady iron press that works great. No more mess. He also made a catch tray for my case trimmer, complete with holders for the pilots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ssgross View Post
    On a serious note, there is a guy on ebay that 3d prints adapters for loading presses. I have a Hornady iron press and, as designed, primers go everywhere more often than where they should, and find black dust gets all on the ram and other parts making a gritty pull. I have a custom primer catch tray for my Hornady iron press that works great. No more mess. He also made a catch tray for my case trimmer, complete with holders for the pilots.
    I'll have to look for him, go a eBay seller name? Thanks for the lead...
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    I think it is tlwatches
    https://www.ebay.com/sch/tlwatches/m...1&_ipg=&_from=
    I bought mine from him, and his listings now seem to be the most comprehensive. I think he is the guy that started doing it. Although, trying to search ebay now for it comes with plenty of other sellers with the the exact (seemingly) think. I'ts 3d printing - easy to make a knockoff. They serve their purpose, but don't expect to last tossing around the shop or chucking it at the mouse in the corner like other more durable tools. They come complete with little magnets glued in them to keep it in place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ssgross View Post
    I think it is tlwatches
    Shop by Category | eBay
    I bought mine from him, and his listings now seem to be the most comprehensive. I think he is the guy that started doing it.
    Thank you! interesting stuff, I'm interested in the Brass case shavings catcher but without the pilots. I built my own holder a while back has a non-slip base so it portable and put-a-way-able

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    I have the same case trimmer. The shavings catcher is very nice. It has a cover that shields the cutter so they don't fly everywhere when spinning, and empty strait into the bin.

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