Reply To: Trying to get a understanding….
‘oldspook’ that’s largely an Internet myth and it suits airgun makers to not contradict that myth.
I have not said that it is ‘A Good Thing’ to do, or is wise, but any (honest) long time owner of a Springer will have done it accidently and seen no major problems.
The Piston CANNOT clash with the cylinder end on an unmessed-up airgun – the air cannot escape quickly enough NOT to provide a cushioning effect.
This point has been made by me and others many times – asking for evidence of any damage.
None has been shown (for a rifle that has not been either ‘modified’/bored out, or has completly failed piston seals/rings).
Dry Firing a Springer will cause excessive strain on several components but will not result in the ‘car crash’ scenario people like to talk about. (Laws of Physics).