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So, I bought a .380 Snap Cap and thought I'd do a little dry firing to get the feel of things while I'm waiting to go to the range.  I fed the snap cap from the clip (with no other ammo) and dry fired it once. After that, it wouldn't work. The trigger moved, but didn't engage the hammer.  The only way I could dry fire again, was to jack the slide and reload the snap cap, for one more try.  Is this normal?  I'm thinking that the hammer is no longer half cocked after the first dry fire, so the trigger won't work anymore until the slide moves the hammer back again.  This is a newer P-3AT, s/n K70##.

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Thanks.
 

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It's normal, you can with practice, pull the slide back just a bit to reset the hammer. I can do it most of the time and dry fire several times in a row keeping the same snap cap in the chamber.

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The kel tec website says that the p3at is double action but (unless I am very confused) its not. The slide partially resets the hammer and only after the slide moves back can the trigger pull the hammer back the rest of the way.
 

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It still is double action. The act of pulling the trigger both cocks the hammer and releases it. The "pre-cocked" thing is also used on Glocks, which are striker fired. Neither gun is single action.
 
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