dry fire

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to dry fire ‎(third-person singular simple present dry fires, present participle dry firing, simple past and past participle dry fired)

  1. (firearms) To discharge a weapon without ammunition in the chamber.
    • 2009, Debra Parmley, A Desperate Journey, ISBN 9781605042763, p. 32:
      Rob finished cleaning his empty gun then pointed it at an imaginary target and dry fired.