I have been carrying and using my DALCC for a while now. it is one of the early ones that have that dry firing problem. it has dry fired on me on and off now.But it keeps on working. I would send it back, but dont have the 'neccasary papers for that. But i personally dont think the spring will break. I will keep using it and hope it doesnt break! anyone else using this knife with the dry firing problem? And unable to send it back anyway!