I admit it. At first I was skeptical as well. But after taking it upon myself to try it, I found out just how beneficial dry fire practice can be. There’s a reason why any professional shooter will tell you the same thing.
YOU NEED TO DRY FIRE PRACTICE.
At first it was a way to save money and still get trigger time, but after just a couple weeks of regular dry practice, I have noticed a huge improvement. You will work out issues in every facet of your training by utilizing dry fire techniques. From grip, trigger pull, sight alignment, and many more.
Doing dry fire work is amazingly beneficial in the aid of becoming a better shooter. We all know that you should not anticipate recoil, or worse yet, to flinch and jerk the trigger/shot. But it’s happened to all of us at least once. By taking away the live fire reactions of pulling the trigger, it allows us to isolate individual skills.
I take these opportunities to isolate individual pieces, as well as block several pieces together to get the most out of each session. Here’s a few examples of what I’m talking about.
SAFETY FIRST!!! – 1. Unload firearm. 2. Move all loaded magazines/moon clips to another room. This will aid in not accidentally loading your weapon during the dry fire session.3. Make sure the weapon is empty.4. Make sure your still keeping muzzle awareness and always point in a safe direction.5. Make sure the weapon is empty.6. Don whatever gear/holster/rig/plate carrier/etc you wish to practice with, make sure weapon and extra magazines are empty, and begin.
Dry Fire Drill #1 Since most local ranges wont let you work from the holster, and most competitions/scenarios require that you start from a holster, I thought that’s where I would start. It’s not a race so don’t try to jump out the gate with the sub 1 second head shot at 25 yards. Go as slow as you need to in order to make sure each movement is perfect and that the draw goes smoothly, acquire sight picture, and squeeze the trigger. The sights should not move at all. Your sight picture should stay the same all the way through the trigger pull.
For hammer fired weapons you can get multiple trigger pulls doing this. For striker fire guns, you’ll have to reset the firing pin each trigger pull. I personally use this as on opportunity to use “Tap, Rack, Bang” as a malfunction drill. By using dummy rounds in the training magazines it will let the weapon cycle normally without having to use the slide release. When the magazine is out of dummy rounds, it will lock back like normal. Utilize this time to do a reload with another magazine loaded with at least 1 dummy round. Then get back on your sights and trigger and land another shot.
You can also run the same drill with your rifle. Make sure you have a sling mounted to the rifle and now you can do dry fire drills with the rifle, then you can do a transition to the side arm and drill again.
Looking back at this one drill as I described. You will be able to practice your full draw stroke. Your first round fired on target. A malfunction drill. A reload. Getting back on target. And sending another shot.
If you add the rifle to the combination, you now get your first shot on target, a malfunction or reload, getting back on target and getting another shot. Then you get a transition to side arm, and still get your full draw stroke, your first round fired on target, a malfunction drill, a reload, getting back on target, and sending another shot.
That’s a whole lot of training without spending any money in ammo.
**Keep in mind that pretty much all modern firearms can be safely dry fired. But don’t use granddaddy’s original 1911 or old service revolvers. It’s fairly common in old firearms to break firing pins due to dry fire.**
Either way, I prefer and advise that others use dummy training rounds. They are a nice training aid that is cheap and lets your eyes and hands feel like they have your normal equipment at hand. I have had the same dummy rounds for over a year now and use them often. I’ll mix them into a magazine at the range to simulate an ammunition failure. They have seen hard use, and are absolutely worth the $8.00 I spent on them.
Now think of how many shots you’ve fired over the years knowing it was off. Knowing you could have done it better. Well here is your solution, and it’s one you don’t need to spend money on. Check back later for more dry fire practice and drills. Here is a quick video of a short and easy dry fire routine I do to knock the rust off. I’ve been bad lately and have only practiced concealed carry. You can see in the video that I could use a little more practice with the rifle and competition setup.
**Video link keeps failing. Please check back on my Instagram to see it. I hope to resolve this shortly.**
As always be safe, train hard.