No rug rats running around helps me a lot, just the wife and she’s gotten accustomed to it. Being an old fart means I have to practice a lot to make up for the lack of speed that the young whipper snappers have.
I admit it, it’s the rare night when I don’t have a gun of some sort out and am dry firing, practicing mag changes, yada, yada, during commercials. Yes, it makes a huge difference when the time comes for live fire. I shoot shoulder fired guns in competition and lately I’ve been using the bullpups due to their weight as compared to my competition guns. I figure when I move to the lighter guns they’ll seem like feathers in comparison. Lightweight guns are both good and bad. If I required long distance shots their lack of “holding” would be a detriment, but since it’s all relatively short distance that I do (USPSA and Steel Challenge) the light weight helps. I use a 200mw (not a typo) green laser and I’ve had folks come up to me after a stage and mention the continuous dancing of the laser dot (my guns have no holding qualities), and finish up by saying,“But the hits are there where they should be.”. I credit that to knowing the trigger and the gun intimately and that comes from dry firing a lot.
Not sure why posting a video here produces a long advertisement that can’t be stopped. I have no problem with a 15 second ad, but not a 2 minute ad. People are going to stop the video and never even see the video posted.
The ad I got showed 2:59, but only played for 15 seconds or so before your video started.
To answer the OP I do dry fire on occasion, but try not to make a habit of it. A former friend (emphasis on “former” for a reason) used to pull the mag from his carry gun, eject the round from the chamber catching it in the air, then proceed to rack and dry fire indoors, or wherever he was really. It made me really uncomfortable, but I never said anything when he was racking and clicking away. Long story short: he got so comfortable pulling the trigger after racking the slide that when he put the mag back in and chambered a round one time he pulled the trigger and had an ND. Thankfully it wasn’t pointed at anyone, but it was indoors and quite loud as the spent case flew right in front of my face. What a friggin’ tool!
I’m getting into pistol competitions like USPSA and IDPA, and some of the seasoned guys were telling me to dry fire. I now do draw and dry fire practices for about 30 mins every other day. I have noticed a big improvement on draw speed, target acquisition, and hits on target when I have range sessions.