We've been talking a lot about dry fire lately, here's my video on how to maximize your dry fire practice


#1

It is impossible to get better at something without deliberate practice. Unfortunately, in the firearms world, training with live ammunition can get very expensive, quite quickly. That is where dry fire practice comes into play. With dry fire, there’s no range fees or ammo costs. Anyone can practice their shooting technique from home with no additional expense.

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Dry fire is the single most important “tool” we have to become better shooters. It will make a big difference in your shooting proficiency, and an even bigger difference if you dry fire well.

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#2

Thanks for explaining the benefits and providing examples of dry firing practice.
I used to do it for twenty minutes or so every single day.
Huge improvements in skill from doing it like that.
However, lately I’ve mostly substituted blowback air pistols for dry firing.
The better blowbacks recoil about the same as a .22 pistol.
And make holes in the targets that provide a better measure of realism at very low cost.
Although airguns can become as habit forming as firearms, so be careful.


#3

You’re welcome! I’m glad it was helpful.

Everything can become habit forming, for good or bad.

That’s why I try to change up my training focus and techniques as much as possible.


#4

I too recommend dry fire with CO2 blowback pistols. Here’s a short video showing my licensed Colt 1911 made by Umarex and how viable it is for dry fire practice. You can see it is pretty close to a real 1911 in form and function. Since it was empty of ammunition (in this case .177 BBs) it locks open on an empty mag/last round fired. I held the slide release to simulate a loaded mag at the end of the video. You can easily do this with your offhand using a normal grip.

Word of warning though, it is loud if you use CO2 in the house. Not ear damaging but it will startle your spouse, kids and or pets.

Second word of warning, I was leaning around the garbage can because how I had to mount my iphone and was in a hurry as it was 102ºF in the garage so my form was a bit meh.


#5

They’re great tools, but you should still do dry fire with no recoil at all.

You’re able to diagnose your trigger pull when there’s no recoil. Do your sights bounce? Are you anticipating? Are you jerking to one side?

You can’t answer those questions when there any recoil.


#6

Absolutely. I encourage all forms of practice.