The Proper Method of Handgun Dry Fire Practice
It has now become common knowledge within firearm instructor circles that dry fire is an extremely critical and important part in the shooting regimen of anyone who wants to become an expert shot. It is important that all shooters especially people new to handguns have their firearm instructors teach them the proper method, techniques, and products that can be used to perfect their dry fire practice.
This is very important in that if you train wrong you will shoot wrong, so take the time and really work out the details with your instructor on the exact and perfect way to practice your dry fire training.
Before you start any dry-fire training regimen you must always think of safety, and even in dry-fire practice ALL firearms safety rules apply! Make sure that NO LIVE ammunition is anywhere near your dry-fire practice area! Always use the NRA safety guidelines: Always keep the firearm pointed in a safe direction, Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot, Always, keep the firearm unloaded until ready to shoot, and yes even though it is dry-fire know your target and what is beyond, Know how to use the firearm safely. Find our more on our website, US Precision Defense.
Handgun Dry Fire Practice Is The Key To Being A Great Shooter
Repetitive dry fire will help you to become much smoother in all of your shooting movements including; your draw from the holster, muzzle control, and coming onto target. All of these movements will naturally become faster as you begin to develop your muscle memory, it will also help in perfecting your sight alignment and your trigger control.
With dry fire practice you concentrate on your movements, trigger control and sights, and a crisp and perfect trigger break without worrying about muzzle movement (jump) or recoil. What makes this so important is that it not only conditions your body to respond the right way it will help make you become an expert shot every time. When you get into a high stress situation as that of an actual shooting your body will instinctively respond in the way that it's been trained to because it doesn't know anything else.
Proper dry fire practice coupled with live fire practice that is done the right way could be the difference between life or death.
Dry fire practice is the single best way to practice! During the early days dry fire was just considered a complementary way of training that didn't hold as much importance as live fire. Through my own experimentation as the years went on I found that whenever I spent more time doing dry fire my scores were improving , and were more consistent at the range.
I remember during my S.W.A.T. training at Camp Pendleton with the Marines there was a Gunnery Sgt. who was dry firing and practicing his draw every time we went to the range. I finally went up to him and asked him why he was doing so much dry fire practice when he had access to all the ammunition he could possibly want, and he replied that he had been trained to dry fire to improve his scores and with over 15 years in the Corps it had proved to him that the training worked, stating that it had saved his life. With his combat experience he felt it was his duty to pass along his knowledge to other Marines and he always taught the new recruits that dry fire drills was the real secret to good marksmanship with a side arm. Whether a Marine at Camp Pendleton or a civilain dry fire practice is the key to being a great shooter.
As the years went on and I met more firearms instructors from other law-enforcement agencies, and from the military, and civilian circles it was clear that the real key to becoming an expert shot with a handgun was doing an equal amount of dry fire exercises as live fire on the range.
As with any practice whether it is dry fire or live fire, it should be practiced correctly. It is important and even critical that during dry fire practice that you learn the moves first slowly, correctly, and accurately, and then pick up speed once you master the movements. By doing it this way repetitively you start to develop a conditioned response which is more commonly known as fine motor skills or muscle memory. Want to see how it actually works? See our videos on US Precision Defense.