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I know a lot of us dry fire for trigger and sight discipline. Given the cost of ammo these days...who of us dry train? I sometimes will practice "shooting" on the move (WITH AN EMPTY GUN) through my house and what not sometimes on the range. It seems to help with shooting in my local competitions. and my overall confidence in muscle memory, drawstroke , etc.
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That is basically what I do these days. Going on over a year of no work, have to cut expensives. I visit the range only once monthly and shoot a box of 50. I take my sweet time enjoying every moment!
Another word for compensate is flinching and dry fire actually helps guard against flinching. It is also brutally honest--if you have a flinch you will see it immediately when dry firing.
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I try to dry practice a couple times a week for 15-20 minutes and I believe it helps tremendously (regardless of the lack of recoil and difference in weight). However, I am pretty disciplined about it. I do it in a special area where there is no ammo and with a target attached to a solid outside wall. Moving is good since you can't usually even do that at a range. The draw stroke from concealment, acquiring a sight picture, taking the slack out of the trigger, and a smooth trigger squeeze are what I primarily focus on and I am convinced it helps.
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I practice a couple of times a week with a laser (ArmaLaser) that turns on when I put my finger in the trigger guard. That way I can draw and aim, then test my aim by turning on the laser, then watch the beam as I pull the trigger to train myself to pull smoothly.
I practice under many different lighting conditions, with many different targets scattered around my yard, from a variety of distances.
I also practice moving, turning, etc. while drawing, aiming and "firing".
I recognize that it's not the same as live fire, but I still think it's very useful: for example I can practice draws and movements, etc. that might be dangerous with live ammo, until I get the basic moves down.
Jeff Cooper recommends 100 dry snaps a day. 'Nuff said.
I don't dry fire as much as do Gun Kata, this sums it up...
Those who practice martial arts have long understood the concept of kata. Kata is a system of basic body positioning and movement exercises. What they also understand is that the subconscious does not know the difference between imagined practice or the real thing, which brings us to the next link in kata, imagery and visualization.
What the martial artist is doing while going through the movements of kata, is visualizing throwing or blocking punches, kicking, effecting holds, throws, joint locks, etc. Use the same principals to visualize firing the pistol, not only employing the proper technique but by using it to stop an attack.
This is the reason we shoot at silhouettes. A normal person is averse to shooting people. The military has long known that troops trained to shoot bulls-eyes are very reluctant to shoot at the enemy. When training involves a repetitive shooting of images that are representative of humans (silhouettes), the tendency to shoot when it becomes necessary is greatly increased.
These principals of the mind’s inner workings, imagery and visualization, coupled with the way that the mind and body interact to adopt learned psycho-motor skills through repetition, are all put to use in dry fire training.
Put aside any doubts about the effectiveness of dry fire. Try it by going to the range and shoot a specific course of fire. Score your target. Now, dry fire the same course, complete with the same shooting positions, using a barricade or not. Do this every day for a week, then go out and try it again with live fire. You will see a marked improvement in your shooting, not to mention an increased smoothness of gun handling, and a boost in confidence. The more repetitions performed, the more precise those learned psycho-motor skills will be when you are called upon to use them. Under stress, you have a tendency to do as you train, assuming your training is sufficient, often, in a state that could be compared to autopilot.
Acquiring and maintaining these learned skills require not only thousands of repetitions, but frequent “maintenance” to retain. These are perishable skills. Dry fire is a perfect way to do that maintenance.
Training means learning the rules. Experience means learning the exceptions.
I dry fire train quite a bit actually. It used to be mainly for HD and PD purposes only, but I do a lot of dry draws and such for IPSC and steel challenge as well. I have learned a technique for the Glock pistols that lets you actually pull the trigger without releasing the striker and without having to subsequently rack the slide for each fire. That helps a lot.
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I practice dry fire and with a laser much more than live fire.
It's a great way to practice getting to the first shot (usually the most important shot) under many situations that you can't practice even on many ranges.
After the first shot dry fire loses it's 'reality' due to lack of noise, recoil, reload, and possible malfunction recovery.
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