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+1 on dry fire practice. It should be an essential part of your overall practice. It is cheap and easy.

Once you have gone through all the required safety issues regarding dry fire practice, you can improve and perfect your draw stroke, reaction time, trigger control and obtaining that critical "muscle memory" skills without spending a dime.

Live fire is another essential component of shooting skills.

Here you are limited by how much ammo you can afford and the other ancillary items such as, targets, cleaning gear and other stuff. And you are limited by availability of having appropriate place to shoot and practice.

As you may already know, marksmanship is a skill which deteriorates over time if you do not practice. In this case, I have learned that it isn't the quantity of rounds you shoot. It's the quality of effort devoted with the shots fired and how often you get to send rounds down range. So, if you can afford to shoot only one box of ammo every payday or even once a month, devoted to quality shooting techniques, you'll probably be ahead of the game for most individuals.

Yes, it's always fun to shoot a couple hundred rounds in a session, and if you can afford to do so, by all means do so. However, each shot fired should be directed at a well thought out method of improving your skill or mastering a technique or a drill for a specific scenario.

But if you save up to shoot several hundred rounds at a time but can only afford to do it once or twice a year, chances are, you won't be nearly as good as someone who shoots 25 or 50 rounds each month, or every two weeks.

Good luck and get on that dry fire practice. It's cheap and you don't even have to leave the house.
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