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Dry Fire Training With Laser Simulation

dry fire training with laser

Do you train as often as you should? None of us do. We are all subject to life and the various distractions and conflicts that come with it. Dry fire training has always been the preferred solution by the industry but with modern technology dry fire training has evolved into laser simulation.

Not only is getting to the range often difficult, range training alone also sets up the shooter for almost certain failure -Jacob Paulsen (President, Concealed Carry Inc.)

The Reasons We Don't Get to The Range Often Enough

Call them reasons or excuses the reality is life gets in the way. It takes time and money (gas, fee/membership, ammunition, targets) both of which are limited resources. Being safe at the range also requires a certain amount of physical and mental energy that I often don't have at the end of the day.

Even If We Trained As Often As We Should The Range Still Leaves “Training Gaps”

Range TrainingThe range isn't a very good training environment. The environment and often the range rules prevent us from training a lot of things we know we should like:

  • Moving while shooting
  • Drawing from a holster
  • Shooting at multiple targets
  • Shooting from behind cover
  • Rapid fire

Add to this that we can't learn to deal with situations that are so common in every day defense like dealing with innocent civilians, going up and down stairs, close quarter combat, and low light conditions.

The Solution of Dry Fire Training

Dry Fire training has long been the solution of the gun community for dealing with these setbacks. Traditionally dry fire training consisted of using an unloaded and inspected handgun without ammunition or with training (dummy) ammunition to do training at home. Dry fire allows us to deal with the majority of the issues laid out above. At home one can train the right types of environments, draw from concealed, and practice moving. Dry Fire training is really the single most significant strategy that I have found separates the professionals from the novices.

The Old School Methods Have Drawbacks

While very practical I always felt that little sense of healthy fear when I was dry firing my gun at home. No matter how many times I checked and inspected it I was still afraid of some sort of discharge and I had to be super careful to make sure I reloaded the gun after each training session so it would be ready for defensive use should I have a real life encounter. The constant back and forth of loading and unloading was mentally exhausting.

In addition, Dry Fire has the disadvantage of not giving any accuracy or target related feedback. You don't know if your trigger control, grip, and stance are any good because you don't have any feedback from where you are hitting the target. Also, without the noise that accompanies the use of real ammunition you can't use a shot timer to judge your speed.

Also, many semi-automatic pistols make it hard to dry fire train as they limit your ability to practice multiple trigger pulls without racking the slide after each trigger squeeze.

The Core Advantages of Laser Simulation

Laser simulation training pistols and inserts make you feel safe and give you greater feedback. Consider this about laser simulated pistols:

  1. There is no concern for doing any damage to your real gun while training
  2. You get immediate feedback about your shots, particularly when used with L.A.S.R. software
  3. You have no need to fear about unloading or inspecting the firearm since Laser pistols are inert
  4. When combined with L.A.S.R. you can get shot times and other great reporting

The Industry's Top Laser Training Tools

You really have two options for Laser Simulated Training. You can invest in a laser ammo insert, which, as it suggests is inserted into your real firearm and emits a laser when the firing pin comes forward or you can invest in a completely separate and unique training pistol. I personally favor the training pistol as it just works better for me to keep separate my training gun which I can pick up anytime and train with VS my response weapon which is always loaded and ready for an encounter.

The top tool in the industry is the SIRT. Recently we put together a promotional video about this product. Watch it by clicking below:

Sirt Next Level Training Video Review

 

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7 Responses to Dry Fire Training With Laser Simulation

  1. Matthew April 13, 2016 at 11:21 am #

    Great points Jacob. Getting more EFFECTIVE training, undoubtably results in more people being proficient, safer and more confident!

  2. Rkn August 3, 2017 at 11:36 am #

    Yet remember not all semi automatic pistols should be dry fired without snap caps or an O ring that blocks the hammer from contact with firing pin. Some pistols like a CZ p01, you can bend the firing pin retainer roll pin. I hear so many times that modern pistols can be dry fired, a few times yes but not repeated. A practice fire pistol is a good choice. Believe me, I know about bending firing pin retainers because of dry firing. Also, a good choice when buying a pistol is get one new in a sealed box, not off the shelf, hundreds of people probably dry fired it in the gun store.

  3. Warren Farina August 3, 2017 at 11:38 am #

    Do you find that using the SIRT pistol will transfer over to you regular EDC pistol. I have several different pistols and us a laser lyte cartridge in them for dry fire. I find that each pistol has it’s own sight characteristics, weight and grip and that makes them just a little different from the other.
    Great article, thanks for covering this topic.

    • Jacob Paulsen August 3, 2017 at 5:48 pm #

      Warren, it may or may not really transfer over. They now make the SIRT in 3 models… a Glock 17, a M&P, and a sub-compact pistol which closely resembles a Shield or G43. So if you carry something very similar to one of those 3 I would say yes it transfers really well. Otherwise you may do well to stick with some sort of laser cartridge!

  4. Rkn August 3, 2017 at 11:40 am #

    Sorry I missed the part about damaging the gun. That is one reason not to repeat dry fire many pistols. As I said in previous comment.

  5. DanDevine August 3, 2017 at 2:19 pm #

    I have been teaching for 45 years plus. I still use dry fire drills and stopage drills. With both revolver and semi-auto.
    Dan Devine

  6. Ray Dillon August 3, 2017 at 9:41 pm #

    In addition to laser inserts I also have CO2 pistols that I can practice with. One of the CO2 pistols is nearly identical in functionality with my EDC, right down to safety, slide operation and magazine changes. Obviously not the same recoil.

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