Hi, my name is Jacob, and I'm a dry fire junky. It's true. I have a dedicated range bag for my dry fire gear. I'm not sure if that makes me an anomaly or not. I recently added a new dry fire tool to that gear bag and it's called the DryFireMag.
I have and train with SIRT pistols, Cool Fire Trainer, LaserDot, LASR, Airsoft, LaserLyte pistols, Glock E-Trainer, BarrelBlok, and probably other things I'm not thinking of. One tool that is part of my dry fire toolbox is the Dry Fire mag.
The reason for starting the post this way is simply to explain that I have a lot more experience using different dry fire gear than most people.
What The DryFireMag Does
The Dry Fire Mag is a replacement magazine that you insert into the gun just as you would a standard magazine. The difference is the Dry Fire Mag uses a spring mechanism, which resets the trigger with each trigger press.
The benefit is that with the Dry Fire Mag installed in your striker fire handgun, you do not need to cycle the slide between shots to reset the trigger.
Because the Dry Fire Mag is controlling the trigger break, the take-up, wall, and reset do NOT feel exactly like the actual take-up, wall, and reset of your firearm's trigger.
What Place This Has In My Toolbox
Despite the long list of tools I own for conducting dry fire, I really only use about 3-5 of them regularly. I suspect that is probably true of anyone.
I find the Dry Fire Mag especially useful when I work on my trigger press, target transitions, or other multiple shot drills. For me and many shooters, this is a great tool for diagnosing grip and trigger issues as it lets me easily observe how my sights move as I work through the trigger press with some actual tension and pressure required to press the trigger.
Whenever I'm doing dry fire drills that require multiple shots, I appreciate that with the Dry Fire Mag installed, I can practice without building the bad habit of cycling the slide between each shot.
Observable Pros and Cons
Nothing is a replacement for live-fire, and many dry fire tools are extremely useful for different applications. However, as with most pieces of gear, there are some pros and cons to using the Dry Fire Mag.
- For the Mantis fanboys, the DryFireMag is compatible. Just set the Shot Detection Mode in the app to “SIRT/DFM”
- Utilize your firearm, holster, sights, etc.
- No potential for damage to the firing pin or other components of the gun
- No disassembly required
- I find the audible click sound to be too loud and annoying, but after some repetition, it doesn't bother me as much anymore. You might actually enjoy the audible click sound
- You can not pair the Dry Fire Mag with any Laser training device. This means you get no visual or accuracy-related feedback when conducting your training
- Currently, the Dry Fire Mag is only available for a few firearm makes and models
- It prevents me from practicing any drill that includes a reload which includes most of my malfunction-clearing drills
- The trigger “feel” is not real. It isn't the way your gun's trigger would normally feel but I don't think that matters as much as many people may think it does
For the price, I think the Dry Fire Mag is a good tool you should consider including in your overall dry fire strategy. If you have any questions or want to share your own experience with the DryFireMag please do so in the comments below.