How To Retain Your Shooting Skills During AmmoPocalypse 2020

Guardian Nation Dry-Fire CourseDefensive shooting skills are perishable if they're not used and practiced on a regular basis. What this means, is that if you don't practice what you've learned your skills will diminish over time. Therefore the best way to keep yourself sharp is to continually practice.

But, as we all know, the 2020 ammopocalypse is upon us. There is almost zero ammunition anywhere and the stuff that is available is so expensive it's nearly impossible to afford.

Plus, if you do have some ammo and you're like me, you don't want to shoot it because there is no way to know for certain if you'll be able to replenish it at any point soon.

So what's a guy or gal to do? If you're serious about your self-defense, especially in this day with all the lunatics running around hurting people, keeping your skills as honed as possible is necessary.

This is where dry fire comes into play. 

Now, we've discussed dry fire so many times that we've become the go-to authority on the subject. And the reason why is because it really is that helpful. When I was in the Marines, dry fire was something that we did each time we went to the rifle range.

We would get into our position and aim in on a target, practice our fundamentals, and then press the trigger. That is how we were taught before we ever went and did live fire.

Marines are good shooters. We've adopted the unofficial motto “one shot, one kill” for a reason. If it's good enough for the Marines, it should be good enough for you, too.

Dry fire can be done at its most basic level with nothing more than your gun. There is no harm done to the firearm itself as long as it's a modern day, centerfire gun. This means that your semi-auto pistols like those from Glock, S&W, Springfield, and all of their competitors are able to dry fire.

Also fine are your AR-15 rifles, modern revolvers, and similar guns. Those who say that dry firing their guns will hurt them outside of average wear are either using very old guns or have a blurred understanding of facts.

For those of you still unsure, you can buy things like snap caps and dummy ammo so you're not dropping the pin or hammer on an empty chamber.

Of course, you can also purchase a practice pistol, like a SIRT or similar if you're that worried (keep reading to the bottom where I mention the sale we've got on SIRT Pistols and all dry fire tools).

I do want to note here that while dry firing your gun won't hurt your striker or hammer, it does place wear on the springs. Gun manufacturers state that each rack of the slide in dry fire counts as a round fired on your recoil spring, so do keep that in mind.

We sell dummy ammo, SIRT Pistols, and many more dry fire items in our online store, but I'm not going to link to it yet because we're running a massive dry fire sale and I still want to talk about the benefits of dry fire in a bit more detail, before we get there (but if you can't wait the link to the sale is at the bottom).

I mentioned a little while ago about how the Marines use dry fire practice to get conditioned before going into live fire training, but I have to admit that as a 20-something year old kid I didn't really take it seriously.

Sure I shot Expert Rifleman, but I didn't really care. I didn't really care until I recently (within the past 8 or 10 years) found dry fire practice again for the second time. This time with defensive shooting.

When dry firing my gun, it really allowed me to focus in on my fundamentals. And really, the only two fundamentals I needed to work on as a shooter are grip and trigger control (there are others, too, like front sight focus, etc., that are also important, but these were the ones I needed to work on).

Also, something else we've noticed as a company ran by firearm instructors, is that a majority of people have a horrible grip and trigger control.

I know that I personally struggled with them for a long time. Let's go over a few different things you can practice with dry fire that will help you not only keep your skills sharp, but improve them as you go along.

Dry Fire Drills:

You can practice drills that are designed to up your game big time while dry firing. These skills translate directly to your defensive shooting skills.

They're also a lot of fun.

Dry Fire Trigger and Grip:

By doing dry fire practice you can essentially practice the things you are bad at or could use more work on from the comfort of your own home without needing to use ammunition. By doing just a few sets of repetitions each day you can hone in on how your grip is supposed to feel. You can hone in on how to press the trigger properly.

These are two things that will directly translate into you upping your skills.

Dry Fire Holster Technique:

This is something that most people don't practice because the local gun range doesn't allow them to. On the plus side, you can practice this in your home with dry fire, either with your own gun or one of the tools that are available to you on our site, via the sale I'll link to below.

Dry Fire and Movement:

Studies have shown that one of the best ways to stay alive in a firefight is to move. A moving target is much harder to hit than a static target. Furthermore, if you can get yourself to cover your chances are even better.

The problem, is that most people don't practice this. Because you're not practicing it, if you're ever presented with having to use deadly force, like drawing your gun and engaging a bad guy trying to hurt you, you'll likely stand there like an oak tree to shoot back.

And doing this just makes you an easier target.

Dry Fire Sale:

Without further ado, now we get to the details on the sale. The sale runs until September 7, 2020 at 11:59pm MT.

ALL dry fire products we carry in our store are going to be either 15% or 20% off by utilizing a code, that you can find on this page. There are a couple of different codes depending on what you're going to get.

Some of my own personal favorite dry fire tools, like the Mantis X, are on sale and ready for you to take your skills to the next level, all without leaving the comfort of your home.

To find out the code, visit our page here, for more information.

About Joshua Gillem

Josh is a lifelong practitioner and student of the gun. He grew up shooting/hunting with his dad, and was given his first gun, a 12 gauge shotgun, when just a small boy. After high school, he joined the Marines where his love for firearms blossomed as he qualified with an M16A2, an M9, and a 240G. Josh has been writing about firearms and tactics for several years, owns the blog Gunners Den, is a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment, and believes that each individual person has the right to self-defense by any means necessary. Currently residing in gun-friendly NC, he carries a concealed gun on a daily basis, even in his own house.


  1. Bill on September 7, 2020 at 8:29 am

    I also practice while watching the “idiot box” At the begging of the program I pick one character. When I see him or her, I draw and shoot(dry fire) re-holster my weapon. One position CCW never practice. As a retired Deputy, when active I practice while in my cruiser.

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