I remember a time not so long ago when I routinely had conversations with people who not only thought dry fire, (practicing with an unloaded firearm) was useless, but believed doing so was detrimental to performance. “Well, there is no recoil” they would say, “so you are building training scars for when you are on the range”.
Isn't Dry Fire Practice Bad—
You might have heard this misconception about dry fire practice, or that it will damage your firearm. I know I did. I'm not sure why or how these ideas came about, and it's not really the focus of this article, but overall that is a good thing that more people understand the benefits of dry fire practice.
The Benefits of Dry Fire—
One thing that has helped dis-spell inacurate representations of dry fire practice is education. We aren't the only ones in the industry who made it a point to publish content explaining the various benefits from dryfire practice. Many industry professionals explained how they use dry fire in their personal training, as well as how they employ it as a teaching tool for students in their classes.
Using Technology in Dry Fire—
We can't overlook how technology changed dry fire practice in a big way. Next Level Training's SIRT (Shot Indicating Resetting Trigger) training gun is an incredible tool that makes dry fire more fun and expands on what you can do in dry fire practice. With a simple device like this LaserDot Trainer from ReadyUp Gear, you can transform your existing gun into a laser training pistol for dry fire practice.
Combining these laser trainers with a shot recording software like LASR X from LASR APP, you can replicate the expensive training simulators used by law enforcement and the military at a fraction of the cost. And then there are way cool devices like the Mantis X device that is basically a tiny gyroscope that you mount to the accessory rail of your gun. This device provides so much data about the gun's movement before, during and after the trigger break, that you can use to improve your fundamentals. You can even use the Mantis X during live fire, so that device is quite versatile.
Shooter Ready Challenge—
Several years ago, we partnered with LASR to publish a monthly video called the Shooter Ready Challenge. You can check out last month's Shooter Ready Challenge video where Riley discusses the 5-to-go steel challenge stage. We've heard from many people that regularly take part in the Shooter ready Challenge, and they've told us how much the monthly dry fire drills have helped them become more proficient.
If you're interested in learning a bit more about how dry fire practice can take your performance to the next level, consider checking out this week's livestream of the Concealed Carry Podcast. This Wednesday we will talk with Samuel Middlebrook from Redhawk Firearm Training. Samuel is a top level firearms instructor and an incredible guy.
Sam Middlebrook's Dry Fire Journal—
He has a video series called “the Dry Fire Journal”. The series is nearly 100 days of daily dryfire tips and strategies to improve your skills. We are going to talk to him about what he learned in that 100 days, so you won't want to miss it. You can watch this Wednesday Januar 11th on our Facebook or Facebook page. And you can always catch the podcasts when they publish, through your preferred podcast app.
Conduct Dry fire Safely—
And I would be remiss if I didn't mention that there are definite safety protocols you should set up for dry fire practice. Here is one in a series of posts I published documenting real life unintentional discharges during dry fire practice. The series is called: When Dry Fire Isn't Dry. One safety strategy is using BarrelBlok, which ensures the gun is not only clear, but inert.
Dry fire practice is not just beneficial, it can be fun. Let us know what dry fire drills and devices you like to use.