What Comes From 100 Days of Dry Fire Practice?

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.

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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.

About Matthew Maruster

I follow my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who is the eternal co-equal Son of God. I currently live in Columbus, Ohio with my wife and daughter. I served in the Marine Corps Infantry. I was a Staff Sergeant and served as a Platoon Sergeant during combat in Iraq. After I was a police officer at a municipal agency in San Diego County. I have a Bachelors's Degree in Criminal Justice from National University. I produce the Concealed Carry Podcast and coordinate the Concealed Carry Instructor Network, and manage MJ Maruster Defense.


  1. TFK on January 17, 2023 at 11:22 am

    Is this an article on dry practice or an ad? Do these gizmos let you practice malfunction clearances and emergency reloads like “dummy rounds” ? Old school is still best.

    • Matthew Maruster on January 17, 2023 at 11:35 am

      No the mantis device isn’t a dummy round. Just like a dummy round doesn’t track muzzle movement. A comprehensive dry fire routine utilizing ‘old school’ and new products is better than limiting yourself to dummy rounds. But you’re certainly entitled to do what you think is best. And no it’s not an advertisement for a product. If anything it’s an advertisement for dry fire.

  2. MD Perry on January 17, 2023 at 12:07 pm

    I own and use most of the devices shown here and have for years. LASRApp has shooting scenarios that tell you to reload at different times during the course of fire. You can utilize a SIRT pistol that has the feel and weight of a Glock 17, and a magazine. You can purchase xtra mags to go through the routine of changing magazines. You never know it the training when the command comes, do it is very life like. AND you can do it at home, in your living room with safe, reliable equipment that gives you feedback on where your shot hits.
    This isn’t a replacement for live fire. The dynamics there are somewhat different. BUT, a lot of ranges won’t let you draw from holster, you CAN do that with the dry fire equipment. And, up until and when you pull the dry fire trigger, the action is exactly the same as with a loaded guy.
    Dry fire is supplemental to live fire, with a lot more options. It’s fun, your wife, girlfriend, significant other, mom, et al aren’t intimidated and afraid of the equipment so you can walk them into firearm use gently, without the fear associated with live fire training.

  3. Randall Milam on January 17, 2023 at 4:34 pm

    Enjoyed the article. I know the benefits of dry-fire practice, it’s just not as fun as live fire! I will be looking into some of the products mentioned in your article to see if they would add a little fun. I’m glad that you are bold in your faith and mention it right up front in your bio!

  4. Steve Agon on January 28, 2023 at 11:47 am

    I have used dry fire training for years, mainly to reinforce muscle memory when operating my firearm. Practicing reloads, clearing drills, drawing from concealed carry, checking my “six”, moving and reloading, moving to cover, etc… all while operating the gun. I do believe this training absolutely transfers to the live fire range. I have started my daughter (15) on dry fire training in our house to learn the mechanics of the firearm. When we head to the range she almost always incorporates what we practice at home into live fire. It does translate, if you will. I / we use plastic dummy rounds at home to operate the firearm. At the range we incorporate those dummy rounds with live rounds, so we can simulate malfunctions with live shooting, it again reinforces our home simulation training.

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