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Do You Record Your Dry Fire Practice?

We need to get as creative as possible regarding our training regimen, especially during this ammo shortage. Lately, I've been doing more dry fire practice in the comfort of my own home — my basement. However, I've recently realized how much I was missing out on by not recording myself during dry fire.

Let me explain.

Practicing my draw stroke:

record your drawstroke

Something I've been working on specifically is the draw. The reason is I find it is a skill that gets lost if not practiced often.

When I say “draw” and “dry fire,” I mean that I practice drawing my gun from a concealed carry position. For me, this means between 4 and 5 o'clock. The process is: draw the firearm, present to target, and press the trigger, all with an empty handgun.

I then re-holster and do it all again. After all, I've always thought that repetition will help me out.

But the thing that I either forgot or never knew is that while repetition is excellent, repeating something incorrect over and over can definitly hurt, more than help.

draw from appendix

I have trained with many great instructors:

I've taken classes from pros and have good training behind me. Yet, I made a critical error in my draw that I would never have picked up on had I not watched myself doing it.

Now I am making this mistake because of a shoulder injury. The error in question is that I'm not getting my gun up high enough out of the holster because I am subconsciously trying to prevent hurting myself further.

I realized that I was doing it, but not to the extent that I watched the video. And just so you know, bringing the gun up high after the draw is considered by the pros to be a good practice.


The reason why is because your support hand should already be there after clearing your garment up to your chest area, and it allows you to get a solid, two-handed grip early on in the draw stroke.

(Jacob goes much further into detail here)

The truth is that getting to the height needed hurts my shoulder, so I go just under the point where it starts to hurt. I had a feeling that I was doing this, but not to the degree I was, which was just barely out of the holster.

I am going to have to work on this:

I'm not sure this is something I can fix, but at least I'm aware of it moving forward, and I wouldn't have realized this if I didn't set my camera up and record myself drawing and dry firing. And sometimes cameras can catch some wild stuff during dryfire or live fire practice.

And that's the key with this tip. By recording yourself, you will see how you're doing. You will see your progress along with things you may be doing wrong. Consequently, you can develop a strategy on how to fix yourself.

learn to draw better

Is all this is new to you and? Maybe you are not sure why I am putting so much stress on dryfire practice. You can read further about the importance of dry fire here, here, here, and here.

Or do you want to learn how to draw like a pro? I strongly suggest you take a course on how to do just that.

Watch yourself going through the motions of dry fire. Then add our 80-minute course designed to help you with your draw stroke. This course is called Draw Like A Pro. You will undoubtedly see your proficiency increase.

After all, the goal of all this is to stand a better chance at coming out on top if you ever need to defend yourself with your gun.

If you want to take your dry fire practice to the next level, how about using lasers?  Check out the Mantis Laser Academy.

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5 Responses to Do You Record Your Dry Fire Practice?

  1. Ben Wyatt February 4, 2021 at 12:56 am #

    Excellent article. Thank you

  2. Mary E Julian February 6, 2021 at 10:48 am #

    Thanks for wearing a t-shirt under your shirt.

  3. Skeestir February 6, 2021 at 3:38 pm #

    Have you tried Physical Therapy on your shoulder. Or a cortisone shot.
    I have had both, different for each shoulder, when they were becoming limited range.
    PT hurt quite a bit – stretching things back out, but range is back aprox normal.
    One night the PT-tech said “Oh Boy, I get to hurt you tonight” — & he did.
    Cortisone shot hurt to get, but cured the problem in that shoulder.

    • Joshua Gillem February 6, 2021 at 6:21 pm #

      I’ve done PT which helped some but have limited motion range in certain directions, with severe pain still in a couple directions. I’ve been toying with the idea of the injection but have heard mixed reviews. Some say it’s great, others say it’s good for a month or two and wears off too quickly to justify going to the dr. so often, and others say it didn’t help at all.

      Still thinking about it as of right now.

  4. Steve Martin February 9, 2021 at 11:44 am #

    Hi Josh,
    I feel your pain. Rt shoulder rebuilt 06. Maybe try PRP therapy. I am finishing my 3rd injection on left shoulder with great results.

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