A lot of people think that going to the range is the only way you can practice, but dry fire practice can be extremely efficient.
Practice makes perfect, and there is no better way to practice your shooting skills than dry fire drills. This is because the drills are safe, and you don’t need any ammunition to practice.
These drills are also good for improving your muscle memory and developing your trigger control. This will make it easier for you to transition into live fire scenarios when you need to use your firearm.
They can also be done to help with stress relief, which is something that many people struggle with. Practicing dry fire drills at home will also help you develop better self-discipline and concentration.
How Does Dry Fire Work?
The act of simulating your weapon’s firing without ammunition is called dry fire.
The basic idea is that you’re firing off a shot the same way you would normally do…but there’s no ammo in (or even near) the gun.
A dry fire session is an ideal way to introduce new shooters to the fundamentals of gun handling and weapon manipulation through the safe handling of a firearm.
While you can do dry fire training inside without any equipment except your handgun, there are some things to be aware of to stay safe, and some things can help dry fire training be more effective.
When To Dry Fire
To maximize the benefits of dry fire, it is best to use it immediately after a live fire. Then, you will have fresh muscle memory after making mistakes.
We usually start with dry fire, move to live fire and finish with dry fire when I teach my students.
When they shoot dry fire for the first few attempts, they’re still mentally prepared to shoot a live round, making diagnosing their shooting problems easier.
The phrase ‘after shooting’ means right after firing, unloading, showing clear, and showing dry fire. Keep everything the same, including the range, target, and everything else.
Before your body and mind know it’s dry firing; you’ll only have to repeat this process about a dozen or so times before you can forget about this muscle memory of mistakes.
These will be evident if you are clenching, closing your eyes, flinching, or showing signs of sympathetic movement. A daily 15-minute dry firing session at home and on the range is recommended. There you have it; that’s all you need to improve your shooting.
You can do it after work, before work, or whenever you feel productive enough to practice dry firing for 15 minutes.
The Benefits Of Dry Fire
Practicing dry fire means training without ammunition with your firearm.
With dry fire, shooters practice all the basics without requiring ammunition by pulling the trigger on an empty chamber.
Currently, we are experiencing an ammo shortage, so dry fire is a valuable method for training and enhancing skills.
The benefits of dry firing extend far beyond the repetitive action of just pulling the trigger over and over again and allow you to practice your firearm handling skills at home as well.
Drawing, reloading, malfunction drills, and many other activities should be incorporated into the modern dry fire.
There are many firearms skills that you can acquire without firing a shot if you walk through your favorite shooting drills dry.
Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Practice Dry Fire
The reasons why you should practice dry fire are many and are explained below:
1. The Art of Handling Your Gun
Shooters who are new to guns or inexperienced are more likely to feel comfortable handling them when they aren’t constantly worried about them going boom.
In addition to making it easier for your student to handle and manipulate a firearm that cannot fire projectiles, it will also make your life easier. The more relaxed you are, the faster and better they will learn.
2. Limitations Of Range Training
As far as your typical range is concerned, there are limitations. Lots of restrictions.
- Shooting while moving is not allowed,
- Shooting behind cover is not allowed,
- Working from a holster is not allowed,
- Working from concealment is not allowed,
- Turning and drawing are prohibited,
- Shooting multiple targets is not allowed,
- Shooting is limited to 1 round per second and more.
These limitations do not apply to dry fire.
3. Dry Fire Is Safer Than Live Fire
Dry fire training is inherently safer than live fire training because no live ammunition is involved.
Again, if live ammunition is introduced, dry fire is no longer possible. Regardless of whether a gun is loaded or not, it would help if you still treated it like a loaded one.
4. Private Practice
Dry fire is the absolute best way to keep your edge in the privacy of your home, especially if you live in an anti-gun area or suspect that restrictions may increase in the future.
5. Focus On Form And Fundamentals
The calm, relaxed, controlled environment of dry fire enables you to concentrate on form and fundamentals.
Then add the chemistry that live fire provides to make your brain happy, speed up the learning process, and increase your chances to perform at a high level under extreme stress when you have the form and fundamentals down.
Myths About Dry Firing
The most common myth about dry fire is that it is bad for your gun. As with most myths, this one has a grain of truth to it. Dry firing is harmful to a variety of firearms, mainly rimfires.
Rimfires fire by striking the rim of the round, while chamber shots strike the rim of the chamber without a round.
Consequently, firing pins and chambers can become mushroomed and dented. Ruger rimfire rifles are an exception.
It’s perfectly safe to dry fire the Ruger 10/22, according to its manual, Page 20.
There are also older firearms, such as revolvers without transfer bars and some older semi-automatics.
Due to the lack of primers, the firing pins go too far forward on these older revolvers and semi-autos. A portion of the firing pin over travels and hits the sides of the firing pin channel as a result.
Semi-automatics were fixed over time using stronger firing pins and revolvers using transfer bars and hammer blocks.
Ensure your firearm is unloaded and that all ammunition is removed from the practice area before you begin dry firing. Make sure you practice in an environment where your firearm can be pointed in an empty space or in a safe direction.
Before gently squeezing the trigger, pick out an objective on the opposite wall, focus, and line up the front sight.
You will develop your trigger sense by finding the right amount of strength to discharge ammunition without moving your firearm off target.
Using different parts of your trigger finger, practice pulling the trigger while keeping your sights on target using a variety of trigger finger positions.
The Bottom Line
One of the most important reasons for practicing dry fire drills at home is that it doesn’t cost anything.
This makes it a great way to learn and improve your skills without spending a lot of money or time on ammunition or bullets. You only need a few minutes of your time and a safe place to do the drills.
Larry, who is a family man and a gun enthusiast, enjoys keeping his collection in pristine condition. He also likes to take his kids shooting as often as possible.