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Dry Fire To Hone Defensive Skills

by George Wehby   |  June 6th, 2011 7

Clint Smith's download box has a stark reminder he sees before he practices dry firing.

Practice, practice, and practice some more.  When I have an opportunity, I like to put some time in dry firing. Taking the time to download your carry piece safely and get in some technical practice with your firearm can be invaluable.  They say it takes 10,000 hours to master something.  I wonder how many draws that equals.  I wonder how many trigger pulls that is.  I don’t know about you but I do not have the money to afford firing 10,000 hours worth of live fire.  The ammunition, range time and wear and tear on a firearm would put the wealthiest guy in the poor house.

Since no one could afford such practice, you need to find an economical and effective way to get to that level of mastery.  Lets face it, this level of mastery may save your life one day.  If you have not developed a dry fire routine, it is well worth adding it to your training.  Just remember, dry fire practice is 100% safe if you are smart about not introducing ammunition into your dry fire area.  More on developing that later.  Train safe and train smart!

  • Pplaza

    Of course I remember back in my old army days range time was limited and I used a white sheet of paper drew my target in the center. Taped to the wall and with a new sharpened pencil loaded into my 1911. Eraser to firing pin and stand 12 to 18 inches back aim-fire at paper target always at same point of aim. Corrected lots of erors and mistakes like that.

    No live ammo just a no 2 pencil…

    • ExtraSmooth

      You're gonna have to elaborate on that. Makes no sense as written. What, exactly, impacts the target to show hits?

      • smayer

        Extrasmooth, if you put a pencil with a rubber eraser down the bore, the firing pin hits the eraser and the pencil shoots out the muzzle (with surprising force) making a dot on the target. It's not perfect, but if it helps you, try it, just make sure the gun is unloaded and there is no ammunition even in the room where you are dry firing.

  • Jhon Baker

    Extra smooth, nothing would impact the target – the pencil sticking out of the barrel would show any micro movements the gun is making while you pull the trigger. A dowel could easily be used in its place and made slightly longer still providing the correct lesson.

  • Jhon Baker

    Oh, the target is used to have something to aim against which would further show where the muzzle is moving while you pull on the trigger.

  • Pplaza

    Some folks get it. It's easy and cheap.

    Breathing trigger control trigger reset and

    more a litle research will help.

  • Steve Nottonson

    Include all the basics to good pistol shooting while using the number 2 pencil in your 1911.
    Inconsistancies will show up in larger pencil point groups. The aiming point is just that, a
    pencil dot at a short few inches between the pencil point and the target. I was introduced to
    this dry fire excercise at Fort Devens, MA by our team coach, an Army Major. Also first target
    of the day should be shot backwards without the scoring target. The excersize is to focus
    concentration on the front sight, or sight alingment.

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