In the world of guns, proficiency means safety and efficiency.
Becoming proficient with your firearms should be the goal of every gun owner, whether they own a gun for sport, hobby, or self-defense. No fumbling for safeties, no need to look for the magazine release button or try a number of grips to successfully lock the slide back. You will know where the buttons are, what the trigger feels like, and how to operate the gun. These ‘skills’ should be deeply ingrained in the firearm owner’s mind so that when performing safety checks and clearing the gun, there is no risk of a negligent discharge. Furthermore, proficiency will translate into speed of shooting, because there is no time wasted while employing the gun in an emergency.
Dry firing is great for gaining proficiency while saving ammo.
Developing sound firearms proficiency can be daunting to shooters because getting to the range consistently can be hard and very expensive. This is where dry fire practice comes in. Dry firing is the act of ‘shooting ‘ your gun without live ammunition. You should use ‘snap caps’ or dummy rounds to allow your gun to run magazines and to simulate the use of real bullets.
In doing so you will be mentally focused on how the gun works, on how the trigger feels and ‘breaks’ when you pull it, on where your equipment is and if it rattles or falls out. This is where you learn to draw your gun, and to reload first slowly, then more quickly, and eventually at lightning speeds. Basically, dry fire allows you to practice everything you need to know aside from recoil management.
There are many different dry fire drills and method, but they all share one important factor.
Keep your dry fire sessions safe by ensuring there is no live ammunition in the room while practicing, and by aiming at a designated safe spot (something that can safely absorb a bullet if you were to negligently fire a round).
Dry fire practice is fun. It lets you ‘play’ with your guns and develop your skills in the comfort of your own home for no money. That’s hard to beat. Dry fire to learn the skills, then live fire to test yourself at the range.
Good luck and be safe!
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