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Book Review: The Dry Fire Primer

I started reading this book in its electronic format just in time to see it published in paper format which delighted me. I still have not figured out how to effectively thumb through a resource book online and this is a book that I will refer to as I continue to build my dry-fire routine.

The book is 81 pages long and chocked full of “how to” techniques of dry fire practice. AG & AG Conference Instructor Annette Evans does a great job in explaining that dry fire alone is not the end all for improving your firearm accuracy, but an important piece of that puzzle.

The book logically steps through the process of why we should dry fire, how to set up a dry fire area, the importance of scheduling time for dry fire, how to dry fire, journaling and many other useful tips that it probably took the author years of hard work to figure out on her own. The part that I most appreciated in the paperback is the continued emphasis on safety, as dry fire builds habits. Any unsafe habits created in your dry fire routine can very easily be carried forward to real world situations at the range or in self-defense.

Just like exercising, dry fire is not something that is a top priority in most of our lives. Evans discusses scheduling, planning, and removing barriers to make this activity as efficient for your training as possible. Most other dry fire books and articles that I have read jump straight to the skill, and rarely touch on the successful set up to dry fire.

I would have loved to see an extended chapter laying out drills need to improve certain skills, but as Evans said, there are many resources available online. Maybe her next book will be a companion to The Dry Fire Primer on this topic.

Anyone who would like to include dry fire into their overall shooting routine should read The Dry Fire Primer. It will save you the time of learning these effective dry fire strategies on your own and help you be successful from your first dry fire practice to incorporating these skills at the range.

Sandra Kozero is an NRA certified pistol and rifle instructor, along with being an NRA Level 1 Shotgun Coach. She teaches Home Firearm Safety, Personal Protection in the Home, Refuse to Be a Victim and the Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program. Sandy has been shooting with the San Antonio TX Chapter of A Girl & A Gun since 2011. She also dabbles in competitive shooting. She is not only the San Antonio Chapter Facilitator, but she also serves as an AG & AG National Regional Director.

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