Dry-fire practice is an essential part of your training. Training and practice with your firearm should be priority number one as a firearms owner. We practice being safe, accurate, and knowledgeable with these tools we use as a means of self-defense and to enjoy recreationally. When done correctly, dry-fire practice reinforces safe gun handling habits as well as a convenient and inexpensive way to build your skills using repetition without having to be at the range.
Dryfiring is the practice of “firing” a firearm without live ammunition present, while practicing the manipulation of a firearm with an inert training platform such as a SIRT training firearm or other tools that measure performance like the MantisX. It does not only mean pulling the trigger, it can also be used for practicing drawing from the holster, loading/reloading, sight picture and many other skills. A lot can be accomplished with dry fire practice, it is a valuable part of training that often gets missed!
Benefits of Dry-Fire
Dry-Fire practice will develop shooting-related motor skills and help you be in “auto pilot” mode when using your firearm. Dryfire does require time and dedication to train your muscles in proper shooting techniques using repetition, just like when exercising at the gym. You do not need to spend a long period of time in a dry fire session, it can be as short as five minutes three times a week working specific skills each day. It can also be a longer session as a warm up before live fire, working all five steps of marksmanship, learning how to move and be efficient at target transitions, or getting comfortable with your every day carry set up. Dryfire practice is excellent at identifying and fixing bad habits such as flinching, eye blinking, and lack of follow-through.
Here are 6 benefits from our friend Mike Ox at Dryfire Cards and why he says dry fire practice is so important for you:
- Learn how to grip your gun so that the sights AUTOMATICALLY come into alignment—without conscious thought—every time you draw.
- With the right grip, your sights will automatically come back into perfect alignment after each shot so you can shoot fast, accurate follow-up shots.
- Vision drills and tips that will allow you to aim faster and easier, even if you are cross-eye dominant or have trouble seeing your front sight clearly.
- Learn a single technique that will allow you to confidently hit targets from 10 feet to 100 yards (or more).
- You’ll learn how to train SMARTER so that you can improve 10x as much using 1/10th the time and money as shooters who only do “traditional” training.
- You’ll learn specific ways to practice so that your skill level won’t fall off a cliff under high stress.
It is possible to shoot 2x faster and 2x tighter groups in only 21 days using techniques that cost less than a single trip to the range!
Dry-Fire Training Gear
Dummy rounds are inert cartridges that provide a very clear difference from live ammo. They do not have powder, primers or projectiles, so they cannot be fired. They come in a variety of colors, materials and calibers. Although most modern handguns are not damaged by dry-firing an empty gun, the use of dummy rounds (or snap caps as they are also known as) is good practice and allows you to practice your skills with all of the necessary components. The Saf-T-Trainer rounds are plastic rounds colored a bright orange or yellow.
SIRT Laser Training Pistol– safe, effective, and innovative. The Shot Indicating Resetting Trigger (SIRT) Training Pistol was developed by shooters for shooters, to complement, not replace, live fire training. It is a training pistol with the look, feel and approximate weight a real firearm provides enhanced dry-fire practice. The Shot Indicating Resetting Trigger (SIRT) system assists shooters in developing proper grip and trigger control without spending money on ammunition. The auto-resetting trigger activates two lasers – one when pressure is applied to the trigger and the other displays “shot” placement. Features standard sights and a functional magazine release that enables users to practice reloads using the included weighted training magazine. Those that have used the SIRT say they have experienced a significant increase in performance in their shooting abilities. The extra daily practice, even as little as concise 10 second drills a day, can add huge gains over time.
The MantisX can be used for beginning through advanced proficiency training. Attach MantisX to the accessory rail of any firearm, just like you would any other firearm attachment. It is compatible to use with firearms and do live fire, dry fire, airsoft, and CO2. Install the smartphone application, turn on MantisX, and pair the device with a phone via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE or Bluetooth 4.0). Then you are ready to evaluate your shooting performance, identify areas of improvement, and track progress over time.
MantisX tracks the movement of your handgun’s barrel during the trigger pull. Shots are grouped according to movement pattern similarity. It also has a shot-by-shot analysis which tracks score of each shot individually and then analyzes trends. With the audio feedback you can keep your eyes focused. By using the various tools, settings, and drills you can have complete control over how you train and have a full record of your improvement!
There are many resources and tools available for dry-fire practice. We encourage you to research methods, instructors and products to make sure they will benefit your progress and not just take money out of your budget!
Before you get started in your dry fire practice, read and follow the dry-fire safety rules. Make sure to use these rules each and every session!