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Get A Bang For Your Buck: Dry Fire Practice

It takes 3,000 repetitions of a skill before it becomes a habit. 3,000 rounds of 9mm ammunition would cost over $900. How do you get that level of practice for $0.00? Dry practice.
Dry practice, also called dry firing, allows you to improve your shooting skills without the expense of using ammunition. And that’s a big bang for your buck! But, most importantly, it allows you to focus on your fundamentals of stance, grip, sight alignment, sight picture, breath control, and trigger press without the distraction of muzzle blast and recoil.
A fundamental skill to start with is trigger press. It doesn’t matter if you have a great stance and grip – if you smash the trigger you will have a bad shot!
The trigger press is the moment when all the other elements come together. A correct trigger press should be smooth, with pressure applied straight to the rear of the firearm. Dry practice allows you to see the movement of the sights as you press the trigger and at the moment when the hammer or striker falls.
While you’re at it, you can also work on other skills such as presentation from the holster and movement using dry practice.
Remember, safety first! Treat your firearm as if it were loaded, even if you know it’s not. Check your firearm before you start dry fire practice – make sure it’s empty. And always remove ammunition from the area where you’re practicing.
If you need any help to get started, or if you’d like to learn a new skill, feel free to contact me, or any one of our instructors, any time.
Good luck, and have fun!
Joe Loza, Training Manager