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Dry Fire Drills

Written by GT Shooting Range

April 21, 2020

4 Basic Rules of Firearms Safety

  1. Always Keep the Firearm Pointed in a SAFE DIRECTION.
  2. Always Keep Your Finger OFF THE TRIGGER Until Ready to Shoot.
  3. Always Keep the Firearm UNLOADED Until Ready to Shoot.
  4. Know Your Target and What’s Beyond.

Dry Fire Training is essentially, going through every step that you would to fire the gun, without the need for live ammunition. It is Easy, Safe, and FREE. You can use the firearm that you already have, in the convenience of your own home, and no ammunition is necessary. 

You may want to consider using Snap CapsTM (“dummy rounds”) for your dry fire training. Modern firearms are not typically damaged by repeated dry firing. Snap Caps also allow you to practice loading and unloading your firearm, and some are designed to simulate the same weight as actual ammunition for an even more realistic training experience. 

Before beginning your dry fire training session, remove ALL live ammunition from the room you will be practicing in. If you leave the room during your training to answer the phone, use the restroom, etc., make sure to verify that the firearm is UNLOADED when you return.

Here are some drills to get you started: 

Dime Drill

Place a dime or spent casing on the top of the slide, just behind the front sight, and practice gripping your firearm and pressing the trigger. Do not focus on sight alignment for this drill. Once the trigger is actuated, the firearm should not move, and the dime or casing should still be in place. If the dime or casing falls, continue to practice proper grip and trigger press until they stay on the slide, and the sights do not dip or move. Note: ANY coin will work. Will Doss prefers dimes.

Sight Acquisition

With the firearm at your side in your strong hand, practice maintaining the proper grip while raising the firearm into firing position, acquiring your sight, and pressing the trigger without losing your sight picture.

Practice using your other hand (or “off hand”) holding the firearm at your side before raising into firing position.

Practice using only one hand, both strong and “off hand”, beginning from holding the firearm at your side before raising into firing position.

Lay the firearm on a table in front of you, with the muzzle facing towards the target. Practice picking the firearm up and obtaining a proper grip, then raising into firing position and acquiring the sight picture.

Begin each drill slowly and deliberately, and as you begin to develop muscle memory, you will be able to accomplish each drill more quickly and efficiently.

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