Before we talk about anything else it is important to say that when you are dry firing you must check all of the guns you will be using, all of the magazines, and ensure that there is no ammo anywhere near you. Safety first always.
This week is one of those times where we have to think about our preparation. Unfortunately last weeks post became very real as we saw another tragedy take place in California. Knowing that these situations continue to happen it is of the utmost importance that we get training and continue to practice what we learn in that training. Training can be very expensive so it is very important that we make the best of it when we can get it. Spending $200-$1000 for a day of training is a great place to start but those skills that you learn need to be practiced. Now I don’t know about you but right after dropping that much for a day of training I taper off my range time and practice what I learned in that day with dry fire.
Dry fire is a fantastic tool for building muscle memory and practicing what you learned in your days of training. Dry fire is easy to do and will cost you very little.once you pay for the parts that you need. We are going to talk about two ways that you can do dry fire and I honestly suggest that you try both of them. The first is with a product called Snap Caps. These are CNC aluminum dummy rounds that you will place into your gun to protect your striker from damage when dry firing. They work very well for this but I also like using them for malfunction drills. Snap Caps are very inexpensive at only $14.95 and you get 5 of them. For dry fire I will place one in my barrel and practice drawing, presenting, and pressing the trigger as quickly as I can safely. This is great practice for drawing and pressing off a first shot as quickly as possible. This is also a great time to work on movement while drawing your pistol.
Another great dry fire tool is the SIRT pistol. This one is much more expensive at $199 but buy once cry once because after you purchase this laser pistol you can have a range day whenever you want. The SIRT pistol mimics the shape and trigger design of a Glock 17. It even has a rail that you can use to mount a flashlight if you carry one. this allows you to use this tool in any Glock 17 or 19 holster that you normally carry with. The best part about the SIRT pistol though is that it shows you accurate shot placement. When you prep the SIRT trigger you will see a red laser showing where your shot should land. When you break the shot a second laser will show where you actually placed your shot. This will help you diagnose any problems with your trigger pull. You can also turn to a setting that only shows a laser when you break the trigger which is great for working any drills that you learned when you took training. I like to set up targets on my wall and run through an entire drill at different speeds to find my breaking point in my speed and accuracy.
There are a few targets that I really like to use with my SIRT traing pistol. The first is the Trex arms concealment drill. I use this not only as a concealment drill but also as a string of targets that I can run target transitions with. I also cut out down sized USPSA targets and place them on my wall to create my own courses of fire. I have provided a link to the T-rex arms target here and the printable USPSA targets can be found with a simple google search.
However you train and practice just make sure that you are doing it. Repetition builds muscle memory and consistency. Don’t be caught off guard when something happens, practice and be ready.
Here are the links for the two products we mentioned: