Dryfire Laser Drills (With Video)

September 27, 2009 by  
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Weapon handling skills degrade by 20% in only one week if you are inactive. Dry fire practice is crucial to improving and maintaining live fire skills.  In dry-fire, you experience everything except the bang and the cycling of the action if you are using a semi-auto.  If you use a laser or wax bullets you can also see the hit on target.  By not having to deal with recoil you will be able to concentrate on proper equipment manipulation and trigger control.  Smoothness comes from familiarity with your gear. The key to effective practice is to perform the fundamentals perfectly smoothly, speed comes with time. Point Shooting, trigger control, sight alignment, sight picture, grip and posture can all be practiced during dry-fire but it must be done correctly or you will just ingrain poor habits. This is when you should really concentrate, you are alone with no distractions. Does not matter how slow or fast you go. Just do it right.  The smoother you get the faster you will be able to perform.

What’s needed to dry-fire?

Safe area – Backstop capable of containing a round with a target of some sort. Be aware that handgun rounds can penetrate most materials in many dwellings. This includes both interior and exterior walls, ceilings and floors. Ideally, you should find an area that will positively contain any unintended round. An example would be an exterior wall that has significant dirt on the other side like a non-exposed basement wall.

I do not use Inert training rounds much – I want the gun to be be empty, it does not hurt center fire guns when you dry fire them, rim fire like the .22 it will damage.  I never preform dry fire practice with my .22′s.  It makes it easier for me to not have an accident during dry fire seeing the gun is completely empty, and having no rounds anywhere near me to load.  The only exception to that rule is when practicing reloads with a revolver, or  when I use wax bullets to practice. I have a different ritual for that which will be explained in another video.

Guidelines for dry-fire

Have no Live ammo in the room, Zero, None At All.

  1. Clear your gun – Place all live rounds and magazines with live rounds in another room.
  2. Place target in a safe direction to minimize potential for injury if a negligent discharge occurs.
  3. Visually and manually inspect guns, magazines and training rounds to ensure no live rounds are present.
  4. Until you are completely done do not leave the room you are practicing in.  Distractions cause accidents.
  5. When you have completed the practice session, clear and store training rounds. I take the gun reload with live rounds, put the gun in a holster off my belt on the counter, and leave it for about 15  minuets before putting it back on my hip.  I have a coffee while I wait. I do  not do any more practice.” Every negligent discharge related to dry-fire is because someone loads up, gets distracted, and then does just one more presentation.

How often should you dry-fire?

I dry fire as part of my work out 5-10 minutes a day. I can assure you it will result in noticeable improvement in fairly short order. It’s not productive to practice for long periods. People tend to quit practicing and they start playing and  build bad habits.  I do practice my draw for longer periods of time.  But I am working on getting the gun out and into service. Building muscle memory.

Time is really not a concern unless you are doing it wrong.  So as long as you are doing it right and it is something you want to do, go for it. When I was younger I used to practice my draw and poit shooting presentation for hours and never got board. When I would get tired, start getting sloppy,  or loosing  interest I would stop.  The same rule applies to anything you do.

This company carries a similar type of laser training devise  and they are in our home state Arizona

Copyright © 2009 by Steven L. Doran

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3 Comments on "Dryfire Laser Drills (With Video)"

  1. Jack on Sat, 10th Oct 2009 5:45 PM 

    It looks interesting, but I think the Bang company is out of business. Do you have any links?

  2. John Broekhuizen on Sat, 10th Oct 2009 6:21 PM 

    http://www.laserlyte.com/ Here you go Jack

  3. Dan on Sun, 15th Nov 2009 6:15 AM 

    Check http://www.iMarksman.com. They have decent prices.

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