Tactical Firearms Training - Dry Fire Training
In many places the access to firearms is very restrictive and ammunition can be very expensive. In the United States people have been spoiled with how accessible and affordable firearms and ammunition are, but with the new Biden and Harris government that could all change very quickly for the worse.
In most other places outside the U.S. where firearm ownership and defensive carry is available for private citizens and security personnel the prices of guns and ammunition can be very pricey and the application processes to own and carry guns can be a bureaucratic nightmare.
In many places it’s mandatory to belong to a gun club or shooting association who are the ones that have control of the shooting ranges. Personally, I have little time for clubs and associations as they tend to be very clicky and attract a lot of the failed males that seem to think that owning a gun will compensate for their shrunken testicles.
A lot of gun clubs and public shooting ranges have strict rules on what live fire drills can be done on their ranges, with drawing from a holster and rapid fire being banned in many places for safety reasons. I understand why they do this as many that seek to practice drawing a live pistol from a holster have zero training and can end up shooting themselves of others. And those rapid firing tend to not be able to control their firearms and end up shooting the range ceilings, floors, walls and target carries which all cost the range owners money to repair.
It can be very difficult to find ranges where you can properly train for carrying a pistol, shotgun or carbine for defensive purposes and finding locations where you can run close protection and team drills is even more of a challenge. So, in such conditions how can you continue to train and stay up to speed, well the only option is dry fire training.
Personally, I have always practiced dry fire drills even when I had access to affordable ammunition and decent shooting ranges. If your serious about carrying a pistol or other firearms for defensive purposes dry fire drills should be part of your physical training program, think of them as “Kata” with firearms.
You should include the following dry fire drills in your personal training program. If you are living somewhere where you do not have access to live firearms you can practice point shooting and holster drills with replica, airsoft, or rubber training etc. If your using real firearms
ALWAYS ENSURE THEY ARE UNLOADED BEFORE YOU USE THEM FOR DRY FIRE TRAINING. LIVE AMMUNITION SHOULD NOT BE ANYWHERE NEAR OR MIXED WITH DUMMY ROUNDS OR SNAP CAPS, KEEP THEM SEPARATE AT ALL TIMES.
Assembly/Disassembly: You need to know your weapons inside and out so practice stripping and assembling them until you can do so without having to think about it.
Familiarization: You need to get use to the feel of your firearms, I tell my students etc. that when the get a new firearm ensure it is unloaded and play with it. Get use to the feel of the gun by handling it with both hands and practice using the magazine release, slide release, de-cockers and safety catches etc. The gun needs to be comfortable in your hands, it should fit like well broken in soft leather gloves.
Loading/Unloading: You should be able to load and unload your weapon with looking at it and the only way you will be able to do this is to practice, practice and practice… There are no shortcuts! If you are using a real firearm buy some snap caps or dummy rounds so you can practice loading and unloading magazines, chambers or tubes. Also, so you can practice chambering rounds and unloading the weapons.
Pointing: You need to be able to grip and point your firearms properly so that they are pointing at what you want to shoot. Again, the only way to do this is by practicing. Out of habit, if I have firearms around, I am usually handling them and pointing them. If your serious about firearms handling them needs to be second nature. To start to practice point shooting, pick a point in the room you are in, for example, a light switch. Now with a straight arm point your finger at the switch. Look down your arm and see where your finger is pointing- it should be pointing at the switch. You have been pointing at things your whole life, right? Practice this a few times and then try it with an unloaded handgun or long-gun. Point the handgun at the switch without using the sights and then look down the sights to see where the gun is pointing. It should be pointing at the switch. If not, adjust your aim and try again. You should practice this strong and weak handed while sitting, standing or lying in bed, this will build up your muscle memory and make you flexible with the weapon. These days there are lasers available that go into the chamber of your weapon that can help you access your point of aim; ensure you don’t mix them up with live ammunition!
Trigger Pull: A good trigger pull is essential for accurate shooting. You need to learn the trigger of the gun you are using and the only way to do this is to practice pulling he trigger. The trigger pulls on various guns can differ greatly, shooting a double action revolver and then a single action 1911 are two completely different shooting experiences. Dry firing some guns can damage the firing pin so always use snap caps or at least a spent cartridge casing.
Holster Drills: On most days for many years, I would practice drawing and pointing my carry pistols for at least 100 draws left and right-handed in the different configurations I was carrying at that time. This should be an essential part of your pistol kata and is the only way to build up the required muscle memory if your serious about carrying a pistol… You must repeat your drills again and again until your not thinking about them and they are just one smooth movement.
Dry fire training is essential in all firearms training programs especially if you do not have ammunition to waste for correcting accuracy issues etc. on the range. Even where you do not have access to real firearms and live fire ranges you can still develop the required muscle memory that is essential and will help you get up to speed a lot faster when you start training with live firearms.
Books on Amazon
Shoot First & Shoot Last: The Real World Guide To Pistol Craft
Handgun safety, shooting, concealed carry & tactical applications
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