The thoughts provided in my Pistol Dry-Fire article apply here as well. If you haven’t read it, now’s a good time.
Ammo sure isn’t getting any cheaper, and even if you have a super cool pal who reloads on your behalf, you still need to get all the practice in you can. Primary concerns with the rifle:
- Rifle mount.
- Firing positions.
- Rifle manipulations.
My dry-fire target is a 25m DoD M16-A1 target:
Each evolution is repeated for each shoulder, starting at patrol ready:
Standing, mount and break shot. Repeat twice each target.
Standing, take a knee and engage 300m target. Repeat four times.
Standing, go prone, engage 300m target. Repeat twice.
Standing, go urban-prone, rifle on grounded shoulder, engage 50m target.
Standing, go urban-prone, transition rifle to non-grounded shoulder, engage 50m target.
Using a chair as “cover:”
Face “up-range”, turn, take a knee behind cover, use cover as support, engage 300m target. Repeat twice.
If I have the motivation to put a chest rig on, I’ll work emergency reloads until I exhaust my loadout. I’ll repeat this one or two times.
I’ll work type I/II and III malfunction drills.
Rifle work, in my mind, is all about being able to identify the minimum work needed to make a hit on target. This means knowing how to get into position, and how to sure up a position. Most of the target work is done on the 300m target – if you have a steady shot on the smallest reference point you’ll be fine when you have the wider margin on a larger target. The Dry-Fire target was suggested by Claude Werner.
As always, you have to judge your results. You can dry-fire all you want, but if you aren’t truthful about that slight waver in your sight picture, or that inconsistent cheek weld you aren’t gaining anything from this.