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Dry Fire Revisited

Previous thoughts on DF:

…So that’s where I was.  The pistol stuff was comprehensive and factored in a lot of one handed draws and reloads.  Currently my range time is sparse and so I’m thinking I should refocus on the basics.  Rifle work was way overkill.  In my daily life the chances of me using a rifle are somewhere below winning the state lottery.

The current regime is

  • 10 shots SHO from high ready
  • 10 shots WHO from high ready
  • 30 shots Freestyle from concealment
  • 10 reloads

I’ve been running the twice a week and I can subjectively state my reload has improved immensely.  There was enough slop in my reload technique that the improvement was noticeable.  Draw-stroke wise we’re looking at shaving off .20 and getting back into the 1.5s headshot range.  I run video every once in a while to get another view and watch the time stamp.

Here are some hardware tweaks to make regular dry-fire easier to engage in and improve ROI:

I’ve dedicated a gun to DF.
A NY-1 trigger (11lbs) spring has been installed.  If I can break a clean shot at 11lbs, I can do so at the 5.5lbs on my carry guns.
This gun has a Blade-Tech training barrel in it.  This gives me immediate visual confirmation that this pistol is clear.
I have two magazines set aside for dry-fire.  They have no followers or springs installed.  This allows me to run the slide in conjunction with the training barrel.

For reload drills I set a cardboard box containing a cotton tactical training enhancement magazine retention shemagh on my chair.  Reloads  are performed over the chair, the “empty” magazine is caught in the box (doesn’t bounce out because of the shemagh.)  This decreases the time between reload drills.

On the software side of things the short nature of the dry-fire session makes the attention to detail that much more important.  On the one handed work I pay close attention to trigger finger placement.  There’s been some talk about having “deep” trigger finger placement.  I’ve played around a bit and what gives me a consistently clean break is still the “tip” of my finger placed at the bottom of the trigger.  This keeps the rest of my finger off the frame of the gun, provides the best leverage on the trigger and keeps the sights steady through the trigger press.

During my draws I run my first five or so at moderate speed, focusing on hitting each of my index points cleanly.  The next 20 reps are done at speed, attention is paid  after each shot breaks to hold the front sight in view after the shot breaks.  The last five reps are done as fast as possible, remaining focused on the index points noted above and minimizing the “go fast” flailing.

Rifle dryfire, reloads and more dynamic pistol practice is done adhoc.