If you’re a concealed carry permit holder, you probably already know that dry fire means using your gun without ammunition for practice. This type of practice can be very helpful for you when learning to handle your weapon. Plus, it saves on the high cost of ammunition and range fees, since you can perform dry fire practice at home.
The main benefit of dry fire practice or just “dry practice” is a way to bolster that reaction time by training muscle memory, which should instantly come into play when involved in a high-stress situation.
Since you’ll probably be practicing in your home, you must take some added precautions:
Conduct dry fire practice in front of a safe wall, in case of accidental discharge. Be the wall can stop a bullet and it’s a wall that borders the outdoors. Never practice against drywall or any other interior wall in your home.
Next be sure to empty your gun. Remove all live ammunition from the gun and check to make certain there are no bullets in the chamber. This is an important precaution, but sometimes, things don’t go as planned, and why you want to be shooting toward a sturdy, outside wall.
Then, for 15 minutes or so, practice using a target on the wall. It doesn’t have to be fancy, just something that you can aim at. Then, do as many repetitive operations as you can within that time period.
Tom Givens, in his article, “Behind the Line: Effective Dry Fire Practice” on USConcealedCarry.com wrote:
“A session of mentally focused practice should probably not last more than ten to fifteen minutes. If you try to stretch the session out, you will tend to get bored and sloppy. Sloppy practice is worse than no practice. Remember, our goal is to rack up a huge number of correct repetitions over time, to build reflexive skills. Muscle memory, kinesthetic programming, conditioned reflexive responses, and habit all actually mean the same thing. All are born of consistent repetition.” (For more important tips on dry fire practice, click here.)
Givens suggests that you work on presentation from the holster, trigger control, and empty gun reloads, which should be carried out with dummy rounds.
Practicing with your handgun can mean the difference between life and death, and if you throw in some dry practice sessions in along with your range sessions, you’ll be better equipped to handle any type of stressful situation that comes around.