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You Will Default To Your Lowest Form of Proficient Training

There are many different scenarios that you can train for.  Most of them are going to be under stress, and you will only default to your lowest point of proficient training.  This means you may be good at something, but you will not default to that training unless it is engrained into your body memory.

That is why we should also train by repetition and under stress.  Our bodies learn what to do in stressful scenarios, by practicing in stressful scenarios.

Flaws of Training at a Range for Stressful Situations

You can go to the range and put l`ead downrange which is good for your general accuracy, but there are problems with this training:

  • It is expensive. You are just shooting your money downrange with each bullet when they can cost $.50 up to $1.00 per round based on what you are practicing on.
  • You are not learning the GROSS motor skills necessary to be mastered in a fight.
  • You have to take lots of time out of your day to throw on your tactical pants and go to the range, which may even have a fee of its own.


Train Better, Train Cheaper

You CAN train better and cheaper than this.  I will give you just a few ways to train.  I would recommend that you get a specific training firearm (Like the SIRT gun) or snapcaps or airsoft, so you don’t accidentally put a live round in your firearm during practice.

9mm Snap Caps

40 S&W Snap Caps

45 ACP Snap Caps

If you have a modern semi-automatic firearm, you can typically dry-fire it, unless it is a rim-fire.  The reason is that the firing pin doesn’t hit the chamber when striking.

If you WILL be using your main firearm for training, I would go as far as to field strip it down to bare bones so you know for a fact that it is empty.  Then take all of your ammo and remove it from the room(s) you will be training in.  Next, put it back together, knowing that it is empty.  Now use OBVIOUS snap caps in you firearm.  Even still, I don’t recommend this crap.  You can call me a wuss, but I call it NOT GETTING SHOT!

Dry-Fire Pistol Drill

 #1: The Lunge and Shoot

dry fire pistol

  1. Set up a target 2-8” about 10-20 feet away.
  2. Standing, draw you weapon and engage the target
  3. While your sights are still on the target, do some lunges, but letting your rear knee touch the ground. Here, you want to engage the target throughout the lunge.
  4. As you are stepping into the lunge
  5. As you are halfway between going to the ground
  6. Once your rear knee is on the ground
  7. As you are halfway coming back up to standing
  8. And finally when you are standing up at the end.
  10. Next reverse and do a lunge on the other side. And continue alternating.

Dry-Fire Pistol Drill #2: Situational Awareness and Immediate Response

  1. Create some targets that you will notice throughout your home.
  2. Place them throughout your home. You will get much more out of this exercise if you have someone else put them up, but you can do it.
  3. When you see the target, react, draw, and engage.
  4. The awesome thing about this is that you can do this with just your pointing finger, and still get some training value.

Dry-Fire Pistol Drill #3: Shifting Your Focus between Target and Front Site

  1. If I have a firearm, I will hold it in front of me, pointing at a target or object
  2. Then I focus on the front site until the picture is clear
  3. Next, I shift my focus to the object until it is clear
  4. I go back and forth between the two to train my brain for faster focal shifting
  5. You can do the same thing anywhere you are by having an object close and one further away that you can shift between.
  6. In your car, you can place something that looks similar to a sight picture on your dash and go between road and item. This is for if you are stopped at a light or something.  You can also just use a speck on your windshield for the exercise. (This can also improve your driving abilities!!!)

More Dry-Fire Training Scenarios

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These are some of the common ones that I like, but there are a lot more that you can do.  You can learn a lot more by using the NTOA (National Tactical Officer’s Association) Recommended Dry Fire Training Cards.

Put these Items to use, and be leaps and bounds above others in your shooting prowess.  You don’t have to always work on these.  Just a few minutes a week will improve your skills.

Do You Have Any Other Dry-Fire Drills That You like to Train With?

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Ken is addicted to fitness and mountain biking. He is such a thrill seeker, people are starting to be concerned!He enjoys MTBing, Hiking, Climbing, Geocaching, Orienteering, Weight Lifting, and Wilderness Survival.

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