In my last post, I shared 5 Dry-Fire Tips to Improve Your Shooting. The response was so great, I decided to riff on that last post by sharing a few more tips that have come in handy for me. In case you missed Part 1, you can get spun up by clicking here.
Before we get into the next series of tips, let's remind ourselves why we're dry-firing in the first place. During dry-fire training, we're working to improve our speed, accuracy, and overall proficiency. You can work on all the skills you need to enhance your shooting capabilities during these sessions, except for a few things like recoil and trigger manipulation. Those items we pick up and hone during our live-fire sessions.
Before you begin, always make sure you have checked and re-checked your weapon and magazines to make sure there is no live ammunition present during your training session.
Now, taking what you've incorporated from my last post, add these things:
6. Use Targets to Enhance Visualization
This may seem like a no-brainer, but it's worth mentioning. Be intentional about the targets you use during your dry-fire sessions. I find using realistic targets during training better helps with the visualization and observation process. You can even purchase or download reduced sized targets that will simulate shooting at different distances.
7. Incorporate Movement Drills
Once your weapons handling skills are on point, you can begin to incorporate movement drills into the mix. For example, you can practice moving to cover while drawing your firearm or practice shooting on the move. This type of training can improve your shooting accuracy and speed in dynamic situations. Do it and you'll be on your way to developing a real-world skill set.
8. Record Your Sessions
Recording your dry-fire training sessions can be a helpful tool for reviewing your technique and tracking your progress. You can use your smartphone or a camera to record your sessions, and then review the footage afterward to see where you need improvement. Look for ways to cut out unnecessary movement and improve your efficiency. Don't be too hard on yourself if you don't like what you see at first. We all had to start at the beginning. Keep recording and reviewing the "tape." In time, you'll see the improvement and get excited about your progress. That will help you stay motivated and stay on the path.
9. Practice Under Stress
Practicing your dry-fire skills under stress can help simulate real-life situations and prepare you for high-stress scenarios. For example, you can set a timer for a specific amount of time and practice your skills while the timer is running. This can help you improve your speed and accuracy under pressure. Using a shot timer is something I wish I would've implemented a long time ago. They're extremely useful and simple to incorporate. And you don't need a super-fancy one either. For a long time, I used a free app I downloaded onto my cell phone. It worked great for me.
10. Vary Your Training
Finally, it's essential to vary your dry-fire training to keep it challenging and engaging. You can change up your training routine by using different targets, practicing different skills, or incorporating different movement drills. Just like with physical training, you need to change things up to avoid becoming stagnant and to help push through your plateaus. Don't be afraid to try new things and above all, push your skills to the point of failure. Record and analyze your results. In a short time, you'll be amazed at how far you've come.
So, to wrap up, dry-fire training is an effective way to improve your shooting skills - especially when you're intentional about your practice. Remember to always prioritize safety, and practice regularly to achieve your shooting goals.
What things have you incorporated into your dry-fire training that have been helpful? Share your knowledge by dropping it in the comments below.
Until next time, stay sharp.