Dryfire Drill: Whats your Favorite?

Discussion in 'Training & Safety' started by BigByrd47119, Nov 4, 2010.

  1. BigByrd47119

    BigByrd47119 New Member

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    Hello everyone,

    Im starting to become more and more interested in these dryfire drills. I'v noticed the importance (perhaps after most everyone else has) of these drills.

    With that said, there is a lot of different drills out there! What I want to know is what is your favorite drill? Im awair that selecting just one drill can cause some imbalance in your training, but I want to know what drill you look forward to doing the most. Please provide some information about the drill you selected.

    Last but not least, what drills might you suggest to someone who is new to the handgun community?

    Thanks everyone,
    BigByrd47119
     
  2. Biohazard2

    Biohazard2 Active Member

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    Balance a dime on the end of the rifle barrel and dry fire.
     

  3. IGETEVEN

    IGETEVEN New Member

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    for a handgun the best starter drill would be to draw from the holster and bring pistol to target, fire, drop mag keeping pistol on target, and do a emergency or tactical mag reload.

    I use a .45 bullet laser to see where my round will go when I dry fire to target. The idea of this drill is to became fast and proficient to target, as well as dropping the mag for reload to continue fire to target.

    Practice this until it becomes just flawless natural muscle memory, even under live fire stress. :cool:
     
  4. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    what bio said. its the best beginer drill there is.
     
  5. Wambli

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    Do that with a handgun and you'll learn trigger control in a hurry. When you think you are getting good switch to a DA hangun. When I started shooting my coach used to make me do it a hundred times in a row. If the dime dropped I had to start at 1. I still do it a dozen times here and there to keep it fresh.

    Of course, make sure there is NO LOADED AMMO ANYWHERE NEAR THE GUN if you are doing this at home.

    Also put up a target on the wall and just dryfire while keeping your sight picture as steady as possible. Practice slowly to become proficient before speed increases.

    ANY drill you can do with a loaded gun is a good dry fire drill. Also If I suddenly develop a case of the yips at the range I acually unload the gun and dry fire my handgun for a few minutes THEN go back to shooting. Good way to NOT learn bad habits.
     
  6. BigByrd47119

    BigByrd47119 New Member

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    That sounds rediculously hard but if you guys think it helps then Im all for it!

    Anyone else have any other suggestions?
     
  7. Wambli

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    Just so we are clear you balance the coin on the flat of the front sight not the actual barrel. It's hard but nothing will teach you a smooth trigger pull faster.
     
  8. diggsbakes

    diggsbakes New Member

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    I carry revolvers, so snap/practice caps are a necessity.

    Load up a cylinder full of caps, practice acquiring any little target around the room (door knobs, picture frames, whatever) and dry-fire while keeping the front sight post steady on the target. Throughout this I try to keep both eyes open and then switch to dominant eye to check POA.

    After a good warm up, start reloading with your speed-loaders or strips and re-acquiring.
     
  9. sarge_257

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    Dry fire drills

    WE used the dime on a barrel (actually we set it on the front sight) in the Army Pistol team. I was a member of that team for 18 yrs. But understand that this was only used in three gun NRA style shooting. Where you stood with your right side to the target and shot one handed. Slow fire, Timed fire, and Rapid fire. In the police academy we never used any dry fire as such. Other than having our weapons checked and double checked before practicing our draw from the holster. We had timers that we used to judge our progress at the range and in that case we used blank ammo and the bang from the round going off shut down the clock. Our hand was laid on a timer button and when it lifted the time began. If I remember my time was an average of .39 hundreds of a second from draw to fire. And I might add this was from a duty holster not a western style quick draw holster.
    Add a coat on a cold day and you would double that time and maybe not be fast enough.
    Sarge
     
  10. DrumJunkie

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    For new shooters I will tell them to find a point like a spot on as wall and aim and fire (make sure your weapon is NOT loaded). Watch the sights as the trigger comes back and breaks. It's a good way to see just how much a pistol muzzle can move depending on how much or little finger is on the trigger. This can help especially newer shooters from suffering the frustration of not getting groups they think they should and blame the weapon. It helps more experienced shooters to notice any bad habits that may be creeping in on them without them really notice. It's the cheapest way I know to get to understand the trigger on a particular weapon.:)
     
  11. BigByrd47119

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    Thanks for the advice.

    I took a leap of faith and decided to get a Kel-Tec P11 for a first pistol. Seeing what everyone says about the DAO trigger pull makes me believe I will probably be doing plenty of dry-fire drills to be better able to handle the trigger properly.

    As a interesting side note, I read on KTOG.org where several people have been advised by KT that dry-fire with snap caps will in fact help lighten and smooth out the trigger pull over time. The bonus? No stressful usage on a gun which is only advertised as being good for around 6K rounds anyways.
     
  12. theferg2000

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    Should you always use snap caps for dry firing? I bought a Taurus PT 740 as a "carry anywhere" gun this weekend, and the guy that sold it to me said it was always bad to dry fire a gun. It surprised me, but he has been at that shop for years, so i wanted to at least look into what he was saying.
    Taurus website says:
    Can I dry fire my Taurus?
    Yes, except for the .22 caliber pistols which includes models 94 and 941.
    .22 caliber revolvers such as models 94 and 941 also should not be dry fired.
     
  13. BigByrd47119

    BigByrd47119 New Member

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    Not all firearms need to be dry fired with snap caps. However, unless you know for sure about the particular firearm your talking about, you should always assume that you need to use snap caps.

    Firearms are an investment and a tool with which to protect yourself. Do you really want to take a chance and possibly damage a tool with which you might entrust your life with tommorow?

    (If Taurus says your good, then your good. Above is just a general guideline)
     
  14. theferg2000

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    This gun is going to play a very specific role as being a carry anywhere gun (my 1911 being my "want to carry" gun). But i find i end up using the carry anywhere gun more. So the role is important. What is the general opinion on using snap caps even though it say i can dry fire it. I guess the problem is not understanding the "why" of why it can be dry fired.
     
  15. BigByrd47119

    BigByrd47119 New Member

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    I'm afraid I cant answer this question with absolute certainty like i wish I could, but I do know this.

    Dry firing a Kel-Tec is apparently linked to undo damage to the firing pin, if I remember correctly.

    Perhaps someone else who's more knowing can weigh in on this...?