When compared to the skyrocketing costs of ammunition and the ever-present need for maintaining proficiency, “dry-fire” practice is a very cost effective solution! Dry-fire conditioning does not require copious amounts of ammunition or travel to and from the range… it can be done in your own home. Dry-fire practice can consist of the Drill of the Day, dry warm ups before competitions, visualization of certain movements, or simply honing a specific skill.
For competitions or demonstrations, we always try to do at least a few dry runs. Sometimes visualization is the only practical method to mentally walk yourself through the target engagement before performing the skill in a live-fire environment. Unfortunately, the pre-game practice sessions don’t work for dealing with threats in the real world. That’s where consistent practice, planning, and training are a huge part of the equation. Look at any military or operation and you’ll see this commitment to consistent practice. The Helicopter crash on the Bin laden raid is a classic example of training and rehearsals allowing for success against all odds!
Almost every facet of your weapons training can be done without ammo, the only part lacking would be recoil management – and that lack of recoil is critical to training yourself not to react to it! By practicing your gross motor skills, manipulation, and focal plane shifts you will be smoother, more efficient, and ultimately faster without even firing a shot!
For more information on effective practice read Firearms Training and Skill Development!
~ Chris White