Dry Fire Gun

How and Why to Dry Fire Your Gun

what is dry firing?

Something that many new gun owners don’t realize, is that one of the best ways to practice shooting is to dry fire your weapon.

But what exactly is dry firing? Dry firing is the act of shooting your firearm without any round in the chamber. It is simply practicing with your gun, and no ammo, off the range.

Why Dry Fire Your Gun?

Practice Gun Handling

The primary benefit of dry fire is getting solid reps in to reinforce proper gun handling mechanics. 

Not only handling your weapon while firing, but also drawing from the holster, reloads, loading and unloading etc.

Gun Safety

Handling your firearm unloaded is a great way to practice correct gun safety protocols. Thinks such as getting comfortable with your guns safety mechanism, as well as only pointing the barrel in a direction where the backstop has nothing behind it.

Learning Your Firearm

Not only is dry firing good for veteran shooters, but it is a great way for brand new shooters to get comfortable with their firearms without the stress of a live round. 

I believe the very first thing a new shooter should do is dry fire, as we take away the scary recoil and make it easier to focus on grip, dot, sight picture, stance, etc.

Dry Firing your Gun

How Do I Dry Fire?

First things first, you need to triple check to make sure there are no rounds in your gun. Even further, I recommend you keep all ammo in a completely different room. 

Also, remember, never point the gun at a wall where there might be someone behind it. 

Now, simply point the weapon somewhere, aim, and shoot! You have officially dry fired your weapon. Reset the slide and trigger and lets try again but this time we want to focus on a few things. 

Dry firing is intentional practice, and as such we have to make sure to focus on proper grip, stance, sight picture, and trigger squeeze. Taking it a step further we can practice drawing from a holster, ready up from a rifle, practicing reloads, as well as basic manipulation including loading and unloading (with dummy rounds).

When aiming we want to make sure our wobble zone is stabilized. Simply try to shoot without moving the gun at all. If the dot moves during a dry fire, we know it will probably do the same thing in a live fire. Over time you will find that you will become more stable and that should translate to the range.

One example of practicing intentionally would be to make sure your grip is tight, and that it is like that each and every time you dry fire. This type of practice can be physically and mentaly demanding and I would recommend keeping it to no more than 30 minutes per session.

Is Dry Firing Bad For My Gun?

Some people are under the impression that dry firing is bad for your gun and wears it out too quickly. 

We do not believe this is the case at all, and even if there is a very slight additionally wear on the firing pin it is far outweighed by the benefits of dry firing.

Many years ago this might have been the case since firing pins were not as durable or made with the same materials. However, today, it is not something to worry about.

Please note, we are referring to center fire cartridges here.

So remember to focus on the fundamentals, and you will be a better shooter in no time. Enjoy!

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