Get the most out of your Florida firearms courses with dry fire practice. Often overlooked by experienced shooters, this activity is essential for developing the muscle memory needed to perform quickly and accurately under demanding circumstances.
There are a range of options, add-ons, and tools available. They include laser pointing systems, trigger resets, and safety systems. Items like these can help, but are not necessary for effective dry fire practice. If you have access to these items, use them. If they are not on hand, you can still practice safely and effectively.
Start your weapon practice the same way you would any session—safely. Unload your firearm, verify it is unloaded, and unload it again. After you have made certain your weapon is safe for practice, secure it with a dry fire practice indicator. Muzzle flags, laser systems, and the like typically come with items like this; however, plastic muzzle inserts, colored electrical tape, and plastic ties work just as well.
Once your weapon is secured, you are ready to begin. At the first level, dry fire is all about sight placement. To hone this skill, line your weapon up with the target, note where your sights are, and pull the trigger. If you are successful, your sites will not move. They will remain dead on target.
When you feel you have command over dry firing, test your steady hand by placing a dime, penny, or nickel atop your weapon’s sights. Can you pull the trigger without dropping the coin? Keep practicing. In time you will master positioning and dry fire.