Dry-Fire Practice: Build up muscle memory
You do not always need to fire live ammunition in order to get practice in. This is where dry-fire practice comes in to play. Dry-fire is simply practicing handgun manipulations without any ammunition present. All of the competition masters, special forces operators and police S.W.A.T. team members spend a great deal of time in dry-fire practice. This gives you most all of the manipulation ability of the firearm without the bang and recoil. Dry-fire is a tool to build up familiarity with your firearm and create consistent muscle memory (more properly termed myelination) allowing the mechanical manipulations you need to make with your handgun nearly automatic
First rule of dry-fire practice… there must be no ammunition present. I
fact, it is good to unload and clear your firearm (both visually and physically checking that the firearm is clear) and then go to a separate room to perform the dry-fire practice
Without the bang and the recoil of live ammunition, you are free to focus purposefully on maintaining proper grip, sight picture and trigger control and eliminate the possible “flinch” that is commonly seen in beginner shooters. Perform the same trigger pull 30 minutes a day, for one month, maintaining a good sight picture all the way through a proper trigger squeeze; then go to the range and try shooting again. You will be amazed at how much more precise your aim will be and how much of the flinch you will have eliminated.
You can also practice drawing the firearm from the holster to presentation, moving through out a room while maintaining a good sight picture, positioning around cover/concealment and
many other tasks you might not be able to practice at the shooting range. Dry-fire is the number one thing you can do to improve your pistol handling skills after you have taken a class and learned a proper foundation from which to practice.
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