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5 Steps to Improve Your Dry-Fire Routine

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Most of us are spending a lot of time indoors that would otherwise be excellent shooting weather or are unable to get to the range. Editor-in-Chief Mark Keefe asked if I would share some thoughts on dry fire to perhaps help shooters get some repetitions in while stay-at-home orders are in effect. I am happy to do so with the understanding that there are many ways to organize dry fire, and this is but one, albeit one that I find very helpful.

I will focus on handguns here with some thoughts on rifles to follow perhaps in a later piece. I’ve been dry firing semi-religiously since my high school small-bore rifle team days back in the late 1980s to early 1990s. I’ve gone through very heavy dry-fire regimens during different workups and deployments and others focused as heavily when competing in different disciplines. Now I tend to dry fire almost daily for just a few minutes simply because I enjoy it.

I find it relaxing and for me, the familiarity of locking onto the front sight and purposefully working the trigger clears my mind and starts the day off “right.” I often have a new-to-market pistol lying around for testing and have a need to learn a new-to-me trigger in order to get the best out of it for a thorough review. The following is the process that I use in dry fire, and I think it has application for shooters who do not yet have a firm and productive regimen of their own.

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