When the topic of dry firing comes up, there will often be a number of debates on how beneficial it is to the shooter. A number of things that can be improved from dry firing but often times people argue against dry firing for a few different reasons. I figured it would be helpful to dive into the good and bad aspects of dry firing and some tips when you get started. Let’s dive down the rabbit hole of dry firing.
Why Dry Firing Is Helpful To Shooters
In the world of recreational shooting, it can get expensive fairly quickly with the cost of ammunition and range fees. Some people are lucky enough to have their own private section of land to shoot on, but not everyone is as fortunate. For someone who wants to better themselves with shooting skills, but doesn’t have a ton of money to invest, dry firing is a great option. There have been a number of examples online of people solely dry firing without training on actual firearms. Typically, people dry fire in other countries where firearm ownership isn’t legal. Probably the most well-known case is when Lucas from T-Rex Arms brought over Liku. Liku was a young Japanese man who dry fires daily with an airsoft pistol. After he became popular, a number of industry professionals paid for him to come to the United States to shoot.
I’ll include a link to the video in the text here, but the basic lesson from the video is dry firing can be extremely effective when done on a regular basis. It can work on everything from staging the trigger to weapon transitions from rifle to pistol. You can also incorporate reloads and slide manipulations when using snap caps. There’s a number of different aspects you can incorporate when dry firing at home and will make you a better shooter in the long run.
Negative Stigmas With Dry Firing At Home
Over the years, I’ve heard a few different reasons why you shouldn’t dry fire and on the surface, they tend to have good reasons but with a few simple changes, it can be fixed. The first and probably biggest reason for people not dry firing is the risk of damaging your handgun by dry firing without anything in the chamber. Certain firearms like the 1911 arent always the best guns to send the slide home on an empty chamber. Depending on who you talk with, they will say it causes internal damage to the gun. Using simple snap caps will solve this issue and let you dry fire without risking damage to the striker or operating system.
Another interesting reason I’ve heard not to dry fire is the possibility of having a negligent discharge in your home from pulling the trigger. This is probably one of the most ridiculous reasons to not practice dry firing there is in my opinion. It also breaks the basic rules of firearm safety by not knowing the condition of your gun at all times. With practice, and keeping the basic rules of firearm safety in mind, it’s possible to avoid causing damage while dry firing.
How to Train with Dry Firing
One common mistake I see when people start to dry fire is trying to incorporate too many things too quickly. When starting out it’s important to practice one motion at a time. Whether it’s drawing from a concealment holster or reloading the magazine, it’s important to be proficient in one movement before you start applying more movements or skills. I typically will start with a simple draw and fire to work on drawing out of the holster and trigger press. Using snap caps makes this easy and if you get a couple of packages you can load multiple rounds into each magazine to save time with set up.
Once you become proficient and can regularly draw and fire successfully, then it might be time to start practicing magazine changes from your pocket or mag carrier. Again after a while, you can start doing rifle to pistol transitions and then incorporate everything once you feel confident in various skills.
There’s a number of benefits when it comes to dry firing, and when done correctly there is little to no risk for the firearm internals. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing that beats putting rounds on target at the range but if you can’t seem to find the time or money to shoot at the range, dry firing is a great alternative. Practice makes perfect and its extremely important to feel comfortable when drawing from a holster when you conceal carry.
The likelihood of actually firing your gun in a self-defense situation is relatively low. Regardless though, you will want to be as prepared as possible in the case that situation ever happens. Let me know what you guys do to practice for concealed carry in the comments below. If you have questions about concealed carry, don’t hesitate to send me a message on my Instagram @fridgeoperator. Stay safe out there!