All throughout the firearms community, there are people who only get practice from live fire at the range. This is good in some aspects such as the fact that you get used to the recoil of the firearm and get real time feedback on your performance and progress. I am all about spending a good amount of time shooting. I myself shoot about 500 rounds at a time, sometimes daily when i am testing guns to a certain round count, or really need to work on my skills. My minimum recommended round count on the range is 100 rounds. One box of 50 to warm up and just burn for fun before getting serious can actually have benefits for you mentally, since that is the factor that screws up most of your fundamental application. Just relaxing and having fun can be important when you are preparing to train your body to do things proficiently. Without shooting 100 rounds or more a day to get better at shooting, you can take a free training course at home with as little as 5-10 minutes of good quality work, depending on how much time you’re willing to invest.
The free training course I am speaking of is dry fire practice. This seems to be a forgotten or even completely disregarded form of training that people feel is inconvenient and a waste of time. Usually I have seen this said by people that have enough time to sit on the couch in the middle of the day and vegetate in front of the TV. Nothing wrong with that, since that is something I do myself, but during commercials, I get to dry firing my pistol or rifle. The focus being on pulling the trigger without disturbing my sight picture.
This may sound a little odd to stand in your living room and just dry fire your pistol at a specific point on the wall, but it is probably the best training you can do to get rid of little things that mess up your shots like anticipations, jerking the trigger, etc. If you would rather not take the time to do this, there are other ways to get the same results. The next time you are at the range, I challenge you to set a timer for 10 minutes and proceed to dry fire your pistol at the target in the manner you were intending to shoot it with live ammo. I think you will find that this will improve your shooting immensely, with little time.
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David served in the USMC for a few years, deployed twice and got wounded. Retired and moved to Alaska. Has a passion for reviewing and testing guns and gear of all kinds. Enjoys working to dispel myths and show that you can train and practice in a realistic, safe, and practical way.
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