Dry Fire Practice

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Dry Fire Practice

Postby grahambiel66 » Mon Jul 09, 2012 11:33 pm

I can't make it to the range nearly as much as I would like so I try to do some daily "dry fire" sessions to build muscle memory and help improve my shooting. I usually just do some mounting drills where I pick an object in the room and point at it to concentrate on a consistent mount. I also do some drills where I put a mini mag light in the muzzle and point at the seam between the ceiling and wall, and practice swinging on that line. I try to do at least 25 repetitions of each at least 5 times a week. I don't do any competition shooting so these drills are mainly focused on improving my waterfowling.

Does anyone else do dry fire drills? I'm curious to hear what others do and hopefully get some new ideas to keep my practice sessions interesting.
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Re: Dry Fire Practice

Postby QuackAddict95 » Tue Jul 10, 2012 9:27 am

move around in the room but keep aiming at the same area as before. that way you will be used to aiming at different spots. and try different shoot positions, sitting, standing etc... :welcome:
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Re: Dry Fire Practice

Postby Sagebrush » Tue Jul 10, 2012 11:48 pm

A lot of shooters aim at the corners of the ceilings, or a clock,what ever to see how their mounting is.

Some look at a spot,close their eyes and mount the gun............then open their eyes to see if they are close to the point of aim. Lots of ways to get "Into the swing of things". My main thing is to try to keep a level gun and not "Cant" the gun too
much if possible,away from my cheek,which can move the pattern off a little.
At the "Hard angles" going past you, you are not going to get a perfect mount every time, mostly if your feet are stuck in mud and you can't turn or swing...........this is my hardest shot and I don't think I can practice it enough.
Just glad that dove season is before duck season to get some of the rust off..............
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Re: Dry Fire Practice

Postby TomKat » Wed Jul 11, 2012 6:37 am

I did it when I was a teenager and new to shooting.

Now a days I hit the sporting clays course a few time in the off season, or shoot on my range.

Why are you not in a trap league? You should be shooting once a week.
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Re: Dry Fire Practice

Postby grahambiel66 » Wed Jul 11, 2012 8:35 am

I'm not in a league because I'm still in college and can't really afford it. Trust me I would love to join one.

Our fraternity house is on 5 acres so I try to go out there and shoot at least once a week but there is only so much better one can get by shooting clays from a hand thrower. We really need to invest in a real trap. The only true range that's close to me is members only so I have to travel a little distance to shoot sporting clays and such.
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Re: Dry Fire Practice

Postby War Wagon » Wed Jul 11, 2012 4:55 pm

Try this in front of a mirror.
Make SHURE gun is EMPTY
Now shut your eyes
Mount the gun
Open eyes....
Is you eye in the correct place ? you will see it in the mirror.
Repeat,Repeat,Repeat,
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Re: Dry Fire Practice

Postby 3200 man » Wed Jul 11, 2012 7:16 pm

That is really good advise War Wagon .This guy needs to remember ,when doing this exercise Don't look at the barrel .Look
at your pupil ,making sure it is in the center of the rib of the gun , Not looking down on the rib but ,parallel to the rib just over the beads .That's when you know your guns fit is correct for you .Then go out and shoot some targets ,looking at the target
with a hard focus ,the gun will shoot where you're looking , guaranteeeed !
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Re: Dry Fire Practice

Postby apexhunter » Mon Jul 16, 2012 2:07 pm

To add to what War Wagon mentioned...standing in front of the mirror with the gun at the ready position (not mounted) look at your right eye (for righties), then close your eyes & mount the gun. When you open them you should be looking and pointing at your eye. This not only gives you a check for proper mount but trains your hands, arms and body to mount the gun towards where your mind's eye is looking.

Another tip to put into practice when shooting birds (clay or otherwise) is to concentrate on a part of the target, not the entire thing...look at the leading edge of a clay or the head of a bird, then mount, point, swing, fire and follow through while continuing to look at the specific spot. By reducing your target's "size" and concentrating on that spot you have a better chance of a successful shot than just blasting at the target as a whole.
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Re: Dry Fire Practice

Postby alan0260 » Sat Sep 01, 2012 8:48 pm

I hate to dig up an old topic, but this is awesome. I have been running similar drills with my sidearm by hanging a target on the wall and using snapcaps... For some dumb reason it never occurred to me to run the same drills with my shotgun. I pull the old Auto5 out of the safe and run farm boy clays about every three weeks in the off season, but getting some time with her at the house should help... thanks guys
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Re: Dry Fire Practice

Postby sluttyshoveller » Sat Mar 02, 2013 11:26 am

Yea, i do too. I get my shotgun with the snapcaps, put some good duck porn in the dvd player, and practice my mount. The 'great' shooting opportunities i get are just unbelievable!! I really love beating everybody else to the shot, and they don't even know it! The 'in my face' shots that i get are great!!!! :hammer:
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