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FEATURE | DRY FIRE

Over the years I have found the more I
dry fired the more I improved. Let's take a
strong person with bulging muscles who
has not fired a rifle much and hand them a
scoped up .22 at a range and ask to shoot
accurately offhand. You will see that a
98-pound weakling who has been dry firing
will out shoot them-always! Why, because
hold, alignment, timing, trigger control,
muscle memory and believe it or not, muscle
tone will beat out strength and the resulting
twitches. Do you think this is why the
smaller and more "fragile" ladies dominate
in some shooting sports over all us heavy
lifters? Additionally, dry firing helps build
confidence-the work at the firing line has
been rehearsed during dry firing-building
mental confidence and control.
If you are going to a weekend competition
and simply having fun by sending bullets
down range is good enough for you-then
stop here. And, if that is your plan quit
griping about the winners-because they
are working harder than you in most cases.
However, if you are tired of being fodder for
the same people who every week stomp you
into the ground, then read on and prepare to
work. Consistent winners dry fire and most
really good ones do it a lot.
Dry fire or any form of drilling whether
a military drill team, tennis player (hitting
against a backboard) or shooter is not a lot
of fun (actually, it's work) but the results in
competition are proof that they pay off. Here
are some ideas regarding dry firing:
■ You can do this inside your house (you
can also do it at a gun range-but folks
may think you are weird).
■ You can do this (inside) regardless of the
weather.

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You will dry fire much more (if you work
at it) than shooting live ammunition.
Shooting air is cheap!
You will develop correct techniques
without match pressure (if you practice
good form and function).
Without recoil and noise you will see
your errors regarding hold, trigger
functioning, sighting and follow through
(prepare to swear a lot).
You can easily work to correct your errors
without recoil and noise.
You will develop correct techniques that
you can analyze and correct without
recoil and noise.
You will develop that all important
muscle tone and muscle memory.
Your confidence and even mental performance will improve because most of your
competitors except at the highest levels
have not practiced like you have. Now you
have got them where you want them!

THE HOW-TO
Before we begin, here is a general rule you
must follow to make this really work. You
should wear all of the gear you will wear
at a match when dry firing-including your
hearing protection, shoes/boots, hat, vest
and whatever else. The same applies if you
are practicing defensive shooting. Dry firing
(practicing) without your gear on is not
putting you under the same conditions as in
competition-you must be consistent to win
and that includes dry firing-don't skimp.
Also, use the same time elements. If you
are a silhouette rifle competitor for example
you can do dry firing at whatever cadence
you wish, but finish up with a dozen or so
simulated practice matches where you take


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